ABA TECHSHOW 2016 Planning Board



Steven J. Best, Chair

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 Management 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 sbest@affinityconsulting.com.


Adriana Linares, Vice-Chair

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.


Joseph Bahgat

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 joe@hubcitylawgroup.com.


Stacey Blaustein

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.


Ivan Hemmans

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.


Barron Henley

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.


Shawn Holahan

Shawn L. Holahan is the Practice Management Counsel and Legislative Liaison for the Louisiana State Bar Association.  In addition to the 2014 ABA’s TechShow Planning Board, she is a member of the State and Local Outreach Committee and a former member of the LP Division’s Publishing Board.  She is also the current Chair of the Practice Management Advisors of North America.  Prior to her position at the bar, she was a partner with general practice firm of Simon, Peragine, Smith and Redfearn in New Orleans (labor and employment matters primarily) and had completed two federal clerkships in the U.S.D.C. (E.D. La.).  Understanding that lawyers just want to get back to practicing law without tech getting in the way, she seeks to demystify the process of choosing tech that is appropriate for the particular lawyer and practice.

In her spare time, she reads on the air headline news and records for later broadcast audio books for WRBH, 88.3 FM, a New Orleans radio station catering to the blind and print impaired.  She can be emailed at shawn.holahan@lsba.org.


Randall A. Juip (Randy)

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 rajuip@fbmjlaw.com.


Catherine Sanders Reach, Secretary

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.


John Simek

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 jsimek@senseient.com