In today’s legal marketplace, clients are demanding services that require a new skillset and a new mindset from lawyers. They want lawyers who are teamers and leaders, who are culturally confident and intraprenurial, who can project manage with business acumen, build wide-diverse networks, and creatively problem solve with people from different disciplines. That’s what MOVELΔW, founded and led by Professor Michele DeStefano, is all about. Whether it is through an interactive keynote, a one-day workshop, or a 4 month innovation cycle, MOVELΔW’s offerings bring a human-centered design perspective to law in order to retrain lawyers, help create culture change, develop new collaboration norms, leverage technology, and bring cross-practice, cross-border initiatives from idea to fruition.


Workshops and programs are designed to change culture and help lawyers learn to be more creative, collaborative, and innovative so that they better partner with their clients to find and creatively solve problems.


  • Empowering lawyers to collaborate and team more consistently and effectively

  • Facilitating better teaming, work practices, and cross-group interaction

  • Engaging lawyers in interactive discussions on how to differentiate given trends in the global legal marketplace, how law is changing, and the new demands of clients.

  • Facilitating innovation among lawyers and multi-disciplinary teams (including problem finding and solving, ideation, prototyping, business planning, pitching, and presenting)


1 hour keynote, 2-hour interactive sessions, a one day workshop, or a customized long-term part-virtual experiential learning program.

FOUNDER Michele DeStefano

Professor of Law and The Larry Hoffman Greenberg Traurig Business of Law Chair, University of Miami 
Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Law School Executive Education
Affiliated Faculty, IE Law School
Co-creator & Chief Faculty Advisor, Digital Legal Exchange


Recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel, and by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers (North America) as one of top 20 most innovative lawyers, Michele is a Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, affiliated faculty at Harvard Law School, and the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international, intergenerational think-tank of more than 2,000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students who collaborate to hone new mindsets and skillsets and innovate. She is also co-curator of the Compliance Elliance Journal, an international e-journal of articles in compliance and ethics. Michele is an author, speaker, consultant, and facilitator on innovation, culture creation, teaming, and cross-practice, cross-border initiatives. Michele researches and writes about the growing intersections between law, business, and legal innovation. Recently, Michele helped co-create and spearhead the development of the Digital Legal Exchange, a non-profit designed to inspire general counsel and their teams to become digital leaders in their businesses to drive commercial value. To date, in addition to many articles, she has published two books. Her book, Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law leverages more than 100 interviews with General Counsels at international corporations and Heads of Innovation at law firms. The other book, New Suits: Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World (co-curated with Dr. Guenther Dobrauz) includes chapters by experts in law, innovation, and technology to provide a global perspective on the future of our diverse legal service delivery ecosystem. Michele has been invited to speak about her areas of expertise at a number of law conferences, leading law firms, and law schools including Linklaters, Holland & Knight, Dentons, McDermott, Arnold Porter Kaye Scholer, Proskauer Rose, White & Case, Stanford, Harvard, Dartmouth, IE Business School, University of St. Gallen, and Fordham. And she has also delivered keynotes to legal departments within corporations and legal organizations such as Microsoft, DXC, Thomson Reuters, Blackstone, Spotify, ABA, AALS, and NAFSA. Michele earned her B.A. (Sociology and English) magna cum laude from Dartmouth and her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.


“We, lawyers, are normally trained and prepared to provide technical

legal advice. However, our role in corporations and firms requires an

additional set of abilities, including a wide range of skills, behaviors,

and a broad mindset. Legal Upheaval guides us into the future with a

road map to legal innovation and culture change.”

Marco Araujo, General Counsel, Global Commercial Banking & Regional General Counsel Latin America, HSBC




  1. The Impact of Legal Tech | Legal Transformation Days Conference 2017 (Germany | September, 2017)

  2. Meeting the Legal Needs of the Global Marketplace with LawWithoutWalls | ABA Journal (Florida, USA | September, 2013)


  1. Innovation is a Four-Letter Word Legal Management Forum, (Madrid, Spain | Oct, 2019)

  2. Why Innovate? Legal Management Forum (Madrid, Spain | October, 2019)

  3. Michele's Mantra | Legal Management Forum (Madrid, Spain | October, 2019)

  4. Q&A with Michele | Legal Management Forum (Madrid, Spain | October, 2019)

  5. Leading in Law–Habits of Highly Effective Law Firm Leadership & Entrepreneurialism | JD Horizons (London, UK May 2018)


  1. Why Communications and Law are Becoming Yin and Yang Professions | Chancery Lane Chats Podcast with host Malcolm Munro (May 2020) (transcription).

  2. Teaching in the Time of COVID-19  | Miami Law Explainer, Podcast with host Catherine Skipp (April 2020) 

  3. Legal Upheaval with Michele DeStefanoFringeLegal, Podcast with host Abhijat Saraswat (April 2020).

  4. Change Management: How to Get Lawyers and Staff to Buy-In to Change  | Legal Talk Network Podcast with Bill Garcia, Ari Kaplan, and host Ralph Baxter (February 2020).

  5. Moving Lawyers Moving Law: What Does it Take to Innovate, Understand, and Upheave the Legal Services Industry | LAWsome Podcast with host Jake Sanders and Paul Julius (April 2019)

  6. Innovator Behaviors with Michele DeStefano | LeftFoot Podcast with host Nicole Giantonio (April 2019)

  7. Innovate, Collaborate, and Transform Law Firms | Legal Marketing Association Podcast with host, Cynthia Voth (March 2019) 

  8. Lawyers on Fire Chat with Michele DeStefano | Lawyers on Fire Podcast with host Carsten Reimann (November 2018)

  9. Legal Upheaval: A conversation with law professor and author Michele DeStefano | Reinventing Professionals, Podcast with host Ari Kaplan (November 2018)

  10. Beyond the Buzzwords: Getting Real About Law Firm Innovation | Legal Speak Podcast with host Karen Sloan (September, 2018)

  11. Interview with Michele DeStefano | The Ed Andrew Podcast & The Human Consultancy (March, 2018)

  12. Learning Creative Problem-Solving Skills | The Lawyerist (September, 2016)

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Part of MOVEL∆W's mission is to help fund LawWithoutWalls, a not-for-profit affiliated program dedicated to changing the way future lawyers are educated and our current lawyers are trained.

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