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Michele DeStefano

"Innovation...what else is there?"


Michele is an expert on innovation and change within legal services. Recently recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as a Legal Rebel, she is a Professor at the University of Miami School of Law and Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School´s Center on the Legal Profession.


She advises both law firms and in-house legal departments on innovation, teaming, collaboration, creative problem-solving, human-centered design, culture creation and technology, typically within a cross-practice and cross-border context.


Michele is the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international think-tank of over 1000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students who collaborate to create innovations at the intersection of law, business, and technology.  


Through her company MoveLaw, Michele runs bespoke, experiential learning workshops and programs that have a human-centered design approach and are designed to transform how lawyers collaborate with their clients to creatively solve problems and to create culture change.


Michele writes about the growing intersections between law, business, and legal innovation. She is currently conducting research on Heads of Innovation at law firms and General Counsels at international corporations in support of her upcoming book, Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity + Collaboration + Innovation in Law.  


Michele received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.  


Further information: 

  • Professor, University of Miami School of Law,

  • Founder + Director LawWithoutWalls, MoveLaw, and the Compliance Elliance Journal

  • Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession

  • Guest Faculty Harvard Law School Executive Education Program

  • Guest Faculty, IE Law School, Madrid, Spain







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