The legal market has changed dramatically and many professionals are experiencing significant uncertainty. To support the ACEDS community, the organization's advisory board is producing a three-part summer series called Transitions, Transformations, and Triumphs in 2020. This roundtable Q&A will feature some of the e-discovery sector's most recognized leaders in a candid conversation about managing change and moving forward. Advisory board chair Ari Kaplan will moderate each discussion and ACEDS president Mike Quartararo will lead each all-star panel.
Senior Program Manager
Rachi Messing is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft in the Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs department based out of their Israel office. In his current role he works to promote and manage the usage of advanced technology solutions allowing the eDiscovery team to be efficient and effective in handling their active docket. Formerly part of the Equivio management team, he joined Microsoft through the acquisition in January 2015 where he spent three years working in the Office 365 Information Protection product group managing their eDiscovery, Data Governance and Compliance features. His 20 years in the global Compliance industry have seen him develop technology strategy for both the Service Provider and Software development space.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Jeffrey Jacobson, CEDS, is a litigation partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and a former Chief Counsel to the New Jersey Attorney General, in which role he oversaw all civil enforcement investigations and represented the State in many high-profile lawsuits and appeals. With his public-sector experience as well as more than 20 years defending clients in class actions and other large-stakes claims, Jeff provides a multifaceted and strategic perspective. He has designed and implemented electronic discovery strategies for massive international investigations and law enforcement inquiries, and this experience helps him manage electronic discovery costs in matters of all sizes.
Director of Practice Technology
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Julie Brown is the director of practice technology at Vorys. She has worked in legal technology for more than 30 years. She has a paralegal degree and has worked in law firms and a corporate litigation department. Her experience includes managing large discovery matters, records management, project management and process improvement. She manages Vorys' practice technology department, which provides data analytics and electronic discovery services. Julie is active in coordinating litigation technology education opportunities for the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) and serves as the Conference Co-Chair for ILTACon 2019-2020. In 2011 Julie received ILTA’s Distinguished Peer Award for Litigation and Practice Support. She is a certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) and is certified in ViewPoint, Sanction, Law 5.0, Prosci Change Management, the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Lean Six Sigma.
Manager of Legal Discovery and Compliance
Sonya Judkins is a Manager of Legal Discovery and Compliance in Sprint’s Legal Department in Reston, Virginia. Mrs. Judkins is responsible for e-discovery management and coordination for the Litigation Department. Sonya specializes in the areas of in-house legal/litigation practices and procedures, management of core-team efforts to implement policies, procedures and tools helping to mitigate risks associated with the preservation and production of electronically stored information thereby ensuring compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations. She is also responsible for coordination and assistance to the Records Retention and Compliance and IT functional areas. Mrs. Judkins joined Nextel Communications in September 1999 as an executive assistant for the commercial contracts group and was promoted to Legal Analyst in November 2002. Mrs. Judkins assumed her current responsibilities in March 2008 after the merger of Nextel and Sprint. Prior to joining Nextel, Mrs. Judkins was a Branch Office Administrator and Account Verification Coordinator at Edward Jones Investments for several years.
Mrs. Judkins received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude in Business Administration with an emphasis for contracts and acquisitions from Strayer University in Alexandria, Virginia.