|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.
|Jason R. Baron
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Jason R. Baron is a member of Drinker Biddle’s Information Governance and Ediscovery practice. Mr. Baron has previously served as Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and as trial lawyer and senior counsel at the Department of Justice. In those roles, Jason helped drive the government’s adoption of electronic recordkeeping practices and defended the government’s interests in complex federal court litigation.
|Robert D. Brownstone
Technology & eDiscovery Counsel and Chair, Electronic Information Management (EIM) Group
Fenwick & West LLP
Robert D. Brownstone is the Technology & eDiscovery Counsel and Chair of the Electronic Information Management (EIM) Group at Silicon-Valley headquartered Fenwick & West LLP, a 300+ attorney Silicon-Valley-based law firm specializing in providing comprehensive services to prominent technology and life sciences clients.
Robert advises clients on electronic discovery, retention/destruction policies, information-security, data privacy, workplace EIM policies and social-media rewards and risks. He is also in his second decade as a nationwide advisor, conference-chair, speaker, writer and press resource on a variety of electronic information topics.
In addition to authoring the IT Law Today blog at www.ITLawToday.com, Robert teaches Electronic Discovery Law & Process classes annually at the University of San Francisco (USF) and Brooklyn Schools (USF) of Law. He has also taught that course several times at Santa Clara University School of Law and once at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.
Now in his 29th year as a lawyer (more than half that time at Fenwick & West), Robert is a member of three state bars and on the National Employment Law Institute’s Advisory Board. To learn more, see his full bio and extensive bibliography at www.fenwick.com/professionals/Pages/bobbrownstone_insights.aspx.
Director of eDiscovery
Pallab Chakraborty, Director of eDiscovery at Oracle, is responsible for strategies, tools, and operations for handling discovery concerning litigation and investigations. He is keenly interested in understanding and evaluating emerging technologies and strategies to make discovery more efficient without sacrificing defensibility. He has a deep understanding of technologies underlying information retrieval and textual analytics, and their application to information governance and corpus analysis.
He joined Oracle in 2008 and initially worked with internal teams to understand the scope and impact of discovery. After preparing a roadmap for handling future discovery, he led the implementation of various tools and solutions. Recently he partnered with EDI, a non-profit organization, to conduct a study to compare the performance of various technology assisted review providers and traditional human review teams on a large data set from a settled Oracle matter.
Pallab previously worked at Cisco, where he was responsible for discovery operations and strategy. He introduced new tools and processes to make discovery less burdensome. Earlier he was responsible for technology solutions to automate legal processes at Cisco. Prior to association with legal technology and discovery, Pallab developed commercial and enterprise software products for international markets. He holds Bachelors and Masters of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and JD/MBA from Santa Clara University.
|Mira Vayda Edelman, Esq.
Senior Discovery Counsel
Mira Vayda Edelman is a senior counsel and discovery manager in Google’s litigation group, offering advice on legal, technical and strategic issues involving electronic discovery and information management in domestic and international civil litigation, regulatory inquiries, and internal investigations. Prior to joining Google in 2011, she was eDiscovery counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where she helped establish the firm’s eDiscovery practice group and handled complex commercial litigation. Mira is a founding member of the eDiscovery committee of the litigation section of the District of Columbia Bar Association. She was a topic authority for the 2010 Legal Track of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Text Retrieval Conference (“TREC”), a joint government/industry/academic research project studying the application of automated information retrieval technologies to eDiscovery. Mira has a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of Law Review.
|Erin E. Harrison
Editor-in-Chief, Legaltech News
Erin E. Harrison is the Editor in Chief of Legaltech News. She was previously the Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of InsideCounsel magazine. Harrison’s professional background includes extensive expertise in both print and online media, highlighted by tenures as Executive Editor at TMCnet, founding Editor in Chief of Executive Decision magazine, Executive Editor of Real Estate magazine and Online Editor at Scholastic Library Publishing. She has also been a frequent contributor to online news outlets including Blouin News and Patch. Harrison earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
|Dawson Horn, III, Esq.
Associate General Counsel
Mr. Horn is presently Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Deputy Director of eDiscovery at AIG where he is responsible for a range of eDiscovery matters. Before assuming that position he was Senior Litigation Counsel with Tyco International and was responsible for a large toxic tort and insurance recovery docket. Prior to that he served for eight years as Assistant General Counsel at Altria Corporate Services where, among other things, he managed Altria’s defense in the multi-billion dollar RICO lawsuit by the Department of Justice against the major U.S. cigarette companies. At Scott Paper, he managed the company's defense in breast implant class action litigation and navigated its related insurance issues. His litigation training began at the highly regarded Pepper Hamilton firm where he gained first chair trial experience and worked primarily on insurance and antitrust cases. Because of this extensive litigation background, Mr. Horn keeps current on a range of related issues, especially the evolving law of eDiscovery. In that regard he is a member of Sedona Working Group One and is a member of the Educational Advisory Board to ALM’s LegalTech. Mr. Horn is a frequent speaker on eDiscovery issues.
|Elizabeth A. Jaworski
Director, Legal Operations
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.
Ari Kaplan Advisors
Ari Kaplan, who has been writing for ALM publications since the late 1990s, is the author of The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development (Thomson-West, 2008) and Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011), which was also released in Japanese. After nearly nine years practicing with large law firms in New York City, Kaplan, an inaugural Fastcase 50 honoree and a finalist for ILTA's 2015 Thought Leader of the Year award, has become a leading legal industry analyst. He is the principal researcher for a variety of widely distributed benchmarking reports and has also been the keynote speaker for events in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and throughout the U.S. Kaplan is the founder of the Lawcountability business development platform, serves as a little league baseball coach, and is a two-time Ironman triathlon finisher.
Director of Legal Technology
Toyota Motor Sales
In his current role as Director of Legal Technology, Eric oversees eDiscovery and Litigation Support efforts, legal operations, and technology projects for the Toyota Legal One, the North American Legal department of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. He consults with legal teams on matter specific ESI collections, processing and production efforts. He also colloborates with services providers on refining methodologies to ensure a high-level of quality and efficiency. Prior to joining Toyota, Mr. Lieber worked as an Associate Director for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he was responsible for application development and system implementations. Mr. Lieber has worked with legal technologies since 1993.
Johnson & Johnson
|Hon. Andrew J. Peck
Advisory Board Judicial Observer
United States Magistrate Judge
Southern District of New York
Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for theSouthern District of New York on February 27, 1995, and served as Chief MagistrateJudge in 2004-2005. He graduated with honors from Cornell University in 1974 and from Duke University School of Law in 1977, where he was Notes & Comments Editorof the Duke Law Journal. Judge Peck is a member of the Duke Law School Board ofVisitors (2012- ).
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.
E-Discovery Counsel & Director of Research and Information Services
White & Case LLP
Partner and Co-leader, Information Governance Team
I co-chair BakerHostetler’s Information Governance Team, founded the eDiscovery & Technology Management Team, & counsel clients on ways to avoid information-related liability. I handle cutting edge privacy, data breach, information governance, cyber insurance, & insurance coverage matters, including TCPA claims.
I frequently speak & write about information-related strategies & best practices. I have successfully completed courses on Big Data and Crisis Management/Business Continuity at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Professional Education, & co-chair the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Cyber Liability Committee. I am a member of the ABA Big Data Committee & the Sedona Conference Data Security & Privacy Liability Working Group.
I also have over 20 years of experience in large scale first- and third-party complex insurance coverage matters, providing a full range of services from opinion work, coverage gap analysis, claims counseling, broker liability, settlement negotiations, international arbitration & all phases of insurance coverage litigation.
I am a member of the Law360 Insurance Editorial Advisory Board, the Editorial Advisory Board of Legal Technology News, the Professional Liability Underwriters Association, and the Defense Research Institute, & a contributor to InsuranceThoughtLeadership.com, Datfloq.com, & BigDataMadeSimple.com.
I was honored as LawCrossing's Law Job Star in July 2014, featured in Law Technology News as a leading STEM woman, & have been quoted in Forbes, Reuters, Law360, Bloomberg BNA, Insurance Business America, the National Law Journal, Corporate Executive Board & Legal Technology News about information-related & insurance issues. I was selected as the LXBN Leader in May 2015 & as a finalist for CLM's 2015 Outside Counsel of the Year award.
|David L. Stanton
Litigation Partner and Information Law & Electronic Discovery Team Leader
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
David Stanton is a partner in the law firm’s Litigation practice. He leads the firm’s nationally recognized Information Law and Electronic Discovery group, oversees the firm’s nationwide Litigation Support department, and he is a member of Pillsbury’s Privacy, Data Security & Information Use group.
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.