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Technology and the Practice of Law


Speaker(s): Joseph Raczynski, Stephanie E. Niehaus
Recorded on: May. 1, 2020
PLI Program #: 299537

Joseph Raczynski is an innovator and early adopter of all things computer related. His primary focus is around the future of technology, and speaks globally about Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Cryptocurrency, and Robotics (drone technology).  He also writes about the future of technology as it impacts the crossroads of our personal and professional lives.

Joseph founded wapUcom, LLP, consulting with companies in web and wireless development. As a side project DC WiFi was created to help create a web of open wireless WiFi access points across cities and educate people about wireless security. 

Currently Joseph is with Thomson Reuters Legal managing a team of Technologists for both the Large Law, Corporate, and Government divisions in the US.  Joseph serves the top law firms in the world consulting on legal trends and customizing Thomson Reuters legal technology solutions for enhanced workflows. He graduated from Providence College with a BA in Economics and Sociology, and holds a Masters in eCommerce and MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.

You can connect with Joseph at JoeTechnologist.com or JosephRaczynski.com or @joerazz


Stephanie Niehaus has advised and defended clients across multiple industries, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, manufacturing, insurance and financial services. She has particularly deep experience in matters involving products liability, alleged toxic exposures and complex commercial disputes, having represented clients in these types of matters in state and federal courts and in alternative forums throughout the US. She has considerable trial and other in-court experience, and routinely provides strategic advice to clients seeking to avoid or minimize the risk of litigation.

Stephanie’s representative experience includes her involvement on the core defense team for a Fortune 500 global science company in federal multidistrict litigation involving novel claims of personal injury and wrongful death arising from alleged toxic exposures to perfluorinated compounds through drinking water. She was one of a four-partner trial team in two bellwether trials, and acted in a key trial support capacity for two additional bellwether trials. Stephanie’s multidistrict litigation experience also includes her participation in the defense of a large pharmaceutical company against serious personal injury claims allegedly resulting from exposures to contrast agents, in which she had significant responsibility for various aspects of fact and expert discovery, strategic development and trial preparation in several bellwether plaintiff cases.

Stephanie also had a lead role on the team defending a Fortune 500 global science company in a breach of contract dispute involving disruptive technology, managing extensive electronic discovery, developing and implementing pre-trial and trial strategies, and developing and arguing a post-trial appeal to the Second Circuit. She acted as lead counsel in a protracted contract dispute between a global plastics supplier and its software vendor, involving consideration of litigation options and strategies, ultimately supporting the client in renegotiating its licensing agreements. More recently, she successfully defended a Fortune 500 health insurance company in injunctive proceedings, first in New York state court and then in arbitration.

Stephanie has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013. She has appeared on Benchmark Litigation’s 40 Hot List, including on the inaugural list in 2017, and the “Future Star” list. She has been recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, a distinction that recognizes lawyers under the age of 40 or those in practice for 10 years or less. She also was recognized by the firm in 2010 as a Woman of Professional Excellence, an honor given in conjunction with the YWCA of Greater Cleveland that recognizes high professional standards and demonstrated career and personal growth, significant contributions to the effective, efficient operation of the firm, and a willingness to support and mentor others in the firm, especially women.

Stephanie leads the litigation practice in Squire Patton Boggs’s New York office, and is a member of the firm’s Ethics Committee.  She is admitted to practice in New York and Ohio, and multiple federal courts.  Stephanie is a graduate of Georgetown University and Notre Dame Law School.