Washington DC

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Day 1

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Michael Potters

Glenmont Group, CEO
Board of Directors of Cardozo Data Law Initiative
Michael co-founded Glenmont Group in 2001 as an affiliate office of Management Recruiters International.  Michael leveraged his twenty plus years of experience in business development and management, specializing in Information Governance, eDiscovery, Enterprise Content Management and Legal Technology. Noticing an absence of a firm specializing in the recruitment and placement of highly qualified...

Zelda Owens, CSSGB

Director, Glenmont Group
Chair, The Masters Conference
Zelda Owens is Chair of The Cabient of The Masters Conference. She has been involved with Masters shortly after its inception in 2008, and has been indstrumental in its growth in fostering the community of thought leaders and experts.After a successful career providing staffing and legal services to Fortune 500 companies and their outside counsel, Zelda Owens joined Glenmont Group as Director of Attorney...

Registration will be open. Please bring your registration form. 

8:30AM - 9:30AM
Track 1

Tim Morenc

Lumen Legal
Vice President
Senior Business Development Executive with an impeccable reputation for both leading sales teams and individual sales contributions combined with outstanding customer service and project management skills. A creative and nimble problem solver that excels in intense pressure situations with a high capacity to propose and effectuate outside the box solutions. A very strong track record in B2B sales at...

Diane P. Kilcoyne

Diane Kilcoyne is the principal and founder of ESI Group, LLC. Diane is an attorney who has spent over two decades in the field of litigation - first as a prosecutor, and then at several small to medium sized law firms in the greater DC area. Now, she has created a small, nimble firm to make affordable, defensible e-discovery accessible to all. Diane advises clients on the use of technology to...

Debbie Reynolds

Eimer Stahl Discovery Solutions llc
Debbie Reynolds is renowned as a global thought-leader and advisor to Fortune 500 Companies and Elite Law Firms for handling electronic evidence in high-stakes civil litigation. Ms. Reynolds is the Director of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of Eimer Stahl LLP, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies teaching Legal Project Management....

Catherine Casey

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Global eDiscovery and Practice Technology
I lead the Global eDiscovery and Practice Technology team for Gibson Dunn specializing in eDiscovery, data analytics, cyber security and information governance. I have over a decade of experience assisting clients with the complex eDiscovery and forensic needs that arise from litigation, expansive regulation and complex contractual relationships.Gibson, Dunn & Crutchers eDiscovery and Practice...

This is a Fantastic Session covering the Ethics on what an attorney needs to know regarding the future of technology. 

8:30AM - 9:30AM
Track 2

Cash Butler

Cash Butler is a seasoned electronic discovery expert having over 14 years of experience as a service provider. Cash is an expert at legal vendor and project management and is the founder of ClariLegal, an eDiscovery vendor management platform that matches corporations and law firms with the right vendors who have the right service offering at the right price. The ClariLegal solution saves time and...

Sunil Ohri

Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP
OF Counsel
Sunil is an Attorney/Technologist, with over 25 years of expertise, bridging the legal/technology divide to counsel individuals and organizations how to design and implement solutions to promote Information Governance and E-Discovery best practices to maximize utility/functionality and control/minimize risk and spend.  Having served as a CTO, General Counsel, Litigation Support Manager, E-Discovery...

Mark Yacano

Major, Lindsey & Africa
Mark Yacano is a recognized innovator in the delivery of legal services. During his 25 years in the legal and business worlds, Mark has been a trusted advisor to corporate law departments working with corporate counsel on both business and legal strategy. It is his mission to help implement solutions that allow clients to improve the quality of the services provided, create an environment that fosters...

Mark Smolik

DHL/Exel Inc.
VP, General Counsel, Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer
Mark joined DHL in 2009. He leads the company’s legal, commercial contracts management, compliance, and economic development teams, which includes responsibility for supporting the company’s Williams Lea TAG operations. Mark also serves as Global Chair of the company’s Supply Chain Legal Services Practice Group. The company employs 48,000 associates throughout the Americas and provides...

Corporate counsel and law firms are under significant pressure to deliver services more cost-effectively and efficiently.  Cost and service value chain alignment between the corporate buyer, their law firm and their ancillary vendors have not always produced the high value. The process, technology and business model innovation need to change to meet the needs of all the parties that deliver these services. This session you will learn from experts on both sides about how this change is happening. You will learn what steps need to be taken to improve this process. The buying and vendor management process is changing. Are you sitting back watching this change or part of the movement? Watch this session to learn more.

9:45AM - 10:45AM
Track 1

Danny Thankachan

Blank Rome LLC
Advising Fortune 500 and AmLaw 200 clients at the nexus of law and technology. Specialties include the development of Blockchain use cases and its implementation in daily operations, assisting clients on information governance and e-discovery engagements and leading businesses through change management, organizational turnarounds, and business process improvement. Presentations & Speaking...

Oral Pottinger

Mayer Brown LLP
Senior Associate
Oral Pottinger is a senior associate in the Antitrust practice at Mayer Brown. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, civil and criminal antitrust investigations, antitrust counseling, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cable and media representation. Oral also has served as a trusted advisor to corporate clients identifying and implementing effective e-discovery solutions addressing...

Chad Papenfuss

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Litigation Support Services Manager, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Results –driven project management and legal technology operations professional, with award winning experience, in driving project, operations, and organizational success that includes a track record of consistently exceeding business expectations. Unique proficiency in bringing together different business cultures, while promoting the “ultimate client experience”, in translating global customer...

Neil Etheridge

Chief Marketing Officer
A 17-year veteran of the legal tech industry, Neil combines a deep understanding of law firms, legal departments, and the legal tech industry with a passion for delivering revolutionary legal technology. Before joining DISCO, Neil was vice president of product marketing for Recommind, where he was responsible for product marketing, strategy, and competitive intelligence across all of Recommind’s...

This panel will discuss forces that are changing how corporations and law firms approach ediscovery. Learn how to become a master of your data with practical ways to leverage technology so that you can focus on what’s most essential to accomplish your goals. The panelists will cover the best strategies and techniques to help you improve your processes.

With more corporations making vendor choices, more data moving to the cloud, and rising security issues and concerns, this will be a lively and informative conversation. Add to that the good and the bad that comes with artificial intelligence, and you’ll walk away ready to tackle your biggest ediscovery challenges.


1. Cloud trends


How corporations are using cloud and making important decisions regarding its use

Services moving to the cloud

Collaboration tools

Microsoft Office 365 

What trends are emerging? Are you taking cloud data on-premises or trying to use cloud more? 

Concerns about the cloud 


2. Security


Law firm perspective - distinguish yourself with great security

Developing processes that will be followed

Client data and best practices 

Cloud vendor components -- what’s the weakest link? How to vet vendors?

Information governance

Working with IT and legal

Vendor perspective

Certifications, audits, penetration tests, different rules in different geographies

Corporate perspective

How do law firms manage data, especially in-house


3. Artificial intelligence


The fifty-thousand foot view

Ethical issues - attorney’s duties, how do you supervise a machine?

How’s AI disrupting legal - what’s the future look like?

Human expertise combined with AI in legal

Should law firms and vendors consider using AI as a matter of course

9:45AM - 10:45AM
Track 2

Brandon Mack, Esq.

Director, Analytics and Advanced Technologies
Brandon Mack, Director, Analytics and Advanced Technologies at Epiq Systems, will introduce Dr. Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean and distinguished professor of law & Raymond Pryke professor of first amendment law at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Chemerinsky.BAR ADMISSIONS- Michigan Bar- U.S. District Court, Western District of MichiganMEMBERSHIPS-Michigan Bar AssociationSpecialties:...

Alexander Hastings

Covington & Burling LLP
Alex Hastings advises clients across a broad range of government contracting issues, including assisting defense contractors and pharmaceutical companies in securing and performing government contracts and responding to government investigations. Mr. Hastings also advises clients concerning best practices in e-discovery. He assists in investigations and litigations that involve complex e-discovery...

Eli Nelson

The Claro Group
Mr. Nelson is an industry thought leader in the use of technology and data analytics in the field of eDiscovery. He was an active litigation attorney for 17 years prior to joining Claro, with the past decade focused on improving discovery outcomes involving Electronically Stored Information (ESI). He is highly skilled in building understanding and consensus among stakeholders in the use of technology...

Hitesh Patel

Crowell & Moring
Practice Technology
Hitesh combines both legal and technical experience to serve as an advisor to both client and law firm personnel regarding e-discovery issues. With over a decade of experience in the e-discovery sphere, Hitesh has a proven record of understanding e-discovery issues and recommending technological solutions for all aspects of the EDRM model. From cross-border collections to highly customized technology...

Scott Bilbrey

Covington & Burling
Director of Litigation Support
Scott Bilbrey is Covington’s Director of Litigation Support Services. He oversees technical and ediscovery services for the firm’s litigators (in addition to overseeing the litigation paralegals), and his responsibilities include counseling clients on ediscovery strategy and data management, as well as advising on technical and system issues.Prior to joining Covington, Mr. Bilbrey was Vice President...

The technology has arrived. Machine Learning and how it will impact your case. Within the field of data analytics, machine learning is a method used to devise sophisticated models and algorithms that lend themselves to prediction; for legal use, this is known as predictive analytics. These analytical models allow researchers, data scientists, engineers, and attorneys to "produce reliable, repeatable decisions and results" and uncover "hidden insights" through learning from historical relationships and trends in the data. This panel will discuss the future of the legal community and Machine Learning. Are we going to see a minority report type of impact in the legal community? Predicting the outcome of the case before the matter starts? The size of data that most counsel works with is reaching an extreme level, and the need for predictive analytics is at hand. Where will the robot lawyer start or stop? Learn more about Predictive Analytics in our community covering the pros and cons of the intersection of law and technology. 

11:00AM - 12:00PM
Track 1

Kevin Nugent

CACI International, Inc.
Senior Business Development Executive
Kevin is an experienced Information Management and Litigation Support professional.  Throughout 25+ years in the on-site managed services, digital document and eDiscovery/Litigation Support markets, he has consulted with Government Agencies & Contractors, Law Enforcement, Fortune 500 corporations and AMLaw 200 law firms.  Kevin brings insightful value to his clients by  working collaboratively...

Jeff Urlwin

CACI International Inc
Vice President

Alex Briceno, Col USMCR/CISSP

CACI International Inc
Information Security Specialist, Principal
I am a security and operations professional with a wide range of experience. Most recently in my 24 year military career, I served as the Officer-in-Charge of CENTCOM Counter Narcotics (Forward) in Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition, I spent four years on active duty on the U.S. Marine Forces, Africa staff working at the component and combatant command level of planning and executing missions and developing...

Jeff Lush

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
Chief Technologist US Federal Agencies
Jeffrey Lush is known widely as a passionate technologist with more than 30 years of IT experience (17 years in the Federal government and 14 years in the IT industry). Jeff specializes in Cybersecurity and Compliance, Data Center Transformation (Security, Analytics, Cloud, and Software Defined). Lush currently serves as a Chief Technologist for HPE US Federal, after recently serving as the CTO for...

In an age when the Chief Of Staff’s personal cell phone can be compromised, data privacy and cyber security could not be more critical.  How sensitive data and personal identifiable information (PII) is handled and stored has become of growing concern in the shadow of OPM breaches in 2015 to more recent data breaches by Equifax.  Our panel will examine from several perspectives the impact that data privacy and cyber security are having on the Federal Government and what the future may hold.

11:00AM - 12:00PM
Track 2

Brett Crist

Managing Partner
Brett Crist has over 20 years of experience working with attorneys and paralegals, advising them on strategy and best practices to handle their ediscovery and trial needs. Brett is responsible for developing and enhancing business relationships with existing and new clients. He was the Founder and CEO of Preferred Imaging for 14 years prior to merging with QDiscovery. Prior to that, Brett held positions...

Bryant Gauthier

Buckley Sandler LLP
Director of Practice Solutions
Bryant is an experienced eDiscovery consultant, manager, and professional skilled in managing large teams and multi-million dollar organizations and engagements. He has more than a decade of experience working on eDiscovery matters for the world’s top organizations across the world. Bryant is an outstanding hands-on leader who motivates, trains, and provides guidance to teams to ensure consistent...

Tyler McGreevy

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
East Coast REgional Manager, Litigation & E-Discovery Services

Gordon Morris

Brown Rudnick LLP
Litigation Technology Manager

Best practices sound great, but what’s the best way to implement them so these ideal models become your standard procedure – case in and case out? Even as the eDiscovery industry matures, we are constantly faced with new challenges from technologies that didn’t exist even a few years ago. These technologies result in new forms of communication, which means new types of ESI – including texts, chat messages and emojis – and an ever increasing data volume. The panelists will explore how cooperation and transparency between clients, firms, providers and yes, even opposing counsel, allows you to develop standards. We will also explore analytics and whether their day has actually arrived – or if these will continue to be a much-heralded best practice but little-used standard. Finally, we’ll discuss building your eDiscovery dream team – filled with rock stars offering a diverse skill set from all sides – client, law firm and eDiscovery provider.

12:15PM - 1:20PM

Geoff Wilcox

Managing Director
Geoff is Managing Director at UnitedLex, leads the OhioLex and Boston University Legal Residency Programs, and serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at The Ohio State University where he co-teaches eDiscovery Law and Practice. Geoff brings over thirteen years of legal process optimization and discovery leadership experience, helping clients design defensible and cost-effective solutions to accelerate...

Mark Smolik

DHL/Exel Inc.
VP, General Counsel, Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer
Mark joined DHL in 2009. He leads the company’s legal, commercial contracts management, compliance, and economic development teams, which includes responsibility for supporting the company’s Williams Lea TAG operations. Mark also serves as Global Chair of the company’s Supply Chain Legal Services Practice Group. The company employs 48,000 associates throughout the Americas and provides...

Mark Smolik is VP, General Counsel, at DHL Supply Chain Americas where he leads the legal, commercial contracts management, compliance, and economic development teams. More on Smolik below. 

I’ve learned through experience that it can be hard to let go of a cherished initiative or goal. Lawyers are typically conservative by nature. I’m no exception. As in-house counsel, we learn to be vigilant stewards and protectors of the companies that employ us. For most of my in-house career, practicing law was the most important aspect of my job. No longer is that the case for me or for my team. When recruiting lawyers, I look for people who bring an entrepreneurial approach to the practice of law…business people who happen to have a law degree. People whose attitudes and demeanor are aligned with the businesses they will serve.

Admittedly, this is a vast change from the talent I recruited years ago. Back then, I looked for lawyers. Now, I want people who deeply understand that we are an organization run by entrepreneurs who put customer service at the forefront of all that we do as an organization, and we expect to be held accountable for our performance.

It is incumbent on today’s GCs, and those aspiring to be such, to communicate the value their teams deliver to the businesses they serve. Business leaders typically report on key metrics that seek to measure the success of their operations: P&L results, gross and net revenue, EBIT, units sold/installed, customer service feedback, among others. It should be no different with the legal department. Most everything we do as in-house counsel helps drives sales, support or enhance customer service and protect the bottom line. Beyond the lawsuits fought, cases won or settled, deals closed and counsel offered, today’s GC should evaluate what performance standards or metrics will help communicate that value. It’s an entrepreneurial approach to the practice of law, fueled by the role of the GC as a business leader, not just a lawyer. I’ve implemented successfully a number of such metrics since becoming a GC, some of which are mentioned later in this article.

Changing Dynamics of the Legal Industry

Corporate law departments of decades past primarily acted as liaisons between their organizations and the company’s outside counsel. Legal work was almost entirely outsourced, and the vast majority of legal spend was devoted to outside counsel. With growing sophistication, greater business savvy and new budget models, legal departments today insource the majority of their work.

1:30PM - 2:30PM
Track 1

Anthony DeJohn

Vice President, Advanced Technologies

Jason D. Moore

Winston & Strawn
Ediscovery Attorney
Jason Moore is an e-Discovery attorney in Winston & Strawn LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. A litigator who has handled all aspects of a case from inception to trial, Jason now focuses his practice on helping clients manage complex issues involving litigation readiness, preservation obligations, analytic document review technologies, reasonable and proportional discovery efforts, deposition...

Nancy Dooher Stephenson

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Information Technology Administrator
Nancy is the Information Technology Administrator for the Washington, DC office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. A 17-year Skadden veteran, she has promoted advanced technologies to streamline the Firms desktop technology, electronic discovery, data governance and data security. Nancy devotes significant time working with case teams and Skaddens clients to leverage practical workflows...

The practice of law is poised for radical change. The use of machine learning algorithms in discovery is only the beginning of how artificial intelligence could possibly impact the legal industry in years to come. This session will take a deeper dive into advanced issues with today’s predictive coding technology and how it could morph into “super information intelligence” in the future.


1:30PM - 2:30PM
Track 2

Bahar Ansari

Case.One, Inc.
Co-Founder and COO
Bahar Ansari, Esq. is the Co-Founder of Case.one, as well as an attorney with a busy practice. Bahar’s experience handling litigation and immigration matters led to her search for a legal practice management solution that centered around efficiency, secure communications, and advanced functionality. Not finding a system that met her needs, she teamed with an experienced legal technology software...

Justin Connor

Senior Counsel and Director of Chief Legal Officer Services
Association of Corporate Counsel
Direct ACC’s suite of services that engage leading Chief Legal Officers (CLOs) around the world in thought leadership, executive transitions, and high value events, including benchmarking,...

Rob Whipple

DHL Global Business Services
Associate General Counsel
Mr. Whipple has been with DHL Supply Chain Americas for over 20 years. He is an Associate General Counsel and head of the Supply Chain-Americas Litigation Practice Group. As head of the Practice Group, he has experience handling, among other things, commercial and employment class actions, qui tam actions and governmental investigations. In his role he also negotiates and drafts commercial contracts...

Katherine John

Corporate Counsel
I am Corporate Counsel on Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector Team, responsible for AWS’s cloud sales to U.S. federal customers and all related contract negotiations, compliance, and litigation. Prior to joining Amazon, I was a government contracts associate in the Washington, DC offices of McKenna Long & Aldridge (now Dentons) and Baker Hostetler, where I represented...

Daniel Wood

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Director of Counsel Assistance
As the Director of Counsel Assistance I have the privilege of helping our clients win their cases, regardless of how they define win. I have been given many professional opportunities to develop processes in the challenging legal technology space. With more than a decade of case management experience, I make sure that clients get the support they need to get the results they want by operating the Case...

Practice Management has evolved from simply aggregating the documents surrounding discovery to a collection of actionable intelligence in the business of litigation. Complex legal environments with vast amounts of data are no longer large company problems, whether it is thousands of cases or a few large multi-district matters, capturing and repurposing work product is as important as the documents that are used to try a case. The evolution has occurred using visual analytics to gain control and begin to understand the business of litigation. From jurisdictional settlement analysis to product/drug/ip specific business intelligence, case documents now serve the corporations business decisions.

2:45PM - 3:45PM
Track 1

Doug Austin

Vice President of Professional Services
Doug Austin is the Vice President of Professional Services for CloudNine.  At CloudNine, Doug manages professional services consulting projects for CloudNine clients.  Overall, Doug has over 25 years of experience providing legal technology consulting, technical project management and software development services to numerous commercial and government clients.  Doug has managed projects...

Kelly Twigger

ESI Attorneys
Kelly Twigger is a Discovery Strategist and the Principal of ESI Attorneys, one of the first law firms in the country dedicated to advising clients on issues in electronic discovery, open records and FOIA, compliance and information management. Kelly’s practice includes consulting with clients on information governance and issues with electronically stored information and acting as eDiscovery...

James Zinn

director of channel management
James Zinn is the director of channel management for Relativity where he leads a team of professionals focused on helping litigation service providers transition to SaaS-centric business models. James has two decades of experience leading global technology and consulting teams to solve client problems and disrupt the professional and legal services market. Previously, he was a managing director and...

Sean Weppner

Nisos Group
Managing Director of Operations
As Managing Director of Operations at Nisos Group, Sean oversees client engagement, drives business capture, and is responsible for building the firms technology platform strategy. His unique...

Today, when consumers are considering their eDiscovery technology choices, there are more factors to consider than ever.  In addition to considering the functionality of the software application, you now also have to consider whether to buy or “rent” the application, how the software is delivered to you and whether it’s required to be within your firewall or can be an off-premises solution. This session will discuss on-premise and off-premise eDiscovery solutions and considerations for each. Key topics include:

+ Drivers for eDiscovery Technology Solution Decisions Today

+ eDiscovery Industry Market Trends and Their Relation to General Industry Trends

+ What Law Firms are Saying about the Technology

+ What Industry Analysts are Saying about the Technology

+ The Cloud vs. No Cloud Debate

+ Why Not All Cloud Solutions Are the Same

+ Putting a Face on Solutions and Risks

+ A Comparative Approach to eDiscovery Technology

+ Key Components of an eDiscovery Technology Solution

2:45PM - 3:45PM
Track 2

John Ryan

Industry leader in cyber security, including network intrusions, data protection, legal compliance and digital crimes investigations. Built and directed two Fortune 100 companies enterprise security programs, serving as Chief Security and Compliance Officer. Implemented systems for asset and content protection, employee safety, internal investigations, and regulatory compliance. Frequent speaker on...

Allison Bender

Hogan Lovells
Senior Associate
Senior Associate, Washington, D.C. Allison Bender is a senior associate in Hogan Lovells’ Washington D.C office. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Allison served as a cybersecurity attorney at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where she advised the Office of Cybersecurity & Communications on cybersecurity and privacy laws, regulations, and policies. Allison brings key experience in...

Tracy D. Drynan

Drinker Biddle
Senior Attorney
Tracy D. Drynan is a senior attorney in the firms Litigation Group.Tracy has extensive experience across the E-Discovery lifecycle including, interpreting Requests for Information and Complaints to identify sources of relevant information, developing strategies for targeting and gathering data, performing custodial interviews, and managing the collection of information.Tracy’s experience...

Robert W. Ray

Thompson & Knight
A prominent litigator and former federal prosecutor and Independent Counsel for the Whitewater investigation, Robert Ray is a respected courtroom veteran who aggressively advocates his clients’ interests in white collar criminal defense matters; corporate governance and compliance issues; internal investigations; and general litigation, including civil RICO and commercial fraud. Bob has...

This panel will discuss the chaning world of Cybersecuity and how it is impact the legal community. 

4:00PM - 5:00PM
Track 1

Antigone Peyton

Protorae Law
Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology Law Practice
Antigone leads the Intellectual Property and Technology Law practice at Protorae Law. Antigone focuses on intellectual property litigation and IP portfolio management and growth strategies involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. Her litigation and counseling practices also include unfair competition, DMCA violations, computer fraud, and technology law issues including social...

Anna Brady-Estevez

National Science Foundation
Program Director for Chemical and Environmental Technologies
Working to serve entrepreneurs and innovators! Directing the Small Business and Innovative Research (SBIR) national portfolio and investments in Chemical and Environmental Technologies. Our investments in early stage companies are at the earliest stage and are non-dilutive- grants for which we dont receive equity. We are looking to support the most innovative and disruptive technologies for commercialization...

Mussie Haile

The McNamara Group LLC
Advisor To The Board
I have over 17 years of experience as a solutions architect, in consulting services, commercial and government sectors. Ive implemented solutions for large financial, pharmaceuticals, telecom companies as well as DoD and DHS. I have worked with some great minds over the years and I have learned to adapt quickly to the ever changing technology market. Currently, as the owner of an 8(a) certified...

Stacey (Dey-Foy) B

Cognet Law Group
Stacey is a versatile and innovative attorney. Stacey has specialized expertise in government contracts, complex acquisitions and business transactions, regulatory compliance, federal investigations, and corporate compliance matters. Stacey is a former military officer, JAG, Senior Executive of national government programs and Director of an agency legal division. She holds many certifications, including...

The blockchain is an undeniably ingenious invention – the brainchild of a person or group of people known by the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. But since then, it has evolved into something greater.


Blockchain technologies provide the opportunity to transform major industries, particularly through the intersection of blockchain, big data, and IOT. Blockchain will soon transform diverse sectors including: finance, energy, health/pharma, agriculture, food/chemicals, transportation, autonomous systems, sharing economies, artificial intelligence, robotics etc. Several states have started using-or exploring how they can use-blockchain to manage critical records, ensure data integrity, and provide more transparent access to and management of company information. And the Federal Government recently launched an initiative (https://www.gsa.gov/technology/government-it-initiatives/emerging-citize...), focused on exploring distributed ledger technologies (like blockchain) that use encryption and coding to improve transparency, efficiency, and trust in information sharing for a variety of potential use cases. Join this panel to learn more about blockchain and how it's about to change the world.


4:00PM - 5:00PM
Track 2

Kilian Connolly

Hire Counsel
Managing Director of Client Relations
Providing direction and services to corporations, law firms, and service providers in need of legal, compliance, or commercial specialists or in need of a managed team for an investigation, transaction or litigation. Employing 18 years of experience and contacts as well as a crack team of the nations best recruiters and workflow experts to help customers find a correctly-sized solution that is proven,...

Jonathan M Wilan

Baker & McKenzie LLP
BiographyJonathan Wilan is a Washington, DC based litigation partner. His practice over the last 18 years has focused on internal investigations, complex class action litigation and, more recently, providing strategic advice on transnational and major e-discovery matters. Mr. Wilan is a frequent speaker and author on complex issues related to information management and electronic discovery, with a...

Jeremy W. Burdge

Hogan Lovells US LLP
Legal Project Manager
Jeremy Burdge is a Legal Project Manager in Hogan Lovells’ Investigations, White Collar, and Complex Fraud practice group, which has been ranked by Global Investigations Review 100 (GIR 2015) as one of the world’s best investigations and white-collar practices.” Jeremy provides his multi-office, cross-disciplinary investigation teams with a whole suite of technology and business intelligence...

Eli Nelson

The Claro Group
Mr. Nelson is an industry thought leader in the use of technology and data analytics in the field of eDiscovery. He was an active litigation attorney for 17 years prior to joining Claro, with the past decade focused on improving discovery outcomes involving Electronically Stored Information (ESI). He is highly skilled in building understanding and consensus among stakeholders in the use of technology...

There is a lot of discussion in the news recently - “artificial intelligence” and “cognitive technologies” have begun to proliferate in the legal community.  Fears are rising that AI will take over our jobs.  The goal of this panel will be to get beyond the hype and answer some key questions regarding AI and cognative technologis, that are appearing with more and more frequency in the legal space. 

5:50PM - 11:00PM
Happy Hour-Celebrate Ten years

Day 2

8:00AM - 9:00AM
8:45AM - 9:45AM
Track 1

Cash Butler

Cash Butler is a seasoned electronic discovery expert having over 14 years of experience as a service provider. Cash is an expert at legal vendor and project management and is the founder of ClariLegal, an eDiscovery vendor management platform that matches corporations and law firms with the right vendors who have the right service offering at the right price. The ClariLegal solution saves time and...

Shawn Cheadle

Military Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.
General Counsel
Support Military Space, a $3.0B Space Systems Co. (SSC) line of business, on multiple U.S. government programs including Space-based Infrared Radar Systems (SBIRS) satellites, Global Positioning Systems II (GPS II) and GPS III satellites, and several classified programs. Also support international and U.S. government commercial satellite data sales. Serve as counsel to several multifunctional organizations...

Kevin Clark

Thompson & Knight LLP
Litigation Support Manager
Kevin provides technical and business management expertise for the litigation support team at Thompson & Knight, while delivering consultation on ediscovery, information privacy, and data security and governance for attorneys and clients. Kevin has extensive experience in all aspects of ediscovery from data collection to production. He previously oversaw the discovery operations and managed review...

Anthony (AJ) Dobson

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Litigation Technology Services Manager
Currently Litigation Technology Services Manager at the international law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Anthony (AJ) Dobson has 20 years’ experience in all aspects of litigation support and e-discovery.  He has refined his expertise and gained a deep understanding of information governance, litigation readiness, ESI preservation, collection, processing, and hosting while working...

Andreae Selleck

Discovery Specialist
Andreae Selleck is the Discovery Specialist for E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Ms. Selleck’s responsibilities include working with in-house and outside legal teams and litigation support vendors throughout the preservation, collection, review and production processes. Ms. Selleck has been with DuPont for 19 years.  Before becoming the Discovery Specialist, Ms....

Are you a Vendor looking for the right client? Are you a buyer looking for the right supplier? Has the RFP process become an animal too hard to tame? Practical technology evaluations can be divided many different ways. This panel will cover the framework for vendors, law firms, and corporations on how to adhere to the right process for a successful evaluation. You can accomplish this with technology or a hybrid approach using technology and processes to achieve a positive result. We always want the best price, best service, and top of the line solutions. With this panel, you will learn lessons on how to develop the right strategies to help your client and firm. Join this session today to learn more. 

8:45AM - 9:45AM
Track 2

Rith Kem

Control Risks

Gil Keteltas

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP
Gil Keteltas is a trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience litigating complex commercial, tort and government enforcement disputes in federal, state and administrative courts. He served on the defense and trial teams of two of the largest government enforcement actions in history and, as lead trial counsel, won an unprecedented trial verdict that the California Air Resources Board unconstitutionally...

Laura Hunt

United States Department of Justice
E-Discovery Counsel
Laura Hunt is Electronic Discovery Counsel for the Department of Justice’s Civil Division where she assists trial teams with both legal and technical solutions to electronic discovery issues as they arise. Prior to this role, Laura worked as a paralegal with the Department of Justice Civil Division’s Environmental Torts Office where she also served as a support staff electronic discovery...

Steven L. Clark

Director of E-Discovery & Litigation Support
I am an E-Discovery and Litigation Support professional with extensive experience advising case teams and clients on best practices, educating and guiding them through the complex electronic discovery process, creating and managing sensible and cost-effective solutions to meet their needs, as well as implementing sound procedures and policies to ensure that they receive consistent and high-quality...

Mark Lyon

Williams & Connolly
eDiscovery Consultant / Discovery Attorney Staffing Manager
Bar AdmissionsNew York, Mississippi, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeTechnologyExperienced in use, training and administration of most major review platforms including kCura Relativity (Relativity Certified Reviewer), Autonomy, Catalyst, Clearwell, Concordance, EnCase, Epiq DocuMatrix, iCONECT, Kroll Ontrack, Logikull, Nuix, Recommind, Ringtail / Attenex, Stratify, Summation,...

Two topics that are often overlooked in discussions of eDiscovery are strategy and advocacy.  Too often practitioners get caught up in the nuts and bolts of eDiscovery, discovering only in retrospect that much of the effort was wasted given the case’s final result.  And have you ever read a brief or heard oral argument about an eDiscovery issue?  They are generally more boring and less persuasive than when the same lawyer argues on other topics.  So, what strategic choices should be made to best set up clients not only for streamlined case management but also to win the case (or get great settlement leverage)?  How can we be persuasive to a judge or jury when talking about complicated electronic data?  The panel will discuss ways in which you can tie eDiscovery strategy to trial strategy and also how to be a compelling advocate in the eDiscovery space. 

10:00AM - 11:00AM
Track 1

AJ Shankar

My first exposure to legal technology was as a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. A law firm with a Berkeley office needed a technical expert, and I fit the bill. For a few years, I moonlighted as a technical consultant, working closely with a partner at the firm. I saw firsthand the issues faced by lawyers — massive quantities of data, tight timelines and budgets, hard technical...

Ian D. McCauley

Morris James
Associate and Litigation eDiscovery Coordinator
Ian D. McCauley is an associate and the eDiscovery Coordinator in Morris James’ Business Litigation Group. Ian’s practice is focused on electronic discovery from the anticipation to the conclusion of litigation. Ian advises clients and co-counsel on the preservation, collection, processing, review and production of electronically stored information (“ESI”) with an emphasis...

Shawn Cheadle

Military Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.
General Counsel
Support Military Space, a $3.0B Space Systems Co. (SSC) line of business, on multiple U.S. government programs including Space-based Infrared Radar Systems (SBIRS) satellites, Global Positioning Systems II (GPS II) and GPS III satellites, and several classified programs. Also support international and U.S. government commercial satellite data sales. Serve as counsel to several multifunctional organizations...


US Department of Education
Senior Counsel
Mr. Methfessel currently serves as Senior Counsel to the US Department of Education. Previously, he has served as corporate general counsel and as an executive for several private and public companies. Mr. Methfessel is an active member of the Virginia State Bar; he received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia.Specialties:...

New Technology, Social media, BYOD and IOT have definitely created a series of risk factors that companies didn’t have to deal with previously, and which require some level of policy surrounding use inside corporations.  Same thing with personal accounts in the cloud.  No corporation wants their corporate data posted in a personal cloud account, which is why companies will set up exfiltration controls to screen for that kind of risk. This panel is discussing the current factors that are impacting the attorney today and how the eDiscovery landscape is changing. You will learn how to handle the current forces that are impacting you today and prepare for the road ahead. Join Lockheed Martin, Department of Education, MorrisJames and Everlaw.

12:00PM - 2:00PM
Break for Association of Corporate Counsel Event