ABA TECHSHOW 2016 Faculty
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Partner, Sedgwick LLP
Ramón A. Abadin is a partner in the Miami office of Sedgwick LLP, where he focuses on complex commercial, insurance and corporate litigation. An active trial lawyer, Mr. Abadin has tried more than 30 cases to verdict. In 2015, he was installed by his peers as a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor reserved for less than one percent of Florida lawyers.
Mr. Abadin is the current president of the Florida Bar, the country’s second-largest mandatory bar association. His focus as Florida Bar president is on technology and challenging the Bar’s membership and leadership to recognize the transformation revolutionizing the legal services marketplace and to embrace that change. He joined the Bar’s Board of Governors in 2006. He has chaired the Legal Education Committee of the Vision 2016 Commission, an in-depth study of the future practice of law.
Mr. Abadin, who received his J.D. degree from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in 1981, is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Mr. Abadin’s family immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1961, when he was 2 years old. His father, who was a lawyer in Cuba, worked odd jobs in this country to support his family. Ray worked his way through college with jobs that included laboring on a dredge boat in the Mississippi River. As an adult, he has had a taste for adventure, trying anything from rafting to cave diving.
Law Practice Advisor, Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program
Heidi S. Alexander, Esq. is a Law Practice Management Advisor at the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (MassLOMAP), where she advises lawyers on practice management matters and provides guidance in implementing new law office technologies. She frequently makes presentations to the legal community and contributes to publications on law practice management and technology, including ABA Law Technology Today, Attorney at Work, and Technolawyer. She is also the author of the forthcoming publication by the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division, Evernote as a Law Practice Tool.
Heidi previously practiced at a small firm and owned a technology consulting business. She also clerked for a justice on the highest court of New Jersey and served as the editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Law Review. She is a native Minnesotan, collegiate ice hockey player, and mother of three young children (including twin girls born in October 2015).
Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi
Bob Ambrogi is a lawyer and legal journalist who has been writing and speaking about legal technology and the Internet for two decades. He writes the “Ambrogi on Tech” column for the ABA Journal and the award-winning blog LawSites, which the ABA Journal named to its inaugural Blawg Hall of Fame in 2012. Since August 2005, he has co-hosted the award-winning legal-affairs podcast, Lawyer2Lawyer, available through the Legal Talk Network. In his law practice, Bob focuses on media and new media law. Earlier, he was with ALM in New York, where he was editor-in-chief of the National Law Journal and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division. Before joining ALM, he was with Boston-based Lawyers Weekly Publications, where he was founding editor of the national newspaper Lawyers USA and editor-in-chief of the company’s flagship newspaper, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
A 1980 graduate of Boston College Law School, he is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and president of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. In 2011, Bob was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.”
Founding Partner, Valorem Law Group
Nicole Nehama Auerbach is a founding partner of Valorem Law Group, a litigation firm formed in 2008 by BigLaw refugees to provide alternative fee arrangements to clients. Prior to Valorem, she practiced for 15 years at an AmLaw 100 firm in Chicago. Nicole has been named “One of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois” by Illinois SuperLawyers and one of “Forty Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” in 2005. In addition to litigating cases in federal and state court across the country, Nicole is also a co-founder of ValoremNext, a platform designed to help companies prevent issues before they arise. Nicole founded the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, comprised of +60 firms and 30 corporations, to facilitate the advancement of women in law. Nicole is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and a member of WOMP – Women Office Managing Partners, a group currently based in Chicago. Nicole speaks extensively about alternative fee arrangements, the value of prevention and the perils of the billable hour. A self-described “apple-cart upsetter,” Nicole thrives on bringing about productive change.
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 email@example.com.
Bellas & Wachowski, Attorneys
George Bellas, Senior Partner in the Chicago law firm of Bellas and Wachowski, has been involved in many complex auto products liability cases, class actions and complex commercial lawsuits across the country. George was honored as one of the recipients of the Steven Sharp Public Service Award by AAJ in 2001 for his work in rollover litigation which helped advance the public’s knowledge of the Ford Explorer and Firestone tires safety issues.
George has lectured nationally on the use of technology in litigation. He has served as a panelist for The Sedona Conference on the use of shared databases. George serves on the 7th Circuit E-Discovery Committee and has lectured nationally on the uses of e-discovery and the changes to the rules regarding e-discovery.
Affinity Consulting Group
Steven J. Best is a an attorney and a founding partner of the Affinity Consulting Group, a well-known and well respected law office practice management consulting company. After practicing law for eleven years, Steve left the active practice of law and became a law practice management consultant founding his own company. Steve consults with law firms throughout the United States on law office procedure, practice and technology as well as sophisticated practice and document management issues.
Steve is a graduate of Rutgers University (B.A.) and Emory University School of Law (J.D.). He is a member of the Florida and Georgia Bars and is also a certified consultant/trainer, maintaining certifications in many law office software products including time/billing/accounting, practice management, document management, PDF production, document assembly and paperless office packages. Steve also is a national speaker at many CLE programs throughout the US and Canada on law practice topics. Steve is currently the chair of the 2016 ABA TECHSHOW planning board, and is an active member of the ABA’s Law Practice Division. In his free time, Steve enjoys composing music, playing piano, running, cooking, and has recently started attending yoga classes. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stacey Blaustein is an attorney in the Corporate Litigation Department of the IBM Corporation in Armonk, NY where she manages the E-Discovery program for Corporate Litigation, is integrally involved in topics of E-Discovery, Cross-Border Discovery, and Data Privacy issues, and handles many aspects of regulatory matters and third party subpoenas for the company.
Stacey speaks and writes frequently on these topics, recently at ALM Conference on Business and Law, on a recent ALI webinar on Retention Practices, at last year’s ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago, and at ALM’s Forum on Cross-Border Issues and Cross-Border Discovery. Stacey sits on IBM’s Social Media and BYOD Policy Committees and works on the E-Discovery model constantly. She is also a member of the Emory Law School Alumni Council.
Stacey received her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University and her JD from Emory University School of Law in 1988. She has been practicing law at IBM for over six years and before that was a securities litigator at two respected law firms for eighteen years.
Chief Strategy Officer, CuroLegal
Nicole Bradick is Chief Strategy Officer at CuroLegal, a company that works with lawyers to launch and grow next-generation firms through consulting, technology services, and flexible staffing solutions. She was the founder and CEO of Custom Counsel, a nationwide network of freelance attorneys, which was acquired by CuroLegal in 2015. Nicole has been recognized as a 2012 ABA Journal “Legal Rebel” and was named to the Fastcase 50 list of global legal innovators in 2014.
You can reach Nicole at email@example.com, or on Twitter at @NicoleBradick
CEO and Founder, Avvo
Mark is the founder and CEO of Avvo (www.avvo.com), the leading online legal marketplace connecting consumers and lawyers. Prior to founding Avvo, Mark was the executive vice president of Worldwide Corporate Affairs of InterActiveCorp Travel (IACT) and Expedia, Inc. (NSDQ: EXPE). In this position, Mark oversaw all accounting, finance, strategy, corporate development, legal, human resources and government relations functions for the IACT companies, including Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Classic Custom Vacations and Interval International. Mark was also Expedia’s first general counsel and, today, he sits on the Board of Directors of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW).
With Avvo’s success, Mark regularly speaks around the country on technology, consumer and legal issues. His media appearances include ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox Business News, CNN Money and Dow Jones MarketWatch. Mark also received Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award in 2015 and was previously named a “Seattle Top 25 Innovator” and “Tech Titan 2.0” by Seattle business magazines.
Mark received his law degree from George Washington University. He holds a degree in finance from Gonzaga University. Mark serves on Gonzaga’s Board of Regents.
Counsel, Professional Development & Competence, Law Society of Upper Canada
Phil graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.Sc. (Hons) and an LLB. He was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia and Ontario. He also holds a post-graduate certificate from Centennial College in e-commerce.
Phil practised criminal law exclusively as a sole practitioner before joining Legal Aid Ontario as the Coordinator of Lawyer Relations. He was responsible for marketing the Legal Aid Online billing project which automated lawyer payments. The project had a 90% uptake by lawyers within the first 6 months.
He joined the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2008 as Counsel in the Professional Development and Competence department and has been involved in CPD planning, accreditation, and certified specialist certification. He participates in developing resources for solos and small firm lawyers and for the past seven years has worked on the Practice Management Helpline team assisting lawyers and paralegals with issues related to the Law Society By-laws, Rules of Professional Conduct and professionalism questions. He has recorded over 35 podcasts on basic technology for lawyers with David Whelan.
He is currently a member of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association and is the Photo Editor of “For The Defence” magazine. He is a presenter at continuing professional development programs and has spoken at the Criminal Lawyers Association, Hamilton Lawyers Association, Toronto Lawyers Association, and Law Society programs. He has been a lecturer and instructor in the professional responsibility course.
Director, Oklahoma Bar Association Management Assistance Program, Oklahoma Bar Association
Jim Calloway is the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association Management Assistance Program, where he has served for 18 years. Mr. Calloway served as chair of the ABA TECHSHOW 2005 board. He publishes the blog Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips 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). He is a member of the ABA Law Practice Division’s Law Practice Magazine editorial board and writes the Practice Management Advice column for that magazine. He was recently awarded the ABA Law Practice Division’s Robert P. Wilkens Award in recognition of Best Column in Division Publications. He has made hundreds of presentations on law office management, legal technology, ethics and legal business operations and has been inducted as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
CEO, Legal Talk Network
Mr. Camras received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Chief Executive Officer of LAWgical, the company that owns and operates leading legal brands, including Legal Talk Network, ServeNow and ServeManager. The Los Angeles, California native has been involved in legal since 2001 and enjoys learning about the latest technology and trends affecting the industry. Mr. Camras travels the country for speaking engagements, CLEs, attending conferences, and meeting with members of the legal community. You can follow him on Twitter at @AdamCamras.
Holly focuses on corporate healthcare transactional work and regulatory matters. She primarily counsels healthcare clients, hospitals and health systems on a variety of matters, including structuring transactions, affiliation agreements and compliance matters. Holly also provides guidance to various provider clients regarding the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, the HITECH Act, and legal issues related to electronic health records. Holly also represents pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device manufacturers in the drafting and negotiation of clinical trial and grant agreements, contract marketing agreements and a variety of compliance and regulatory issues. She has also assisted clients with revising and developing compliance plans and has counseled clients on matters related to medical affairs and interactions between medical staff liaisons and healthcare professionals.
Data Scientist, Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)
David Colarusso is an attorney, software engineer, and former high school physics teacher living in the greater Boston area. He was originally hired by the MA public defender agency (CPCS) as a staff attorney. However, he has recently transitioned to doing data science on their behalf. He is the author of a programming language for lawyers, QnA Markup, and along with teammates William Li and David Zvenyach, he created an app for the determination of indecency and calculation of sentencing (Due Processr) as part of the ABA’s inaugural hackathon. He likes to build things: furniture, software, reasoned arguments… You can find his latest creations on his website. See http://www.davidcolarusso.com.
CEO, LMG Security
Sherri Davidoff is the CEO of LMG Security and the co-author of “Network Forensics: Tracking Hackers Through Cyberspace” (Prentice Hall, 2012). She has fifteen years of experience as a cyber security professional, specializing in digital forensics, penetration testing and security awareness training. Sherri has authored courses for the SANS Institute and Black Hat, and conducted onsite security training for the Department of Defense, Google, Comcast, Los Alamos National Laboratories, and many other organizations. She is a faculty member of the Pacific Coast Banking School and adjunct faculty at the University of Montana, where she teaches cybersecurity classes. Sherri is a GIAC-certified forensic examiner (GCFA) and penetration tester (GPEN), and holds her degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Randall Dean Consulting & Training, LLC
Randy Dean, the “E-mail Sanity Expert” TM, is a professional speaker and expert on time & e-mail management, effective organization, and the related use of technology. For more than 20 years, Randy has been leading training and speaking programs for major corporate, university, association, and government audiences. Obsessed with time management and personal productivity, he left a successful career as a graduate program admissions director, professional marketer, and manager to become a leading speaker and trainer. The author of the recent Amazon bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, he has led programs for thousands of satisfied and inspired students, managers, and professionals on being more productive with their time and life. His highly informative and entertaining speaking and training programs leave audience members with immediately-usable tools, strategies, and skills on how to better manage their time, technology, and information overload following their program experience.
He has previously been interviewed by the Washington Times, Detroit News, The Globe and Mail, Business Week Online, and numerous other media outlets, including radio, television, newspaper, and blog sites. He is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and Michigan Society of Association Executives.
LawWithoutWalls + University of Miami
Recently recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel, Michele researches and writes about the growing intersections between law, business, and legal innovation. She presents regularly at law firms, corporations, law schools, and legal organizations on Innovation, Teaming, Collaboration, Compliance and Ethics, Technology and Education, and Litigation Funding. In addition to teaching courses on the Changing Legal Profession, Entrepreneurship, and Ethics at Harvard Law School and MiamiLaw, she is Guest Faculty in Harvard Law School’s Executive Education program. Michele received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Knowledge Management Counsel, Littler Mendelson P.C.
Jason Dirkx focuses on identifying and integrating new knowledge management technologies with the firm’s legal work processes. He works with attorneys, practice groups, other knowledge management attorneys and clients in an effort to provide innovative client services in all areas of labor and employment law. Jason has worked for several other law firms developing and globally deploying legal technologies and services. Prior to law school, he worked as a software engineer for several government contractors.
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.
Attorney, Lowenthal & Abrams, PC
Jennifer Ellis is a legal ethics attorney with the Philadelphia personal injury firm of Lowenthal & Abrams, PC. She also manages the firm’s online presence and assists the other attorneys in matters related to online evidence. In addition, Jennifer is a law practice marketing consultant who focuses on assisting lawyers and firms with their online marketing, including websites, social media and SEO. Find Jennifer online at https://lowenthalabrams.com, http://jlellis.net and @jle_jd on Twitter.
Attorney, Ossi, Withers & Harrison, P.A.
Katie Floyd is a litigator and the co-creator and host of the Mac Power Users Podcast distributed through Relay.fm. Mac Power Users teaches listeners how to get the most from their Apple technology with productivity focused topics and workflow guests. The show is regularly featured as a top technology podcast in iTunes and other podcast clients. Katie is also a member of the Mac Roundtable Podcast featuring a panel of Mac notables.
Katie is a frequent speaker and consultant on Apple and technology related topics and has presented sessions for the National Business Institute, Macworld Expo, and the American Bar Association among others. Katie has been a contributor to Macworld Magazine and writes a monthly article for ScreenCastsOnline Monthly Magazine.
Attorney/Blogger, The Cyber Advocate
Brian Focht is a civil litigator specializing in insurance defense, professional malpractice, and business & construction litigation. He is also the author of The Cyber Advocate, a blog dedicated to helping lawyers and legal professionals improve their practice, provide better service to their clients, and increase profits through technology. He also hosts the Legal Technology Review Podcast, which seeks to further the Cyber Advocate’s mission through interviews and discussions about timely and important legal technology issues.
Affinity Consulting Group
Debbie Foster is one of the Founding Partners of Affinity Consulting Group. Debbie has been working with law firms since 1995, personally helping implement solutions ranging from practice management, time/billing/accounting, document management and general law office management issues. Debbie earned her Lean Six Sigma Certification and has helped law firms understand the importance of accuracy and efficiency in their processes. Debbie is a leader when it comes to assisting law firms with strategic management problems and their resolutions. She is relied on by firms all over the country as a management consultant. Debbie is very active in the Association of Legal Administrators where Affinity is honored to be a VIP Business Partner. Debbie served as the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2010 and remains very active in TECHSHOW. Debbie is also very involved in Local and State Bar Associations, as well as speaking regularly on topics relating to management, finance, technology and marketing of a law firm.
General Counsel Legal, Thomson Reuters
Ed has had a series of legal roles with Thomson Reuters since joining The Thomson Corporation in 1990. Previously, he was General Counsel for Thomson Legal & Regulatory, Vice President/Deputy General Counsel of The Thomson Corporation and, before that, Associate General Counsel of the Information/Publishing group. Prior corporate experience includes Associate General Counsel positions at The Continental Corporation (insurance/financial services) and Macmillan Inc. (publishing). He began his legal practice at the law firm now known as Cooley LLP in New York City. Ed has represented Thomson on the board of the Software and Information Industry Association. He is currently on the Board of The Jungle Theatre in Minneapolis and is a member of the New York Lawyers Committee for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He received a B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from Williams College in Williamstown, MA and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. He and his wife Lisa divide their time between Westport, Connecticut and Minneapolis, Minnesota. When Ed is not at work or at the Theatre, he likes to be outdoors.
Principal Consultant, Inertia Software Solutions, LLC
Aaron Fritz is a partner at Inertia Software Solutions where he specializes in providing legal technology solutions with a realist / numbers based approach. He’s a firm believer that organizations of all kinds, including law firms, must “measure what they manage” to be effective. To that end, his company employs a proactive and methodical approach to servicing legal technology solutions and has developed one of the few analytics / business intelligence suites for small and medium sized law firms. When he’s not working on his business, he’s either helping his wife wrangle two young daughters (one more daughter on the way) or seeking a little respite from the estrogen ocean he lives in. He’s truly a blessed man.
Lean Law Evangelist, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Ken Grady is Lean Law Evangelist for Seyfarth Shaw LLP and an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University College of Law. Ken frequently speaks on issues affecting the legal industry, including innovation, technology, leadership, efficiency, and change management. Ken’s articles and posts have been featured in many publications and he is the editor and principal author of the blog SeytLines.com, named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100. He has been named to the Fastcase 50, and honored by the Financial Times for innovative leadership of in-house counsel/outside counsel relationships, and his industry views have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s, The American Lawyer, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, Legal Futures, and other publications. Ken’s career has included being CEO of SeyfarthLean Consulting, LLC, a Seyfarth Shaw subsidiary; general counsel roles at Fortune 1000 corporations; executive positions in Fortune 500 and 1000 corporations; and being a partner in the multinational law firm McDermott, Will & Emery. He has worked with technology in the legal industry for more than 30 years, having developed litigation discovery database applications early in his career. Ken was a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel for 14 years, including its Board of Directors, and Value Challenge and Advocacy Committees.
Fellow & Lecturer, Stanford Law School & d.school
Margaret Hagan is a fellow at Stanford Law’s Center on the Legal Profession and a lecturer at Stanford Institute of Design (the d.school).
She is a lawyer (JD, Stanford Law 2013) who also was a fellow at the d.school, where she launched the Legal Design Initiative, an R&D lab for legal services. She teaches project-based classes, with interdisciplinary student groups tackling legal challenges through user-focused research and design of new legal products and services. She also leads workshops to train legal professionals in the design process, to produce client-focused innovation.
Margaret graduated from Stanford Law School in June 2013. She served as a student fellow at the Center for Internet & Society and president of the Stanford Law and Technology Association. While a student, she built the game app Law Dojo to make studying for law school classes more interactive & engaging.
Senior Manager of Technology Development and Communications, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Ivan Hemmans is a Senior Manager of Technology Development and Communications at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He works to demystify new and existing technologies for people at all levels. His approach is grounded in the practical use of technology, from an end-user’s point of view, which often enables him to anticipate areas where the average person may find confusion.
Ivan has extensive technology experience. He has worked with law firms for 16 years and computers for over two and a half decades. During his undergraduate studies at UCLA, where he earned a Cognitive Science degree, he acquired experience with more than a dozen programming languages. He is as comfortable discussing best practices for structuring Microsoft Excel spreadsheets as he is talking about the latest smartphone app. Of course, it doesn’t take much to draw him into a lively conversation about WordPerfect 5.0 for DOS and the virtues of reveal codes. In fact, he might even start trying to persuade to you learn Markdown if you spend any time at all writing for the web. People who know him will agree that he has a passion for technology.
Ivan has traveled the world for more than a dozen years, explaining technology to groups of people, both large and small. He has conducted hundreds of educational seminars and spent thousands of hours sharing his ideas in front of different audiences. He knows that everyone has something to teach and is eager to learn how each person leverages the tech tools at their disposal to “get things done.”
Ivan is based in Los Angeles, California. He writes at hemmans.com and occasionally for legal technology publications like Peer to Peer Magazine. And, he is a magician member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Follow him on Twitter @ihemmans.
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.
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Sarah B. Herlihy is Of Counsel in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She practices employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on disputes involving the theft of trade secrets, enforcement of restrictive covenants and breaches of fiduciary duty.
Ms. Herlihy also represents employers with respect to other areas of employment litigation, including claims of wrongful termination, breach of fiduciary duty, discrimination and wage and hour violations. She has helped numerous companies, particularly in the technology, financial and professional services sectors, resolve issues related to the theft or misuse of confidential and trade secret information.
Ms. Herlihy works with her clients to quickly but thoroughly understand the technology or confidential information at issue so that her clients are best positioned when a claim must be brought or defended. If litigation does commence, Ms. Herlihy has extensive experience pursuing and defending motions for preliminary injunction, which are often critical to a restrictive covenant or trade secret claim. If litigation cannot be avoided or resolved at or before the preliminary injunction stage, Ms. Herlihy has experience successfully bringing complex trade secret and restrictive covenant claims to trial and to appeal.
Ms. Herlihy regularly litigates in both state and federal court, as well as before various governmental agencies including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has also represented management in employment arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, and in other arbitration forums.
While at Bryn Mawr, Ms. Herlihy received academic scholarships from both the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Rotary Foundation. Her scholarship from the Rotary Foundation provided funding for Ms. Herlihy to live and study abroad for a year at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Herlihy practiced in the litigation department at Mintz Levin, a national law firm. During her time at Mintz Levin, Ms. Herlihy tried numerous cases, including in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and California.
Wayne County Prosecutor’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 each 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 a 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 Prosecutions 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 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.
Josh Hoeppner, is a high level graphic designer, presentation design specialist, and a trial technology presentation expert. He began his career with Affinity Consulting Group building his experience for 11 years, and began his own company, PresentationView, in 2015.
Josh has been involved in, and organized, over 100 on-site litigation presentations over his tenure at Affinity. He has prepared countless trial graphics, illustrations, PowerPoint presentations, and videos for many litigation purposes. Josh is well versed in developing pieces focused on persuasion or simplification of information for juries.
Josh received his B.A. in illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), which is recognized as one of the leading art colleges in the United States. Josh’s skills in illustration, graphic design, painting, and visual persuasion are matched by his fluency in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, Adobe Acrobat, TimeMap, Sanction II, TrialDirector, Adobe Premiere, and multiple video editing programs.
Principal, Zeitgeist Law PC
Marcia Hofmann (@marciahofmann) is the founding principal of Zeitgeist Law PC, a boutique law practice focusing on computer crime and security, electronic privacy, free expression, and intellectual property. Prior to that, she was a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she continues to serve as special counsel. She is also an adjunct professor at University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Louisiana State Bar Association
Shawn L. Holahan is the Practice Management Counsel and Legislative Liaison for the Louisiana State Bar Association. In addition to the 2014 ABA 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Counsel, American Bar Association
Will Hornsby is counsel in the American Bar Association’s Division for Legal Services, where he staffs the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. Since joining the ABA staff in 1988, he has provided support to the Standing Committee on Professionalism, the Commission on Responsibility in Client Development, the Committee on Research on the Future of the Law and the ABA Presidential Commission on Access to Lawyers.
Will has written several articles on technology, law firm marketing and legal ethics for publications such as the National Law Journal, the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and the ABA Law Practice Management magazine. He authored the ABA book Lawyer Advertising at the Crossroads and the third edition of the ABA Law Practice Management Section book Marketing and Legal Ethics: The Boundaries of Promoting Legal Services. His law review articles include Clashes of Class and Cash: Battles from the 150 Years War to Govern Client Development and Gaming the System: Approaching 100% Access to Legal Services through Online Games. He is a frequent speaker at bar association conferences and has participated in programs at universities including Fordham, Stanford, Arizona State, the University of Utah and the University of Maryland.
Will is currently a chair of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Hearing Panel, a Cook County arbitrator and an adjunct faculty member of the Chicago-Kent College of Law. In 2007, Will was inducted as a fellow into the College of Law Practice Management.
Immediate Past President, American Bar Association
William C. Hubbard served as President of the American Bar Association in 2014-2015. He previously served a two-year term as Chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates. Mr. Hubbard is a past president of the American Bar Foundation and the American Bar Endowment. He is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and is an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple in London.
Mr. Hubbard is Chairman of the Board of the World Justice Project. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Hubbard has served on the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina since 1986 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1996-2000.
In 2002, Mr. Hubbard was presented the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian award presented by a South Carolina Governor. In 2007, Mr. Hubbard received the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.
Mr. Hubbard earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina. He was law clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert F. Chapman. He is a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
Certified Legal Technology Consultant, Solfecta
Katrina Jasaitis is a certified legal technology consultant with over 15 years of experience in the legal industry. Katrina has consulted law firms and governmental agencies all across the country on law practice management techniques and technology implementations. She received her undergraduate degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of Cincinnati and practiced as a Paralegal for 7 years before becoming certified in a multitude of law office software.
Her “in the trenches” experience combined with her love for technology provides law firms a unique perspective when implementing technology and changing processes. Katrina is also very passionate about business and has also spoken at many bar association conferences on business topics as they relate to the practice of law, the Wisconsin Business School for Lawyers, being amongst her favorites. She maintains certifications in Tabs3/PracticeMaster, Worldox, NetDocuments, Time Matters, PCLaw and Clio.
Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, P.L.L.C., Livonia, MI
Randy is an active trial attorney and an owner/member of Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, P.L.L.C., a 19-attorney, full-service law firm with Michigan offices in Livonia and Ann Arbor, and an Indiana office in Carmel. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation including the defense of hospitals, physicians, and other professionals, civil rights defense, business litigation, medical practice management consulting, public relations, and crisis management. He is an accomplished trial attorney, having brought over 65 civil malpractice and civil rights cases to trial in both Federal and State Courts with a greater than 98% success record. He has appeared on television, both locally and nationally, numerous times representing and speaking on behalf of various clients.
Randy believes in technology, and is an unashamed Mac fan. He has lectured at the state and national level on presentation design and technique, legal ethics, and technology. He is also frequently requested to speak to groups of physicians and other professionals on risk management topics. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), received his J.D. from Wayne State University, and is a true believer in the Oxford Comma. When not puzzling at his desk on how to become paperless for real or chasing his 5 children around, Randy enjoys cooking, Barbeque, home theater, and the internets.
You can wonder what he’s talking about on Twitter at @rajuip, or reach him via email at email@example.com
State Bar of Georgia
Natalie Robinson Kelly is the Director of the State Bar of Georgia’s Law Practice Management Program and was Chair of the 2014 ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board. A Certified Consultant for multiple legal software applications, she speaks and writes extensively on modern law office management and technology. Natalie has personally conducted over 1,000 practice management and technology consulting visits with Georgia law firms. She has given presentations in over 15 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is a regular contributor to the Georgia Bar Journal and other law-related publications. She co-authors the blog, the Georgia Practice Advisor; and has authored the chapters, When and How to Use Technology Consultants in Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer, 4th Edition and How to Make Your Bills a Rainmaking Tool in How to Capture and Keep Clients: Marketing Strategies for Lawyers. She was inducted into the College of Law Practice Management in 2014 and in 2015 won the Fastcase 50 Award. Natalie is active in the ABA Law Practice Division, and serves as an Ex-Officio Member of the Division’s Council, and a member of the Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) Board, and the State and Local Bar Outreach Committee. Natalie can be reached at NatalieK@gabar.org, followed at @NatalieRKelly, or phoned at 404-527-8770.
Partner, Solfecta, LLC
Jeffrey S. Krause is a Wisconsin attorney and is the founding partner of Solfecta, LCC. Solfecta is a legal technology consulting practice that helps attorneys choose the right technology and use it the right way. Mr. Krause is certified in over a dozen legal specific technology applications and is a frequent author and speaking on a variety of legal technology subjects.
Chief Strategy Officer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
The imminent death of BigLaw has been widely reported, but Josh Kubicki sees it differently. As a seasoned intrapreneur within the legal vertical, Josh is a firm believer in the capacity of mature organizations to drive innovation and launch new businesses. Drawing from his experience consulting for legal businesses of all shapes and sizes, Josh combines design thinking and Lean startup methodologies to strengthen the organization’s innovation platform.
As the Chief Strategy Officer at Seyfarth Shaw, Josh leads market-driven development and growth initiatives for the entire Seyfarth family. He works closely with the SLC management team on strategy and innovation, particularly in the application of business model design to the evolution of corporate legal buy.
CEO, GlobalMac IT
Tom Lambotte is CEO of GlobalMacIT, the only company in the world that specializes in providing IT support to Mac-based law firms. His methods are based on close to a decade of research, testing and real-world refinement of Best Practices, working directly with Mac-based law firms and firms switching from PC to Mac, across the country and around the world. Tom is the author of Hassle Free Mac IT Support for Law Firms and Legal Boost: Big Profits Through an IT Transformation. He is a highly sought after speaker at national events such as the ABA Techshow and MILOfest, a Mac Lovin’ Lawyers Event. Learn more about Tom and GlobalMac IT at www.globalmacit.com.
Managing Editor, AboveTheLaw.com
David Lat is the founder and managing editor of Above the Law, an award-winning website about the legal profession that reaches more than 1 million unique visitors a month. David’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Prior to Above the Law, he launched Underneath Their Robes, a blog about federal judges. Before entering the media world, David worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. David’s first book, Supreme Ambitions: A Novel, was published by the ABA’s Ankerwycke imprint in 2014. According to the New York Times, “for an elite niche — consisting largely of federal judges and their clerks — Supreme Ambitions has become the most buzzed-about novel of the year.”
Founder, Spera Law Group, LLC
Andrew Legrand is the founding partner at Spera Law Group, LLC http://speralaw.com, a cloud and paperless law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana. He counsels Small Business Owners on the wide array of challenges they face, and blogs about those issues at http://www.nolasmallbizlaw.com. Andrew is also a speaker and technology consultant for PaperlessChase (http://www.paperlesschase.com), a New Orleans based group of tech geeks who help lawyers make their practices more efficient.
Nathan Leong is an attorney at Microsoft, where he is a trusted advisor in complex SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS cloud computing deals with Fortune 100 US and multinational companies and serves as Privacy Subject Matter Co-Lead. He regularly advises on privacy, data protection, cross-border data transfer, healthcare and financial privacy, and cloud export issues. He also provides front-line legal support for Microsoft’s multibillion dollar 18-state, US Central Region. He is co-chair of NAPABA’s Young Lawyers Network and CABA’s Corporate Counsel Committee, and he speaks regularly on privacy, compliance, and information security in the cloud. He holds a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a BA from Wheaton College.
Adriana Linares is a law practice consultant and legal technology trainer with her company, LawTech Partners. The firm’s services include consulting and training for law firms, legal departments, legal aid groups and consulting for legal technology startups.
Having spent her initial career-years at two of Florida’s largest law firms, Adriana went on to launch LawTech Partners in 2004. She is a frequent speaker at national technology conferences and a regular contributor to legal blogs and publications. Adriana has a Bachelors in Geography from Stetson University, a Masters in Corporate Communication and Technology from Rollins College, and speaks fluent Spanish. She is an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Technologist.
Today she serves as a technology consultant to the Florida Bar; is the vice chair of the 2016 ABA TECHSHOW board, and serves on the board of the Florida Justice Technology Center. She hosts both the New Solo podcast and The Florida Bar Podcast on Legal Talk Network.
Partner, Affinity Consulting Group
Britt is a Partner with the Affinity Consulting Group, where she specializes in time/billing/accounting, practice management and speech solution software, as well as providing technology and management consulting to law firms all over North America and the Caribbean. Britt is a former litigation paralegal and a former law firm network administrator.
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 following ABA LP Division Committees: LTRC (Law Technology Resource Center), the Law Firm Finance Committee, and the Publications Board.
Founder, Mackenzie Consulting
Author, lecturer and 30 year veteran of the business and technical side of the practice of law, Allan Mackenzie shares his experience as the Director of Information Technology for a Wall Street white collar litigation boutique. Recognized for his “known-nonsense to no-nonsense” approach to practice management and technology, he has acted as architect and implementer of successful strategies that have won the hearts and minds of legal and technology professionals and created holistic solutions that move firms forward whether 1 or 600 strong.
Allan is a Clio® Certified Product Pro and has held certifications with Time Matters®, Pro Law®, and numerous others. A regular speaker and contributing author to legal and technology forums, he has lent his name to three national and international consultancies that focus on the technological efficiency of the legal profession. Prior to joining the consultancy sphere, Allan hung his hat at the Worldwide Training division of Microsoft® and Wang Laboratories® and has trained technical support and legal professionals in the United States, England, The United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and Japan. And while he has provided Acting CIO services for large firms, he still loves to roll up his sleeves and design document assembly automation in Microsoft Word.
Jason Marsh, founder of digital marketing agency MARSH8, has been working in the trenches of internet marketing since 2008, generating new business for companies spanning from Broadway to Silicon Valley. When it comes to acquiring new clients online, nationally-known digital marketer Jason knows how to get results for law firms. Internet marketing for lawyers is intensely competitive. He knows what is working right now, and tells it straight. With an approach that is part art and part science, Jason develops scalable and data-driven online strategies for law firms that generate a significant return on investment. He implements campaigns from the ground up, measuring and optimizing performance over time to achieve superior results in a constantly changing online world. Jason has chaired the Legal Marketing Interest Group for the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division, and was recently appointed to chair the brand-new Client Development & Marketing Committee. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences and legal associations across the country, and is a contributing editor for Law Practice Today.
Executive Director, CALI
Executive Director of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI/www.cali.org) since 1997. CALI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of over 200 US law schools and many law firms, legal studies, legal aid programs and law libraries. CALI is the developer of A2J Author (www.a2j.org) which lets attorneys automate legal forms, processes and court documents entirely online. A2J Author used by over 2M pro ses in dozens of states.
Mr. Mayer has a BS in Computer Science from Northwestern and an MS in Computer Science from IIT.
Managing Attorney, Medina Law Group, LLC
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, as well as a financial services company, all using Macs and other Apple gear. 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 October 6-8, 2016 at the Disney Yacht & Beach Club in Orlando, FL. Look it up online; it’s a pretty cool conference.
Victor always has some cool tech gear in his bag with him – ask him about it…
Attorney, Federal Trade Commission
Whitney Merrill is an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission in San Francisco, California where she works on consumer protection issues involving technology. She received her Masters in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. She specializes in information security, computer crime, privacy, surveillance, and Internet law. Her recent research focuses on Android privacy, digital forensics, and the legal issues surrounding encryption. While at UIUC, she was a member of the Illinois Security Lab, and in her spare time Whitney runs the Crypto & Privacy Village at DEF CON. She loves solving and creating puzzles.
Attorney-at-Law, Law Office of Mark C. Metzger
Mark C. Metzger is an attorney in solo practice in Naperville, Illinois (west suburban Chicago), where his practice is focused on three areas: advising businesses on Internet and technology-related contracts and issues; estate planning up to and including Medicaid spend down avoidance; and real estate transactions. He is a recovering trial attorney, which saw him defending and trying cases in fifteen other states and allowed him to see the inside of more airplanes than any one person should have to endure. He is also a recovering programmer.
Mark returns to the TECHSHOW faculty following a sixth consecutive faculty appointment at MILOfest, the nation’s leading conference exclusively for attorneys using a Macintosh in their law office.
Vice President, Delivery Services, Contoural, Inc.
Tom Mighell is Vice President of Delivery Services at Contoural, Inc., where he helps companies develop information governance, litigation readiness and privacy programs. Prior to becoming a consultant, Tom practiced for 18 years at the firm Cowles & Thompson in Dallas. Tom is the author of four books, including iPad in One Hour for Lawyers (3rd Edition), iPad in One Hour for Litigators (2nd Edition), iPad Apps in One Hour, and The Lawyers Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies. Mighell is also the co-host of “The Kennedy-Mighell Report,” a legal technology podcast on the Legal Talk Network.
Tom served on the ABA TECHSHOW planning board for four years, serving as its chair in 2008. He also served as the chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division from 2010-11. He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Neota Logic
Michael Mills is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Neota Logic Inc., developers of a no-code software platform with which lawyers and other professionals build expert systems to automate advice, documents, and processes.
He attended the University of Chicago Law School, then served as law clerk to a United States District Judge. Mr. Mills was partner in the law firm Mayer Brown.
At Davis Polk & Wardwell, he led technology strategy, business development, knowledge management, professional development, practice support, and e-discovery. At Kraft & Kennedy, he served as a technology consultant to law firms and law departments.
He is a director of Pro Bono Net, which provides innovative technology for the nonprofit legal sector, and was a co-founder of the Central Park Conservancy.
Partner, Sedgwick LLP
Cinthia Granados Motley is a member of Sedgwick’s cybersecurity leadership team. Cinthia understands the threats that cybersecurity presents nationally and abroad, as well as the importance of a complete cybersecurity program. She is experienced in representing clients in data security and privacy litigation. She has developed a comprehensive service for clients to manage this process from pre-event to post-event. She routinely acts as incident response coach to large international entities, as well as breach response and privacy litigation counsel. In particular, Cinthia has handled class action lawsuits brought under state or federal consumer and privacy laws. She has successfully led defense teams in obtaining favorable early case resolutions of complex multimillion-dollar lawsuits. Clients seek Cinthia as coordinating counsel in large data breach matters to lead incident response, e-discovery and litigation teams. Pre-event services include: incident response coaching; cyber risk mitigation, information management and litigation readiness; developing and testing incident response plans and privacy policies; regulatory compliance readiness and analysis; third-party management and vendor agreements; and C-suite, board, executive level and employee training. Post-event services include: national and international breach response and coordinating counsel; security incident containment; managing regulatory compliance and investigations; remediation; and post-event lessons-learned analysis. Cinthia has worked with companies in a wide variety of industries including: financial services; health care; education; retail; hospitality; transportation; and companies insured by leading insurance firms. She has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys in Illinois and in Super Lawyers Rising Stars – 2012-2013. In 2015, she was selected as one of The National Law Journal’s CyberSecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org | 312.849.1972.
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 (sixteen 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 the President of the Fairfax Law Foundation July 2014-July 2015. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the College of Law Practice Management.
She may be reached at email@example.com
Jack Newton is the founder and CEO of Clio, one of the pioneers of cloud-based practice management. Jack has spearheaded efforts to educate the legal community on the security-, ethics- and privacy-related issues surrounding cloud computing, and has become a nationally recognized writer and speaker on these topics.
Jack also co-founded and is President of the Legal Cloud Computing Association (LCCA), a consortium of leading cloud computing providers with a mandate to help accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the legal industry.
Co-Founder, eBrevia, Inc.
As a co-founder and COO/CFO of eBrevia, Adam Nguyen is responsible for the company’s strategy, product development, and finance, as well as its daily operation. Adam’s experience extends to founding Ivy Link, an education advisory firm with clients in the US, Europe, and Middle East, and serving as the Chief-of-Staff and Legal Officer of Vantage Properties, a 350-person real estate investment and management firm. In addition to operational management, finance and in-house legal experience, Adam has practiced law at the global law firms of Paul, Weiss and Shearman & Sterling, where he focused on private equity, hedge fund formation, and mergers and acquisitions — as well as at AQR Capital Management, a multi-asset investment management firm, where he helped to expand the firm’s products and managed accounts. He was a law clerk to the Hon. Judge Faith Hochberg, US District Court, NJ. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Columbia and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He has also studied at the University of California, Berkeley as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy and International Affairs, and at the University College London.
Larry Port, Rocket Matter founder and CEO, is a speaker and award winning writer at the crossroads of the legal profession, cutting edge technology, and business processes. Larry speaks to an international audience on technology, productivity, and the business of law and was recognized by Fastcase as one of the 50 top innovators in the field of law. He is the author of two books, The Law Firm of Tomorrow and Legal Productivity and also writes extensively for legal publications. Larry frequently discusses design and efficiency, and quality techniques that can be leveraged by lawyers.
VP, Asst. General Counsel, Hunt Companies, Inc.
Ms. Procaccio currently serves as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel for Hunt Companies, Inc. Her primary responsibilities include managing the company’s involvement in litigation, and other legal matters, including compliance, and information governance. Ms. Procaccio advises the company on pending and threatened litigation as well as risk mitigation and exposure. She also provides her legal expertise to the company for regular corporate training.
Prior to joining Hunt Companies, Ms. Procaccio worked as a litigator for eight years at the Chicago office of Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP. She represented a wide spectrum of clients in all aspects of litigation, including at the state, federal and appellate level and regularly counselled clients in navigating the requirements pertaining to the preservation and production of electronically stored information (ESI). Prior to joining Katten, Ms. Procaccio served as a judicial extern to The Honorable Michael M. Mihm of the Central District of Illinois.
Ms. Procaccio earned her BA from Lake Forest College and her JD, from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, both with honors. Ms. Procaccio is admitted to the State Bar of Illinois, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the District Court of Colorado, and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Associate General Counsel, Adobe Systems
Dan Puterbaugh is Director and Associate General Counsel for Adobe Systems, a global leader in digital marketing and media solutions.
Puterbaugh and his team support Adobe’s Document Cloud. Document Cloud includes Adobe Acrobat DC and Reader DC, as well as a suite of cloud-based document services including Adobe eSign. He also oversees many of Adobe’s business development efforts and strategic agreements. He joined Adobe Systems in 2008 as legal lead for Adobe’s enterprise document solution, LiveCycle. He is also a board member of the Electronic Signature and Records Association.
Prior to joining Adobe, Puterbaugh spent seven years as assistant general counsel at Intuit Inc., a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, and accounting professionals. While there, he was the lead attorney supporting all product development company-wide including the establishment and ongoing support of the company’s product development operations in Bangalore.
Puterbaugh is a member of the California Bar Association. He received his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University. He currently resides in Los Gatos, CA.
Director of Education, Affinity Consulting Group
Jennifer M. Ramovs is the Director of Education for Affinity University, Affinity Consulting Group’s online legal technology training division.
Jennifer graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science, and then earned her law degree from Capital University Law School while working full time as a law clerk at Decker Vonau in Columbus, Ohio.
Jennifer became a consultant in 2004, specializing in consulting and training on practice management software for law firms. Her expertise extends to Practice Management, Document Assembly, Document Management, and analyzing law office workflow to help firms develop policies and procedures that maximize both productivity and profitability. She is certified in a variety of programs that help our clients achieve their goals, including Actionstep, Amicus Attorney, PracticeMaster and Time Matters.
Through the years, Jennifer has taught numerous CLE approved legal technology courses for state and local bar associations, as well as Lexis Nexis, and teaches many of the courses offered through Affinity University. She lives in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago with her husband and 3 children.
Chief Executive Officer, Planet Data
Mr. Reissner co-founded Planet Data in 2001 and is involved in every aspect of the organization, including strategic planning, development and implementation of technology, but most importantly is his focus on client relations. A former practicing lawyer, he has extensive experience in providing technology and e-discovery services and solutions to the legal industry.
He is a well known figure in the international legal industry, speaking at high profile conferences and events on data management and security and e-discovery issues. Utilizing his experience, Mr. Reissner has built Planet Data into a global data management services provider, retained by a number of Fortune 500 companies and many leading law firms.
Mr. Reissner has a B.A. in Government, from Cornell University, a J.D. from George Washington University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. He is an active member of the New York Bar. Howard is currently a member of the George Washington University Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Partner, 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. 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.
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, technology, and data protection 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 has been active for years in the ABA Law Practice Division and served on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board from 2005 through 2008. He is a member of InfraGard-Pittsburgh (Board of Directors), the Information Systems Security Association, the ABA Section of Science and Technology’s Information Security Committee and ILTA’s LegalSEC Council.
Dave frequently speaks and writes nationally on ethics, legal technology, and technology law issues for legal, academic, and professional groups. He is a co-author of Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers (American Bar Association 2012, second edition in production) and Encryption Made Simple for Lawyers (American Bar Association 2015) and a contributing author to Information Security and Privacy: A Legal, Business and Technical Handbook, Second Edition (American Bar Association 2011).
Dave received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1974. He can be contacted at 412-394-7787 or dries@ClarkHill.com.
Associate Law Library Director, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Michael Robak received his J.D. from Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. Michael began his career as a deputy prosecutor in Indianapolis and subsequently held a number of administrative positions including Marion County Court Administrator. After that he worked as a private practitioner in large and small firm settings as well as his own solo practice. In 2000 he completed his MSLIS at Illinois and became Director of Information Services for InteCap, a litigation, economic and business consulting firm with a focus on IP litigation and strategies. Charles River Associates subsequently acquired InteCap and Michael became Director of Legal Research for CRA. In 2008 he began his academic career and joined the University Of Illinois College Of Law as an assistant Professor of Library Administration and Reference Librarian. In 2011 he joined the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law as Associate Law Library Director and Chief Technology Officer.
Attorney-at-Law, The Law Office of Fred P. Rooney
Fred Rooney’s work demonstrates his lifelong commitment to social justice in the United States and abroad. He has been credited with creating the first business incubator model for lawyers and for being a catalyst in the transformation of legal education in the US. His work in the development of post-graduate legal education and the powerful incubator that he began in 2007 is forcing law schools to rethink their responsibility to their graduates and to the millions of individuals in the US who lack access to justice. His work is innovative and entrepreneurial and is impacting on thousands of people in the US and abroad.
In January 2010, he was awarded the 2010 Father Robert Drinan Award by the American Association of Law School’s (AALS) and on February 5, 2010.
In June 2013, Fred completed a 10-month Fulbright in the Dominican Republic where he launched the first law school incubator outside of the United States. Three months later, the American Bar Journal named Fred a “2013 Legal Rebel” and recognized him as “‘the Father of Incubators.” While Fred’s work has him flying across the United States to help law schools, bar associations and legal organize conceptualize and implement incubators, he is also working on incubator development in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
On February 5, 2014, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) added Fred to the Fulbright Specialist Roster.
General Counsel, Rocket Lawyer
Alon Rotem is General Counsel at Rocket Lawyer, responsible for managing all legal and corporate affairs at Rocket Lawyer, including corporate, litigation, commercial, regulatory, intellectual property, ethics/compliance and global matters.
Prior to joining Rocket Lawyer, Alon practiced law at Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served as the company’s outside legal counsel since 2010. At Goodwin Procter, Alon practiced in the business department of the Technology Companies Group, where he represented a variety of enterprise and consumer software companies as well as venture capital investors in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Prior to Goodwin Procter, Alon also practiced law at Ropes & Gray LLP.
Alon holds a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law and a BS in Managerial Economics from UC Davis.
Colin Rule is Co-Founder and COO of Modria.com, an ODR provider based in Silicon Valley. From 2003 to 2011 he was Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal. He has worked in the dispute resolution field for more than two decades as a mediator, trainer, and consultant. He is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass-Amherst (odr.info) and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School. Colin is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, published by Jossey-Bass in September 2002. He co-founded Online Resolution, one of the first online dispute resolution (ODR) providers, in 1999 and served as its CEO (2000) and President. Previously, Colin was General Manager of Mediate.com, the largest online resource for the dispute resolution field. Colin also worked for several years with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution (now ACR) in Washington, D.C. and the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA.
Conrad Saam is the founder of Mockingbird Marketing – an agency delivering advanced online marketing exclusively for the legal industry. Prior to Mockingbird, Conrad architected Avvo’s ascendancy from concept to legal directory market leader through advanced search engine optimization tactics. He previously ran the marketing team for the widely popular restaurant app, Urbanspoon. Conrad writes the In-House column for Search Engine Land, has been featured in USA Today, the New York Times and the Huffington Post. You can follow him @conradsaam.
Chicago Bar Association
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 National Association of Bar Council and the Association of American Law Schools. 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 as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. She is currently serving on the ABA TECHSHOW Board and is on the editorial advisory board for Law Technology News.
Follow her @catherinereach or at www.linkedin.com/in/catherinereach.
Senior Consultant, Affinity Consulting Group LLC
Jeffrey R. Schoenberger, Esq. is an attorney and consultant for Affinity Consulting. Prior to joining Affinity, Jeffrey practiced law as an Equal Justice Works / AmeriCorps Legal Fellow for the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. His practice focused on representing homeowners in foreclosure cases, tenants in eviction actions, and individuals in divorce actions. While with Legal Aid, Jeffrey worked with over 130 distressed homeowners in their counseling and litigation activities, and represented over 90 tenants in eviction and living conditions advocacy. Finally, he lead seminars training non-profit housing counselors on the rapidly-evolving government and private sector foreclosure prevention programs.
At Affinity, he specializes in CaseAware case management software, HotDocs document assembly software, desktop office software, and Apple Macintosh and iOS hardware and software. Jeffrey received a B.A. in History from Yale University and J.D. from the University of Virginia. He became a member of the Ohio Bar in 2008. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and Cincinnati Bar Association.
Chief Executive Officer, Roland Schorr & Tower
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.
Director of Corporate Development, On The Lookout Investigations, LLC
Amanda Sexton is the Director of Corporate Development at On The Lookout Investigations and DGR –The Source for Legal Support, winners for the past three years of the New Jersey Law Journal’s annual ‘Best Of’ survey. She is currently President of the New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association, a board member of the Legal Vendors Network and attends local and national conferences and training sessions to stay on top of the latest techniques and regulations for both process service and private investigations, including online investigations and social media surveillance.
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 CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and EnCE (EnCase Certified Examiner) certifications. He is also a Certified Handheld Examiner, Certified Novell Engineer, Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, NT Certified Independent Professional, and a Certified Internetwork Professional. He is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast Digital Detectives. He is a frequent author (twelve books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence topics.
He blogs at youritconsultant.senseient.com and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Legal Solutions Architect, SeyfarthLean Consulting
Amani received her JD from the Michigan State University College of Law. There she participated in the ReInvent Law Laboratory (now LegalRnD), which promotes improving the practice of law through the use of technology, data, design, and new delivery models. Her passion for legal service innovation lead her to SeyfarthLean Consulting, where Amani helps legal teams find better and faster ways to do their work by using custom technology tools to support improved processes. She consults on and designs solutions that help improve the delivery of legal services – for lawyers and their clients.
Principal Technologist, American Civil Liberties Union
Dubbed the “Ralph Nader of the Internet” by Wired and one of Politico’s top “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics,” Christopher Soghoian is “the most prominent of a new breed of activist technology researchers” (The Economist), “who have risen to prominence by showing how tedious technical flaws can affect ordinary people.”
Soghoian is the Principal Technologist with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and a TED Senior Fellow.
Soghoian completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that Internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance of their customers. His research has appeared in publications including the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and has been cited by several federal and state courts, including including the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the New Jersey and Massachusetts Supreme Courts.
Attorney and author, Sparks Law and MacSparky.com
David Sparks is a sole practitioner business attorney in Orange County, California, where he’s been eating other lawyers’ lunch for 22 years using Technology. David has published several books at MacSparky.com about how to be more efficient with technology and practices what he preaches at SparksEsq.com. David is also a frequent speaker at the American Bar Association’s annual TECHSHOW conference and is the co-host of the popular “Mac Power Users” podcast (macpowerusers.com).
John M. Stewart is a Partner at Rossway, Swan, Tierney, Barry, Oliver & Lacey, PL in Vero Beach, Florida and a third generation Florida lawyer. Mr. Stewart received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1992 from the College of William and Mary. He attended Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center where he obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1997. Mr. Stewart served on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors of the Florida Bar representing the 19th Judicial Circuit beginning in 1999 and was elected President for the June 2006-2007 Bar Year. Then, in June 2007, Mr. Stewart was sworn in as the 19th Circuit’s Representative on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors in which capacity he continues to serve as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. In 2013 Mr. Stewart received the President’s Award of Merit. Mr. Stewart was selected by as Chair of the Technology Subcommittee for The Florida Bar’s 3 year study on the future of the practice of law known as Vision 2016. Mr. Stewart was appointed by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga on July 1, 2014 to serve on the Supreme Court of Florida’s Florida Courts Technology Commission Mr. Stewart also currently serves on the Executive Committee of The Florida Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and focuses his practice on litigation involving commercial disputes with an emphasis on real estate construction defect, probate and contract matters together with a growing mediation practice.
Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Jon is Global Co-Group Leader for Corporate/Securities Litigation. He focuses his practice on complex litigation, arbitration and investigations, primarily involving regulated areas: corporate governance, securities, privacy, consumer protection, and intellectual property. He has represented U.S. and multinational clients from a variety of industries in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the U.S.; in arbitrations and mediations; and in administrative proceedings and investigations, including before numerous federal and state agencies, and state attorneys general.
Jon also is Chair of the firm’s Electronic Information Group, which focuses on U.S. and cross-border electronic discovery and information governance issues, and is the partner in charge of the firm’s Litigation Support infrastructure. He regularly counsels clients on a range of information governance and risk issues. He publishes and speaks on topics involving U.S. and international issues affecting litigation, electronic discovery, information governance, and other information risks.
Cybersecurity Counsel, IBM
Andrew Tannenbaum is Cybersecurity Counsel for IBM. As IBM’s chief cybersecurity attorney, he leads a global legal team that guides the company on a range of cybsersecurity legal, policy, and investigative matters. Andrew is a regular speaker at cybersecurity events, has testified before Congress as an expert on cybersecurity law, and has appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, National Journal, Politico, and CSO.
Prior to joining IBM, Andrew held several senior national security positions at the Department of Justice and the National Security Agency. He was the NSA’s first Deputy General Counsel dedicated exclusively to cybersecurity. He also held senior positions in the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, including Deputy Director of the Guantanamo Review Task Force, and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. Andrew also served as Senior Counselor and Assistant General Counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget; as a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s Civil Division; and as an Attorney-Adviser in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. Andrew received a number of awards during his time in public service, including the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.
Before joining the Department of Justice, Andrew was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Andrew graduated from Columbia Law School and Dartmouth College.
Managing Attorney, Counsel for Creators
Jonathan Tobin is a Los Angeles attorney who works with clients in the arts, media and technology through his law firm, Counsel for Creators. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as a software developer and designer for over a decade. His technical and design background gives him the ability to translate legal concepts to his clients, and technical concepts to other attorneys. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Tobin consults with legal technology startups and writes and speaks on topics involving technology and intellectual property.
He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law.
Founder, Sycamore Legal, P.C.
David Tollen is the author of the American Bar Association’s bestselling manual on technology contracts, The Tech Contracts Handbook: Cloud Computing Agreements, Software Licenses, and Other IT Contracts, for Lawyers and Businesspeople (ABA Publishing / IP Section 2015; www.TechContracts.com).
David is also the founder of Sycamore Legal, P.C., in San Francisco (www.SycamoreLegal.com). He represents buyers and sellers in cloud computing and software licensing agreements and in and other technology transactions. He also provides advice and assistance related to e-commerce, social media, industrial design, and intellectual property. He has broad experience with large-scale technology outsourcing, protection of electronic data, international transactions, complex software integration agreements, and procurement contracts for financial institutions, among other matters.
In addition, David provides in-house and public trainings on drafting and negotiating technology contracts, for lawyers and for contract managers, salespeople, financial executives, and other businesspeople. He’s a frequent speaker on IP and IT legal issues.
David has served as General Counsel of a publicly traded software company, as Vice President of Business Development for a profitable technology start-up, and as an associate with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Gyi helps lawyers understand how to use the web for client development. As a recovering lawyer, he is familiar with the unique considerations of effectively marketing a law practice online. He founded AttorneySync, an online legal marketing agency, to help lawyers get results from the web. He’s a proud contributor to Moz’s Local Search Ranking Factors survey. He’s also a regular contributor at Lawyerist, Attorney At Work and Avvo’s Lawyernomics blog.
Partner, Akerman LLP
Martin T. Tully is a litigation partner with the Chicago office of Akerman LLP and co-chair of the Akerman’s Data Law Practice. He is a veteran trial lawyer with national experience representing companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation concerning a broad array of fields and industries. Martin routinely represents clients in cases involving contract disputes, business torts, defamation, antitrust claims, trade secrets, and consumer class action defense. In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Martin is nationally recognized for his experience in the fields of electronic discovery, information governance and data security/data privacy. His expertise helps clients to stay ahead of the curve with respect to developing law, technology, and best practices concerning each of these fields, whether in the context of active litigation and regulatory matters, or in seeking to avoid them. Martin is an active member of Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG-1), the 7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program Committee, and the ABA Section of Litigation, Privacy and Data Security Committee. Martin has also written and presented extensively on the subjects of e-discovery, information governance, cybersecurity, and legal technology.
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)(www.lawtechnology.org), was former Chair of ABA TECHSHOW (2011)(www.techshow.com), 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 time management, 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. He is the Author of the ABA Publication, PowerPowerPoint in an Hour for Lawyers.
Vandenack Williams LLC
Mary E. Vandenack is founding and managing partner of Vandenack Williams LLC in Omaha, Nebraska. Mary practices in the areas of tax, trusts and estates, asset protection planning, business succession planning, and tax-exempt entities. Mary is a member of the American Bar Association Real Property Trust and Estate Section (currently Vice Chair of the Small Firms Committee), Taxation Section, and Business Section. Mary regularly writes and speaks on tax, asset protection planning, and estate planning topics as well as on law practice technology, management, and the future of the profession. Mary is a member of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division, is a regular contributor to and on the editorial board of the Law Practice Magazine, serves as Vice Chair of the Futures Initiative, Vice Chair of Resolutions and is on Executive Council. Mary was the winner of the 2015 James I. Keane Memorial Award, presented at the 2015 Tech Show. Mary was featured in the September 2015 issue of Fortune Magazine.
Ed Walters is the CEO of Fastcase, a legal publishing company based in Washington, D.C. Fastcase is one of the world’s largest legal publishers, serving more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches The Law of Robots, a class about the frontiers of law and technology.
Before founding Fastcase, Ed worked at Covington & Burling, in Washington D.C. and Brussels, where he advised Microsoft, Merck, SmithKline, the Business Software Alliance, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League. His practice focused on corporate advisory work for software companies and sports leagues, and intellectual property litigation.
Ed worked in the White House from 1991-1993, first in the Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The University of Chicago Law Review, The Green Bag, and The Legal Times.
Ed earned an A.B. in government from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He served as an editor of The University of Chicago Law Review. From 1996-97, he served as a judicial clerk with the Hon. Emilio M. Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar, and he has been admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Fifth Circuit.
Sr. Staff Attorney, D.C. Bar
Rochelle Washington is the Senior Staff Attorney in the Practice Management Advisory Service (“PMAS”) of the D.C. Bar. Rochelle, along with the Assistant Director, Daniel Mills, assists lawyers with the business of starting and managing a law firm. Rochelle developed and organized the inaugural D.C. Bar all-day event, Practice 360°| A Day for Lawyers and Law Firms on May 15, 2015, which featured 20 practical seminars throughout the day taught by lawyers and legal service providers. She leads an annual 10-week program titled Successful Small Firm Practice Series: How Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Can Compete, Thrive, and Be Ethical in the 21st Century, sponsored by the Practice Management Advisory Service Committee. This 10-week program received the ABA’s Gambrell Award for Professionalism in 2015. She also leads the day-two session of the program, Basic Training and Beyond, which is offered on a monthly basis. This two-day program is sponsored by the Practice Management Advisory Service Committee and received the ABA’s Gambrell Award for Professionalism in 2011. Rochelle organizes the PMAS Small Firm Lunch and Learn Series, an ongoing program which runs two to three programs a month and covers practical topics that impact small firm lawyers. In addition, she conducts one-on-one member advisory meetings, and hosts networking opportunities for Bar members. All programs and services sponsored by the Practice Management Advisory Service are free to D.C. Bar members. Rochelle served as a presenter on a panel for the CLE, Ethics Update: Representing the Organization, Working in the Cloud, and Using Social Media, presented by the Solo and Small Practice and Tax & Business Forums of The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia in 2013. She also served as a presnter on the panel for the program “First Things First” at The Above the Law Academy for Private Practice Conference in 2015.
Rochelle attended Towson University for undergraduate studies and American University, Washington College of Law where she obtained her J.D. She is licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. For several years she practiced as a sole practitioner in the areas of family, bankruptcy and personal injury law. In addition, she served as a volunteer attorney providing low bono legal services in juvenile proceedings and family cases involving domestic violence.
In January 2013, Rochelle joined the Office of Regulation Counsel, Practice Management Advisory Service with the D.C. Bar. She can be reached at the D.C. Bar at 202-737-4700 x3217 or email@example.com.
Director, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, American Civil Liberties Union
Ben Wizner (@benwizner) is the Director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. For nearly fifteen years, he has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture. He appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Since July of 2013, he has been the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Manager, Special Projects, Library Innovation Lab, Harvard Law School
Adam Ziegler is an attorney and member of the Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School where he leads technology projects like Free the Law, Perma.cc and H2O. Before taking that role, he co-founded a legal tech startup named Mootus and represented clients for over a decade at Covington & Burling, Goodwin Procter LLP and Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar LLP, where he was a litigation partner.