Overview

As Littler's Chief Knowledge Officer, Scott D. Rechtschaffen leads the firm's effort to provide innovative client services by integrating new technologies and work processes and enabling attorneys and clients to access the collective knowledge and experience of the firm's more than 1,000 attorneys. He combines over 25 years of experience representing companies in every area of labor and employment law with a broad understanding of technology to help the firm's attorneys and their clients in tailoring unique solutions that enhance the firm’s ability to deliver legal information and legal services to its clients.

Scott heads the firm’s Knowledge Management Department (KM) comprising dedicated, full-time knowledge management attorneys – who are all experienced employment and labor law attorneys, technologists, research specialists and administrative support. The KM Team supports the firm's attorneys, practice groups and major firm initiatives. He has been a key member of the multi-disciplinary team that developed the award-winning Littler CaseSmart® approach to legal case management. He oversees KM's work on the firm’s electronic and print publications – The National Employer and newsletter alerts, Smart Search – the firm's internal search engine, LittlerNet – the firm’s intranet portal, Littler’s Extranets and on-line subscription services – Littler GPS® and Littler Monitor.

In addition, Scott is responsible for the firm's Executive Employer® Conference, an annual gathering of in-house counsel and human resources professionals representing some of the country's leading organizations. He was the co-creator of Winning Through Prevention: The Littler Employment Law Challenge, an innovative teaching tool designed to enhance the training of managers and supervisors.

Scott has written extensively and has published articles in national publications on human resources management, knowledge management, and legal technology. He regularly speaks at knowledge management seminars and legal technology conferences organized by the American Bar Association's Law Practice Management Section, Association of Corporate Counsel, American Lawyer Media, Legal Marketing Association, International Legal Technology Association, ARK Group and other professional organizations.

Previously, Scott served as Senior Vice President of Learning for ELT, the nation's premier provider of on-line employment law training services. He founded the Littler Learning Group, a division of Littler that provides innovative compliance training solutions worldwide.

For his outstanding achievements in the field of knowledge management, Scott has been awarded the Distinguished Peer Award as KM Champion of the Year by International Legal Technology Association, the legal industry’s leading voice on technology in law firms. In 2014, he was named to the Fastcase 50, an annual compilation, "honoring the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders." In the same year, he was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management, a peer-nominated honor bestowed on law practice management specialists, "who consistently exemplify the highest professional standards and achievements" over at least a 10-year period.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section and Law Practice Management Section

American Bar Association

Member

Labor Law Section

State Bar of California

Member

Bar Association of San Francisco

Member

KM Peer Group Steering Committee

International Legal Technology Association

Fellow

College of Law Practice Management

Recognition

Named, Ten Most Innovative Individuals

North America Innovative Lawyers Report

Financial Times

2014

Recipient, Innovator Award

The Recorder

2014

Named, Fastcase 50

Fastcase

2014

Recipient, Distinguished Peer Award

Knowledge Management Champion of the Year

International Legal Technology Association

2011

Publications & Press

Two Events - Two Views of Innovation

International Legal Technology Association

December 17, 2014

Ahead Of The Curve: Three Big Innovators In Big Law

The Legal Whiteboard

August 24, 2014

For Littler Mendelson, a Game Changer

The Recorder

March 11, 2013

InnovAction Awards Honor Creative Efficient Gains

Of Counsel: The Legal Practice and Management Report

October 1, 2012

Building a successful knowledge management program

InsideCounsel

September 1, 2012

The Commodity vs. Premium Work Debate: Observations on the Transcendent Role of KM

International Legal Technology Association

June 2011

Are Law Firms Long-Term Greedy Enough?

ABA Journal

February 3, 2011

Leveraging Online Systems: Identifying Opportunities To Deliver Legal Services More Effectively

Annual Techshow Conference - American Bar Association

2010

Books & Book Chapters

  • Employee Handbooks: How To Write One For Your Company, California Chamber of Commerce, primary author, 1994,
  • Employee Handbook: Expert Legal Software, Lawgic Publishing Company, contributor, 1997,

Speaking Engagements

Careers in Legal Technology

From Revolution to Evolution: Digital Tools in Law Practice - Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

April 23, 2015

The Legal Industry Inflection Point: The Time for Innovation is Now!

2014 Annual Education Conference – International Legal Technology Association, Nashville, TN

August 20, 2014

It’s a Failure Party! How to Celebrate These Learning Opportunities

2014 Annual Education Conference – International Legal Technology Association, Nashville, TN

August 18, 2014

The Rise of Expert Systems: Threat or Opportunity to Traditional Legal Services

2014 Annual Education Conference – International Legal Technology Association, Nashville, TN

August 18, 2014

IT: The Catalyst

2014 New York Conference - LegalTech

February 4, 2014

Should You Create Innovative Online Legal Products for Clients

2013 Annual Educational Conference - International Legal Technology Association, Las Vegas, NV

August 22, 2013

IT: The Catalyst

2013 Annual Educational Conference - International Legal Technology Association, Las Vegas, NV

August 19, 2013

If We Could Build it From Scratch, What Would We Do?

Annual Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession Conference - Managing Partner Magazine

October 24, 2012

Beyond Extranets! What Clients Really Want

2012 Annual Conference - International Legal Technology Association

August 27, 2012

Projects Furthering Innovation: A Follow Up With Two 2011 Distinguished Peer Award Winners

International Legal Technology Association Webinar

March 29, 2012

IT & Knowledge Management Working Together: Greenfield Perspectives

Legal IT Forum 2011

October 13, 2011

How KM Supports Innovative Service Delivery

2011 Annual Conference - International Legal Technology Association

August 24, 2011

How Can Law Firms (and KM) Profit from the Commoditization of Legal Services and an Increased Client Demand for Value

Annual Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession Conference - Managing Partner Magazine

October 22, 2009

Self-Service Contract Creation: Providing Better Service in a World of Frozen Budgets

2009 Annual Meeting - Association of Corporate Counsel

October 19, 2009

KM from a Practicing Attorney Perspective

LegalTech New York 2009

February 2, 2009

Online Social Networking – A Virtual Cocktail Party

10th Annual Legal Marketing Association Technology Program: Back to the Future

September 10, 2008

An Expansive View of Knowledge Management

Annual Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession Conference - Managing Partner Magazine

October 25, 2007

KM – Beyond Document Management

Knowledge Management for the Modern Law Firm Conference - ARK Group

February 22, 2006

What’s really in your information systems? Various approaches to effectively mine, aggregate and understand our intellectual capital

KM for the Legal Profession Conference - ARK Group

October 5, 2005

Education

  • J.D., Cornell University Law School, 1984
  • A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1981

Bar Admission

California