Speaking

Engaging Audiences Around the Globe

Whether you are looking for a keynote speech or a full or half-day workshop, Lainey Feingold’s presentations are engaging, fun, packed with stories and full of up-to-date and relevant content. Workshops are interactive and every presentation invites audience participation. Lainey’s passion and depth of knowledge have made her a popular speaker across the globe.

Lainey has spoken to public interest and business lawyers, web designers, developers, accessibility teams, mediators and advocates, and corporate decision-makers. She has engaged law students across the United States and Canada. And she has run workshops for accessibility, legal, and disability rights communities in Spain, Australia, and New Zealand as well as in the United States.

Since publication of her book, Structured Negotiation, a Winning Alternative to Lawsuits in late 2016, Lainey has delivered more than 100 talks and workshops on subjects related to digital accessibility, collaborative problem-solving, and disability rights. The second edition of the book was published in October 2021, providing renewed opportunities for presentations on digital accessibility and the tools and strategies of Structured Negotiation.

Of course, during the pandemic Lainey is delivering talks and trainings virtually!

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Why Lainey?

Lainey is a pioneer in both the digital accessibility legal space and in collaborative problem-solving. Since 1995, she has negotiated close to 100 ground-breaking settlement agreements in the digital accessibility legal space – all without filing a single lawsuit. She has been recognized as both the Problem Solver of the Year and a Legal Rebel by the American Bar Association.

In 2000, Lainey helped negotiate the first web accessibility agreement in the United States, with Bank of America. Since that time, she and her clients and co-counsel have engaged in win-win collaborations with organizations as varied as Major League Baseball, the American Cancer Society, the City and County of San Francisco, Patreon, and CVS.

Lainey brings this history, and her skills as a bridge builder and powerful storyteller, to every presentation. This, along with her ability to present negotiation strategy, accessibility best practices, and legal issues in an understandable and engaging way for any audience, are the pillars of her popularity as a speaker.

The National ADA Symposium is the premier training event in the country on the ADA. We seek the best presenters to enlighten our 1,000 participants. In 2018 the ADA Symposium was held in Pittsburgh, Pa and we were fortunate to have Lainey Feingold join us presenting “Structured Negotiation” and “Legal Updates in Healthcare.” After experiencing her presentations and reviewing participant comments, I know we will have Lainey back for all future National ADA Symposia as her knowledge and presentation style was enjoyable while being highly informative! The participants gave Lainey one of the highest ratings of our 84 presenters.

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Jim de Jong P.I., E.D. Great Plains ADA Center, 2018 National ADA Symposium Host and Sponsor

Testimonials

Lainey has twice been a guest lecturer at my Harvard Law School courses. Lainey’s talks have been a wonderful gift for my students. I assign readings from Lainey’s ground-breaking book, “Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits,” and encourage them to explore Lainey’s websiteLainey’s the real deal – a lawyer-visionary who brings humility, curiosity, and tenacity to her work an advocate. I highly recommend her.

David A. Hoffman, John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School Mediator, Arbitrator, Collaborative Law attorney, and Founder, Boston Law Collaborative, LLC

Lainey gave several outstanding presentations while in Toronto. Law students were engaged. Graduate students and faculty were intrigued. Practicing lawyers were inspired. Lainey’s approach, Structured Negotiation, is a fascinating dispute resolution mechanism which has applicability well beyond the disability rights field. Lainey has started a conversation that will certainly continue.

Martha E. Simmons, --Winkler Professor of Dispute Resolution, Academic Co- Director, Winkler Institute & Assistant Professor Osgoode Hall Law School

Thank you for coming to Microsoft. The response to your session has been overwhelmingly positive. A non-lawyer told me yesterday how valuable your session was for her understanding of the current climate of accessibility in our country. As I mentioned in the introduction, “Lainey is an educator at heart. She has shared her expertise with us generously and has contributed to the way we define and implement accessibility at Microsoft. And we have so much more to learn from Lainey.

Jessica Rafuse, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Policy, Microsoft

Disability Rights Tennessee was honored to have author and disability rights lawyer, Lainey Feingold, present a training for disability-rights advocates and attorneys across the state entitled Structured Negotiation: A Tool for Building Bridges, Not Burning Them. The half-day training included a fantastic introduction to Structured Negotiation, role playing exercises that engaged all participants, and a short (and much appreciated) mindfulness practice. Participants loved the training Lainey’s an exceptional trainer who leaves a lasting impression on her audience. Attendee feedback included “More time! Amazing training! Thank you!” “This could be a full day event – excellent!” “I thought this was a great presentation / CLE. Just fantastic. Wish it were longer.”

Stacie Price, Lawyer, Disability Rights Tennessee

Lainey packed the bookstore at Baruch College at a book signing event for Structured Negotiations, a Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. A diverse crowd of some 60 people sat in rapt silence as she described the Structured Negotiation process and told just enough individual stories to make it real! She presented with ease, passion, humor and charm. Everyone went away having learned a lot and feeling hopeful and energized about the future of digital technology.

Karen Luxton Gourgey, Ed.D. Director, CCVIP, Baruch College, City University of New York (ret.)

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Highlight reel from Lainey’s workshop in Vitoria, Basque Country Spain (2019)

Upcoming Speaking Events

  • axe-con 2022: Collaboration Works! 25 years of Structured Negotiation for digital accessibility

    March 15, 2022 at 11:00 am (Eastern)

    online

  • Structured Negotiation Training with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund

    March 3, 2022 at 12:00 pm (Eastern)

    online

  • Accessibility is a Civil Right and Overlays are Bad: Highlights from the Digital Accessibility Legal Landscape

    March 16, 2022 at 8:00 am (Pacific)

    CSUN Conference Anaheim California (and streaming)

Check out details of Lainey’s upcoming and past events

Lainey speaking in Sydney
Lainey Feingold during presentation
Lainey on a panel at UNSW Legislation Policy Digital Inclusion

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    This page is about Lainey Feingold as a public speaker. There is a video on the page about a training Lainey did in Spain.  There are also quotes from people who have heard Lainey speak. One person said they were surprised that a legal session could be fun.  Lainey has given talks around the world.  She speaks about Structured Negotiation and  digital access. She also talks about disability rights and ethics. Structured Negotiation helps people solve problems without conflict. Access is about making sure tech works for disabled people. Lainey’s talks are for anyone interested in cooperation and a more inclusive world.