ABA TECHSHOW 2014 Planning Board

Natalie R. Kelly,Chair

Natalie is the Director of the State Bar of Georgia’s Law Practice Management Program in Atlanta, Georgia. She provides extensive practice management and technology consulting to the members of the Georgia Bar. She is a Certified Consultant and Trainer for ABACUS Law, Amicus Attorney, PCLaw, PracticeMaster, TABS3, TimeMatters, Billing Matters, and Timeslips software applications; and a frequent writer and presenter on practice management and legal technology topics around the country.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College in 1990, and attended law school at both the University of Miami and Georgia State University. Prior to her employment with the State Bar, she worked as a legal assistant to a sole practitioner; and held law-related positions within the hospitality, commercial real estate, education, and communications fields. She also taught Law Office Management as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. She actively participates in the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section and the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division. She has also been a member of the National Association of Bar Executives, the National Bar Association, and the National Association of Legal Administrators. At home, Natalie is a hard-working wife and mother of 3 daughters.

She can be reached at NatalieK@gabar.org.

Brett Burney, Vice-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

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.

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.

Randy A. Juip

Randy is a practicing attorney and an owner and member of Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, P.L.L.C., a full-services law firm with 18 attorneys located in Livonia, Michigan. His practice focuses on 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 40 civil malpractice and civil rights cases to trial in both Federal and State Courts with a greater than 95% 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 and the state and national level on legal ethics and technology and regularly presents to groups of physicians and other professionals on risk management topics. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), and received his J.D. from Wayne State University, and a true believer in the oxford comma. When not puzzling at his desk on how to truly become paperless or chasing his 5 children around, Randy enjoys cooking, Barbeque, home theater, and the internets.

You can reach him via email at rajuip@thejrlawfirm.com.


Marc W. Matheny

Marc W. Matheny is an attorney in practice for over 30 years in general civil litigation, concentrating in the areas of  family law and probate law in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He is a past chair of the Indiana GP/Small Firm Section, a co-founder of the I.S.B.A. Solo / Small Firm Conference.  He has served the ABA on the Planning Board for the ABA’s Solo Small Firm Conference, and is also on the ABA TECHSHOW Board.

Mr. Matheny received his J.D. from Indiana University, and received his B.A. from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Lincoln Mead

Mr. Lincoln Mead is the IT Director of the Utah State Bar and an obsessive fan of Cubs baseball. As the Bar IT Director he assists Utah attorneys with evaluations of practice management technology and manages the technology vendor relationships on the Utah State Bar group benefits program. Lincoln is a past Chair of IT section for the National Association of Bar Executives and is a member of the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA. He is a frequent guest lecturer for other Bars and law related organizations around the country where he speaks on technology policy, planning, implementation, and use. He is currently assisting the Utah state courts with educating attorneys on the court’s new efiling system.

Nerino Petro

Attorney Nerino Petro (Lic’d in IL & WI) is the Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Practice411 Law Office Management Assistance Program. Practice411′s mission is to help attorneys operate their offices more effectively and efficiently. Nerino uses his 20 years of legal practice experience and experience from CenCom Legal Technologies (which he founded in 1994), to help Wisconsin lawyers and their staff deal with the practice management and technology issues confronting them. He is certified on a number of legal specific software packages and services. He is a frequent presenter throughout the US and Canada including ABA TECHSHOW, Solo & Small Firm Conferences in MO, IL, OK, IN, MN and WI, and otherABA, State and local events. He is the Technology Editor for the ABA GPSolo Magazine and was a member of the inaugural Fastcase 50 of innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.  He blogs at www.compujurist.com.

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).