Whitespace Legal Collab's team enables our people, clients and outside experts to solve important problems, together.



Partner and Collab Founder

Theo Ling is a Partner at Baker McKenzie and Collab founder. Creative, curious and dissatisfied with the status quo in legal services delivery, Theo was recognized as one of North America's Top 10 Innovative Lawyers by The Financial Times. He holds a unique perspective on legal innovation as a member of Baker McKenzie's Innovation Committee and as a creative force behind Whitespace Legal Collab, the Firm's FT Innovative Lawyers Award-winning collaboration hub recognized for “Innovation in the Business of Law: Strategy and Changing Behaviours.”



Director and Futurist

Sanjay Khanna is Director and Futurist of Whitespace Legal Collab by Baker McKenzie. The first futurist appointed to a global law firm, he consults with businesses, governments and civil society on big-picture challenges, such as artificial intelligence, climate change, future of work and smart cities.

Sought out for actionable insight on social, technological, economic, environmental and political trends, Sanjay has been a strategy consultant to Insurance Bureau of Canada and Centre for Social Innovation’s Agents of Change: Climate Solutions Program. Ford Motor Co.’s chief futurist invited Sanjay's contributions to Ford Trends 2017 and Ford Trends 2018. He was a founding member of the Loblaw Food Council, launched in 2016 by Loblaws, Canada's food and pharmacy leader.

Media outlets featuring Sanjay include The Globe and Mail, CBC’s The Current, and AMA Quarterly, the journal of the American Management Association.



Counsel and Innovator

Lisa Douglas is Counsel who works with the Collab. She has extensive experience addressing wide-ranging issues involving commercial law, regulatory compliance and information management. Her practice focuses on information governance drawing on a rich background in knowledge management, legal research, library and information technology to provide compliance advice on the enterprise information life cycle.

Lisa provides clients with legal, regulatory and best practice guidance necessary to manage their enterprise information (data, records) in a proper and legally compliant manner. More specifically, she advises clients on cross-border data transfer, electronic records, global records management, lawful access, freedom of information, privacy and related information management issues.

Recognized for leading and mentoring up-and-coming talent, Lisa has recruited top-notch multidisciplinary thinkers and doers to Baker McKenzie—and to the Collab—through well-cultivated university relationships.