Adriana Linares, 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 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.
Michael Downey, Vice-Chair
Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a law firm devoted to legal ethics, lawyer discipline, and the law of lawyering. A past chair of the ABA Law Practice Division, Michael has also taught legal ethics and law firm practice as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law for a decade and served as an expert witness on legal ethics matters pending in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.
Bob Furnier, Vice-Chair
Bob Furnier has practiced law over three decades in firms of all sizes with a national practice focusing on complex litigation. In 2012, he cofounded the Furnier Muzzo Group, a law firm with offices in Ohio, Illinois, and Nevada. During his career, he has represented individuals, corporations, and governmental entities in matters implicating many areas of the law, including antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, class actions, environmental, insurance coverage, mass tort, medical devices and malpractice, products liability, and sports. Most notably, he served as an Assistant Special Prosecutor appointed by the Ohio Attorney General to investigate and prosecute crimes associated with the demise of the state’s savings and loan industry in 1985. He later represented Hamilton County, Ohio in antitrust litigation against the National Football League concerning the Paul Brown Stadium lease. After the country’s economic crisis in 2009, he led a group of litigators retained by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to investigate the collapse of a dozen banks in five states. Finally, he had the honor to represent Senator Roland Burris for two years, arguing before U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals as to whether a special election should be held to fill the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
Throughout his career, Bob has had a strong interest in technology and the law. He regularly attended ABA TECHSHOW over 15 years, served on the ABA e‐Lawyering Task Force for several years, created a legal startup company, worked on a team that won the Second Legal Startup Weekend held in Seattle, Washington in 2013, and will join the faculty of the W. Bruce Lunsford Academy of Law, Business + Technology at the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law teaching Legal Applications. Aside from serving on the TECHSHOW Board, Bob is on the ABA Law Practice Division Council, is Chair of the Division’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and serves on the ABA Women Rainmakers Board.
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 the MassLOMAP Blog, the American Bar Association’s Law Technology Today, Attorney at Work, and Technolawyer. She is also the author of the forthcoming publication by the ABA’s Law Practice Division, Evernote as a Law Practice Tool.
With the goal of encouraging and increasing diversity in legal technology, Heidi spearheaded an effort to celebrate women in legal tech through the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC). Now it’s second year, the “LTRC’s Women in Legal Tech” includes a list of fifty talented women, many of whom have served on the TECHSHOW Planning Board and as faculty.
Before joining MassLOMAP, Heidi practiced employment law and litigation at a small firm in Boston 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, was a collegiate ice hockey player, and now a mother of three children under the age of three (including twins born last year). Fortunately, Heidi loves time management and productivity, and is constantly experimenting with new methods and tools to manage multiple responsibilities.
Stacey Blaustein is a Senior Attorney in the Corporate Litigation Department of the IBM Corporation in Armonk, NY where she manages all aspects of E-Discovery, is integrally involved in Cross-Border Discovery and Data Privacy issues, and also handles many aspects of regulatory law and third party subpoenas. Her previous experience includes over 17 years as a securities litigation attorney. Stacey speaks and writes frequently on E-Discovery, Cross-Border, Social Media, Data Privacy and ethics and E-Discovery issues. Stacey is on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board for 2016-2018 and is a member of Sedona and on the subcommittee of Working Group 6 Middle East Data Privacy. Stacey is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University, and the Emory University School of Law.
Ivan Hemmans is a Senior Manager of Technical Development at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and has extensive experience with information technology. He has worked with law firms for 18 years and computers for approximately three decades. With a background in computer programming and a Cognitive Science degree from UCLA, he offers a unique blend of experience and good-natured humor.
Barron K. Henley, Esq. is one of the founding partners of Affinity Consulting Group, a legal technology consulting firm focused on automating and streamlining law firms and legal departments. He earned 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, a Board Member for the ABA TECHSHOW, 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 HotDocs document assembly software, Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat; and has authored legal-specific manuals on HotDocs, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Word, Excel & Outlook. Barron is also an expert in launching new law firms, overhauling existing firms and documenting and re-engineering law firm processes. Finally, Barron teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes throughout the U.S. and Canada covering a wide variety of topics related to law practice management, technology and ethics.
Barbara J. Leach is the managing attorney of Barbara Leach Law, PL whose office is located in the heart of Orlando. Her firm concentrates on representing individuals and small businesses, helping them with family and bankruptcy issues and other litigation dilemmas.
Ms. Leach serves on the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy Committee for The Florida Bar. In addition to serving on the Committee, she was selected as an Inaugural Fellow of the Academy for 2013-2014. She is also a Past President of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
Ms. Leach was featured in the 2012, 2014, and 2015 Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite. In recognition for her excellence in practice, Ms. Leach received the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Rising Stars Super Lawyer’s Award. Finally, she was named a 2013 Leader in the Law by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
She serves on The Florida Bar Solo and Small Firm Section’s Executive Council and was appointed to the 2017 ABA TECHSHOW Board of Directors. In her spare time, Ms. Leach enjoys bicycling and walking her Chihuahua – but not simultaneously.
Ms. Leach grew up in Daytona Beach and has called Orlando home since 1992. She is a graduate of Valencia Community College, where she received the college’s most prestigious student honor in 1994—the Valencia Distinguished Graduate Award. Later, she attended the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1999, earning the Outstanding Graduating Senior designation. While attending the Florida State University College of Law, Ms. Leach served as both the Notes & Comments Editor and the Writing & Research Editor for the Florida State Law Review. She received a two-year University Fellowship, and in 2007 Ms. Leach earned her Juris Doctorate with honors.
Attorney Nerino Petro is the Chief Information Officer for Holmstrom KennedyPC, in Rockford, Illinois. Nerino is responsible for all in-house technology and training as well as recommending, selecting and deploying new technologies and provides direct support to the firm’s team members and attorneys in the office and at trial. Nerino is also one of the firm’s attorneys practicing in Illinois and Wisconsin. HolmstromKennedy is a century-old, 18-lawyer firm providing innovative solutions to complex issues throughout Northern Illinois, with offices in Rockford and Byron. In addition to immigration law, its attorneys practice in health care, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, employment and labor, intellectual property, business transactions, civil litigation, estate planning, and real estate.
Nerino served as the first Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Practice411™ Law Office Management Assistance Program from 2006-2014. Nerino assisted the more than 24,000 Wisconsin Bar members operate their offices more effectively and efficiently. Licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin, Nerino uses his 20+ years of legal practice experience and experience being CEO/Senior Legal Technologist for CenCom Legal Technologies (which he founded in 1994), to help lawyers and their staff deal with the technology and practice management issues confronting them.
He is a Certified Independent Consultant for TimeMatters® practice management software, as well as Clio cloud based practice management and has provided consulting, installation, customization and training for clients throughout the country. He is a NetDocuments Certified Partner and has worked with other leading products including TABS® time, billing and accounting software, Practice Master® practice management software, Lucion FileCenter, Quikscribe Digital Dictation, Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Cosmolex cloud based practice management as well as Fujitsu and Canon Scanners.
Nerino was the ABA LPM Magazine Product Watch columnist through 2012 and is a regular contributor to other local, state and national publications including the Illinois Bar Journal, Wisconsin Lawyer, Wisconsin InsideTrack and ABA GP|Solo Magazine. Nerino serves on the ABA GP, Solo and Small Firm Division GP|Solo Magazine Board as its Technology Co-Editor. He has presented throughout the US and abroad including the ABA TECHSHOW, Pacific Legal Technology Conference, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Indiana, South Carolina and Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conferences, ABA GP|Solo National Solo & Small Firm Conference, US Virgin Islands Bar Association, National Association of Bar Executives meetings as well as other ABA, State and local conferences. He served on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board from 2012-2014 and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference Planning Committees. Nerino was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50 list of the top legal techies in 2011. He provides information on legal technology, practice management and items of interest to lawyers on his blog at www.compujurist.com. Nerino continues to provide technology consulting, training and practice management services to lawyers and firms throughout the United States through CenCom Technologies.
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 holds multiple technical certifications for diverse technologies to include Microsoft, Novell, mobile devices and computer networking environments. Mr. Simek is also a member of the High Tech Crime Network as well as the American Bar Association and the Fairfax Bar Association.
He currently provides information technology support to hundreds of area law firms, legal entities and corporations. He is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast Digital Detectives and a co-author of fourteen books to include Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers, 2nd Edition (American Bar Association 2016), Encryption Made Simple for Lawyers (American Bar Association, 2015) and The 2008-2016 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide: Critical Decisions Made Simple (American Bar Association, 2008-2016) as well as other titles. He is a frequent author and speaker on information security, legal technology and electronic evidence throughout the country. He blogs at youritconsultant.senseient.com and may be reached at email@example.com.