ABA TECHSHOW 2014 Faculty Coming Soon – Stay Tuned!
Wells H. Anderson
Active Practice LLC, Edina, MN
Wells H. Anderson is president of Active Practice LLC. He works with small law firms and solo attorneys throughout North America via phone and screen-sharing. Anderson is among the top Time Matters practice management software experts and is the first consultant in the United States to be certified in the comprehensive ActionStep cloud-based service for practice management, workflow, document assembly, accounting and other law office functions.
Anderson assists clients who want to:
- Switch from an old practice management software to a new cloud-based or desktop practice management system
- Become more organized and profitable by customizing a practice management system
- Learn to take better advantage of their law office software
- Protect their irreplaceable data and documents with an ultra-secure, monitored, affordable cloud backup plan.
Steven J. Best
Affinity Consulting Group, Atlanta, GA
Steven is an attorney as well as certified law office practice management consultant. He is a founding partner of the Affinity Consulting Group, a renowned law practice management and software consulting company. Steve graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Economics and received his law degree from Emory University School of Law. Steve’s love for technology, knack for numbers, thorough understanding of law office operations, and work as an attorney, give him a unique perspective related to the operations and technology needs of a private law firm, public law office and/or corporate legal department. He has achieved certified status on such well recognized products as PCLaw, Amicus Attorney, Time Matters, HotDocs, and Worldox,and resells products such as Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Tabs3, and Practice Master. Together with his industry recognized partners, Affinity has consulted with thousands law firms and law departments throughout theUnited States, Caribbean, and Canada.
David J. Bilinsky
Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
David J. Bilinsky is a Practice Management Advisor and lawyer for the Law Society of British Columbia. He has recently been named a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR) at the University of Massachusetts. He is also a Fellow of the College of. Law Practice Management and past Editor-in-Chief of ABA’s Law Practice Magazine.
David is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University and will begin teaching for both the University of Toronto Law School and the College of William and Mary Law School in 2013 on legal technology.
Dave is the founder and Chair of the Pacific Legal Technology Conference and a past Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW.
Dave writes regularly for many publications in the USA and Canada including being a core contributor to the award-winning blog www.slaw.ca as well as his own blog: www.thoughtfullaw.com. His articles have been translated into several languages and republished across the globe.
Sheila M. Blackford
Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund, Tigard, Oregon
Sheila M. Blackford is an attorney and practice management advisor with the
Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund, Tigard, Oregon since 2005 and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at University of Oregon School of Law, teaching Law Practice Management since 2010. A former sole practitioner, she provides confidential practice management assistance to Oregon attorneys to reduce their risk of malpractice claims and ethics complaints. In addition to her legal experience, she has over 10 years of teaching and marketing experience.
She received her B.A. from Mills College and her J.D. with Tax Law Concentration from McGeorge School of Law. A member of the Oregon State Bar since 2000, she is active with the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section, where she is Editor-in-Chief of Law Practice magazine and Chair of the Law Practice Magazine Editorial Board (2011-present), a member of the Section Council (2010-present), State and Local Bar Outreach Committee (2008-present), and Ethics Committee (2011-present). She also served as a member of the track advisory board for ABA TECHSHOW (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012).
She is a frequent speaker and writer about law practice management and a contributing author to the Fee Agreement Compendium published by the Oregon State Bar in 2007.
IBM Corporation, Armonk, NY
Stacey Blaustein is an attorney in the Corporate Litigation Department of the IBM Corporation in Armonk, NY where she manages E-Discovery and is responsible for Cross-Border Discovery as well as aspects of various regulatory work and subpoena matters. She is active in the areas of E-Discovery, Cross-Border Discovery and speaks on these topics. Stacey also sits on IBM’s Social Media and BYOD Policy Committees. Stacey is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and Emory School of Law.
Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., Rockford, IL
Aaron Brooks is a partner with Holmstrom & Kennedy in Rockford, Illinois. His practice is focused on technology transactions and licensing. He represents technology-based companies and information systems departments, and counsels health care providers in all aspects of HIPAA privacy and security compliance. He is a frequent speaker and writer on these topics.
Burney Consultants LLC, Cleveland, OH
Brett Burney is Principal of Burney Consultants LLC, and focuses the bulk of his time on bridging the chasm between the legal and technology frontiers of electronic discovery. Brett is also very active in the Mac-using lawyer community, working with lawyers who want to integrate Macs, iPhones & iPads into their practice. Prior to establishing Burney Consultants LLC, Brett spent over 5 years at the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP where he worked with litigation teams in building document databases, counseling on electronic discovery issues, and supporting them at trial. Brett graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2000 and quickly became active in the world of legal technology. Brett is a frequent contributor to Law.com and speaks around the country on litigation support, e-discovery, Mac and iOS-related topics.You can email him at email@example.com.
Chad E. Burton
Burton Law, Beavercreek, OH
Chad E. Burton is the founding attorney of Burton Law, a virtual law firm with lawyers located in Ohio and North Carolina. Chad’s practice focuses on business litigation and serving as outside counsel for privately-held businesses. The law firm uses cloud-based technology to provide full and unbundled services in the areas of corporate counseling, litigation, intellectual property, estate planning and data privacy.
Chad is a member of the ABA LPM Section’s eLawyering Task Force and Education Board. He serves as Chair of the Dayton Bar Association’s Leadership Development Program and is Vice Chair of the DBA’s Law & Technology Committee. Chad teaches Law Practice Management at the University of Dayton School of Law.
Oklahoma Bar Association, Location
Jim Calloway is the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association Management Assistance Program. He publishes the award-winning weblog Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips at http://jimcalloway.typepad.com and has served as co-author of three American Bar Association books on law practice management, How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times(with Ross Kodner and Sharon Nelson) and Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour: Strategies That Work, Second and Third Editions (with Mark Robertson). Mr. Calloway also produces, with Sharon Nelson, the monthly podcast, The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology.
LegalTypist, Inc., Long Island, NY
Andrea Cannavina is a Virtual Assistant and owner of LegalTypist, Inc. which provides off site legal secretarial and transcription services to US based law firms.
For over 10 years Andrea has consulted with practicing attorneys, law firm administrators and those in the business of law about the security, selection and integration of specific processes and web based technologies in order to get their work done.
Along with helping attorneys and administrators understand their options when it comes to upgrading to a digital workflow, Andrea has presented to national and international organizations on technology, security and confidentiality concerns in the digital age and working remotely.
The mother of two, Andrea lives on Long Island with her husband, Dan. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys camping, cooking, gardening and hanging with her family and friends at the Lake.
Massachusetts Law Office Management Program, Boston, MA
Jared D. Correia, Esq., is the Senior Law Practice Advisor with the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP), where he provides free and confidential law practice management consulting to Massachusetts attorneys. Before that, he managed CLE publications and the Casemaker research engine for the Massachusetts Bar Association. He has also been a practicing lawyer, in small firms, where he mostly focused on personal injury, real estate and disability law. He enjoys country music, being an American and chocolate candies featuring caramel. He respects Ron Swanson.
Patrick J. Crowley
Crowley Law Offices, PLC, Okemos, MI
Patrick J. Crowley is responsible for all civil and criminal trial litigation, including criminal law, family law, estate planning, and probate & estate litigation with Crowley Law Offices, PLC in Okemos, Michigan.
Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Crowley clerked with one of the most successful family law firms in Southern Ohio and worked as a legal intern for the University of Dayton Law Clinic and the Federal District Court for Southern Ohio while pursuing his JD at the University of Dayton. As a practicing attorney, he has served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, as trial counsel for a West-Michigan firm handling criminal defense, family law, and other general litigation, and finally as the owner of his own small/ solo practice.
Mr. Crowley has an undergraduate degree in Communications / computer information systems from Northern Michigan University and a JD from the University of Dayton School of Law. His practice runs as close to paperless as is possible, including paperless billing, pre-filled document templates, an emphasis on e-mail and text message communications, e-book use, and extensive courtroom tablet use.
In addition to his legal work, Mr. Crowley has served on the corporate board of a Mid-Michigan Credit Union, currently serves on the Committee on Publications and Website Advisory for the State Bar of Michigan, Committee for Lawyer Referral Service for the State Bar of Michigan, serves as a Cable Communications Commissioner for Meridian Township, Michigan and volunteers as a scout leader and youth football coach.
Frith & Ellerman Law Firm, P.C., Roanoke, VA
Rob Dean is an associate with Frith & Ellerman Law Firm, P.C., in Roanoke, Virginia, where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, medical malpractice, and employment law. He writes about legal technology issues on his blog, WalkingOffice: Mobile Technology for Legal Professionals. In addition to his interests in trial advocacy and technology, he enjoys running and is an avid Michigan sports fan.
Charles (Chuck) R. Diard, Jr.
United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama, Mobile, AL
Charles (Chuck) R. Diard, Jr., is Clerk of Court at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama where he was the Court’s Chief Technology Officer prior to his appointment as Clerk. He is active in many of the national committees for the Federal Judiciary and is currently serving as the co-chair of the Information Technology Advisory Council. Chuck is also the President of the Federal Court Clerks Association which maintains a membership of over 1,200 Clerks and Deputy Clerks from all over the country.
State Bar of Michigan, Lansing, MI
Diane Ebersole is a Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Michigan. She serves on the ABA TECHSHOW 2013 Board, the Law Practice Magazine board and is a member of the State and Local Bar Outreach Committee. She is a frequent speaker presenting topics encompassing office management technology and best practices, mobile practice tools and integrated practice management applications. She became a certified in HotDocs consultant in 2007 and is also a certified Clio consultant. Her background includes a stint at as the regional IT director for a fortune 500 company, a law school IT training coordinator, a network administrator and as the instructional design and testing coordinator for a medical school. Diane strives to empower attorneys and their staff with the technology tools and training to maximize the efficiency of their law firm while developing sound legal business practices.
Symantec Corp, Mountain View, CA
Philip Favro brings over thirteen years of discovery expertise to his position as Discovery Counsel for Symantec Corp. Phil is a speaker, author, blogger and consultant on the challenges that electronic data have imposed on information retention and eDiscovery practices, and how to address those challenges in legal matters. Phil’s expertise has been enhanced by his practice experience as a commercial litigation attorney in which he advised a variety of clients regarding complex discovery issues. Phil is a member of the California and Utah bars. He belongs to the ABA’s Science & Technology Section and to Working Groups 1 and 6 of The Sedona Conference.
Affinity Consulting Group, Tampa, FL
Debbie Foster is a partner of the Affinity Consulting Group which specializes in strategic technology and management solutions for law firms and legal departments. Debbie specializes in strategic & process management, IT planning, finance, marketing and management solutions. Debbie is very active in the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association and served as the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW in 2010. Debbie is based in Tampa, FL and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Barron K. Henley
Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH
Barron K. Henley is an attorney, a “legal technologist,” and a founding member of Affinity Consulting Group which handles all aspects of law practice automation including document assembly, case management, document management, legal accounting software, trial presentation/litigation support, paper reduction/scanning, hardware, networks/servers and security. Barron received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (majoring in marketing and economics) and J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Worthington Estate Planning Council. He is a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section and is the former Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Law Office Automation & Technology Committee. Barron heads Affinity’s HotDocs document assembly and software training departments; and has authored legal-specific manuals on HotDocs document assembly, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Adobe Acrobat. Barron teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes throughout the U.S. and Canada covering practice management, document management, file management, server and personal computer issues, remote access, mobile lawyering, scanning and paper reduction strategies, electronic case filing, Word, Excel, Outlook, WordPerfect, HotDocs document assembly, Adobe Acrobat, malpractice avoidance, voice recognition, and many other topics.
Randall A. Juip
Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, P.L.L.C., Livonia, MI
Randall A. Juip is an owner and member of Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, P.L.L.C., a full-services law firm with 18 attorneys located in Livonia, Michigan. His practice focuses on medical and professionals defense, civil rights and corrections medicine defense, risk/crisis management and public relations, and other complex civil litigation. Mr. Juip has tried over 45 civil trials, and he regularly presents to other professionals on issues of medical/legal topics, technology, and risk management. Mr. Juip is a member of the TECHSHOW Board.
State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Natalie Kelly is the Director of the State Bar of Georgia’s Law Practice Management Program. She provides extensive practice management and technology consulting to the members of the Georgia Bar. A frequent national writer and presenter, she actively participates in the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section where she is currently the Vice Chair for the 2013 ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board. She is a member of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, and is also a certified consultant for several leading practice management, time billing, and accounting software programs. Natalie resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and 3 daughters.
MasterCard Worldwide, O’Fallon, MO
Dennis Kennedy is an information technology lawyer and a well-known legal technology author and speaker. He co-hosts the legal technology podcast, The Kennedy-Mighell Report, and has co-authored the books LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers (with Allison Shields), Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers (with Allison Shields) and The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies (with Tom Mighell). His blog, DennisKennedy.Blog, is at http://denniskennedy.com/blog and he may be found on Twitter as @denniskennedy and @dkennedyblog.
Burton Law LLC, Raleigh, NC
Stephanie Kimbro, MA, JD, is member of Burton Law LLC, a virtual law firm offering online unbundled and traditional full-service representation in North Carolina and Ohio. She is the recipient of the 2009 ABA Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering and is the author of Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online (2010), Limited Scope Legal Services: Unbundling and the Self-Help Client (2012), and the forthcoming Consumer Law Revolution: Lawyers Guide to Online Marketing Tools (2013). She authors a blog about ethics and the online delivery of legal services at www.virtuallawpractice.org.
Kimbro is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and Chair of the ABA LPM’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. She is a former member of the ABA eLawyering Task Force, and a member of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Law Practice Management (LPM) Council, and the NCBA Tech Advisory Committee.
In addition to practicing law, Kimbro writes about the ethics and technology issues of delivering legal services online and is interested in the use of tech to increase access to justice. She has guest lectured and provided consultation on law practice management topics for many state bars, law schools, legal tech startups, and other organizations. Kimbro is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton School of Law and has developed the school’s online Digital Lawyering Program
Internet for Lawyers
Carole Levitt, President of Internet for Lawyers, has over 20 years of combined experience in the legal field as an attorney, law librarian, and legal research and writing professor. Since 1999 she has been a recognized Continuing Legal Education (CLE) speaker and author, focusing on how to use the Internet for investigative and legal research and for productivity. She has presented at the ABA TECHSHOW, LegalWorks, and LegalTech Conferences; ABA and various State Bar annual meetings; the National Association of Bar Executives; and at hundreds of bar associations, law firms, and library associations throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has co-authored 12 editions of The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet and co-authored five ABA books (Google For Lawyers, Find Info Like a Pro Volumes 1 & 2, and The Lawyer’s Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet, 2nd and 3rd editions). Additionally, she is co-author of the ABA’s forthcoming Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers. Ms. Levitt serves on the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s Publishing Board (2003-present) and previously served on its Executive Council (2007-11). She is also a member of the Association of Continuing Legal Education and was recently nominated to the College of Law Practice Management. Carole graduated with distinction from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and served on the school’s Law Review.
Affinity Consulting Group, Roanoke, VA
Britt Lorish is a partner with the Affinity Consulting Group, a legal technology consulting firm with 6 offices around the country. A former litigation paralegal and law firm network administrator, she has extensive experience conducting training on legal specific software and specializes in tailoring custom technology solutions for law firms. Ms. Lorish provides consulting, installation, customization and training for clients throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Ms. Lorish and her colleagues at Affinity Consulting are certified in a wide variety of legal software applications, including the top legal software packages used in most small to medium sized law practices. These include software for practice management, legal accounting/time & billing, document management, document assembly, voice recognition and litigation support. Ms. Lorish regularly speaks and writes on legal technology issues at the local, regional and national level.
Monte C. Malone
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Dallas, TX
Monte C. Malone is the Chief of Practice Management for Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. He has an MBA in finance and over 22 years of experience in law firm management and administration. Monte is responsible for all areas of pricing and legal project management for the firm. This includes working with all firm practice groups in the development of alternative fee arrangements for clients, the management of these arrangements and monitoring for their profitability. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Browning E. Marean
DLA Piper, San Diego, CA
Browning E. Marean is Senior Counsel in DLA Piper’s San Diego office, and is one of the worldwide leaders of the firm’s e-discovery task force. He advises firm clients about best practices for the preservation of electronic data and meeting the other challenges of e-discovery in a cost effective manner. He is co-chair of the firm’s Electronic Discovery Readiness and Response Group and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. He is a frequent and an internationally known teacher and lecturer on various topics including electronic discovery, computer technology and legal ethics.
Browning is co-author of the 2012-2013 edition of Electronic Discovery and Records Management Guide, Rules, Checklists and Forms, published by Thomson West, and Conducting Discovery in an Electronic World: Electronic Data and Discovery, published by California Civil Discovery Practice. He has been named a San Diego Super Lawyer.
Mr. Marean received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
Marc W. Matheny
Law Office of Marc W. Matheny, Indianapolis, IN
Marc W. Matheny is an attorney in practice for over 30 years in general civil litigation, family law and probate law in Indianapolis, Indiana. Marc is a registered mediator and arbitrator, and is a certified parenting coordinator and guardian ad litem.
He is a past chair of the Indiana GP/Small Firm Section, co-founder and current Chair of the I.S.B.A. Solo / Small Firm Conference. He has served the ABA on the Planning Board for the ABA’s Solo Small Firm Conference, and is a member of the ABA TECHSHOW Board.
Mr. Matheny received his J.D. from Indiana University, and received his B.A. from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.
North Carolina Bar Association, Cary, NC
Erik Mazzone is the Director of the Center for Practice Management for the North Carolina Bar Association, where he advises lawyers on legal technology and law practice management. He is active in the ABA Law Practice Management Section, where he is a columnist for Law Practice Magazine and past TECHSHOW Board Member. He is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School and speaks frequently on law practice management legal technology.
Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City, UT
Lincoln Mead is the IT Director of the Utah State Bar and still a slavish fan of Cubs baseball. As IT Director, he assists Utah attorneys with evaluation of practice management technology, implementation and policy. He is currently assisting the Utah state courts to educate attorneys on the new mandatory e-filing system.
Victor J. Medina
Medina Law Group, Pennington, NJ
Victor J. Medina is the lead attorney for the Medina Law Group, an estate planning and elder law asset protection firm in Pennington, NJ (which is either by Trenton or by Princeton, depending on who is asking). In addition to practicing law, Victor organizes an annual, national conference focused on using Macs in the law office called MILOfest, held this year on October 24-26, 2013 in Disney World. Victor suffers from an irresistible compulsion to purchase any shiny gadget manufactured by Apple on the first day it’s available.
State Bar of Michigan, Lansing, MI
As the Communications Specialist for the State Bar of Michigan, Samantha Meinke created and manages a social media strategy that has made her bar association a leader at building and initiating action within its online communities. In demand as a speaker and consultant, she advises attorneys and legal entities on how to maximize their online impact. She began her career by reaching target audiences and markets as a newspaper and custom publications reporter, blogger, and a social media marketing pioneer.
Mark C. Metzger
Law Office of Mark C. Metzger, Naperville, IL
Mark C. Metzger practices in Naperville, Illinois where his practice focuses on representing small businesses (particularly those in the software industry), elder law and real estate. Mark has been a frequent presenter on the subject of computer use in the practice of law, most recently at the last three ABA TECHSHOWs and the last three MILOfests. His office has been Mac-based since 2008 and has included Macintosh computers since 1989.
Burr & Forman, Birmingham, AL
David Michel serves as the firm’s Chief Information Officer where he is responsible for the firm’s technology infrastructure, assisting in the development of the firm’s technology strategy, and for the delivery of technology services and litigation support to all of Burr & Forman’s offices.
Prior to joining Burr & Forman, David served for over a decade as IT Director and in other IT leadership positions for law firms Turner Padget Graham & Laney and Ruden McClosky. David also owned and operated his own technology consulting firm for over five years and consulted extensively with Florida law firms as well as educational institutions such as the University of Miami, Florida State University and the University of South Florida.
David believes in keeping up with technology trends and holds multiple industry certifications and has expertise in disaster recovery & business continuity, project management, virtualization, network operations, storage, email and telecommunications systems.
David also serves as the ILTA (International Legal Technology Association) Regional Vice President for the Southeast region and has spoken at major industry conferences and trade shows. David has also contributed numerous articles in magazines and trade journals and his work has been the subject of several “real world” case studies. David received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and has over 15 years of experience in Information Technology, including over 14 years in legal IT.
Contoural, Inc., Dallas, TX
Tom Mighell is a Senior Consultant with Contoural, Inc., where he helps companies deal with information governance, litigation readiness and e-discovery issues. He is the author of iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers, and the soon-to-be-released iPad in One Hour for Litigators. Tom is Immediate Past Chair of the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section, and currently serves as Chair of the LPM Section’s Publishing Board.
Colorado Bar Association, Denver, CO
Reba Nance is the Director of Law Practice Management and Risk Management for the Colorado Bar Association and a frequent presenter on law practice management, legal technology, risk management, and malpractice prevention. She is very active with the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section and a past Chair of TECHSHOW.
Donna S.M. Neff
Neff Law Office Professional Corporation, Ottawa, Canada
Donna is an attorney with a thriving estates and trusts practice in Ottawa, Canada. She served on the TECHSHOW Planning Board from 2010 to 2012. Donna has implemented many of the strategies and tools that she has learned from attending and volunteering for TECHSHOW and is one of the early adopters of the paperless office. She enthusiastically shares her experience in going paperless and how she uses technology to enhance her estates practice and improve client service. Her firm’s website won a national award in the solo/small firm category. She is the author of Simplified Estate Accounting – A Guide for Executors, Trustees, and Attorneys, and is co-author of Paperless in One Hour with Sheila Blackford.
Sharon D. Nelson
Sensei Enterprises, Inc., Fairfax, VA
Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc, a digital forensics, information security and information technology firm in Fairfax, Virginia.
Ms. Nelson is the author of the noted electronic evidence blog, Ride the Lightning and is a co-host of the ABA podcast series called “The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology.”
She is a frequent author (ten books and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence topics. She is the President-elect of the Virginia State Bar and will become its President in June of 2013.
Judge David Nuffer
United States District Court, Salt Lake City, UT
Judge David Nuffer was appointed as a United States District Judge in the District of Utah on March 23, 2012. He previously served as a United States Magistrate Judge from 1995 – 2003. He serves on the Federal Judicial Center Judges IT Training Advisory Committee and the District of Utah Attorney Discipline Committee. He also teaches alternative dispute resolution at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.
He is a frequent lecturer on technology and legal issues; for several years taught an automation orientation course to all new federal magistrate judges two times a year in San Antonio, Texas; and developed national technology related curriculum for magistrate judges. Judge Nuffer was co-developer of Chambers Online Automation Training, a 40 lesson course in computer skills for judges and chambers staff. He maintains a web page of court-related technology resources along with a TechNews for Judges blog on the U S Courts intranet.
Judge Nuffer has participated in Rule of Law programs and has taught in many countries including Brazil and Czech Republic and Rule of Law work in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Egypt, Sharjah, Turkey and Ukraine.
Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center, New Orleans, LA
Tom is a frequent lecturer on the subject of legal technology and is also a prolific writer, with numerous articles in legal publications and several books, most recently “Ediscovery for Small Cases” from the ABA.
Sometime over the past 35 years, Tom also found time to return to law school and earn a J.D. He and his best friend Gayle, along with their son Seamus, the philosopher king of Western Washington University, hope someday to have their own float in a Mardi Gras parade down the Mississippi down in New Orleans, where Tom now resides.
Bruce A. Olson
ONLAW Trial Technologies, LLC, Appleton, WI
Bruce A. Olson is President of ONLAW Trial Technologies, LLC, a trial technology, e-Discovery and computer forensics consulting company. Prior to assuming an active legal technology consulting practice he spent thirty years practicing as a civil trial lawyer. He is also a certified forensic computer examiner, having received his CCE from the International Society of Computer Forensic Examiners in June of 2010, who now devotes a significant part of his practice to providing computer forensic services to other attorneys.
State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Attorney Nerino Petro is the Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Practice411™ Law Office Management Assistance Program. The mission of Practice411™ is to help attorneys operate their offices more effectively and efficiently. Licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin, Nerino uses his 20 years of legal practice experience and 16 years of experience being CEO/Senior Legal Technologist for CenCom Legal Technologies (founded in 1994) to help Wisconsin lawyers and their staff deal with the practice management issues facing them.
Nerino is the ABA LPM Magazine Product Watch columnist and is a regular contributor to other local, state and national publications including the Wisconsin Lawyer, InsideTrack and ABA GP|Solo Magazine. Nerino serves on the ABA GP, Solo and Small Firm Division GP|Solo Magazine Board and is its Technology Editor. He has presented throughout the US and Canada including ABA TECHSHOW, US Virgin Islands Bar Association, Pacific Legal Technology Conference, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conferences, ABA GP|Solo National Solo & Small Firm Conference, National Association of Bar Executives meetings as well as other ABA, State and local conferences and events. He currently serves on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference Planning Committees. Nerino was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50 list of the top legal techies in 2011. He provides information on legal technology, practice management and items of interest to lawyers on his blog at www.compujurist.com
LAWPRO, Toronto, CA
Dan Pinnington is Vice President, Claims Prevention & Stakeholder Relations at the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO). He is a legal technology evangelist and is well known for his “tech tips”. His vision, energy and ideas have made practicePRO an internationally recognized claims prevention initiative. He is a prolific writer, speaker and blogger (AvoidAClaim and SLAW.ca) on legal malpractice, risk management, legal technology, and law practice management issues. He is a veteran of hundreds of presentations at law firms and conferences all over North America and has chaired more than a dozen major conferences. The American Bar Association just published The Busy Lawyer’s Guide To Success: Tips to Power Your Practice, a book he co-authored with Reid Trautz. He recently stepped-down as Editor-in-Chief of the ABA LPM’s Law Practice magazine, was Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2007 and was one of the founding editors of the Law Practice Today webzine. Dan was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management in 2007. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is active in both theOntario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association.
Joshua J. Poje
American Bar Association, Chicago, IL
Joshua Poje manages the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, where he provides technology and practice management guidance to attorneys throughout the country. He serves as editor of the annual ABA Legal Technology Survey Report, the most comprehensive annual survey of lawyer technology use. He is a frequent speaker on technology topics at national and state bar conferences, and has authored numerous articles and guides on topics ranging from the ethics of cloud computing to data security. He also blogs about legal technology and practice management issues on Law Technology Today. He is a graduate of the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
ERM Legal Solutions, Nashville, TN
Scott Preston has more than twenty years of senior management experience in legal technology managing the areas of IT, Litigation Support, Records and Conflicts. A creative thinker who is often found thinking outside the box, Scott is known for his passion for technology and for motivating others by having a hands-on fun approach. Currently, Scott is with ERM Legal Solutions helping to deliver a next generation legal project management system to law firms.
TabletLawyer LLC, Poulsbo, WA
After earning his B.A. from Westmont College and his J.D. from the University of Iowa, James Province began a small-town law practice in the Seattle area. For the twenty years James practiced law, he focused on domestic relations matters, handling everything thing from child support issues to complex divorce cases. James currently works as a mediator using his legal knowledge and mediation skills along with his passion for technology to help parties reach reasonable conclusions in disputes.
In 2007, looking for a better way to organize his notes for cases, James stumbled upon Tabet PC technology from Microsoft and discovered OneNote. He founded TabletLawyer to bring tablet technology to the legal profession. He frequently presents at technology seminars across the U.S. helping lawyers and other legal professionals understand and leverage hardware and software to increase organization and productivity.
Adams and Reese LLP, New Orleans, LA
Jeff Richardson is a partner in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese LLP, where his practice primarily involves representing defendants in class action and complex litigation, appellate litigation and products liability litigation. Mr. Richardson is also the publisher of iPhone J.D., the oldest and largest website devoted to the use of iPhones and iPads by attorneys. Mr. Richardson graduated from Emory University in 1991, summa cum laude, and Georgetown University Law Center in 1994, magna cum laude.
Oracle Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Chris Ries recently joined Oracle Corporation where he focuses on software security. Before moving to Oracle, he was a Senior Information Security Engineer with Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Security Office (ISO), and also performed independent software vulnerability research. He previously worked as a security consultant and researcher for Solutionary Inc. (formerly VigilantMinds Inc.), a Managed Security Services Provider, and as a technical analyst at the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a Mathematics Minor from Colby College, where he completed research involving automated malicious code detection.
David G. Ries
Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP, Pittsburgh, PA
David G. Ries is a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP, where he practices in the areas of environmental, commercial and technology litigation. He frequently speaks and writes on legal ethics, technology, and technology law issues, including information security and privacy, for legal, academic, and professional groups. Dave is a coauthor of Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers (American Bar Association 2012) and a contributing author to Information Security: A Legal, Business and Technical Handbook, Second Edition (American Bar Association 2011). He is a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section Council and served on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board from 2005 through 2008.
Internet for Lawyers
Mark Rosch is Vice-President of Internet for Lawyers and developer and manager of the Internet for Lawyers web site, online CLE programs, and Facebook Company page. He is an internationally recognized Continuing Legal Education speaker who writes, speaks, and tweets about legal technology for firms and also on how to use the Internet for research and productivity. He has also co-authored five books on these topics – four of them published by the ABA (“Google For Lawyers,” “Find Info Like a Pro: Volumes 1 & 2,” and “The Lawyer’s Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet”) – and “The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet.” Additionally, he is co-author of the ABA’s forthcoming “Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers.” Mr. Rosch served on the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s Education Board and it State and Local Bar Outreach Committee and currently serves on its TECHSHOW Planning Board. He has also served in various leadership positions in the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).
Thomas L. Rowe
OTB Consulting, Cary, NC
Mr. Rowe is a founder and Managing Director of OTB Consulting, a legal technology consulting company in Cary, North Carolina. His background as a technology expert and attorney enables him to provide valuable legal technology insight to law firms and businesses, and has helped him become a recognized leader in providing technology solutions for the legal industry. Mr. Rowe’s primary focus is on helping law firms become more efficient and profitable through their use of legal practice management systems.
Catherine Sanders Reach
Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL
Catherine Sanders Reach is Director, Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association. She was the Director at the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center for over ten years, providing practice technology assistance to lawyers. She received a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1997. In 2011 she was selected to be one of the inaugural Fastcase 50, celebrating 50 innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the field of law.
Ben M. Schorr
Roland Schorr & Tower, Flagstaff, AZ
Ben M. Schorr is the CEO of Roland Schorr & Tower, an IT consulting firm based in Honolulu, Hawaii with offices in Los Angeles, California; Astoria, Oregon and Flagstaff, Arizona. He’s spent the last 24 years assisting law firms all over the world with their technology needs. He’s a Microsoft MVP and the author of several books on Microsoft Office for lawyers, published by the ABA.
Richard J. Serpe
Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Norfolk, VA
Richard Serpe represents victims of toxic torts and environmental contamination. He has successfully tried lawsuits in state and federal courts, and resolved cases for victims across the country.
Mr. Serpe also represents the victims of brain damage from toxic and traumatic injuries and represents clients under the Jones Act and under the general maritime law.
Mr. Serpe is frequently associated in complex litigation, managing cases with difficult scientific and medical issues. He has experience managing large case cohorts, including the extensive use of database and litigation support software.
He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, and has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell law directory and has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine.
Mr. Serpe is admitted to practice in Virginia, Texas, and Louisiana. Mr. Serpe is a frequent lecturer, speaking nationally on technology, environmental law, and personal injury law. Mr. Serpe serves on the Board of Directors for a grass roots environmental organization, Lynnhaven River Now (www.LRNOW.org).
Allison C. Shields
Legal Ease Consulting, Inc.
Allison C. Shields is the President of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc., which offers marketing, social media, practice management, business development productivity, and client service consulting services to law firms. She is the co-author of two books released in 2012 by the ABA Law Practice Management Section: LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers and Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers. She writes and lectures frequently on practice management, marketing and social media topics for bar associations, legal organizations and on her blog, LegalEaseConsulting.com and website, LawyerMeltdown.com
Daniel J. Siegel
Integrated Technology Services, LLC, Havertown, PA
Mr. Siegel is the founder and President of Integrated Technology Services, LLC, a consulting service for attorneys, and the principal of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC firm in Havertown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Siegel is the author of Android Apps in One Hour for Lawyers and The Lawyer’s Guide to CaseMap, both published by the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section, and Changing Law Firms: Ethical Guidance for Pennsylvania Law Firms & Attorneys, published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He has served as a writer, lecturer and course planner (on technology, civil litigation, workers’ compensation, ethics, personal injury and other matters) for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, and American, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Associations.
John W. Simek
Sensei Enterprises, Inc., Fairfax, VA
Mr. Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Simek has a national reputation as a digital forensics technologist and has testified as an expert witness throughout the United States. He holds a degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA in finance from Saint Joseph’s University.
After forming Sensei, he ended his 20+ year affiliation with Mobil Oil Corporation, where he served as a senior technologist designing and troubleshooting Mobil’s networks throughout the western hemisphere. In addition to his EnCase Certification (EnCE) for digital forensics, Mr. Simek holds multiple technical certifications. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Fairfax Bar Association.
He is a co-author of Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers (American Bar Association, 2012) The Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines (American Bar Association, 2006), Information Security for Lawyers and Law Firms (American Bar Association, 2006), The 2008-2013 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide: Critical Decisions Made Simple (American Bar Association, 2008-2013) and a contributing author of eDiscovery, 2nd Edition (Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011). He is a frequent author and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence throughout the country.
George & Shields, LLP, Orange County, CA
David Sparks is a trial attorney in Orange County, California, where he’s been eating other lawyers’ lunch for years using Apple Technologies. David is also the editor of MacSparky.com and the co-host of the popular “Mac Power Users” podcast (macpowerusers.com).
David speaks and writes often about Apple technology and productivity including the Federal Judicial College, Macworld, and the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW. David published two books for Wiley Press, “Mac at Work” and “iPad at Work”. David also publishes the MacSparky Field Guides including the best selling iBooks Author book, Paperless.
Larry Staton Jr.
Hendrick Automotive Group, Charlotte, NC
Larry Staton Jr. is the Sr. Software Engineer at Hendrick Automotive Group, the second-largest private dealership group in the United States with over 80 dealerships nationwide. Larry has been programming on the Mac since 1999 by learning AppleScript, a scripting language that ships with every Mac. When he practiced law, Larry used his programming skills to automate his workflows and he continues to write programs to eliminate tedious tasks for other Mac attorneys around the world.
The Stevens Firm, P.A., Spartanburg, SC
Ben Stevens practices in Spartanburg, South Carolina with his wife and law partner, Jenny Stevens, at The Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center, where his principal area of practice is family law. Ben completed his undergraduate studies with honors at Clemson University, and he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina. He has been an active member of the South Carolina Bar, South Carolina Association for Justice, American Bar Association, and American Association for Justice since 1995. He currently serves on the Family Law Council of the South Carolina Bar, and he previously served two terms as Section Chair of the Family Law Section of the South Carolina Association for Justice. He is also a certified Family Court Mediator and a trained collaborative lawyer. Ben is happily married and the proud father of three children and three step-children, currently ranging in age from 15 to 3.
Ben is very involved with legal technology, particularly as it relates to the use of Macs in the practice of law. He has published The Mac Lawyer blog since August of 2006, and since that time, it has become one of the leading legal technology blogs. Ben also co-founded the Macs in Law Offices (MILO) group, which is the largest forum of its kind. He also publishes the South Carolina Family Law blog (www.SCFamilyLaw.com), which is an award winning family law blog. Ben has served on the editorial board for the ABA’s Law Practice Today webzine since 2008. He has been featured in several state and national publications, and he enjoys giving presentations on the subjects of family law and legal technology to audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.
Paperless Chase, New Orleans, LA
Ernest Svenson spent two years working as a law clerk to a federal trial judge, and then practiced commercial litigation for the last 26 years-the last 6 years as a solo practitioner. He started his ‘Ernie the Attorney’ weblog in 2002, and shortly after that it was chosen by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 law weblogs. He has started several other biogs, including PDFforLawyers.com, which is about using PDFs in the practice of law. He has a new book, published by the ABA, called “Slogging in One Hour for Lawyers.”
Ernie lives in Louisiana, where he puts on CLE seminars about technology in law, and online webinars at the site PaperlessChase.com. He believes that the practice of law is largely an “information processing business” and his goal is to help lawyers find more efficient ways to process their information.
Ernie enjoys photography, golf and music. He likes to play his guitar for captive audiences, who quickly escape once he starts singing.
Absolute Legal Services, LLC, Oklahoma City, OK
Jeffrey Taylor is a practicing attorney in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and representing plaintiffs in personal injury and consumer claims, and defending small businesses in litigation matters. Jeff also publishes The Droid Lawyer blog, a resource for lawyers using Android devices. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication, and received his law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law.
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington, DC
Reid Trautz is a lawyer serving as the Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Practice and Professionalism Center, where he provides ethics guidance and management advisory services to lawyers to help them improve their businesses and the delivery of legal services to their clients. Reid is a nationally recognized advisor, author and presenter on practice issues, including launching a law practice, business process improvement, law practice technology, and legal ethics. He is co-author of The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success: Essential Tips to Power Your Practice, published by the ABA, and is a frequent contributor to legal publications nationwide. He is also publisher of the legal blog, ReidMyBlog.
Mark I. Unger
The Unger Law Firm, San Antonio, TX
Mark I. Unger is a divorce lawyer and mediator in San Antonio, Texas. He has been practicing family law almost exclusively since 1996, having been listed as one of the ‘Best Lawyers in San Antonio’ (peer review; SA Scene Magazine) regularly since 2007. He has been highly involved with technology and the integration of technology and law since approximately 1998, having filed the first state appellate e-brief in Texas in 1998 and the first e-filing in Bexar County District Courts in 2003. He has spoken, written and participated in numerous technology law and family law seminars. He has been on the board of the State Bar of Texas Computer & Technology Council since 2001 (Chair: 2007-08) and has chaired the San Antonio Bar Association’s Technology committee since 1999. He sits on the current Family Law Section Board (San Antonio; President, 2012-13), the Judicial Committee on Information Technology, Computer Council of the State Bar of Texas, and the Web Services Committee of the State Bar of Texas. Mark focuses his practice in Family Law and Technology, including but not limited to divorce, property division, maintenance custody, enforcement, modification, visitation, relocation, grandparent rights, multi-state jurisdictional litigation in family law, paternity fraud, and all other areas of family law. He has always looked forward to attending ABA TECHSHOW in past years and is thrilled to be included in this year’s presenters.
Paul J. Unger
Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH
Paul J. Unger is a national speaker and frequent lecturer for CLE programs. He is an attorney and founding member of Affinity Consulting Group. Prior to forming Affinity, he was Vice President of a Columbus-based technology consulting firm. Mr. Unger spent five years in Columbus, Ohio limiting his practice to civil litigation. He now specializes in trial presentation & litigation technology consulting, document and case management software, paperless office strategies, and legal-specific software training for law firms and legal departments throughout the United States. Mr. Unger has provided trial presentation consultation for 300+ cases.
He is very active in the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, and is currently serving as Chair of the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center. He served as the 2011 Chair of ABA TECHSHOW. Mr. Unger is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Ohio Association for Justice and the Central Ohio Association for Justice.