CEDS Spotlight: Meet Zina Motley-Weaver
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Posted by: Jason Krause
Tell us a bit about your position and responsibilities. What do you do for Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.?
I was fortunate to be hired by Konica Minolta’s transformation strategist and Senior Vice President, Sam Errigo who about five years ago developed a vertical strategy focusing on key verticals, such as legal, healthcare and education. The goal was to hire individuals in these verticals such as myself who had a diverse background in the legal industry. I currently lead the legal vertical strategy as the national solution’s manager focusing on eDiscovery, Computer Forensics, Managed Reviewed Services and the management of our robust legal solution’s portfolio. With over 1,200 sales reps, 120 branches and 350 dealers, my role as the subject matter expert for both the direct and dealer channels, is to ensure that Konica Minolta continues to add innovative technology, keep pace with the current trends in the market, provide training and marketing tools, and establish partnerships with industry leaders. Konica Minolta for many decades has been a trusted advisor to law firms, corporate legal departments and government entities and our eDiscovery consulting services has been a value-add to our clients. My role is to ensure that our client’s cybersecurity issues, eDiscovery, computer forensics, managed review, customized workflow, compliance concerns, IT services, cloud, mobility and information management needs are satisfied.
How long have you been in this position?
I have been leading Konica Minolta’s US legal vertical market since December 2010.
Tell us a little bit about how you got here?
My entire career has been in the legal industry on the client and vendor side, and both perspectives have helped me with my current role. I was hired after college to assist with the set-up of the New Jersey Attorney General’s tort litigation division in Newark, New Jersey. I was privileged to work on many high-profile consumer fraud, securities and tort litigation cases as a litigation paralegal and then went on to manage the tort litigation department. Thereafter, I worked for several litigation support vendors managing top law firm and corporate accounts consulting on eDiscovery, litigation, facilities management and managed services. All of these experiences prepared me for my current role and for the last five years it has always been an exciting journey.
What drove you to seek certification in eDiscovery and particularly the CEDS?
I am a big fan of obtaining certifications and being a part of associations because they do show your commitment to the field of study. I have obtained a few litigation support and project management certifications to better understand both project management and agile development methodologies. It is important to stay relevant in the eDiscovery industry since I lead Konica Minolta’s eDiscovery division and strategy. As such, I felt it was vital as the subject matter expert to obtain this industry leading eDiscovery certification (CEDS) and to join ACEDS.
How has this benefited you in your career?
Obtaining the CEDS has introduced me to a group of dedicated individuals who want to be a part of setting standards in the eDiscovery industry. In addition, having access to timely eDiscovery webinars, peer collaboration and the ACEDS organization with its admirable dedicated staff is valuable. At Konica Minolta among my peers and with our valued clients, the CEDS designation shows my commitment to being a respected internal/external resource in the fast-paced eDiscovery industry.
What are your overall observations of the eDiscovery profession?
While it is important to have a niche in the eDiscovery market, your ability to be well-rounded and have expertise on all aspects of the EDRM will enable you to consult with clients at the onset of data mapping, early case assessment, information governance and security. Konica Minolta has a strong reputation in crafting our legal clients with creative services, solutions and innovative strategies which means being well-versed in the entire lifecycle of the EDRM. Anyone who has spent a considerable amount of time in the legal space knows that with the blink of the eye new technology, concepts or processes are ever changing. My observations of the eDiscovery profession are simple: stay relevant, help your clients embrace beneficial technological changes, listen to your client’s needs, customer satisfaction is paramount and move beyond your niche to understand the full spectrum of the eDiscovery industry.
What would you like to see from of an organization like ACEDS?
I am a proud new member only recently obtaining the CEDS, but thus far all of the tools and resources have been invaluable. I am going to flip that question to, “What should members do to help ACEDS?” I plan to help get new members and leverage social media channels to help market the organization. Therefore, activities or motivational factors that will empower members to empower others to join and/or sign up for ACEDS eDiscovery Essential training and to ultimately get certified would be advantageous to the goal of increasing membership.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself that you would like others to know?
Ever since I was young, I have had a gift for spotting antique furniture. Even if it had 10 coats of paint and was unrecognizable as a relevant piece of history, I could see past that and find the hidden gem. As a hobby, I go on “antique adventures” throughout New England in the hopes of spotting that piece of furniture to refinish and bring back to its glory days. Most recently, I spotted an art deco statute that was being used as an outside doorstop for more than 30 years. To my surprise, it was a 1920s original bearing the signature of Mr. Arthur von Frankenberg, one of New York’s well-known artists and sculptors who owned Frankart, Inc.
Anything you would like to add?
Unlike an old antique that may be pushed into a corner of a barn and forgotten, I have the power to keep myself relevant. The legal space is changing at lightning speed. With cyber and data security continuing to be a threat, law firms migrating to the cloud and information governance along with eDiscovery remain hot topics. As such, that’s why I obtained the certified eDiscovery specialist certification (CEDS) to maintain my relevance and joined the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) to network with my peers and to keep abreast of the ever-changing eDiscovery landscape. Lastly, I am almost at the finish line for my master’s degree in law and governance with a concentration in legal technology, compliance and regulations.