The ACEDS Conference draws top experts who give you practical guidance for reducing costs and risks associated with e-discovery and electronic data. In our format, you question the experts. Our moderators make sure you get answers.

tom_allman_webThomas Allman | Chair Emeritus, Working Group 1 | The Sedona Conference | Cincinnati
Former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of BASF, where he worked from 1993 to 2004, he is an attorney and consultant who speaks and writes extensively on the interrelationship of corporate compliance policy and the effective management of ESI. Co-editor of the PLI Electronic Discovery Deskbook and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, he is also Chair Emeritus and an active member of the Steering Committee of The Sedona Conference® Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production. He helped draft The Sedona Conference® Best Practice Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production and was a Senior Editor of the Second Edition (2007). Previously, he practiced law as a Partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati until joining BASF Corporation as Vice President of Litigation. Afterward, he spent three years as Special Counsel to Mayer Brown in Chicago.

Lael Andara, CEDS | Partner | Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley | Redwood City, CA 
A partner in the Silicon Valley office of Ropers Majeski, he focuses on technology and intellectual property litigation, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation. A registered Patent Attorney with an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell, he has developed and initiated strategies in high-stakes intellectual property disputes, including patent, copyright, trademark, false advertising, licensing, ITC investigations and trade secret matters.  A leader in cutting-edge legal technology, he has pioneered advancements in e-discovery to enhance his practice by reducing costs while increasing efficiency and security of his client’s information. He is also the chair of his firm’s e-discovery practice group. He has a reputation for managing complex disputes efficiently and creatively, and counsels both domestic and international clients on a wide variety of IP matters, including IP acquisition, portfolio management, litigation, and licensing.

john_barkett_webJohn Barkett | Member | Federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules | Miami
A member of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, he is a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, in Miami, who is intimately involved in the process to amend the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Former chair of the ABA’s National Institute on E-Discovery and a thought leader in the field, he is a specialist in litigation and commercial arbitration in several areas of law and has been a practicing lawyer for 35 years. He is an adjunct law professor on e-discovery at the University of Miami Law School and is a former liaison to the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation. He authored the books, E-Discovery: Twenty Questions and Answers (2008) and The Ethics of E-Discovery (2009). He has also published several articles on e-discovery, including “Walking the Plank, Looking Over Your Shoulder, Fearing Sharks Are in the Water: E-Discovery in Federal Litigation?” and is a graduate of Yale Law.

james_bickley_webJames Bickley, CEDS | Chief Operating Officer | Tandem Legal Group | Washington, DC
Chief Operating Officer at Tandem Legal Group in Washington, DC, he is a respected industry veteran whose high-profile engagements include matters before the US Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Trade Commission. Among the first persons to earn the Certified E-Discovery Specialist credential, he is also the Managing Director of Tandem ESI Discovery Team, and advises the firm’s attorneys and clients on a wide variety of e-discovery issues to limit the scope and costs associated with document review and production. He has managed all elements of e-discovery in antitrust and intellectual property disputes, second request investigations, corporate compliance actions and cases brought under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. His primary responsibilities are focused on operational efficiency & asset management for the firm, and he emphasizes training, industry awareness, and professional development to foster a greater return on investment for not only the firm’s attorneys and staff, but also its clients’.

stephen_burbank_webStephen Burbank | David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice | Penn Law | Philadelphia
Author of definitive works on US civil procedure and special master to the National Football League, he is a leading scholar on federal rulemaking, litigation sanctions, international civil litigation and judicial accountability. His 1982 article, The Rules Enabling Act of 1934, reoriented the theory and practice of court rulemaking. His recent scholarship includes a detailed study of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 in historical perspective, an analysis of different approaches to the study of judicial behavior in law and political science, a paper on private enforcement of statutory and administrative law in the US and other common law countries, and an empirical study of the retirement decisions of federal judges. He was appointed by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives to the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal and was a principal author of the Commission’s 1993 report. He also served as Law Clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger. In his role as special master to the NFL, which he has held since 2002, he resolves certain categories of disputes between the NFL Players Association and the NFL Management Council under a consent decree and collective bargaining agreement.

royce_cohenRoyce Cohen | Co-Chair, E-Discovery & Information Governance Practice Group | Stroock & Stroock & Lavan | New York
Special Counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, she is a founding member and co-chair of the firm’s eDiscovery and Information Governance Practice Group, and a member of the Sedona Conference, Working Group 1. She has honed her e-discovery expertise representing both insurers and reinsurers in complex insurance and reinsurance matters, including comprehensive general liability, excess and umbrella liability, workers’ compensation, asbestos, environmental and property/casualty insurance. Having managed some of the firm’s largest electronic discovery projects, from collection to production, she is well-versed in how to cost-effectively solve the problems arising from voluminous data in complex litigation. She also excels at handling disputes related to misrepresentations in connection with the placement of reinsurance and the standards of conduct applicable to ceding companies in their dealings with reinsurers.

jared_coseglia_webJared Coseglia | President | Tru Staffing Partners | New York
President and founder of Tru Staffing Partners, he has successfully placed more than 1700 professionals in full-time and temporary positions at the AmLaw 200, Fortune 1000, and within the Legal Technology Service Provider community. From 2004 to 2009, he co-founded and served as the Sr. Vice President at The Cowen Group, quickly becoming a globally recognized “go-to” individual for clients and candidates in need of staffing solutions or career guidance and management. His ability to identify, deliver, and help retain talent has allowed him the privilege of helping build teams at institutions such as Sullivan & Cromwell, Quinn Emanuel, Baker Hostetler, Covington Burling, WilmerHale, FTI Consulting, as well as growing organizations like CDS Legal, Iris, Driven Inc., and many more. Recently, TRU was ranked as a Top 3 Best National Legal Recruiter in Best of The National Law Journal Awards, 2012 & 2013, as well as Best Legal & Litigation Support Agency by the New York Law Journal 2013.

michael_dixon_webMichael Dixon, CEDS | E-Discovery Program Lead | Christiana Care Health System | Wilmington, DE
An IT professional with nearly 30 years of experience in a variety of industries including healthcare, banking, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, he is responsible for building the e-discovery program of Christiana Care Health System, a 10,000-employee network of private, non-profit hospitals. In that role, he is responsible for design, implementation and documentation of a new e-discovery system to remediate risks related to inconsistencies in information preservation. He is also partly responsible for oversight of IT compliance, risk management and business continuity operations and planning within information security. CEDS-certified, he is also nearing completion of his requirements for a paralegal certificate and working on certification for computer forensics investigations. Previously, he served as operations supervisor for Mellon Bank and before that as a systems consultant for DMC Energy and Computer Horizons Corporation, among others.

seth_eichenholtz_webSeth Eichenholtz | Vice President & E-Discovery Manager | Swiss Re | New York
Vice President and E-Discovery Manager at Swiss Re, the world’s second largest insurer, he manages e-discovery projects for all claims, litigation, and regulatory and investigative matters for all the company’s global entities. Those duties include drafting and managing legal holds, and establishing collection, processing, culling and data transfer strategies and processes. He also leads various special projects involving information governance, including data dispositions, and consulting with business departments on privacy, data protection and best practices. Previously, he worked as a tax attorney with PricwaterhouseCoopers. His management of cases encompasses IT audits, data breaches, internal investigations, and litigation of numerous types. He is adept at identifying custodians and specific relevant media, data analysis, and assessing case parameters both in substance and cost, which allows him to paint a clear picture of the volume, category and relevance of electronic documents in various types of matters.

tara_emory_webTara Emory | Director of Corporate Strategy | Driven Inc. | Washington, DC
Director of Corporate Strategy at Driven, she advises companies on litigation readiness, including data management and best practices. She also advises clients on technological strategies to maximize efficiency of discovery efforts. Prior to joining Driven, she was a senior associate in the antitrust practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, with more than nine years of experience that includes managing large Second Requests and other discovery projects with a focus on minimizing risk and cost to her clients. She excels at information governance, and has worked with clients from a diverse range of industries, including defense, fiber-optics, financial products, telecommunications, and others. She also serves as a member of the board of directors for Advocates for Justice in Education.

lissa_flock_webLissa Flock | Litigation Support Administrator | Florida Office of the Attorney General | Tallahassee
Head of the Litigation Support Center of the Information Technology Division in the Florida Attorney General’s Office in Tallahassee, she works with the office’s information technology team to coordinate all aspects of e-discovery. She has worked for the Attorney General’s Office since 1999 in the Information Technology Division, and assumed management of the Litigation Support Center in 2007 to focus on trial presentation technology, video conferencing, document conversions and e-discovery. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, she directed design and management of the Lotus Notes mission tracking system at the Florida Emergency Operations Center from 1994 to 1999.

lynn_furiato_webLynn Furiato | E-Discovery Manager | Florida Office of the Attorney General | Tallahassee
A member of the Information Technology Infrastructure team for the Florida Attorney General’s Office, she manages the Infrastructure half of the enterprise e-discovery team. She also manages the enterprise content management system, is responsible for Microsoft SQL administration, and has headed remote access and BYOD mobile technology since 2010. Prior to joining the AG’s Office, she was the Director of Information Technology and the Chief Information Officer for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for 6 years.

stephanie_giammarco_webStephanie Giammarco, CEDS | Consulting Partner | BDO | New York
Head of BDO’s Forensic Technology Services practice, she possesses nearly 20 years of experience in forensic accounting, information technology and criminology. Having worked on some of the largest financial frauds to date, she has led teams creating databases of millions of records, performed advanced data analytics and provided testimony pertaining to damages and electronically stored information. She provides litigation and consulting services to organizations and their counsel, including data analytics, computer forensics and e-discovery services related to domestic and international matters involving product liability, financial statement fraud, class action lawsuits, internal investigations, securities fraud, employee and vendor schemes, and breach of contract. CEDS-certified, she is skilled in the collection, preservation and analysis of electronic evidence, as well as the implementation of various e-discovery tools.

julie_grantham_webJulie Grantham | General Counsel | Construction Outfitters International | Houston
General Counsel to Construction Outfitters International Enterprises, which provides construction and engineering services to public and private clients nationally, she is responsible for all legal matters involving her company, including management of outside counsel relations. Specializing in the areas of construction law, construction litigation and employee litigation, she is also a leading authority in e-discovery law and previously served as General Counsel for Scarab Consulting. The author of numerous white papers and a speaker at symposiums and conferences nationwide, she served for three years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law at Austin, where she developed and taught the university’s first e-discovery course.

brandon_hollinder_webBrandon Hollinder, CEDS | Director of Client Services | Falcon Discovery | Denver
Director of Client Services at Falcon Discovery, in Denver, he manages and directs the discovery process for his firm’s Fortune 500 and law firm clients. A Certified E-Discovery Specialist, he is responsible for overseeing the successful implementation and execution of discovery efforts for clients, while managing a team of attorney project managers to ensure goals and deadlines are met. He also helps develop cost efficient and defensible discovery processes and solutions for his clients, consulting to ensure they are in the most advantageous position possible to meet their discovery and preservation obligations.

brent_holmes_webBrent Holmes | E-Discovery Program Director | Siemens Corporation | Greater Philadelphia
E-Discovery Program Director for Siemens Corporation, he developed and oversaw implementation of the company’s e-discovery program, which went live early last year. He is responsible for oversight of the tools, processes and vendors that make up the program, as well as a US e-discovery team comprised of attorneys, paralegals, e-discovery specialists and information security analysts across the corporation. Prior to joining the US litigation team, he served as an IT Architect with Siemens Healthcare, focusing on enterprise and systems architecture and project management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and is a PMI-PMP certified project manager.

james_hopkins_webHon. James Hopkins | US Magistrate Judge | US District Court, Southern District of Florida | West Palm Beach
Appointed to the bench in 2003, he is a leading jurists on issues of digital law, social media for judges and lawyers and pre-trial discovery, on which he lectures regularly. He is the recipient of the Kenneth L. Ryskamp award, which is awarded to judges whose distinguished efforts improve the quality of law practice in the US Court for the Southern District of Florida. Previously, he served as an Assistant US Attorney in that district and a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York. He specialized in fraud and public corruption cases, convicting a Palm Beach County jeweler and his attorney in a $90 million scheme to defraud Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and others and launder the proceeds. He also successfully prosecuted a long-time Broward County Democratic Chairman and Presidential appointee to the Fannie Mae board. Earlier in his career, he was the Inspector General of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, an Assistant Commissioner in charge of twelve Inspector General Offices, and a New York State Special Assistant Attorney General prosecuting police and judicial corruption.

jeffrey_jacobsonJeffrey S. Jacobson, CEDS | Director, Division of Law | State of New Jersey | Trenton
Director of the New Jersey Division of Law, he leads the organization that serves as legal counsel for all New Jersey state departments and other offices, as well as their officers and employees, while also representing the state in all legal matters including contract negotiations and civil lawsuits. A former litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, he focused his practice on the defense of consumer and securities class actions and the electronic discovery challenges presented by complex litigation and investigative matters in these and other types of legal matters. Recommended by The Legal 500 US (2013) for Securities Litigation and Data Protection and Privacy and recognized as a Securities Litigation “Star” in the IFLR Benchmark Litigation Guide (2013), he was a frequent author on class action defense and e-discovery strategies for various legal publications, including Bloomberg Class Action Litigation Reporter.

richard_levie_webHon. Richard Levie (Ret.) | E-Discovery Special Master | JAMS | Washington, DC
A e-discovery neutral at JAMS in Washington, DC, he is a retired judge of the DC Superior Court and DC Court of Appeals who has served as special master in 15 large civil cases and one criminal case. His engagements as special master include the largest civil RICO action ever brought by the United States (US v. Philip Morris et al.) and two high-profile antirust merger cases, against AT&T and T-Mobile, and US Airlines and American. His duties included development of case management orders, resolving procedural, discovery, and privilege disputes and development of trial protocols. The Philip Morris case alone involved the issuance of more than 200 Reports and Recommendations and the supervision of three full-time attorneys. Previously, he served as Associate Judge for the District of Columbia Superior Court for 15 years, serving as Presiding Judge of the Civil Division from 1998 to 2000. He was also a litigator for the US Justice Department, serving as Chief Counsel for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission among other positions.

steve_levy_webSteven B. Levy | CEO | Lexician | Seattle
The author of the groundbreaking book Legal Project Management, he leads the Lexician training and consulting group. Previously, he headed the legal technology and operations department at Microsoft, driving innovation and efficiency into one of the world’s largest and most efficient law departments. At Lexician, he delivers training, coaching, and consulting on Legal Project Management to law firms, law departments, and government agencies domestically and internationally. While at Microsoft, he led two industry task forces, worked on LEDES e-billing and UTBMS standards, and founded a corporate-law roundtable for sharing operations information. He also headed two Microsoft product groups in his 17 years at the company. His unique and practical approach to Legal Project Management, based on more than 30 years managing projects and leading businesses on three continents, has made him a highly requested speaker, trainer, and seminar leader.

Alvin Lindsay, CEDS | Partner | Hogan Lovells | Miami
As a Miami partner of the international law firm Hogan Lovells, he has litigated in US federal and state courts and international courts of arbitration for nearly two decades. A leader in the field of electronic discovery, he has been at the forefront of some of the most significant product liability cases in recent times, including those involving commercial airline disasters, drywall from China, pharmaceutical products, vaccines, tobacco, medical devices, cosmetics, yachts, automobiles, and consumer goods. He co-chairs the firm’s Electronic Information Group and is often quoted in the media in matters regarding technology and litigation, and electronic evidence. He earned his JD magna cum laude, Order of the Coif., University of Miami School of Law, and BA from the University of Southern California.

mary_mack_webMary Mack | Enterprise Technology Counsel | ZyLAB | Portland
Enterprise Technology Counsel for ZyLAB, in Portland, Oregon, she advises counsel and IT on how to implement software to drive down the corporate costs associated with e-discovery and big data. Formerly Corporate Technology Counsel for Fios, Inc., she is a leading consultant on cases that deal with non-standard data, like social media, Office 365 and audio, and advises companies on how to develop and deploy defensible information and e-discovery policies. She is the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel, and the author of A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery published by Fios. She serves on the Board of Governors of the Organization of Legal Professionals and the Advisory Council of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

sarah_mahoney_webSarah Mahoney, CEDS | Consulting Manager | BDO | New York
A manager in the firm’s Forensic Technology Services practice with more than 10 years of experience providing litigation and consulting support services, she provides a range of services, including data collection, culling, processing, analytics, review and production. An expert in e-discovery, she holds numerous certifications, including a graduate certificate in Project Management from Boston University, the Certified E-Discovery Specialist, Relativity Certified Administrator, LAW PreDiscovery EDD Certification, LAW PreDiscovery Certified Administrator, CaseSoft Support Certification, and Concordance Certified Software Trainer (CCST). She assists clients through the lifecycle of an e-discovery project and is highly skilled in streamlining the document review process within Relativity.

helen_moure_webHelen Bergman Moure, CEDS | Principal | Lex Aperta | Seattle
Principal of Lex Aperta in Seattle, which specializes in e-discovery legal advice and consulting, Helen Bergman Moure has been a commercial litigator in federal and state court for 17 years. Since 1999, she has devoted her practice to efficient, cost-effective e-discovery and document review services to clients ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 corporations. Previously, as a partner at K&L Gates in Seattle, she helped found the firm’s e-Discovery Analysis and Technology (e-DAT) Group and develop the Patterns document review software created by Attenex, now owned by FTI. She is very experienced in structuring and supervising projects involving all aspects of discovery, from custodian identification and retention to collection, processing, review, and post-production litigation support. She advises public and private organizations on litigation readiness and in designing and implementing document retention systems. She is a frequent speaker on e-discovery and actively participates in The Sedona Conference®. A member of the bars of Florida and Washington, she earned her JD from Boston University School of Law.

sharon_obryan_webSharon K. O’Bryan | Head of IT Governance, Risk and Compliance | DeVry Education Group Inc. | Chicago
A leader in business technology risk management and technology law, she leads the IT governance, risk and compliance functions of the DeVry Education Group, the 14,000-employee, global provider of education services. She brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in technology and enterprise risk management, IT audit, privacy, and legal/regulatory compliance to that role. Previously she served as a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche, and as the chief security and privacy officer at large Dutch state-owned bank, ABN AMRO North America. She is formerly the Vice President of IT Regulatory Compliance at Old Second National Bank. She also served as an adjunct professor of forensics, e-discovery and technology law at ITT Technical Institute, Westwood College and Rasmussen College, among others.

otazo_reyes_webHon. Alicia Otazo-Reyes | US Magistrate Judge | US District Court, Southern District of Florida | Miami
Appointed to the bench in 2012, she is a leading authority on federal court practice and procedure. Previously, she served as counsel with distinction at Legon Ponce & Fodiman for eight years, and before that as a lawyer at White & Case. From 1991 to 2002, she served as Career Law Clerk to the Hon. Shelby Highsmith, US district judge of the Southern District of Florida. A member of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Cuban American Bar Association, she is well-versed in handling pre-trial discovery disputes and other thorny issues. She graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in mathematics, and earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the UM Law School in 1991. (Photo credit: Daniel Portnoy)

dan_pelc_webDaniel Pelc | Principal, E-Discovery & Investigative Response | Verizon | Minneapolis
Principal with Verizon’s E-Discovery Solutions Team, which provides data security solutions to businesses worldwide, he is an attorney who focuses exclusively on e-discovery and technology law. He blends his legal, technical and business experience to provide comprehensive strategies and tactical plans for Fortune 500 corporations facing information governance and e-discovery challenges. These clients include prominent pharmaceutical, energy and technology manufacturers preparing for and litigating multijurisdictional cases in intellectual property, products liability and securities law. Previously he served as Senior Director of Product Management for E-Discovery at Merrill Communications, and before that as Associate Technology Counsel at Fios.

robin_peterson_webRobin Peterson, CEDS | Senior Litigation E-Discovery Paralegal | BakerHostetler | Orlando
Senior Litigation E-Discovery Paralegal at BakerHostetler, she is a seasoned professional with nearly 30 years of experience coordinating and executing large discovery projects at the 900-attorney firm. Highly gifted in e-discovery project management, she is responsible for streamlining workflows and achieving efficiencies between attorneys, clients, vendors and law firm staff. She excels at developing cost effective strategies and regularly works firm-wide on the identification, preservation, collection, search, analyses, review and production of ESI, often serving formally or informally as an E-Discovery Liaison and Project Manager. CEDS-certified since 2011, she is a frequent speaker regarding e-discovery, litigation support databases and data management.

alex_ponce_webAlex Ponce de Leon | Discovery Counsel | Intel | San Francisco
A litigator at Intel focusing on e-discovery issues, he is responsible for the creation and implementation of enterprise-wide policy changes to ensure compliance with constantly changing discovery obligations. Working on intellectual property, complex commercial litigation and government investigations, he has led and managed all aspects of discovery for several large matters since joining the company. Previously, he worked at the global law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he managed large national teams through complex discovery efforts. He was also a member of the firm’s e-discovery practice group and managed its first offshore e-discovery project. Prior to joining Pillsbury, he served as a policy advisor to the chair of the California State Assembly’s influential Appropriations Committee.

andy_ruckman_webAndy Ruckman | Principal & Leader, DC Discovery Consulting Group | Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics | Washington, DC
Principal in Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics and the leader of its Washington, DC Discovery consulting group, he has 15 years of experience in the information technology industry providing technical, operational, and project management support. He specializes in e-discovery for litigation, regulatory, and internal investigations. He has led numerous efforts to assist clients in response to discovery demands arising from internal investigations, litigation, and regulatory inquiries/subpoenas from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, State Attorney General, and U.S. Attorney offices. He has also assisted corporate legal departments in developing programmatic solutions to address records and information management, evidence preservation, and e-discovery challenges.

barry_schwartz_webBarry Schwartz | Vice President, Advisory Services | BIA | New York
Vice President of BIA Advisory Services, he has 35 years of legal and business consulting management experience, including practical expertise with FDA matters and extensive knowledge of the medical device and industrial industries. As a BIA client-facing advisor, he forms a critical component to client projects by guiding the projects at a high level, usually working with senior members of the client’s internal and external teams to achieve the project goals. Prior to joining BIA, he was a Senior Staff Attorney at Spriggs & Hollingsworth, Vice President and Business Manager of B-Street Media Corp. and Senior Consultant of AdamsGrayson Corp., among other positions. He is highly proficient in discovery and document review matters.

trisha_smith_web Trisha Smith, CEDS | Senior eDiscovery Project Manager | UnitedHealth Group | Minneapolis
As a senior eDiscovery project manager at UnitedHealth Group, she manages the development and implementation of the processes and protocols surrounding e-discovery for the 130,000-person employer. During her four years at UnitedHealth, she has assisted in significantly reducing the risk and cost of e-discovery to the company. Her key role is to act as the liaison between the business and IT departments, preferred vendors and outside counsel to ensure the appropriate technologies and cost-cutting measures are taken for each matter. Prior to her time at UnitedHealth, she was an e-discovery specialist at Cargill, Incorporated.

bill_speros_web_2J. William Speros | Evidence Consulting Attorney | Speros & Associates | Cleveland
An attorney consulting in evidence management, in Cleveland, he advises lawyers on issues of technologies and techniques to manage evidence, litigation support staff and vendors. He has served more than 4,000 hours as interim Director of Litigation Support and E-Discovery for the trustee administering bankruptcy proceedings in the largest Ponzi scheme in history, Bernie L. Madoff Investment Securities. He helps develop detailed project plans, marshals staffing and vendor alternatives, and measures and manages burdens for corporate clients. His work is based upon his assessment of evidentiary document sources, content, media, duration and the required best-practice task. Since 1989, he has consulted with in-house counsel and their law firms in various evidence-related roles. He facilitates ESI acquisition, review and production across multiple matters for producing parties and supports outside counsels’ meet-and-confer negotiations as a “whispering” expert.

jon_talotta_webJon Talotta | Partner | Hogan Lovells | Washington, DC
Partner at Hogan Lovells and head of the firm’s Electronic Information Group, he is a litigator who has represented US and multinational clients in US state and federal trial and appellate courts, in arbitrations and mediations, and in investigations before the US Federal Trade Commission, Justice Department and others. He regularly counsels clients on a range of information risk issues, including records management, privacy, data security, consumer protection, litigation preparedness, intellectual property, technology, domain names and the Internet, and insurance coverage. He publishes and speaks on topics involving US and international issues affecting litigation, e-discovery, data protection and other information risks. He is also Council Member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section, a member of The Sedona Conference (WG1 & WG6), and is an advisory board member of two international consulting firms.

charles_volkert_webCharles Volkert III | Executive Director | Robert Half Legal | Miami
Executive director of Robert Half Legal and executive managing director of Robert Half Legal eDiscovery Services, he heads  operations for the premier provider of highly skilled legal professionals for law firms and corporate legal departments. His company also offers legal project management and managed review services. A noted author and speaker, and former litigator, Volkert holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Furman University. He is a member of the ACEDS Advisory Board.

Allison Walton | Chief Executive Officer | Fortis Quay | Ojai, CA
Founder and president of the e-risk consulting company, Fortis Quay, in Ojai, California, she helps large organizations measure risks associated with e-discovery, compliance, and information governance and develop training and processes to counter them. A well-known figure in the fields of e-discovery and information governance, she previously worked as an attorney at Symantec where she was responsible for consulting with corporate legal departments and outside counsel to develop efficient, scalable processes and cost-savings strategies for the archiving, collection, review and storage of email and other electronic data. She also educates organizations on the importance of implementing end-to-end archiving solutions across the EDRM to drive down costs, improve efficiency and minimize legal risk. An active member of the Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program, she regularly writes and speaks on a variety of e-discovery related issues.

david_waxse_webHon. David J. Waxse | US Magistrate Judge | US District Court, District of Kansas | Kansas City
US Magistrate Judge for the District Court of Kansas since 1999, he has authored some of the most noteworthy and influential decisions relating to e-discovery disputes. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Overland Park, Kansas. A lecturer at the University of Kansas School of Law, he speaks and writes frequently on issues of e-discovery, and is the author of “Do I Really Have To Do That? Rule 26(a)(1) Disclosures and Electronic Information.” In a pioneering 2007 opinion, in Williams v. Sprint/United Management Co., he interpreted the scope of electronic discovery to include metadata. From 1992-1999, he was a member, and one time chair, of the Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications, the state judicial discipline organization. He was also a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee and the Mediation Panel for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. He is a Past-President of the Kansas Bar Association, as well.

andy_wilson_webAndy Wilson | Co-Founder and CEO | Logik | San Francisco
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Logik, a pioneer in document discovery software, he leads a team of forward-thinking entrepreneurs in developing advanced technologies for law firms and businesses. With a background in software development, he started Logik in 2004 with Sheng Yang with the goal of making e-discovery easier and more accessible. Today, he focuses on customer research and product design. He is the visionary behind Logik’s product and marketing strategy, which is to modernize and simplify legal technology for everyone. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech.

alan_winchester_webAlan Winchester | Attorney & Leader, National E-Discovery Practice | Harris Beach | New York
Attorney at Harris Beach, in New York, and leader of the firm’s national e-discovery practice, e-info (www.einfoadvantage.com), he advises organizations on all aspects of e-discovery, including the location and production of documents during litigation or government investigations. He also practices within the Medical and Life Sciences Industry Team and in the Mass Torts and Industry‑Wide Litigation Practice Group, where he defends device and pharmaceutical companies in both personal injury and consumer fraud based claims. A leading expert in all phases of the discovery process, he and his group, which includes forensically trained IT professionals, routinely help organizations with the identification and preservation of potentially relevant content; its collection; review and finally production to the requesting party. He is a pioneer in the use of predictive coding to cost effectively and quickly identify responsive documents for early case assessment and review purposes.

David Yerich, CEDS | Director of eDiscovery | UnitedHealth Group | Minneapolis
As Director of E-Discovery at UnitedHealth Group, he oversees processes, protocols and tools that the company utilizes in its electronic discovery production in regulatory and legal matters. One of the nation’s leading experts in discovery, he previously worked as the Electronic Discovery Consultant at Faegre & Benson, a large Minneapolis law firm, and for ten years at the large international company, Cargill, where his work focused on document and electronic records management, e-discovery strategies and document productions. He also played a key role in the implementation and roll-out of a worldwide document management tool at Cargill’s legal department.