Detroit Chapter Leadership
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President - Scott A. Petz, Esq. is a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Troy office.  Mr. Petz focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, class and collective actions, labor litigation, consumer protection, and condemnation and land use.  Mr. Petz was selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and also received the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers Section’s 2013 “One to Watch” award.  Mr. Petz has presented and published in the eDiscovery area.  Mr. Petz received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College, cum laude, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude.  His email address is spetz@dickinson-wright.com

 

Vice President - Phillip Shane, Esq. counsels clients involved in litigation and government investigations, especially on issues associated with the identification, preservation, collection, review, and production of electronically-stored information (ESI). His diverse experience includes product liability and class action cases, regulatory investigations, high-profile financial fraud, patent infringement suits, contract disputes, labor and employment actions, legal malpractice/unauthorized practice cases, antitrust litigation and pre-merger antitrust investigations. Phil received his B.A. from Western Michigan University and his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. His email address is shane@millercanfield.com

 

Treasurer - Tom Isaacs, Esq. has extensive experience representing a diverse lineup of businesses in litigation, including in product liability, personal injury, contractual, antitrust, regulatory, corporate governance and business tort matters. Tom has been responsible for all phases of such cases, including pre-litigation claim assessment, development and execution of case strategy, written discovery, depositions, motion practice, expert witness retention and preparation, settlement negotiations and overall case management.  Tom currently serves as National Discovery Counsel for a major automotive manufacturer in state and federal courts throughout the United States. His eDiscovery experience is very well-rounded, covering everything from document production, collection and review, as well as litigation holds and clawback agreements. He is well-versed with federal and state eDiscovery rules and requirements, and has recently published two articles on eDiscovery topics involving predictive coding and adverse influencing. He also gave a presentation on recent eDiscovery case law and current trends at the State Bar of Michigan Annual Day of Education. Professionally, Michigan Super Lawyers selected Tom as a Rising Star in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was also appointed an Oakland County Public Administrator by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in 2013. His email address is Thomas.Isaacs@bowmanandbrooke.com

 

Membership – Penny Jones serves as Harness Dickey’s Relativity Administrator and Litigation Support Specialist as well as Senior Technical Trainer.  In this role, she is responsible for educating and training the lawyers and staff in the areas of ESI, LAW Pre-Discovery and Relativity as well as processes, imports and exports data.  For more than twenty years, Penny has enjoyed a diverse career in law firm IT, including court room evidence presentation in more than 25 trials in both state and federal courts.  Penny is a boat owner and loves to golf. Her email address is pjones@HDP.com

 

Public Relations – Denise B. Bach, CEDS is a Vice President, Enterprise Sales at Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company. She has extensive experience in Digital Forensics, eDiscovery and Cybersecurity and works with law firms, corporate counsel, litigation support managers and paralegals to bridge the gap between the legal process and technology. Denise’s experience with eDiscovery projects from collection through production spans many industries including manufacturing, automotive, finance, retail, marketing, government, energy, healthcare and insurance. Her expertise involves matters related to numerous forms of government investigations including anti-trust, as well as large complex commercial litigation, theft of intellectual property and other labor and employment matters. Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company, Denise was a Director with KLDiscovery and prior to that, a Managing Director with Stout Risius Ross, Inc. (STOUT). Denise has held positions over the past 25 years within the legal industry at both law firms and corporations as well as at national eDiscovery service providers. Denise is a Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS), is a member of The Sedona Conference and is on the Technology Committee of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Her email address is dbach@strozfriedberg.com 

 

Secretary Ingrid Evert, Esq. concentrates her practice on defending automotive manufacturers in product liability actions and serves as national discovery counsel for a major automobile manufacturer in litigation involving airbags and rollover curtains, safety belts, event data recorders, handling and stability, roof and crashworthiness. Ingrid maintains a strong focus on handling all aspects of written discovery which includes interfacing daily with an international automotive company. Ingrid also is knowledgeable in the area of discovery management including collecting, processing and producing hard copy documents and electronically stored information. Prior to working with Bowman and Brooke, Ingrid worked as an attorney on contracts with several leading automotive suppliers of seating, interior, exterior, safety and emission control technologies. In this role, she focused on contractual and warranty matters as well as litigation support and eDiscovery, including document collection, review and production. Prior to graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy School of law in 2007, Ingrid served as legal assistant to the assistant general counsel of product and regulatory affairs at one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers. She was responsible for managing corporate discovery collection, instituting litigation holds, retrieving responsive data and documents and managing production to outside counsel. Ingrid has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her email address is Ingrid.Evert@bowmanandbrooke.com 

 

Chairman of the Board / Advisor - Barbara Bennett, CEDS has more than 30 years of experience working in the legal industry and has worked specifically in the eDiscovery area for the last 12 years.  Barbara currently works for the world’s seventh largest automobile manufacturer in their IT Legal department where she helps manage the eDiscovery litigation software platform.  Barbara also works with legal counsel advises regarding document review workflow best practices, searching protocols and client productions.  Barbara holds the CEDS certification from the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists, and is also a Relativity Certified Administrator.  Being passionate regarding the education surrounding eDiscovery best practices, Barbara participates on the ACEDS’ advisory board is the former President of the ACEDS Detroit Chapter. Her email address is barbara.bennett@fcagroup.com

 

Educational Advisor - B. Jay Yelton, III, Esq. is a veteran attorney who has spent much of the past two decades designing and implementing plans and programs that help clients manage electronic documents, prepare for litigation and develop eDiscovery strategies. He has more than 20 years of legal project management experience and is certified in Legal Lean Sigma Project Management.  Jay has practiced extensively in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust and trade regulation, product liability and torts.  Jay received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago and his B.A., with honors, from Michigan State University. His email address is jyelton@wnj.com

 

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