Craig D. Ball, P.C
Craig Ball, of Austin is a Board Certified Texas trial lawyer and an accredited computer forensics expert, who's dedicated his career to teaching the bench and bar about forensic technology and trial tactics. Craig hung up his trial lawyer spurs to till the soils of justice as a court-appointed special master and consultant in electronic evidence, as well as publishing and lecturing on computer forensics, emerging technologies, digital persuasion and electronic discovery. Fortunate to supervise, consult on or serve as Special Master in connection with some of the world's largest electronic discovery projects and most prominent cases, Craig also greatly values his role as an instructor in computer forensics and electronic evidence to the Department of Justice and other law enforcement and security agencies.
Craig Ball is a prolific contributor to continuing legal and professional education programs throughout the United States, having delivered over 500 presentations and papers. Craig's articles on forensic technology and electronic discovery frequently appear in the national media, including in American Bar Association, ATLA and American Lawyer Media print and online publications. He also writes a multi-award winning monthly column on computer forensics and e-discovery for Law Technology News and Law.com called "Ball in your Court." Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and named as one of the Best Lawyers in America and a Texas Superlawyer, Craig is a recipient of the Presidents' Award, the State Bar of Texas' most esteemed recognition of service to the profession.
Craig's been married to a trial lawyer for 21 years. He and Diana have two delightful teenagers and share a passion for world travel, cruising and computing.
Senior Manager of Legal Operation
John Barber is the new Senior Manager of Legal Operations at Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine, California. Prior to joining Edwards, he was the Senior Manager of Law Operations at Amgen Inc. for 7 years. While at Amgen, John was responsible for assisting in-house counsel and support staff with day-to-day operations and developing strategies for operational efficiencies. His duties included improving the business processes of the Amgen Law Department and implementing automated tools to create efficiencies. John has led the implementation of 3 new applications for matter management, electronic billing and hold order management at Amgen, and he aims to repeat his success at Edwards Lifesciences.
Prior to managing Amgen Law operations, John provided litigation support for 11 years to the Amgen litigation groups. He supported productions for structured data collections of large databases. John's database expertise provided integral support that aided in significant litigation matters.
John earned a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA in Math-Operations Research. He has over 20 years of statistical programming experience and report development. John is a native of California and currently resides in Pasadena.
Editor-in-Chief: Law Technology News
Monica Bay has been with ALM Media, Inc. for 22 years. She currently serves as editor-in-chief of Law Technology News and as author of the popular legal blogs, The Common Scold (www.thecommonscold.com) and EDD Update (www.eddupdate.com)
|Melissa D. Ebert
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Melissa D. Ebert is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for ARMA International, a not-for-profit professional association and the authority on managing records and information. Ms. Ebert has been with the association for over 10 years, and in her current role, directs the strategic partnerships of ARMA International.
|Dawson Horn, III, Esq.
Senior Litigation Counsel
Tyco International (US) Inc.
Dawson Horn, III is Senior Litigation Counsel at Tyco International where he is responsible, among other things, for developing and implement the Tyco ediscovery program. He is a frequent speaker on ediscovery topics. Prior to Tyco, he was Assistant General Counsel at Altria Corporate Services, Inc ("Altria") in New York, New York. He was at Altria for seven years and his primary responsibilities have been in the areas of product liability and civil RICO litigation. He managed Altria's defense in the multi-billion dollar RICO law suit by the Department of Justice against the major U.S. cigarette companies. In that capacity he managed a major dispute involving ediscovery.
Prior to joining Altria, Mr. Horn worked as an in-house attorney for, UnitedAuto Group (New York, New York), Campbell Soup Company (Camden, New Jersey) and Scott Paper Company (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). He began his career as a litigation associate with Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). These experiences have given him an extensive background in transactional and litigation matters.
Mr. Horn received his A.B. degree from Duke University in 1978 and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1983. He is admitted to practice before the state courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its related Federal courts.
|Elizabeth A. Jaworski
Director, Legal Operations
Motorola Mobility, Inc.
Elizabeth is a Director of Legal Operations at Motorola Mobility, Inc with 20+ years of corporate legal and law firm experience. In her current role, she sets strategic direction for use of technology to streamline processes, improve performance and reduce costs.
Ms. Jaworski has more than 13 years of legal spend management and and legal technology experience focused on analyzing legal spend data and assessing processes and cost saving opportunities within a corporate law department.
Prior to joining the Motorola Mobility Law Department, Elizabeth held similar roles at Motorola, Inc and Sears Holdings Corporation, as Director of Legal Operations.
Program Manager, Conferences
International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)
TJ Johnson is Program Manager, Conferences for the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) – a peer networking organization for legal technology professionals. TJ is responsible for the successful execution of ILTA conferences, including management of the project plan, budget, volunteer leadership, staff, technology, educational content and venue of the annual educational conference, U.K. Insight conference, ILTA symposiums and ILTA's involvement in partner organization conferences.
Director of Applied Legal Technology
Mallesons Stephen Jaques
Michelle is Mallesons' Applied Legal Technology Director who heads up this international practice support group. Michelle's technical and paralegal team provide dispute and litigation support, transaction, merger and acquisition support, contract management and other "client facing" services using legal technologies and expertise. Michelle has managed, designed and implemented technology driven approaches for some of the largest litigious and corporate matters in Australia.
Special Counsel for Electronic Discovery
Office of the General Counsel Securities and Exchange Commission
Executive Counsel – Discovery
General Electric Company
Farrah Pepper is of counsel in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and is a member of the firm's Litigation Practice. Ms. Pepper is Vice Chair of the firm's Electronic Discovery and Information Law Practice Group.
Ms. Pepper's litigation practice is dedicated to electronic discovery and information law issues, with a focus on providing cost-effective and defensible strategies and solutions in these areas to her clients. Her practice spans a wide breadth of client industries and substantive areas of law, with a particular emphasis on complex civil litigation and regulatory, white collar criminal and internal investigations.
Ms. Pepper provides clients with legal services and strategic advice relating to the preservation, collection, processing, review, analysis and production of all types of electronically stored information, both domestically and abroad. Ms. Pepper also consults with clients on topics related to electronic discovery, including the development of litigation readiness plans, information management practices and technology usage policies.
International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)
Peggy Wechsler is the Program Director for the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA). She is responsible for managing and directing the educational and networking programs for ILTA, including the annual educational conference, local meetings, peer group events and general programming. Peggy also acts as the vendor liaison, managing vendor relationships and vendor participation at ILTA's annual conference. Prior to joining ILTA in 1999, Peggy was the Manager of Information Systems for 18 years at a San Antonio-based law firm.