|ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Patrick is a partner in Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s General Litigation and Business Services Division where he leads the practice on e-compliance and digital investigations. He is one of the few e-discovery and compliance attorneys in the nation that possesses the tripartite experience of an in-house corporate counsel from a Fortune 16 organization; a senior attorney at a federal regulatory agency; and a partner in a large law firm. Patrick has extensive experience advising on discovery and investigative matters. Combined with a deep understanding of forensics and enterprise technology platforms, Patrick’s experience advising clients on responding to federal agency requests under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is balanced by his broad-based skill in negotiating enterprise software license agreements for collaboration platforms, e-discovery software and enterprise level computer forensic tools.
Before joining Shook Hardy & Bacon, Patrick served as senior special counsel for electronic discovery in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). During his tenure at SEC, Patrick co-chaired of the agency’s cross-divisional Electronic Discovery Action Team and co-authored The SEC Electronic Discovery and Litigation Response Manual. Prior to serving at SEC, Patrick was an experienced in-house counsel leading Verizon’s electronic discovery practice as Director of Electronic Discovery and Senior Litigation Counsel. Patrick was one of the nation’s first in-house attorneys charged to create and deploy defensible policies, guidelines and procedures for litigation response.
Patrick has testified before the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence where he presented his position on Proposed Rule of Evidence 502. The committee included in its draft to the Judicial Conference language incorporating his suggestions. Outside of work, Patrick volunteers his time as a co-founder at The Electronic Discovery Institute, a non-profit organization that conducts studies of litigation processes for the benefit of the federal and state judiciary.
Attorney and Forensic Technologist
Certified Computer Forensic Examiner
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.
|Jason R. Baron
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
|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.
|Erin E. Harrison
Editor-in-Chief, Legaltech News
|Dawson Horn, III, Esq.
Associate General Counsel
|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.
Executive Counsel – Discovery
General Electric Company
Farrah Pepper is Executive Counsel for Discovery at GE, where she serves as the company’s dedicated legal expert on discovery strategy and policy.
Ms. Pepper is an active member of The Sedona Conference® and sits on the advisory boards of Law Technology News (LTN) and LegalTech. Before joining GE, Ms. Pepper was of counsel in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she was Vice Chair and a founder of the firm’s Electronic Discovery and Information Law Practice Group.
|Rachelle Rennagel, Esq.
Director of Legal Services
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP
|George I. Rudoy, PMP
Director of Research & Information Services
George I. Rudoy is Dentons' Director of Research & Information Services. He is responsible for strategic implementation of practice specific and information management solutions and services, including direct oversight of Research & Information Services, Litigation Support, & Knowledge Management departments as well as driving innovation and strategy for Big Data, Data Analytics and Legal Project Management initiatives.
Prior to joining Dentons, Mr. Rudoy founded and ran his consultancy Integrated Legal Technology and held senior management positions at a number of AmLaw 100 law firms, including Shearman & Sterling, Schulte Roth & Zabel, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Mr. Rudoy graduated from New York University (magna cum laude). He is a founding member of the eDiscovery Training Academy and Advanced eDiscovery Institute at Georgetown Law Center and serves on the Law Technology News Editorial Advisory Board.
For his work in the legal support area Mr. Rudoy was named the "Champion of Technology" by Law Technology News as well as the "Tech Star" and "Globally Recognized" by the United Kingdom Cititech magazine Global Tech Leaders Top 100.
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.