Lourdes is the Founder and CEO of Karta Legal LL, a legal operations and technology management consulting firm. I am graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Legal Project Manager.
Mrs. Fuentes have over 20 years of legal operations, technology management, and litigation experience. Throughout my career, as a partner in private practice and in my current role, I have represented governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, as well as publicly-held Fortune 100 companies. I am honored to have been recognized as a Trailblazer by the New York Law Journal for being an “agent of change, thought leader and innovator.” In 2021, my consulting company, Karta Legal LLC, was named a Legal Technology Trailblazer by the prestigious National Law Journal. This award is very meaningful because our young company was selected amongst a choice of titans for its fresh approach to legal tech innovation. It is also very meaningful to us because it appears that we are the only 100% women and minority owned company on that distinguished list.
At I have assembled an entire ecosystem to help your organization in its legal innovation journey. In my team, I have experts in process mapping, technology, AI, cybersecurity, data science, e-discovery, project management, and litigation support. We know what works, what doesn’t, and how much it should cost.
My goal is innovation and re-designing the delivery of legal services. The path to innovation is simple. First, focus on the people. Second, design or redesign the process. Third, pick the right technology for your specific needs and your budget. To achieve those goals, I use a variety of design thinking and business process improvement tools selected from Lean Six Sigma and Agile Project Management methodologies. Over the years, I have curated and tailored these tools to fit the needs of the legal industry and have applied them successfully. Included in my innovation goal is the diversification of talent in the legal industry because, simply put, it is good for business.
Joseph Gonzalez has more than 20 years of experience implementing and managing information and communications technology. A natural educator, he excels at translating complex technology into the language of business.
Joseph has a knack for analyzing business requirements and integrating information technology to support them. He works extensively with vendors to ensure that their services meet client needs. While at the World Bank, Joseph managed vendor relations and contracts with more than 500 software developers and system administrators in the United States and India, radically streamlining processes and reducing risk by consolidating work into strategic agreements.
In the rapidly-evolving technology space, Joseph constantly seeks out the latest products and processes to serve clients better. “Technology is evolving so fast that it is critical to continuously sharpen and share skills,” he says.
Shyamal has over 15 years of experience in process optimization and automation, bridging the gap between operational processes and IT, and has championed process improvement and development projects in a number of industries with examples including aerospace, legal, commercial real-estate, manufacturing and insurance.
Areas of expertise
Process Risk Analysis
Shyamal has an MBA from Oxford University where he focused on operations management and economics, and a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has spent his career in pursuit of operational excellence through process optimization and automation, and is a strong advocate for digital transformation with a focus on process management and governance. He has led award-winning process-improvement projects in the aerospace industry and has consulted on numerous digital-transformation projects in various other industries. When approaching process optimization projects, Shyamal believes in preparing and aligning people and processes, before implementing technology – rather than forcing people and processes to react to new technology. To this end, he enjoys spending time with his clients and getting a deeper understanding of how an organization functions in order to create a sustainable environment for digital transformation.
With over 20 years of experience, Anna has a proven track record in vendor management, process management, and project management. She excels at fostering professional relationships both internally and externally and in providing support in all capacities to the Karta Legal team. Anna handles multiple projects simultaneously, all while maintaining the strictest confidentiality.
Whether you’re a seasoned practice with a large team or a startup practice, Anna will work collaboratively to help you harness the full potential of experienced legal support.
Karlos is a Project Manager and Six Sigma Black Belt expert with experience in operations, procurement, and risk management. Prior to Karta Legal, He gained over nine years of management consulting experience from the healthcare industry. Karlos is specialize in assisting clients with performance improvement projects related to lean, continuous improvement, organizational and operational model re-design, change management and cost reduction.
In his role at Karta, Mr. Baltodano apply his creativity, problem-solving abilities, team leadership, mediation, and negotiation skills to apply to strategic planning, execution, to helping clients to achieve their goals of innovation. He is an initiator, people connector, self-motivated, resilient, adaptable, and well-traveled.
Karlos is a graduate of Universidad Autónoma de Centro America, Costa Rica, with a master on physical science. He is Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Management, Product Management, OneTrust, BrainSpace, Advanced Google Analytics, and Marketing Strategy. Karlos's passion is driving synergy between legal professionals, legal processes, and legal technology.
"Innovation is a change, change is improvement, improvement is a process that never ends"
Sean is a sophomore at George Washington University, majoring in business and international affairs. Sean is a geography, history and politics whiz. An avid debater, Sean was part of the UN debate team in High School, where he developed his critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and negotiation skills. He also has superb organizational and graphic design skills.
Sean is the newest addition to our team and works as a project manager assistant. Given his fluency in Spanish, he is a natural fit for the team working on the expansion of Karta Staffing for Puerto Rico and Latin America. In this role, he can put into practice his many skills and learn more about the legal industry in particular. “With Karta Legal, I want to immerse myself in the world of legal process improvement and legal innovation.”
Hello! I’m James and I’m here to help provide Karta with technology solutions to process optimization & implementation! Although it looks like I spend all day in front of a keyboard due to my apparent lack of broadness in the shoulders - I promise… I do workout (add me on Activity on Apple Watch and we can compete). I have a passion for learning new things, and finding out the real value in the lessons at hand.
Although I’m fairly young, I’ve found the joy in waking up as if every day could be my last. Living in the present has taught me that truly anything is possible and my track record can prove it. Part of the 2022 class of Columbia University Fu Foundation of Engineering I am working towards a BS in Computer Science Intelligent Systems. Also an avid self-learner from Youtube and every form of free media, I hope to extract this value from all experiences and see a brighter future for everyone.
Interests:Cryptocurrency, aerospace, bodybuilding, theoretical physics, artificial intelligence, neural networks, digitizing infrastructure, gamification, visualization.
" Stand on the shoulders of Giants"
Lee Shubert began his career in the eDiscovery and litigation support industry ten years ago and found it a natural fit for his law school training and background in technology. He joined Grais & Ellsworth’s Litigation Support Department in 2015, and has been their Litigation Support Coordinator since January 2017. In September 2018, he became solely responsible for litigation support functions and vendors for the firm, reporting directly to the managing partner. He has been with Karta since its founding in the role of Director of Litigation Support and Discovery Strategy. He has a demonstrated history managing large teams of contract attorneys and lawyers, project management, and communicating technical topics to case teams.
Throughout his career, he has repeatedly worked with attorneys to refine their eDiscovery processes and other systems. He has helped create and then train users on new systems, and has succeeded in making colleagues more aware and willing to reach out regarding potential uses of technology to increase efficiency. He has worked with simple code-writing and scripting to solve bulk or repetitive tasks for specific problems brought to him. He is an expert on best practices for litigation support departments and stays current on new rulings, tools, and trends within the industry. He has successfully led the implementation of several improvements to Grais & Ellsworth processes during his tenure. Over the last years, he has begun giving back to the industry by participating in speaking opportunities to help spread awareness of the eDiscovery and technical competencies including presenting for a law school class, leading CLE presentations, and sitting on panels.
Mr. Shubert is a member of the International Legal Technology Association, ARMA International, and Legal Operators. He has numerous certifications including iCONECT Project Manager & System Administrator, LAW PreDiscovery EDD Certification from LexisNexis, iManage Certified Trainer, and OneTrust Privacy Management Professional. He also has in-depth experience with other discovery platforms (e.g., iPro Eclipse, Concordance, Relativity, ZyLabs, etc.) and document and matter management systems (e.g., NetDocuments, Worldox; Ascent, etc.). With his technical aptitude, though, he finds most new tools intuitive and easy to pick-up as needed.