The author of the first and only book on eDiscovery Project Management, Mike Quartararo, will be in the ACEDS webinar studio for an Ask the Expert. As usual, Kaylee Walstad and Mary Mack will serve up some poll questions to see what is on the participants' minds. Mike will survey the eDiscovery Project Management tool landscape prior to our session. If you want your favorite tool represented, please reach out to Mike or Kaylee.
Founder and Managing Director
eDPM Advisory Services
Mike Quartararo is the founder and managing director of eDPM Advisory Services, a consulting firm meeting the emerging e-discovery, project management and legal technology needs of law firms, corporate legal departments and service provider organizations He is also the author of the 2016 book Project Management in Electronic Discovery, which merges project management principles and best practices in electronic discovery. Mike has been solving client problems using technology for 20 years. He has built his career upon strategic and innovative thinking, leadership and operational skills he honed while working at the best legal organizations in the world. A former law firm director, project manager, database specialist and paralegal, Mike has decades of experience delivering e-discovery, project management and legal technology services to law firms and Fortune 500 corporations across the globe. He has worked in legal technology and litigation support at large law firms, including ten years at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, and more recently, as the firm-wide director of litigation support at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. As an adjunct professor at Arizona-based Bryan University, Mike co-designed and taught a graduate program on e-discovery project management. He is graduate of the State University of New York and he studied law for one year at the University of London. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS). He sits on the national board of the Association of E-Discovery Specialists and is the ACEDS liaison member to the Advisory Committee of Duke-EDRM. Mike frequently writes and speaks on issues related to project management, e-discovery and litigation support.
Mary Mack is a long-time industry expert with over 25 years of experience and leadership to her credit. Under her leadership, ACEDS furthers its commitment of building an international community of e-discovery practitioners for the exchange of training, certification, professional development and networking. Mack is known for her strength in relationship and community building, as well as for the depth of her e-discovery knowledge. Before joining ACEDS, Mary was the Enterprise Technology Counsel for ZyLAB, a global eDiscovery and Intelligent Information Governance software company focused on helping organizations insource eDiscovery to reduce legal spend and prevent privacy breaches and IP leakage. Prior to eDiscovery, Mary designed, coded, tested and maintained mission critical enterprise systems for banks, health insurers and pharmaceutical companies. Certified in eDiscovery, security, access and identity management, forensics and computer telephony, Mary is admitted to the Illinois bar and a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. Mary is the author of A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery and the co-editor of Thomson Reuters West’s eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Kaylee Walstad is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at ACEDS. In her role, Walstad works closely with affiliates, corporate and government entities, and law firms to educate and validate the expertise of their eDiscovery teams. She is also a part of ACEDS chapter team supporting their current chapters and assisting in the formation strategy of new chapters as well. Walstad has a broad background of eDiscovery experience and skill that uniquely positions her to provide insight into the challenges faced by the end-users of eDiscovery services and technology and the organizations serving them. She has extensive expertise in developing cross organizational discovery strategies for large litigation and investigations. Additionally, she is the Central Region Director for Women in eDiscovery and has been a Board of Directors’ member since 2012, a Masters Conference board member and a member of Women in Homeland Security.