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A Distinguished Advisory Board Guides ACEDS
Alvin Lindsay, CEDS Partner | Hogan Lovells | ACEDS Advisory Board Chair
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.
Lael Andara, CEDS Partner | Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley
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. With 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 M. Barkett, Senior Partner | Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Chairman of the ABA’s National Institute on E-Discovery and a thought leader in the field, he is a partner in the Miami office of the international law firm, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. A specialist in litigation and commercial arbitration in several areas of law, he 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 the 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) (both by First Chair Press, Chicago). 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? (Duke 2010 Conference, May 2010). He earned his JD from Yale Law School and BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Barbara Bennett, CEDS Co-Founder, ALSP | E-Discovery Manager | Stout Risius Ross
Co-founder and past president of the Association of Litigation Support Professionals, she has more than 30 years of experience working in the legal industry and has worked specifically in the E-Discovery 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 E-Discovery litigation software platform. Barbara works closely with legal counsel advises regarding document review workflow best practices, searching protocols and client productions. Previously, she was the Litigation Support Manger at Dickinson Wright, a 450-attorney international law firm, where she served as a strategic resource for E-Discovery, document collection, and other practice support needs. Barbara holds the CEDS certification from the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists and is a Relativity Certified Administrator. She is the current President of the ACEDS Detroit, Inc. chapter and frequently presents on topics covering project management, E-Discovery and litigation support.
James Bickley, CEDS Director, Disputes & Investigations | Navigant
Director in Navigant’s Disputes & Investigations division, he brings more than 14 years of extensive experience advising corporations, law firms and government entities in matters involving e-discovery, forensics, data breach and cyber security, application development, predictive coding, discovery management, in addition to all phases of information lifecycle management. A CEDS, he has experience across the entire spectrum of the e-discovery process, from document collection to the defense of privilege logs, and all steps in between. He regularly advises clients on e-discovery and privacy related issues, including negotiating with opposing counsel and government investigators concerning the preservation of structure and unstructured data, search and data analytics, early case assessment (ECA), processing and production of electronically stored information (ESI), records and information management, technology issues, cost considerations, ethical issues, and the use of advanced technologies and computer forensics as investigative tools.
Robert childress, founder, the masters conference
Mr. Childress has continued to impact the many lives, companies and your day to day roles within the legal industry. If you are part of diversity groups, use legal research or products for processing and review Mr. Childress has had a role. Mr. Childress is a visioner that focuses on bettering the legal community in all aspects. Mr. Childress recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in the legal industry. From the cover of magazines, news organizations and articles he has been a force in improving our industry. Over 25 years, he has held executive positions with some key legal corporations including Lexis-Nexis 5a Security, Thomson & Thomson, Elsevier Science, McGrawHill, Shepards, Wave Software and founder of The Masters Conference. Early in his career at LexisNexis, Childress managed product design, software sales for lexis.com. During his tenure; Childress has been awarded numerous contracts from clients such as the FBI, CIA, White House, Homeland Security, McDonald's, Google, Littler, Walmart which have bolstered many company’s already elite portfolio of customers. Among his many achievements, Childress is the founder of the Masters Conference and the co-founder of a charity golf events, networking groups and associations for lawyers. Mr. Childress has been featured many times over the years within National Register Who’s Who, LTN Florida IT, Chicago Lawyer Legal Technology, BNA, INC. ARMA, EDRM Quarterly. He is now part of the board of ACEDS, LTPI and serves on advisory roles within in many associations.
Scott M. Cohen, CEDS Director, E-Discovery Support Services | Winston & Strawn
Director of E-Discovery Support Services at Winston & Strawn, he is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s litigation support technology, e-discovery operations and document review center management. Throughout his career, he has worked in a consultative capacity with law firms and corporate legal departments enabling them to effectively leverage technology in all legal practice areas. With a focus on e-discovery, records management, and litigation readiness, he advises firm lawyers and clients on a wide variety of technical issues relating to discovery in complex litigation. A member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, he is a frequent writer and speaker on a variety of topics ranging from e-discovery best practices and legal cost control to leadership development, performance management and staff mentoring in legal organizations. Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, he was the Practice Support Director for Proskauer Rose and, before that, the Director of Information Technology for MetLife.
Winlock Brown, President | Litigation Central
A former president of the Association of Litigation Support Professionals, she has an extensive background in consulting on data management challenges and managing vendors, particularly in large scale litigation. With her deep knowledge of technical and software options, she provides clients at Litigation Central with the insight to develop the best solutions for their specific needs. An attorney, she has consulted with both corporate and private law firms in a variety of matters, including assisting clients with software selection and implementation, data mapping, vendor management, departmental evaluations, litigation holds, litigation readiness, formulation of discovery plans, and creation of practice support groups. Previously, she served as director of practice support services for Holme Roberts & Owen, the national law firm that would later merge with Bryan Cave. She has authored numerous white papers on litigation support and e-discovery.
Stephanie L. Giammarco, CEDS Partner | BDO Consulting
A partner at BDO Consulting, she leads the Computer Forensics and E-Discovery practice. For 16 years, she has provided litigation and investigative services to a wide range of Fortune 500 clients and law firms. Her consulting and advisory services have been provided in matters ranging from class actions, internal investigations, and securities and financial statement fraud. Using tools of computer forensics, e-discovery, data mining and electronic extraction, she has led complex financial fraud cases. She testifies on behalf of businesses concerning e-discovery practices and often speaks and presents papers on e-discovery and computer forensics topics.
DAVID A. GREETHAM, VICE PRESIDENT OF E-DISCOVERY SALES & OPERATIONS | RICOH USA, INC.
David A. Greetham is Vice President of eDiscovery Sales and Operations at Ricoh USA, Inc. Throughout his career, David has been retained by law firms and corporations as a Testifying and Consulting Expert in the area of Computer Forensics, eDiscovery and Information Governance. Additionally, he has been responsible for forensic examinations of computer systems involved in theft of trade secrets, internet misuse, harassment, murder, fraud and alleged spoliation. David has testified as a computer forensics expert on many occasions both nationally and internationally and is the inventor of Remlox™ a patented remote forensic collection tool which has been used in 37 different countries. David also holds several other patents in relation to eDiscovery technology.
Jeffrey S. Jacobson, CEDS Director, Division of Law | State of New Jersey
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.
Ozzy Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer | Driven
CEO at Driven Inc., he oversees development and direction of his company’s business strategy and corporate vision. In addition , he coordinates the planning and direction of all organizational targets and standards for performance, quality, corporate culture, and legislative adherence. He also maintains and develops Driven’s values and reputation in the marketplace. Before joining Driven in 2005, he served as a Chief Operations Officer with a national real estate development firm. In this role, Ozzy was responsible for revenue, brand recognition, acquisitions, sales, training, staff development, and research/development of new markets. Previously, he served in numerous sales and marketing leadership roles with a track record of proven success.
Helen Bergman Moure, CEDS | Principal | Lex Aperta | Seattle
Principal of Lex Aperta in Seattle, which offers comprehensive e-discovery legal advice and consulting, Helen Bergman Moure has been a commercial litigator in federal and state court for more than 24 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. Helen has served as an expert witness in both state and federal court actions, and 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 a variety of industry organizations, including serving on the advisory board of ACEDS.
Sunil Mudunuri, Senior Manager of Business Development | Fronteo
Senior manager of marketing and business development at Fronteo North America, in San Francisco, he is a respected thought leader on international and cross-border e-discovery issues and an active member in leading industry organizations. He is a contributor to the The Sedona Conference Working Group VI, which focuses on cross-border discovery and data privacy. Prior to Fronteo, he held several management roles in prominent technology companies where he successfully re-launched product lines and established channel partnerships to drive revenue. A veteran of establishing marketing programs and alliances in both private and public companies, he started his career as a chip design engineer at Quicklogic, where he was granted a patent for the high-speed embedded SERDES product. He has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University, Ohio.
Tom O’Connor, Director | Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center
Director of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center, he is a nationally known consultant, speaker and writer in the areas of computerized litigation support systems and e-discovery. Beginning his career as a paralegal specializing in complex litigation, he has worked on asbestos litigation, the Keating case, national breast implant litigation, tobacco litigation on behalf of the Attorney General of Texas and various phases of the Enron litigation. He has designed databases and trained legal staffs in their use. This work has involved both public and private law firms of all sizes across the nation and, over the past several years, has expanded to include electronic document depositories, trial presentation systems and e-discovery. A frequent lecturer on the subject of legal technology, he has served on the faculty of numerous national CLE providers and the advisory board of the national American Lawyer Media LegalTech conferences.
Michael I. Quartararo, CEDS Director of Litigation Support Services | Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Director of Litigation Support Services at New York-based Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. He is the author of "Project Management in Electronic Discovery," the only book to merge project management principles and best practices in electronic discovery. He is a teacher, a project management professional, and technologist with more than 18 years of experience in the legal services industry. He has worked in legal technology and litigation at large law firms, including at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, managing large litigation and complex technology projects. At Stroock, he is responsible for the development and implementation of Firm policy relating to the use of technology across multiple practice areas, and as part of the Firm’s administrative team, he oversees a full-service Litigation Support Department, the development of best practices and project-oriented protocols, and the design and delivery of e-discovery and application-specific training programs. Mike is a member of the Firm’s eDiscovery and Information Governance Group and he regularly consults with attorneys and the Firm’s Fortune 500 clients on the use of technology, electronic discovery and information governance.
A graduate of the State University of New York, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology and music, he also studied law for one year at the University of London. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS), and he teaches e-discovery and project management at Tempe, Arizona-based Bryan University, where he also sits on the university advisory board. He is the ACEDS liaison member to the Advisory Committee of the EDRM. Mike frequently writes and speaks on issues related to project management, e-discovery and litigation support.
Kimarie R. Stratos, Senior Vice President and General Counsel | Memorial Healthcare System
Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Memorial Healthcare System, the fifth largest public hospital system in the United States, she oversees legal and risk issues at five hospitals, numerous primary care and outpatients centers and a nursing home. Previously, she was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Miami Children’s Hospital. An experienced litigator in state and federal court on behalf of corporate and individual clients in commercial matters, tort claims, and employment discrimination litigation, she is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association with 20 years experience in health law. A member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame where she received her law degree, she is also an expert in sports law and was the first female attorney registered as a major league baseball agent, representing athletes and sports corporations in multi-million dollar deals. She is one of the authors of a leading sports law textbook, The Law of Professional and Amateur Sports.
Robin Athlyn Thompson, CEDS Vice President – Marketing & Business Development | icontrol esi
President Elect of AIIM International and International Board of Directors member at ARMA, she is the Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at iControl ESI. She has worked in the legal field since 1974, as a discovery project manager in complex cases at the local and national levels, including work for the plaintiffs’ team in the multidistrict litigation involving silicone breast implants, and previously as a paralegal. Nationally recognized for her record of promoting and educating the e-discovery community, she has been active in various associations in the legal field, including ARMA and Women in E-Discovery. During her tenure as National President of ALSP, membership has grown by 45%, according to a 2011 survey by Litigation Support Today. She has received numerous awards, including ARMA’s Award of Achievement, Ambassador Award and Spirit of Education Award. A frequent speaker on various issues in the legal field, she received a US Department of Justice Mentor Award.
Charles A. Volkert III, Executive Director | Robert Half Legal
Executive Director of Robert Half Legal, one of the largest providers of project and full-time professionals to law firms, corporations and government agencies, he has been instrumental in the expansion of the company, which he joined in 1999. Robert Half Legal has locations in major US and Canadian metropolitan areas. A lawyer, he is an expert, author and speaker on employment trends, job search and career management and is co-managing director of Robert Half Legal eDiscovery Services which offers legal project management and e-discovery services, including litigation support, mergers and acquisitions matters and document review. He advises clients on the strategic use of project management and project attorney teams for e-discovery and document review, temporary legal support and full-time staff to manage business fluctuations and workload increases. He previously practiced law in Miami, focusing on complex litigation, insurance defense, medical malpractice and product liability.
Allison Walton, Chief Executive Officer | Fortis Quay
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 Yerich, CEDS Director of eDiscovery | UnitedHealth Group
As Director of E-Discovery at UnitedHealth Group, in Minnetonka, Minnesota, 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 Fortune 500 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.