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ACEDS announces launch of Jacksonville chapter, which joins rapidly growing network of professional

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Posted by: Emily Mermell
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November 3, 2014MIAMIACEDS, a BARBRI Professional Association, today announced that it has launched a member chapter in Jacksonville, Florida to be led by a diverse group of expert practitioners.

Chris Dix, CEDS, shareholder at the law firm of Smith, Hulsey & Busey will serve as its president.

The Jacksonville chapter, which joins similar groups in Detroit, Washington, DC, San Francisco, New York, New England, and elsewhere, delivers the knowledge and opportunities ACEDS provides its members to a local level. The e-discovery association, the largest in the world and the sole provider of the CEDS credential, promotes e-discovery competence, risk and cost reduction, and career advancement through certification, education, training and networking.

Mr. Dix, who is also a member of the ACEDS task force responsible for maintaining the CEDS exam, is joined by an impressive Board of Directors.

Suzanne Clark, CEDS, Vice President and Membership Chair, is a lawyer in Jacksonville who, before concentrating her practice in e-discovery, practiced commercial litigation and education law. Ms. Clark is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association where she serves on the Board as Vice President of Events, and the Atlanta and Charlotte Chapters of Women in E-Discovery (WiE).

Matt Detzel, Treasurer, is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group of Akerman, LLP. He practices in the areas of business litigation and appeals. Mr. Detzel has represented sophisticated businesses and individuals in a variety of matters including contract disputes, enforcement of negotiable instruments, and suits involving intellectual property licensing and trade secret protection. He has also defended clients in regulatory compliance matters brought by local, state and federal government bodies as well as tort actions brought by market competitors claiming fraud, tortious interference, unfair competition, and conversion.

Megan Kelberman, Sponsorship and Programming Chair, is an associate in Gunster’s Jacksonville office, where her commitment to excellence is matched only by her energy and enthusiasm. She joined Gunster in 2013, after graduating second in her class from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Megan represents clients in a variety of matters, with a focus on complex commercial litigation.  Recently, she achieved a significant victory for her client in the Fifth District Court of Appeal of Florida, having drafted a winning brief regarding contractual attorney’s fees.

Lisa Gilbert, Marketing Chair, is litigation support counsel to Fidelity National Financial. Lisa holds a variety of roles pertaining to the legal and technical aspects involved in litigation support and e-discovery. She is an e-discovery project manager working directly with internal and external counsel, works with Fidelity’s technical vendors, and oversees a department of Fidelity’s India team.

The chapter is one of several that are broadening the reach of ACEDS in the US and abroad. Its mission is to promote e-discovery competence and career advancement among local professionals through certification, education and networking.

“There has never been an organization in the Northeast Florida/Jacksonville area that is dedicated to learning about and improving the practice of e-discovery,” Mr. Dix said. “The vision for ACEDS Jacksonville is to fill that void by building a community of individuals from various backgrounds and disciplines, including attorneys, paralegals, IT, litigation support, records management and law enforcement, that can collaborate and learn from each other about e-discovery.

“We are already hard at work planning events for 2015 that are designed to educate members about best practices, developing technologies and tools, and changes in state and federal laws and ethics rules,” Mr. Dix added.

“ACEDS Jacksonville will play an essential role in bringing our mission of education, training, and professional development to bear in this important e-discovery community,” Robert Hilson, Executive Director of ACEDS, added. “We are proud of the impressive board Chris and his team have assembled, and look forward to working together with it to serve the industry.”

The Jacksonville Chapter will be holding a kickoff meeting in December. Invitations are forthcoming. Persons wishing to attend the event or join the chapter should contact Chris Dix at


ACEDS, A BARBRI Professional Association, is an international membership organization for private and public sector persons in law, litigation support, technology, and records management, and others who face e-discovery in their work. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential to eligible candidates who pass a rigorous proctored examination that they can take at 700 secure ACEDS-Kryterion Testing Centers worldwide. It has CEDS professionals on four continents, and also offers live and online training, specialized information and community and network-building events.

If you would like to launch an ACEDS chapter or join an existing one, please contact ACEDS Chapter Coordinator Susan Kavanagh at

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