Diligen makes contract review fast, accurate and easy. Designed with corporate lawyers passionate about technology, and engineered by one great team in downtown Toronto, our software reduces human error while boosting efficiency.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CO-FOUNDER
As Diligen’s CEO, Konrad is responsible for the company’s product direction and vision, ensuring that the Diligen platform meets the needs of the evolving legal market.
Prior to co-founding Diligen with Laura van Wyngaarden in 2015, Konrad practised securities law, corporate finance and M&A at leading global and Canadian law firms. Having repeatedly faced the realities of inefficient contract review processes, in particular due diligence, while in practice, Konrad designed Diligen to help firms streamline this critical task. While planning to launch Diligen, Pola taught himself to code on the subway as he commuted to and from his firm. He and Laura teamed up to apply the emerging field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to streamline the end-to-end process of sorting documents, summarizing contracts and spotting critical provisions. Through Diligen, Pola and van Wyngaarden have introduced practical applications of AI to the field of law, and are leading voices promoting technology and AI-based innovation within the global legal community. Konrad has been featured in Above the Law, Artificial Lawyer, Lawyer’s Daily, Analytics Insight, Reinventing Professionals, Canadian Lawyer, Legaltech News, Law.com and others. Konrad has a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from Oxford University.
LAURA VAN WYNGAARDEN
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, CO-FOUNDER
As Diligen’s COO, Laura’s focus is on building key strategic partnerships with high quality partners as well as working closely with Diligen’s global client base. Laura is passionate about the connection between technology and human work, seeking to identify and explore innovative ways to reduce time and improve the accuracy of human tasks. AI-powered Diligen is a perfect example, transforming the way lawyers review contracts and embrace automation.
Laura frequently speaks about legal technology, artificial intelligence, the future of law and leadership. She has spoken at Legalweek, ILTACON, Evolve the Law, Ryerson University’s Legal Innovation Zone, TechTO, New York City Legal Tech Meetup, Startup Grind and Northwestern’s Global Legal Innovation Summit among others. She has been featured in Above the Law, Artificial Lawyer, Lawyer’s Daily, Legaltech News, Analytics Insight, The National Law Journal, High Performance Counsel, Canadian Lawyer, CCCA Magazine and others. Laura holds undergraduate and honors degrees from the University of Cape Town and a Masters from Oxford University.
SENIOR BACKEND SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Aleksandra is part of Diligen’s AI software development team focused on creating the most intuitive, user friendly and well designed applications for AI and machine learning powered contract review. Aleksandra is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and ex-startup CTO with nine years of experience working for both large corporations (Google, Elsevier, Capgemini) and start-ups. Her expertise spans building Java back-ends for web applications and big data technologies. Prior to joining Diligen, Aleksandra co-founded Cleo, a virtual personal finance assistant, for which she developed natural language and financial data processing modules.
SENIOR LEGAL ANALYST
In her role as Diligen’s senior legal contract analyst, Alison works directly with clients to train clauses on the Diligen platform focused on analyzing contracts more effectively. Prior to joining Diligen, Alison worked for top tier law firms in various roles such as Document Review Team Lead in countries including Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada. Her background in legal technology is of great value to law firms and corporate legal departments in need of AI contract clause expertise. Alison frequently authors contract clause trend articles for the Diligen blog and was recently published in Legal IT Insider. Alison has a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from the Victoria University of Wellington.
SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER
SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER
Andrzej is part of Diligen’s AI software development team focused on creating the most intuitive, user friendly and well designed applications for AI and machine learning powered contract review. Currently, his prime responsibilities at Diligen are focused on UI/UX and the overall look and feel of the contract review platform.
JUNIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Hannah is a member of Diligen’s legal technology sales team focused on helping law firms and corporate legal departments solve their contract analysis and review challenges with Diligen’s leading edge AI-powered contract assistant. As an Account Executive, Hannah is focused on Diligen’s new business and account management activities with law firms, other professional services organizations, and corporations. She works closely with businesses seeking to improve their review processes, better manage risk, and understand what’s in their contracts.
An Honours graduate of the University of Toronto and a member of the Board of Regents of Victoria University, Hannah has spent the last three years working in various business development and marketing roles within the AI software and contract management space. As the second member of a growing sales team at Blue J Legal, the market leader in AI predictive SaaS software, Hannah helped develop a go-to-market strategy, build processes, and grow the company to its first $1 million Annual Recurring Revenue.
MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Madaline brings a wealth of content marketing and industry experience to the Diligen team. In her current role, she manages Diligen’s day-to-day content marketing activities including the popular corporate blog and thriving social media channels including Twitter and LinkedIn.
In 2018, she was awarded Greek America’s Forty Under 40, and was named top legal influencer by Disruptor Daily. With experience working in law firms and legal technology, Madaline helps bridge the gap for lawyers keen on innovation. When she is not hosting Diligen’s engaging Twitter Chats, she is delivering content for the Ross Intelligence blog, Thrive Global, Inman News and the Huffington Post. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School (Juris Doctor, 2012), and holds undergraduate degrees in both Health Sciences and English from York University.