ABA TECHSHOW 2015 Faculty
Hubcity Law Group
Joseph A. (Joe) Bahgat is a practicing attorney focusing on Internet, media, and intellectual property litigation, and is passionate about the ways technology is forcing change upon an industry and culture so resistant to it. Having cut his teeth as a professional musician on the NYC jazz scene for a decade before becoming a lawyer, Joe uses his prior experience and knowledge of the entertainment industry to advise clients on both sides of the infringement table, as well as in media and IP transactions & licensing. As a lawyer, Joe has represented internationally renowned recording artists & composers, and has represented and litigated against MLB, NFL, and NCAA Division I athletes. After earning his juris doctor from The Ohio State University, Joe clerked for the Honorable G. Gary Tyack at the Tenth District Court of Appeals of Ohio, and then went on to join his father’s law practice to create the firm Bahgat & Bahgat. In 2011, Joe moved back to the East Coast and co-founded Hubcity Law Group in New Brunswick, NJ.
Inasmuch as Joe can be considered a certified Mac junkie and gadget geek, he is also a volunteer firefighter, father of two, practices Brazilian jiujitsu, and likes working on Jeeps, motorcycles, and bicycles (but prefers to wear gloves to keep his hands from looking like a grease monkey). Joe also blogs at www.internetontrial.com, and you can follow his Twitter feed @j0eybagodonuts or email him firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology Business Analyst, Perkins Coie
Rex has over 15 years of experience in the legal vertical. He has consulted on, developed and managed a number of projects, including the conversion of WordPerfect to Microsoft Office environments, Microsoft Office implementations, VBA- and .Net-based desktop software, and Workshare Professional and iManage rollouts. Rex has a knack for translating business requirements into plain language that is understood by all.
Craig Bayer is the founder of Optiable, which helps law firms with software such as Amicus Attorney, Worldox, TimeMatters, and PCLaw as well as cloud services such as Clio, NetDocuments, Dropbox, Microsoft 365 and Google Apps. He’s been doing law-related tech consulting for over ten years, and has worked with hundreds of law firms.
Craig frequently speaks to bar associations, and is sought after because he not only has deep knowledge of law-related technologies, but can also explain it in a straight-forward manner. Craig’s advice is always based on what’s best for the client, even if it winds up being a solution he doesn’t provide.
Affinity Consulting Group
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.
Principal, Burney Consultants LLC
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/Curo Legal, Dayton, OH
Let’s start with this: I am a lawyer and the Principal of Burton Law (burton-law.com). I primarily work with businesses as outside corporate counsel, including start-ups to large, multi-national companies. Our law firm’s use of technology — combined with an experienced team of lawyers working under an innovative business model — allows us to provide efficient and sophisticated services to our clients.
Technology does not replace substantive legal knowledge and experience, but it helps introduce creative solutions to provide clients with more access to information and cost control measures. This is where I spend a lot of my time — developing and implementing better ways to deliver legal services.
Not only do I actually use the improved delivery methods with our clients, I also learn and share these ideas with other lawyers through writing and speaking engagements. I also teach a law practice management course as an adjunct law professor.
I am also the CEO/co-founder of Curo Legal (curolegal.com), a venture helping lawyers move their practices forward with practice management needs, including operations, virtual assistance, business development, bookkeeping and CFO work, among others. We also have partnered with the leading technology and service providers in this space.
Finally, bar association work is a passion because these groups play a critical role in the future of the profession by helping lawyers understand changes in the legal services landscape. I have been fortunate to serve in leadership positions and committee roles at the local, state and national levels.
Director, Oklahoma Bar Association Management Assistance Program, Oklahoma Bar Association
Jim Calloway is Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association Management Assistance Program. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he was named to the Oklahoma Law Review. He publishes the weblog Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips at http://jimcalloway.typepad.com.
Jim Calloway served as chair of the ABA TECHSHOW 2005 Board. This is the 15th time he has been invited to speak at TECHSHOW. He is an active member of the ABA Law Practice Division and previously served for six years on its Council. He is a member of the LPD’s Law Practice Magazine editorial board and serves as business manager for the magazine. He authors a regular column, Practice Management Advice in LP Magazine. He has been co-author of three American Bar Association books, 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).
He also produces, with Sharon Nelson, the monthly podcast, The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology. He is a member of ABA’s Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division. He also co-chaired the first two National Solo & Small Firm Conferences for that division.
His Twitter handle is @jimcalloway. The archives of his Law Practice Tips column for the Oklahoma Bar Journal are found at http://www.okbar.org/members/MAP/MAPArticles.aspx. He manages the Oklahoma Bar’s annual Solo & Small Firm Conference.
May Carpenter, Esq. PMP
Solution Architect, FTI Consulting Technology
May Carpenter is a Solution Architect at FTI Consulting Technology. May has extensive experience in large scale e-discovery matters and is a certified Project Manager earning her PMP. May is an attorney with 15 years of litigation experience and is a member in good standing of the Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan Bars. For over 10 years, May has developed strategies for a wide variety of large e-discovery matters both foreign and domestic including IP protection, Banking, Fuel, Hedge Fund, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Mergers & Acquisitions, SEC, FTC, and DOJ 2nd Requests. May has managed all aspects of a case from data collection, strategically culling the data using the latest technologies, review protocol, production, post-production negotiations, etc. She always enjoys sharing her knowledge with clients and colleagues and is often tapped to lead continuing education and certification processes. May has trained thousands of attorneys over the years on getting the best use out of review platforms and has taught CLEs on Best Practices in E-Discovery. May is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of Georgia.
Partner, Christianson TDS
Bjorn (Barney, as he is known locally) Christianson is a partner in the firm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP and the managing partner of the Christianson TDS offices in Portage la Prairie, MacGregor and Gladstone, Manitoba – offices which have operated with the Christianson name since 1970. He was a litigator for the first 30 years of practice but his current practice is focused principally on transactional matters in the areas of Farm Real Estate, Corporate, Commercial, Estates, Municipal Law, and litigation relating to those matters.
Bjorn is a Past President of the Central Bar Association, the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Manitoba. He is a Life Bencher of the LSM, a member of its Discipline Committee, and the Society’s ad hoc practice management advisor. Bjorn has served on Manitoba’s Judicial Committee and Judicial Inquiry Board, and is a past Chair of Review Panels appointed under The Mental Health Act. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Law Societies of Alberta and Saskatchewan and an Honorary Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Bjorn is a frequent presenter on practice management and office technology topics; some of the victims include the Law Society of Manitoba’s CPLED and MCPD programs, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Lawyers Insurance Association of Nova Scotia, the Central and Western Manitoba Bar Associations and the CBA’s Skilled Lawyer Series.
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Judy K. Davis is a law librarian and adjunct assistant professor of law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
Prior to coming to USC, she worked at the University of San Diego Pardee Legal Research Center. Before becoming a librarian, she also practiced law. She currently teaches legal research to USC law students, works in the law library’s Reference Department, and gives lectures and training sessions on legal research and related topics.
Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr.
Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. serves on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He is the Presiding Judge for the Superior Court’s Technology-Enhanced Courtroom Pilot Project, a former member of the Planning Board for ABA TECHSHOW®, and a frequent speaker at legal technology conferences. He is a former chair of the National Conference of State Trial Judges, a former Presiding Judge of both the Civil Division and the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of Superior Court, and was chair of the court’s Electronic Filing Pilot Project. Judge Dixon is the Technology Columnist for The Judges’ Journal magazine of the ABA and a member of the Board of Editors for the ABA Journal magazine. He serves as Senior Judicial Advisor to William & Mary Law School’s Courtroom 21 Project (the world’s most technologically advanced trial and appellate courtroom) and is a member of Judicial Advisory Board of The Sedona Conference® and its Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention and Production.
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer at Armstrong Teasdale LLP in St. Louis, Missouri. He advises lawyers on legal ethics and risk management issues. Michael also defends lawyers in Missouri and Illinois discipline cases, provides legal ethics opinion letters, and has provided expert testimony on matters in Missouri, Kansas, and the District of Columbia.
Michael chaired the ABA Law Practice Division in 2013-14 and served on the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20’s Technology Working Group. He has taught more than 20 courses on legal ethics and law firm practice at Washington University School of Law and St. Louis University School of Law, and has presented on legal ethics more than 350 times.
A prolific writer, Michael authored the book Introduction to Law Firm Practice (2010) and more than 100 articles on professional ethics. He writes ethics columns for the National Law Journal, Litigation, and Law Practice, and has been quoted by the New York Times, National Law Journal, and ABA Journal. In 2013, Missouri Lawyers Weekly recognized Michael as the “go-to legal ethics counsel in Missouri.”
Michael graduated first in his class from Washington University School of Law in 1998, then clerked for the Hon. Pasco M. Bowman, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit before entering private practice. He also holds a certificate in Law Firm Management from George Washington University. Reach Michael at (314) 342-8072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philippe Doyle Gray
Barrister, 8 Wentworth Chambers
Philippe Doyle Gray is a barrister from Sydney, Australia. He is a commercial equity senior junior, and a member of 8 Wentworth Chambers, from where he predominantly practices in document-intensive civil litigation involving allegations of dishonesty and fraud—but his passion focusses on technology.
His peers elected him as the Honorary Secretary of the New South Wales Bar Association and a member of its governing council. Since November 2014, he has also been a member of the ABA’s Law Practice Division governing council—the first lawyer who practices outside North America to hold such a position.
In addition to his full time private practice, he is the legal-technology instructor for the New South Wales Bar Association’s bar practice course (compulsory for all attorneys wanting to become barristers), the legal-technology program-director for the Association’s continuing professional development program, and a guest lecturer about technology for the judiciary at the Judicial Commission of New South Wales.
His personal achievements include climbing to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro via the Machame route during Tanzania’s “long rains” the very first time he ever climbed a mountain—and then having enough sense at 20,000 feet above sea level to resolve never to climb another mountain again.
Several times each week, he publishes tips and hyperlinks to technology-related articles of interest to lawyers. Connect with him on LinkedIn, Google+ or follow him on Twitter @pdoylegray
Owner, Duhon Technology Solutions, LLC
Nancy Duhon grew up in the heart of Cajun culture in Lafayette, Louisiana. She moved to Washington, DC to attended Georgetown University, and eventually became the office administrator for a small law firm there. She moved to her current home in Atlanta, Georgia to attend Emory University School of Law. Nancy is admitted to practice in Georgia and Louisiana. While still a law school student, Ms. Duhon began a technology consulting company which provides assistance to law firms throughout the United States. She is a Certified Consultant for Timeslips and Amicus Attorney and regular CLE presenter. She is a major contributor to the Sage City – Timeslips Community Bulletin Board and manages LinkedIn Groups for both Timeslips and Amicus Attorney Users. Ms. Duhon strives to bridge the gap between what is technically possible, and what lawyers need to know how to do in order to function in an increasingly digital workplace. She particularly enjoys focusing her over 20 years of experience on the needs of small to mid-size law firms that typically do not have an in-house IT department, and works with many of her clients via remote desktop connection and telephone. This enables firms that may not have a local technology consultant available to get the help they need quickly and easily.
State Bar of Michigan
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.
Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
David J. Elkanich (@DavidElkanich) is a partner in Holland & Knight, LLP’s Portland office. Adjunct professor Lewis & Clark Law School; B.A., magna cum laude, University of Arizona (1996); J.D., University of Oregon School of Law (1999); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1999, Washington State Bar since 2005, and Idaho State Bar since 2009; admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, Western District of Washington, District of Idaho, and the Ninth Circuit of Appeals; advises lawyers and law firms in a wide range of professional responsibility matters, including ethics advice, bar discipline defense, and litigation assistance with sanctions issues, withdrawal and disqualification motions; regularly counsels lawyers and other professionals how to navigate an “electronic” practice, including the rules of engaging in online activity, mining metadata and in utilizing social media; past chair and current member, Oregon Legal Ethics Committee; chair, RPC 8.4 (Anti-Bias) Drafting Committee; member Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Process Committee; former member, Washington Rules of Professional Conduct committee; former member, Oregon State Bar Unlawful Practice of Law Task Force; former member, Oregon State Bar Uniform (Civil) Jury Instructions Committee; member, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; member; Center for Professional Responsibilities, American Bar Association.
Attorney & Online Marketing, Lowenthal & Abrams
Jennifer Ellis is an ethics and legal malpractice attorney with the Philadelphia personal injury firm of Lowenthal & Abrams. She also manages the firm’s online presence. In addition, Jennifer serves as a law firm marketing consultant under the name Jennifer Ellis, JD. She assists lawyers with social media, websites, SEO, law firm technology and more. The author of WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers, Jennifer is a nationally recognized speaker and writer on subjects including ethics, social media, law firm technology, law practice management, websites and marketing. Find Jennifer online at jlellis.net, lowenthalabrams.com and @jle_jd.
Attorney, Salter Feiber, P.A. / Mac Power Users
Katie Floyd is an attorney with the law firm of Salter Feiber, P.A in central Florida. She maintains an active litigation practice where she focuses on commercial and civil litigation including contract disputes, real property litigation and estate planning. In addition to her legal work, Katie is the co-host of the acclaimed Mac Power Users Podcast along with Orange County attorney David Sparks. Mac Power Users focuses on helping listeners learn how to get the most from their Apple technology with productivity related topics and workflow guests. Since the show’s inception in 2009 it has been consistently ranked as one of the top technology podcasts.
Katie is a frequent writer, speaker and consultant on a variety of technology and Apple related topics. She has been a featured speaker at Macworld Expo, and MILOfest, is a member of the influential Mac Roundtable Podcast, a contributor for Macworld and ScreenCastsOnline Monthly Magazine.
Affinity Consulting Group
Debbie Foster is a Partner with the Affinity Consulting Group, where she specializes in practice management, time/billing/accounting and document management software, as well as providing management, process and technology consulting for firms around the country. Debbie is very involved with the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA and was the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2010. Debbie speaks regularly for bar associations on topics relating to Law Office Management and Technology.
Richard M. Georges, P.A.
Lawyer,Poet, author, educator. Practices real property, corporation, wills, trusts and estates law in Pinellas County, Florida. Writes the FutureLawyer column. Gives seminars on technology and the law. Author of “Life is Simple, Really”, Poems about Life, Loving, Family and Fun.
Rick Georges is a solo practitioner, practicing in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is active in the St. Petersburg, Florida, and American Bar Associations, and presents seminars and programs on the use of computers in the practice of law. He has authored the “Future Lawyer” column for the Tampa Bay Review and other publications, and has taught law office management and computer-assisted legal research at the College and Law School level. His primary areas of practice, as a lawyer, are in real property transactions and litigation, commercial practice and litigation, and wills and trust administration and litigation.
He has served on the Law Office Management Assistance Service (LOMAS) Committee for the Florida Bar,has previously served on the Florida Courts Technology Commission by appointment of the Florida Supreme Court, and is a past Chair of the Committee on Technology for the Florida Bar. He also has served on technology related Committees for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Committee of the American Bar Association and the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association.
Producer, E-Learning for Law Firms
Peter Glowacki was one of the pioneers at Sidley Austin LLP as the Director of Training and Professional Development and now offers consulting services to clients such as BARBRI, Greenberg Traurig LLP, and Quarles Brady LLP. He uses both traditional and innovative technological approaches to support, enhance, and develop training and development platforms for associates and partners. Previously he was the Director of the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, which included the ABA Career Services and MCLE unit and produced hundreds of titles annually using a combination of educational delivery techniques from in-person to distance learning methods.
With more than 15 years of experience in CLE production, Technology, and MCLE nationally, Mr. Glowacki has helped support initiatives that enhance and improve the profession through education. He has spoken and written on the topic of blending learning, social media, effective use of technology in the law, and continuing legal education across the country. Prior to his work at the Sidley and the ABA, he had more than seven years of broadcast television experience and product development, and eight years of educational design experience. He previously worked with Corplex Television, Sony, Grass Valley, Harpo Studios, GE Medical Systems. He also worked with W.W. Grainger, Kemper Financial and Daughters of Charity to develop and produce corporate and educational programs. Mr. Glowacki is a graduate of Marquette.
Owner, Legal Biz Success
With over 30 years combined experience in the legal environment, entrepreneur/business owne and an IT consultant, Peggy has combined her experiences to bring results and a competitive advantage to law firms, assisting solo and small firm attorneys in building their businesses by providing law practice management, legal technology, operational, financial and business development services.
Peggy started her own business, LegalBizSuccess, in 2012, recognizing the growing need for her services in the local Cincinnati attorney community. In 2014, she grew her business to include helping lawyers all across the US. LegalBizSuccess brings solo and small firm lawyers affordable and integrated law firm operations services all in one place to assist them in managing and growing their business.
Manager of Technology Development and Communications, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Ivan Hemmans is the Manager of Technology Development and Communications at O’Melveny & Myers LLP where he has worked for 15 years. He uses his extensive experience with information technology to help people find ways to solve everyday problems with the many available tools at their disposal. He also works to translate technical jargon into plain English that anyone can understand.
Ivan has delivered hundreds of legal technology talks at law firms and conferences over the years. He writes regularly at hemmans.com and occasionally for legal technology publications like Peer to Peer Magazine.
Barron K. Henley
Affinity Consulting Group
Mr. Henley is one of the founding partners of Affinity Consulting Group, a national legal technology consulting firm 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. He is an attorney and has been helping other lawyers with technology since 1990. He received his B.S./B.A. (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. Mr. Henley heads Affinity’s document assembly/automation and software training departments; he is a renowned expert on Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat and HotDocs document assembly software; and has authored legal-specific manuals on HotDocs, 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.
Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Mark has been involved with technology instruction for over fourteen years. At the University of Michigan, Mark worked to familiarize faculty with new and existing technologies in order to enrich the faculty member’s instructional and research undertakings.
Mark then moved to the University of Michigan in the Division of Student Affairs where he coordinated the migration of student organization administration from paper to a web-based solution. While in this role, Mark created and presented presentations and workshops for national, regional, and intra-university audiences.
Mark received his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law where he took an amazing class about the use of litigation technology. In seeking to incorporate technology into his practice, He has served as a litigation technology consultant in civil and criminal cases and joined the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in 2010. As an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Mark has been assigned to the Conviction Integrity Unit, Trials, District Courts, and the Special Investigations Division. He is currently assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit. Mark is also assigned to provide litigation and trial support in high profile and complicated cases.
Mark now co-teaches that amazing law school class with his professor and hopes to encourage new (and all) attorneys to view technology as inextricably ingrained into the practice of law and to learn to use it effectively.
User experience designer / Front-end developer, Kunz, Leigh and Associates
As a User Experience Designer and Front-End Web Developer for Kunz, Leigh & Associates, Cody Hinze creates advanced digital tools, enabling users to interact with massive data sets in the health industry. He develops best practices using analytics, user interviews and other tools to simplify user flow through digital applications, marketing portals and online commerce websites. His work focuses on improving the end user experience and accessibility of online content by crafting elegant user interfaces for digital applications and websites.
He began his career in mass media as a television news and video producer before transitioning to print design and online development. He has redesigned and rebranded daily print and online news products, managed and trained journalists in social media and video production and implemented multiple online and print content management systems.
Shawn L. Holahan is the Practice Management Counsel and Legislative Liaison for the Louisiana State Bar Association. In addition to the 2014 ABA’s TechShow Planning Board, she is a member of the State and Local Outreach Committee and a former member of the LP Division’s Publishing Board. She is also the current Chair of the Practice Management Advisors of North America. Prior to her position at the bar, she was a partner with general practice firm of Simon, Peragine, Smith and Redfearn in New Orleans (labor and employment matters primarily) and had completed two federal clerkships in the U.S.D.C. (E.D. La.). Understanding that lawyers just want to get back to practicing law without tech getting in the way, she seeks to demystify the process of choosing tech that is appropriate for the particular lawyer and practice.
In her spare time, she reads on the air headline news and records for later broadcast audio books for WRBH, 88.3 FM, a New Orleans radio station catering to the blind and print impaired. She can be emailed at email@example.com.
Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
John has been involved in legal technology for almost 30 years, and has been with Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum and Nagelberg since 1992. He is responsible for providing all technology solutions used at the firm, including practice support, disaster recovery, litigation support, e-discovery and facilities.
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 2014 Board.
MasterCard Worldwide, O’Fallon, MO
Dennis Kennedy is an information technology lawyer and widely-published legal technology author, blogger and speaker. Dennis writes the technology column for the ABA Journal, co-authored with Allison Shields, the books, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers (now in its Second Edition), LinkedIn in One Hour, and Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, and with Tom Mighell, the book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools: Smart Ways to Work Together, and co-hosts the legal technology podcast, The Kennedy-Mighell Report on the Legal Talk Network. His blog, DennisKennedy.Blog, is a highly-regarded resource on legal technology topics. Dennis has long been involved in legal technology education and other projects, including the ABA Law Practice Division, ABA TECHSHOW, the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center and the Legal Skills Prof Blog.
Fenwick & West LLP
Matt Kesner is the CIO of Fenwick & West LLP, a U.S. law firm headquartered in the Silicon Valley representing technology clients. Mr. Kesner has spoken at many conferences around the world on the topics of legal technology, process and project management, computer security, cloud computing and mobile devices. Matt was named by InfoWorld magazine as one of the Top 25 Chief Technology Officers and by Computerworld as one of their Top 100 IT Leaders. He won those accolades for work in establishing revenue producing computer forensics and eDiscovery groups, and an electronic information consulting practice at the firm. Prior to joining Fenwick, Mr. Kesner had been a database programmer, an IT lecturer, and a partner in a major U.S. law firm.
Fellow, Stanford Law, Center for the Legal Profession
Stephanie Kimbro, MA, JD, is a Fellow at Stanford Law School Center for the Legal Profession in Palo Alto, California. She is also Co-Director of the Center for Law Practice Technology where she teaches legal technology and practice management. She is the author of several books including Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online (2010, 2nd ed. forthcoming 2015), Limited Scope Legal Services: Unbundling and the Self-Help Client (2012), Consumer Law Revolution: The Lawyers’ Guide to the Online Legal Marketplace (2013), and Online Legal Services for the Client-Centric Law Firm (2013). Her current research at Stanford involves the use of gamification to increase productivity in law firms and to improve online engagement between lawyers and the public.
Stephanie practiced law for ten years delivering unbundled, online legal services to clients through a virtual law firm. In that time, she also founded a legal technology startup which was acquired by a larger legal tech company in 2009. She frequently writes about ethics and technology issues of delivering legal services online and is interested in the use of tech to increase access to justice. She has presented her work on these topics for many state bars and other legal organizations across the country and has also been an adjunct professor at several law schools teaching legal technology and practice management.
Partner, Solfecta, LLC
Jeff Krause is an attorney and legal technology consultant. He is a founding partner of Solfecta LLC, a consulting company that helps law firms achieve their business and technology goals.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in History as well as a graduate of the Marquette University Law School. After practicing law for several years, Jeff discovered that technology was his passion and, since 1998, he has been helping other lawyers choose the right technology and use it the right way.
Jeff is a frequent author and speaker on legal technology topics. He is certified in a number of legal specific software applications including Tabs3, PracticeMaster, Worldox, MetaJure, Time Matters, Billing Matters, PCLaw, HotDocs, and ActionStep. Jeff also consults with and trains law firms on everything from Microsoft Word to paperless solutions to digital dictation and has assisted hundreds of firms throughout the United States.
Founder, Valorem Law Group
Pat and three friends launched Valorem Law Group on January 2, 2008 with the objective of representing business interests in complex commercial litigation using non-hourly fee structures. At the time, before the economic downturn, the firm had no company on the trail away from hourly billing. Now, with 11 lawyers and more than seven years of success using this new model, Valorem hears many firms claim to offer alternative fees. Even cursory review shows that most of these firms base their alternatives on expected hourly fees—the wolf in sheep’s clothing syndrome or as one commentator put, “hourly billing in drag.”. Pat leads Valorem’s efforts to provide fee arrangements where risk is actually shared and where outcomes determine the fees, not the time to secure the outcomes.
Pat is a BigLaw refugee, having spent nearly 20 years at an AmLaw 100 firm, and the next several years at an elite litigation boutique. He has tried numerous cases around the country, and writes a periodic column for the ABA Journal New Normal section. Pat blogs at In Search of Perfect Client Sercvice, www.patrickjlamb.com. Pat has twice been named a Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting. His latest book, Alternative Fee Arrangements for Litigators and their Clients, was published by the ABA in 2014. He can be found on Twitter at @ValoremLamb.
CEO, GlobalMac IT
Tom Lambotte is CEO of GlobalMac IT, the only IT firm that only supports Mac-based law firms in the world. With this laser focus, they take complete responsibility of everything technology-related for their clients through their unique model of Managed Services. At his core, Tom is most passionate about Macs, business and adding value. The combination of these values are the foundation for GlobalMac IT’s model and are responsible for putting them at the forefront of the Mac-based law firm IT market. Tom is the author of “Hassle Free Mac IT Support for Law Firms,” a highly sought after speaker, and the most well known expert on the topic of Mac-based law firms.
Tom’s company, GlobalMac IT supports smaller Mac-based law firms with 5-50 users nationwide; their client base reaches as far as American Samoa. The majority of their clients are law firms that had been already running on Macs, with the remaining clients that had found us when they were looking to make the switch from Windows.
Carole A. Levitt
President, Internet For Lawyers
Carole A. Levitt, JD, MLS is President and founder of Internet For Lawyers (www.netforlawyers.com). She is an author and seminar speaker about Internet research who has presented at: hundreds of bar association seminars; ABA TECHSHOW; LegalTech conferences; annual meetings of the ABA, NABE, and the California State Bar Association; corporate attorney retreats; law firms; and library association meetings. She earned her Juris Doctorate (with distinction) from The John Marshall Law School and served on law review. Ms. Levitt has served on the Publishing Board of the ABA LPD since 2003 and on its Executive Council from 2006-11. She chaired the California State Bar’s LPMT Section, served on the Executive Board of the L.A. County Bar Law Practice Management Section, and was Vice President of the Southern California Association of Law Librarians. Ms. Levitt writes for numerous magazines, newsletters, and web sites such as: ABA LPD Law Practice, ABA GPSolo, LTN/Law Technology News. She was the Los Angeles Lawyer magazine’s “Computer Counselor” columnist for eight years. In 2014, Ms. Levitt co-authored Internet Legal Research on a Budget for the ABA LPD, her 7th book for the ABA LPD. She has co-authored 13 editions of The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet. Ms. Levitt is a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management and was a recipient of the 2013 “Fastcase Fifty” award, recognizing “50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders in the law.
LawTech Partners, Winter Park, FL
Adriana Linares is a legal technology trainer and consultant with LawTech Partners, a professional services firm specializing in the legal industry. The firm’s services include legal technology consulting and law office software training. Using her practical and personal approach to learning she helps legal professionals maximize their technology skills and investments.
Having spent her formidable career-years at two of Florida’s largest law firms, Adriana went on the open LawTech Partners in 2004 and has recently launched “Help Desk for Lawyers” – a remote training and support service focused on solo and small firms. She is a frequent speaker at national technology conferences and a regular contributor to legal blogs and publications. She spent four years on the Planning Board of the ABA TECHSHOW, two years as an editor for Technolawyer’s Blawgworld and in 2013 was named as one of the Fastcase Top 50 Global Legal Innovators.
Today she serves as a technology consultant to the Florida Bar Communications Committee. She is Chair of the Research & Technology Subcommittee of the Law Practice Division of the ABA, and serves on the advisory board for the Center for Law Practice Technology. Adriana has a Bachelors in Geography from Stetson University, a Masters in Corporate Communication and Technology from Rollins, and speaks fluent Spanish.
Over the years, Adriana has developed strong alliances and client relationships and has enjoyed working with individuals, small businesses and law firms both large and small. The goals of her firm reflect a personal commitment to promote innovation, improve performance and increase efficiency and knowledge sharing for her clients.
Partner, Lomurro Law
JONATHAN H. LOMURRO is a dedicated trial attorney. Jonathan handles matters relating to medical malpractice, personal injury, and criminal defense.
After completing law school, he continued to perfect the craft of litigation by earning his LL.M. as a Master of Law in Trial Advocacy.
Jonathan is the author of New Jersey’s premiere trial guide, Try It. He has also authored NJICLE’s treatise, “Litigation Technology for the Modern Practitioner.” Additionally, Mr. Lomurro is an extensive lecturer on Trial Techniques and Technology in the Courtroom. He has lectured for the New Jersey State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Association for Justice, the Rutgers University School of Law, and the Haydn Proctor American Inns of Court. Jonathan has frequently published articles on different aspects of technology and trial practice for the American Inns of Court, the American Bar Association, the New Jersey Law Journal, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Section of Litigation, the New Jersey Lawyer, and the New Jersey Institute for continuing legal Education.
Mr. Lomurro currently serves as Trustee to the New Jersey State Bar Association, trustee to the New Jersey Association for Justice, and trustee to the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.
Partner, Affinity Consulting Group
Britt is the managing partner of Affinity Consulting Group’s Virginia office. Britt is a former litigation paralegal and a former law firm network administrator. She is also certified in a wide variety of law office software and regularly consults with law firms throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean on legal technology, legal accounting and practice management issues.
Britt is a graduate of the University of Tampa (B.Sc. Criminology/Pre-Law). She is a member of the ABA Law Practice Division and served 4 years on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board, including serving as Chair in 2013. She currently serves on the LTRC (Law Technology Resource Center) Committee for the ABA LP Division. Britt is also a certified consultant/trainer, maintaining certifications in such popular law office software products such as Tabs3, PracticeMaster, PCLaw, Worldox, HotDocs and Dragon NaturallySpeaking. She is a recognized expert in law office finance, billing, trust accounting and paperless office concepts, as well as full scale technology audits and workflow analysis.
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Kenneth Lyons is the Senior Manager of IT Engineering & Security for O’Melveny & Myers LLP and is based in the Firm’s Los Angeles office. Kenneth leads the firmwide information security initiatives and a team of engineers responsible for system infrastructure, databases, authentication, and messaging services, and has been with the firm since 2002.
Prior to joining the firm, Kenneth’s information technology career included positions at Pennzoil Company, Shell Oil, and Universal Studios, where he held both technical and managerial positions. In addition to technical certifications, Kenneth earned an MBA from the University of Houston.
IT Director, Utah State Bar
Lincoln Mead currently serves as the Director of Information Technology for the Utah State Bar and is an obsessive mourner for Cubs baseball. He assists attorneys with evaluation of practice management technology, implementation and policy. He is a frequent technology and practice management speaker at Utah State Bar events and has been a guest speaker at law and technology related events across the country. He is a past Chair of the IT Section of the National Association of Bar Executives and a past member of the ABA Techshow Board. He has overseen the implementation of Casemaker for all Utah attorneys; assisted in the roll out of the state’s mandatory efiling system and in the design and implementation of the public WiFi system at the new Federal Court House. He is currently working on the migration of the Utah State Bar operations to new enterprise software and the creation of the member services portal cleverly named https://services.utahbar.org. He is also the proud father of three Irish sons: War, Plague, and Pestilence, and the husband of a mysterious and beautiful Welsh wife.
Managing Attorney, Medina Law Group
Victor is geek and lawyer, and an unabashed Apple fanboy. If it’s shiny and new, he buys it is — assuming that there are enough groceries to get through the week. He runs a law firm in Pennington, NJ of seven people who all have to put up with using Macs in the law office. In addition, Victor created and organizes the only national attorney-tech conference just for Mac-using attorneys. It’s called MILOfest and it will take place November 12-14, 2015 at the Disney Yacht & Beach Club in Orlando, FL. Look it up online; it’s a pretty cool conference.
Based on anecdotal evidence, Victor enjoys one of the highest ratings for speakers at ABA TechShow; don’t ruin it by marking him low. He’s willing to pay money to stay atop the mantel.
Communications Manager, State Bar of Michigan
As the Communications Manager for the State Bar of Michigan, Samantha Meinke creates and oversees communications, marketing, social media and media relations strategies for the bar association and its entities. In this role, she identifies, develops, implements and assesses communication methods and tools to position her bar association with key audiences, including members, leadership, the news media and the public. She develops marketing campaigns, cultivates new communities and monitors and updates her bar association’s social media policy. She has positioned her bar association as a leader at building marketing and communications strategies to initiate action within its online communities.
She began her career in the mainstream media as a newspaper reporter before becoming a custom publications writer, editor, blogger and social media pioneer. As a speaker and consultant, she advises attorneys and legal entities on how to maximize their online impact.
Mark C. Metzger
Partner, Law Office of Mark C. Metzger
Mark Metzger practices law in the western suburbs of Chicago, where his practice focuses on three areas: Estate planning, up to and including Medicaid spend down avoidance; business legal services primarily in the information technology realm; and real estate.
In 1989, he walked into a large Chicago law firm and set a computer on his desk. Seemingly everyone wandered by to ask why the new kid was going to type and to check on this curiosity for themselves. Since 2008, his office has run exclusively on the Macintosh platform. In part, that decision was made to avoid the pain of a multi-minute twice daily reboot. These days, he reboots his laptop once a month whether it needs it or not.
This is Mark’s sixth year on the TECHSHOW faculty. He is a frequent speaker on the use of iPad and Macintosh technology in the practice of law and has a particular interest in document automation using both platforms. His weapon of choice is a relational database, because he’s not yet found anything it can’t be made to do.
Senior Consultant, Contoural, Inc.
Tom is a Senior Consultant with Contoural, Inc., where he develops information governance programs for companies and corporate legal departments. Prior to becoming a consultant, Tom was a trial lawyer with a defense firm in Dallas, Texas. Tom is a frequent speaker and writer on legal technology, and published the legal technology blog Inter Alia (www.inter-alia.net). He is the author of iPad on One Hour for Lawyers, iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers, and the newly-released second edition of iPad in One Hour for Litigators. Tom also co-authored The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies, along with Dennis Kennedy. He is the co-host of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, a legal technology podcast on the Legal Talk Network (www.legaltalknetwork.com). Tom served on the ABA TECHSHOW planning board for four years, and as Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2008. Tom also served as Chair of the ABA’s Law Practice Division from 2011-2012. Tom received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
Sharon D. Nelson
President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc.
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 Legal Talk Network podcast series called “The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology” as well as “Digital Detectives.”
She is a frequent author (eleven books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence topics. She was the President of the Virginia State Bar June 2013 – June 2014 and currently serves as the President of the Fairfax Law Foundation. She is a member of the College of Law Practice Management, inducted in 2014.
She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Technology Officer, Odom Ackerman Consulting
For over ten years, Haley worked as a paralegal in toxic tort, insurance defense, personal injury, and aviation in Texas, California, and Nevada. Haley transitioned into knowledge management and technology while at Slack & Davis in Austin. Haley Lobs Law Bomb, Haley’s blog created while at Slack & Davis, catapulted to the forefront of the legal technology scene. She later joined Stacey E. Burke, P.C. to help law firms create better technology solutions. In June 2014, Haley launched Odom Ackerman Consulting. OAC works with firms and businesses across the country specializing in resolving a variety of technology issues in order to create lean, mean law firms.
Haley is a frequent speaker at the State Bar of Texas, other CLE programs, and legal conferences across the country. She is a graduate from the University of Texas and currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Chief Information Officer, HolmstromKennedy, P.C.
Attorney Nerino Petro (IL & WI) is the Chief Information Officer for the 125 year old law firm of Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., in Rockford, Illinois where he is responsible for all in-house technology and training, recommending and implementing new technologies and providing direct support in the office and at trial.
Nerino served as the first Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Law Office Management Assistance Program for eight years helping members operate their offices more effectively and efficiently. Nerino has provided consulting to lawyers across the US on practice management and technology issues confronting since 1994 and he is a Certified Independent Consultant for a number of legal products.
Nerino is a regular contributor to local, state and national publications including the WI Lawyer, the Illinois Bar Journal, and ABA GP|Solo Magazine (where he serves as the Technology Editor) and was the ABA LPM Magazine Product Watch columnist from 2006 -2012. He presents throughout the US and Canada including ABA TECHSHOW, Pacific Legal Tech and state and national Solo and Small Firm conferences as well as other ABA, State and local conferences and events. He is a past ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board member and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference Planning Committees. Nerino was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50 list of the top legal techies in 2011. Nerino blogs 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 the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association.
Attorney, Adams and Reese LLP
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. He practices law in Louisiana and Florida. 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.
David G. Ries
Member, Clark Hill PLC
Dave Ries is a member in the Pittsburgh, PA office of Clark Hill PLC, where he practices in the areas of environmental, commercial, and technology law and litigation. He has used computers in his practice since the early 1980s and since then has strongly encouraged attorneys to embrace technology – in appropriate and secure ways. He is the Chair of the ABA Law Practice Division’s Education Board and a member of the ABA Section of Science and Technology’s Information Security Committee and ILTA’s LegalSEC Council. He served on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board from 2005 through 2008.
Dave frequently speaks and writes on ethics, legal technology, and technology law issues for legal, academic and professional groups. He is a co-author of Encryption Made Simple for Lawyers (American Bar Association, scheduled for Spring, 2015 publication) and Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers (American Bar Association 2012) and a contributing author to Information Security and Privacy: A Legal, Business and Technical Handbook, Second Edition (American Bar Association 2011).
Vice-President, Internet for Lawyers
Mark E. Rosch is Vice-President of Internet for Lawyers. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the subjects of using the Internet for investigative and background research. He writes, speaks, and tweets about legal technology for firms, and on how to use the Internet for marketing and productivity. Mark is also developer and manager of the Internet for Lawyers web site, online CLE programs, and Facebook Company Page. Together with his partner Carole Levitt, Mark has co-authored numerous books for the ABA Law Practice Management Section, including two editions of The Lawyer’s Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet (2003 and 2007), Google For Lawyers (2010), and Find Info Like a Pro, volumes 1 and 2 (2010 and 2011). They have also co-authored twelve editions of The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet. In addition to the TECHSHOW 2013 Planning Board, Mark has also served on the ABA LPM Section’s Education Board and its State and Local Bar Outreach Committee. He has also served in various leadership positions in the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).
Owner, The Russell Firm, LLC
Erin Russell is a litigator with legal experience covering a broad spectrum of civil litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property, defamation, and privacy. She is the owner of The Russell Firm, LLC, a firm that specializes in copyright infringement, defamation and trademark litigation. Over the past two years, Ms. Russell has developed a large practice defending claims of copyright infringement involving BitTorrent downloads, and addressing some of the cutting edge joinder questions emanating from that litigation. The firm also handles defamation and online speech matters. Ms. Russell holds a B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration from University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and a law degree from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
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. Prior to her work at the CBA and ABA she worked in library and information science environments for a number of years, working at Ross and Hardies as a librarian. She received a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1997.
Ms. Reach’s professional activities include articles published in Law Practice magazine, Law Technology News and GPSolo Magazine. She has given presentations on the use of technology in law firms for national bar conferences, state and local bar associations and organizations such as the Association of Legal Administrators and the Association of American Law Schools. She served on the ABA TECHSHOW Board from 2007-2009 and is on the editorial advisory board for Law Technology News. 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 and in 2013 was nominated Fellow Elect of the College of Law Practice Management.
Ben M. Schorr
Roland Schorr & Tower, Flagstaff, AZ
Ben M. Schorr is a technologist and Chief Executive Officer for Roland Schorr & Tower a professional consulting firm headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona with offices in Hawaii and Oregon. He is also the author of several books and articles on technology including “The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Outlook”, “The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Word” and “OneNote in One Hour”. He’s been a Microsoft MVP for more than 18 years and involved with management and technology for more than 25. In his free time he’s an Ironman triathlete and a high school football coach.
He currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with his wife Carrie.
Allison C. Shields
President, Legal Ease Consulting, Inc.
Allison C. Shields is the President of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc., which offers coaching and consulting services for lawyers and law firms in the areas of marketing, social media, business development, productivity, practice management, and client service. A former practicing lawyer and law firm manager, Allison understands the law firm environment and the daily pressures faced by lawyers trying to manage and build their business while practicing law and successfully serving their clients.
She is the co-author of several books by the ABA Law Practice Division: the recently released How to Get More Done in Less Time, The Complete Guide to Increasing Your Productivity and Improving your Bottom Line, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, the Second Edition of which was released in 2013, and Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers. She is also the author of the Simple Steps column in Law Practice Magazine. Allison lectures frequently on productivity, practice management, marketing and social media topics for bar associations, law firms and legal organizations, and writes articles for several legal publications, including Law Technology Today, Slaw.ca, TechnoLawyer, and others, as well as on her blog, LegalEaseConsulting.com and website, LawyerMeltdown.com.
Daniel J. Siegel
Attorney, Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC
Mr. Siegel wears two hats – he is a practicing attorney and also a full-time technology consultant.
As an attorney, Mr. Siegel focuses his practice on trial and appellate court writing; he also handles workers’ compensation matters and serves as a “second chair” for attorneys – working on the matters that keep them up at night. He is the principal of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC.
As a consultant, Mr. Siegel works with attorneys and their staffs to analyze their workflow, and to implement and use technology more efficiently while avoiding the technical jargon that can be a barrier to understanding and adoption. Mr. Siegel uses these skills in his role as founder and President of Integrated Technology Services, LLC, a consulting service for attorneys.
He is the author of Android Apps in One Hour for Lawyers, Checklists for Lawyers, How to Do More in Less Time: The Complete Guide to Increasing Your Productivity and Improving Your Bottom Line and The Lawyer’s Guide to CaseMap, published by the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section, Changing Law Firms: Ethical Guidance for Pennsylvania Law Firms & Attorneys, published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law – The Basics. Mr. Siegel can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at (610) 446-3457.
John W. Simek
Vice President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., an information technology, digital forensics and information security firm located in Fairfax, VA. 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.
Mr. Simek holds the prestigious Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) certifications. He currently provides information technology support to over 220 area law firms, legal entities and corporations. He is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast Digital Detectives. He is a frequent author (ten books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence topics. His latest book, Encryption Made Simple for Lawyers, is scheduled for release in March 2015.
He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan M. Sims
Business Litigation Attorney, Sims Law Firm, Ltd.,
Bryan Sims is the founder and principal of Sims Law Firm, Ltd., where he concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and civil appeals. Before entering private practice, he clerked for Illinois Supreme Court Justice S. Louis Rathje. His office is as paperless as a law office can be. He frequently speaks on the intersection of law and technology, was the featured speaker at the 2014 Oklahoma Solo and Small Firm Conference, and has spoken at ABA Techshow, solo and small firm conferences in Illinois and Wisconsin, and for a number of other bar associations.
Attorney, Sisson & Kachinsky Law Offices
Bob is a criminal defense attorney, licensed to practice in the states of Wisconsin and New York. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He belongs to the following associations: American Bar Association; Wisconsin Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, along with respective local bars associations. Bob is also multiple recipient of the Empire State Counsel award.
Bob has a passion for technology and always strives to be on the cutting edge. He is a long time attendee of ABA Techshow, but a first time presenter in 2015. Growing up in Buffalo, New York- he attended State University of New York at Buffalo, where his undergraduate, Masters, JD and PhD studies were done at SUNY Buffalo.
Bob is the owner/operator of Sisson & Kachinsky Law Offices. Being a Viet Nam era U.S. Navy Veteran, Bob has found his criminal law practice extremely rewarding, focusing on helping our returning Armed Forces Veterans with their legal concerns. He welcomes every legal challenge- no matter how small or big it may be. His use of technology started out with the first Palm Pilot (during law school) and he has embraced technology ever since then, and never looked back.
Bob strives to continue to experiment and learn how existing and new products, from Cloud based programs to wearable technology, can make our every day jobs as Practicing Attorneys- easier and more productive. Bob blogs on Tumblr on wearables.
Attorney, The Stevens Firm, P.A.
Ben Stevens practices in Spartanburg, South Carolina with his wife, Jenny, at The Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center, where his principal area of practice is family law. He is a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and currently serves as the Chair for its national Webinar Committee. Ben is also an officer on the South Carolina Bar’s Family Law Council, and he previously served two terms as the Section Chair for the Family Law Section of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ). He is also an active member of the South Carolina Bar, American Bar Association, and American Association for Justice, and he is a certified Family Court Mediator and Arbitrator.
One of Ben’s passions is helping lawyers use technology in their law practices. He has been a featured speaker at ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago, IL each year since 2008, and he serves as Chair of the Technology Section for the SCAJ and is a member of its Board of Governors. Since 2004, Ben has published the award winning South Carolina Family Law Blog (www.SCFamilyLaw.com), which provides useful information to attorneys, Guardians ad Litem, clients, and the general public on a wide variety of family law issues. He also publishes the wildly popular The Mac Lawyer blog (www.TheMacLawyer.com), which focuses on legal technology issues.
Ernie Svenson is a New Orleans commercial litigator who began practicing law dependent on secretaries and paralegals to manage bulky paper files. After learning to create a paperless law office (which mainly involves learning to work better with PDF files), he left his large firm to start a Ninja-efficient, solo practice.
Through his seminars, webinars, books, online videos and PaperlessChase.com website, Ernie helps lawyers in small firms leverage technology to attract better clients, cut overhead, boost profits, and outmatch adversaries in larger firms—even lawyers whose computer skills are limited to reading emails.
Absolute Legal Services, LLC
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
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 improve their businesses and the delivery of legal services to their clients.
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.
Reid is a long-time member of the ABA Law Practice Division, serving as chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2012, and an elected Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. He is admitted to the bars of Minnesota (inactive), Virginia, District of Columbia, and U.S. Supreme Court.
Reid leads an active family life with his wife, Mimi, and their three sons. When not at home in Virginia, they like to travel the U.S., discover local diners, drive-ins and dives, and ride roller coasters until they can’t anymore.
Gyi Tsakalakis founded AttorneySync to help lawyers earn meaningful and valuable attention online because that’s where clients are looking.
He regularly writes about things “searchy,” particularly as they relate to marketing a law firm.
For what it’s worth, he has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Wayne State University. In other words, he’s a recovering attorney (not practicing) who overly romanticizes the practice of law.
He also has an unhealthy relationship with football, especially when it comes to Michigan Football. He misses coaching and is happy to discuss various strategies and techniques of defensive front seven play.
You can see some of what Gyi has been up to at Avvo’s Lawyernomics, Lawyerist and Attorney At Work.
Partner, Akerman LLP
Martin T. Tully is a litigation partner with the Chicago office of Akerman LLP. He is veteran trial lawyer with more than two decades of experience representing domestic and multinational companies in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. He routinely represents clients in cases involving contract disputes, business torts, defamation, antitrust claims, trade secrets, and consumer class action defense. As a member of Akerman’s Electronic Discovery & Information Management Practice, Martin also focuses on keeping clients ahead of the curve in both litigation and regulatory matters regarding developing law, technology and best practices related to e-discovery, digital evidence and information governance. He is an active member of the Sedona Conference® Working Group 1, the Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program Committee, and the Trial Practice/Courtroom Technology sub-committee of the American Bar Association’s Technology for the Litigator Committee. Martin has written and presented extensively on e-discovery, digital evidence, information governance and legal technology.
Mark I. Unger
Attorney/Mediator/Consultant, The Unger Law Firm, P.C.
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 again in this year’s presenters.
Paul J. Unger
Affinity Consulting Group
Paul J. Unger is a national speaker, writer and thought-leader in the legal technology industry. He is an attorney and founding principal of Affinity Consulting Group, a nationwide consulting company providing legal technology consulting, continuing legal education, and training.
He served as Chair of the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center (2012-13, 2013-14), was former Chair of ABA TECHSHOW (2011), and is a member of the American Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Association for Justice, and Central Ohio Association for Justice. He specializes in document and case management, paperless office strategies, trial presentation and litigation technology, and legal-specific software training for law firms and legal departments throughout the Midwest. Mr. Unger has provided trial presentation consultation for over 400 cases. He is an Adjunct Professor for Capital University Law School’s Paralegal Program. In his spare time, he likes to run and restore historic homes.
Nilan Johnson Lewis
Courtney Ward-Reichard is an attorney and founding member of Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis, where she defends corporate clients in product liability, employment and commercial litigation. Her practice focuses on facilitating efficient and effective discovery in complex matters. She is active in the Law Practice Division, where she is a Board Member of Law Practice Magazine, and currently serves as Assistant Columns Editor. She is also the former president of the Hennepin County Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Foundation and National Conference of Bar Foundations.