ABA TECHSHOW 2015 Planning Board


Brett Burney, Chair

Brett Burney is Principal of Burney Consultants LLC, and focuses the bulk of his time on bridging the chasm between the legal and technology frontiers of electronic discovery. Brett is also very active in the Mac-using lawyer community, working with lawyers who want to integrate Macs, iPhones & iPads into their practice. Prior to establishing Burney Consultants LLC, Brett spent over 5 years at the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP where he worked with litigation teams in building document databases, counseling on electronic discovery issues, and supporting them at trial. Brett graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2000 and quickly became active in the world of legal technology. Brett is a frequent contributor to Law.com and speaks around the country on litigation support, e-discovery, Mac and iOS-related topics.You can email him at burney@burneyconsultants.com.

Steven J. Best, Vice-Chair

Steven is an attorney as well as certified law office practice management consultant.  He is a founding partner of the Affinity Consulting Group, a renowned law practice management and software consulting company.   Steve graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Economics and received his law degree from Emory University School of Law.   Steve’s love for technology, knack for numbers, thorough understanding of law office operations, and work as an attorney, give him a unique perspective related to the operations and technology needs of a private law  firm, public law office and/or corporate legal department.  He has achieved certified status on such well recognized products as  PCLaw, Amicus Attorney, Time Matters, HotDocs, and Worldox,and resells products such as Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Tabs3, and Practice Master. Together with his industry recognized partners, Affinity has consulted with thousands law firms and law departments throughout theUnited States, Caribbean, and Canada.


joe bahgat nyc 2013Joseph 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.


Diane Ebersole

Diane Ebersole is a Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Michigan.  She serves on the ABA TECHSHOW 2013 Board, the Law Practice Magazine board and is a member of the State and Local Bar Outreach Committee. She is a frequent speaker presenting topics encompassing office management technology and best practices, mobile practice tools and integrated practice management applications. She became a certified in HotDocs consultant in 2007 and is also a certified Clio consultant. Her background includes a stint at as the regional IT director for a fortune 500 company, a law school IT training coordinator, a network administrator and as the instructional design and testing coordinator for a medical school. Diane strives to empower attorneys and their staff with the technology tools and training to maximize the efficiency of their law firm while developing sound legal business practices.

Ivan Hemmans

 Ivan Hemmans

Ivan Hemmans is the Manager of Technology Development and Communications at O’Melveny & Myers LLP where he has worked for 15 years. He uses his extensive experience with information technology to help people find ways to solve everyday problems with the many available tools at their disposal. He also works to translate technical jargon into plain English that anyone can understand.

Ivan has delivered hundreds of legal technology talks at law firms and conferences over the years. He writes regularly at hemmans.com and occasionally for legal technology publications like Peer to Peer Magazine.

Follow him on Twitter @ihemmans.

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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. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation including the defense of 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 97% 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 spoken at the state and national level on presentation design and techniques, the analysis and presentation of complex data, legal ethics, and technology, and also regularly presents to groups of physicians and other professionals on risk management topics including electronic health records, HIPAA, and other issues in malpractice litigation. 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 cluttered 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.


csrsmileheadshotCatherine 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 editorial advisory board emeritus for Law Technology News.

Follow her @catherinereach or at connect at www.linkedin.com/in/catherinereach


Mark E. Rosch

Mark E. Rosch is Vice-President of Internet for Lawyers. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the subjects of using the Internet for investigative and background research. He writes, speaks, and tweets about legal technology for firms, and on how to use the Internet for marketing and productivity. Mark is also developer and manager of the Internet for Lawyers web site, online CLE programs, and Facebook Company Page. Together with his partner Carole Levitt, Mark has co-authored numerous books for the ABA Law Practice Management Section, including two editions of The Lawyer’s Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet (2003 and 2007), Google For Lawyers (2010), and Find Info Like a Pro, volumes 1 and 2 (2010 and 2011). They have also co-authored twelve editions of The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet.

In addition to the TECHSHOW 2013 Planning Board, Mark has also served on the ABA LPM Section’s Education Board and its State and Local Bar Outreach Committee. He has also served in various leadership positions in the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).