Washington DC October 28-29

All times below for the listed sessions are Eastern Time.

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Day 1

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Registration will be open. Please bring your registration form. 

8:45AM - 9:45AM
Track 1

Kevin Clark JD, Managing Director-Chair Cabinet Lead

Thompson & Knight LLP
eDiscovery • Data Privacy • Information Governance, Risk & Compliance • Cyber • Technologist • Attorney
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...

Margaret McEvoy

Legal Analyst
About MegMeg graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English and a minor in drama. At UVA, Meg was an editor of The Cavalier Daily and a member of The University Singers. After graduation, she was a staff writer for the C-VILLE Weekly, as well as a legal assistant for two law firms in Washington, D.C. At William & Mary, Meg was the Senior Notes Editor for the William & Mary...

Thomas Hall

Cleary Gottlieb
Managing Attorney for Pricing Strategy and Client Value

Andrew Jewel

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Innovative Legal Strategy, Pricing, & Operations
 I am a strategic and forward-thinking business of law executive with proven expertise in delivering direct, measurable results for law firms and in the broader legal services sector. My hands-on experience in law firms includes developing strategic pricing and innovative staffing/delivery models, as well as business of law and operations analysis. In addition, I have deep knowledge of, and experience...

Matthew Laws

Crowell & Moring LLP
Sr. Director Pricing & LPM
A leader in this growing field, Matt regularly keeps up with new strategies to develop and apply valuable pricing across all practice areas in the firm. Matt manages the Pricing and LPM team and thinks critically with them to produce practical pricing that maximize the firm’s profitability and improves client relationships. His knowledge of the field and ability to collaborate internally and...

As Legal Pricing has matured, it’s role inside firms has been expanding. In many firms Legal Project Management (LPM) is now formally part of Pricing. This is occurring in part due to demand from law firm partners on how to profitably manage work under AFAs and even hourly pricing engagements. This session will explore the expanding role, especially covering the growth of LPM. It will explore this in light of the increasing pressures on law firm profitability and the emerging roles supporting that change. A panel including pricing, LPM and (hopefully) client operations experts will dig into this space with an eye towards surfacing practical approaches to building this all out successfully. 



8:45AM - 9:45AM
Track 2

Ericka Johnson

Ericka Johnson is an associate in the Government Investigations & White Collar Practice. She represents companies and executives in, among other things, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) internal investigations, enforcement actions, defense matters and compliance before the US Department of Justice and similar authorities. She assists multinational companies in developing and implementing effective...

Gone are the days when companies could pass the headaches of cyber security to the IT department.  It is everyone’s problem now.  It is no longer just an IT problem.  It has become a business issue effecting the entire organization.  Join our panelists for a conversation that takes a realistic approach to protecting your data, both proactive and reactive, debunking many common myths along the way.

10:00AM - 11:00AM
Track 1

Daniel Cohen

Sandline Discovery
Director Of Business Development
Dan Cohen is Director of Business Development at Sandline Discovery where he leads sales, marketing and strategic partnership efforts in addition to consulting with clients on data collections, eDiscovery and investigations. Throughout his 20-year career in technology, Dan has managed teams, initiatives and projects to success as a law firm Litigation Support Manager, eDiscovery Project Manager, adviser,...

The reasonable anticipation or filing of a litigation case is only one event that can trigger a need for eDiscovery. These days, eDiscovery also plays an important part in conducting investigations to meet compliance, due diligence or regulatory enforcement requirements. In this session, the panelists will share experiences and provide examples of the use of eDiscovery technology and best practices to meet investigative objectives.

10:00AM - 11:00AM
Track 2

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...

Compliance with GDPR has dominated the focus of privacy and legal professionals around the globe as they worked around the clock to achieve compliance with this landmark information law. But is achieving GSPR compliance the end of something or really just the beginning of something? Although the GDPR is impactful, it appears like there will be several several laws that follow it around the world, and it is impossible for organizations to chase compliance With each of these as if it were a firefight.The only way forward is for organizations to build an information governance program that prepares it for whatever comes next. Hear from our expert panel the ways they have tackled this at their organizations and the benefits they have seen.

11:15AM - 12:15PM
Track 1

Robert Bird

Ankura Consulting
Managing Director
Robert Bird is a Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group based in Boston, MA. He works within the eDiscovery and Data Analytics practices, part of the Investigations & Accounting Advisory group.Over the past decade, Mr. Bird has led global teams in executing electronic data discovery projects for the financial, technology, and pharmaceutical industries relating to fraud, financial investigations,...

Government Inquiries and Investigations present different risks to organizations than civil litigation.  It is not uncommon for businesses to receive a subpoena from one of the many branches of the Government that run point on investigations (SEC, DOJ – inclusive of the FBI and AUSAs, or FTC).  Understanding how to respond and the importance of deploying the right technologies and services is critical to maintaining a good relationship with the investigating government agency. In this discussion, our panelists will discuss best practices for responding to government investigations and strategies businesses can use to prepare their data stores and limit the level of effort required to respond.

11:15AM - 12:15PM
Track 2

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.

1:45PM - 2:45PM
Track 1

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the legal profession as it has done in finance, entertainment, healthcare, and manufacturing and this has some lawyers and technologists worried. There is an emerging approach to machine learning and AI that focused on augmenting and amplifying human intelligence rather than replacing it. Leveraging an augmented intelligence model powered by things like advanced analytics, continual active learning (CAL) and machine translation, lawyers can supercharge their decision making and reduce time to insight. Today's AI technology is perfect for repetitive tasks that require human intelligence where an increase in productivity and decrease in errors and cost are the goals, document review is an ideal candidate for the application of AI technology and its benefits. Leveraging augmented intelligence in ediscovery can find evidence faster, increase efficiency, and decrease errors while reducing the overall cost exponentially.

3:00PM - 4:00PM
Track 1

Robert D. Keeling

ROBERT KEELING is an experienced litigator whose practice includes a special focus on electronic discovery matters. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation throughout the nation and conducts internal investigations in the U.S. and throughout the world. Robert handles a wide variety of commercial disputes in state and federal court. He is experienced in multi-district...

The Honorable Ronald J. Hedges

Senior Counsel
Ronald is a member of Dentons Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and in the management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”). Activities and AffiliationsMember, American Law InstituteMember,...

The Honorable Andrew J. Peck

DLA Piper
Senior Counsel
The Honorable Andrew J. Peck served for 23 years as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York, including a term as Chief Magistrate Judge from 2004 to 2005. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Peck was in private practice for 17 years, focusing on commercial and entertainment litigation, including copyright and trademark matters, with extensive trial experience.At...

See top judges and former judges in E-Discovery tackle some of the hottest issues of today, including:

· Are the new proportionality rules improving litigation discovery?
· Does Rule 37(e) go too far in protecting negligent spoliators?
· How should judges balance international privacy statutes like the GDPR vs. U.S. discovery requirements
· Is TAR being held to a higher standard than traditional human review? Should it be?
· What is the most crucial lesson that parties involved in E-Discovery need to heed?

3:00PM - 4:00PM
Track 2

Corporate counsel and law firms are under significant pressure to deliver services more cost-effectively and efficiently. The alignment of the legal services value chain is very important to achieve success. Process, technology and business model innovation changes need to evolve to meet the needs of all the parties that consume and deliver these services. How do we identify, evaluate, implement and measure internal and external improvements? In this session you will learn from expert practitioners from corporations, law firms and 3rd party vendors on what they currently do and what kind of process, technology or business model improvements will help going forward.

4:15PM - 5:15PM
Track 1

The potential discoverable data sources in today's mobile device and technology-enabled world have expanded to mountainous proportions. Identifying and preserving this relevant data, as well as presenting it in a usable and persuasive format is paramount to gaining the upper hand in any electronic discovery related investigation. Our panelists will discuss the various types of emerging data sources not to be overlooked as well as identify how each can be connected to tell a better story.


4:15PM - 5:15PM
Track 2

Sonya (Thornton) Judkins

Manager of Legal Discovery and Compliance, Sprint
Sonya (Thornton) Judkins is Manager of Legal Discovery and Compliance in Sprint’s Legal Department in Reston, Virginia.  Ms. Thornton is responsible for e-discovery management and coordination for the Litigation Department.  Sonya specializes in the areas of in-house legal/litigation practices and procedures, management of core-team efforts to implement policies, procedures and tools...

Jason R. Baron

National Archives and Records Administration
Director of Litigation
Jason R. Baron has served as the National Archives Director of Litigation since May 2000. In this position, Mr. Baron is responsible for overseeing all litigation-related activities confronting the National Archives, including complex Federal court litigation involving access to Federal and Presidential records in the National Archives custody.For the twelve-year period prior to his appointment as...

Jigna Dalal

Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
eDiscovery Project Manager
eDiscovery Consultant | DC Bar eDiscovery Co-ChairI develop automation and efficiency for the practicing lawyers through a coordinated information management strategy involving Clients, Attorneys,...

Information and its management are changing our lives in countless ways and companies are more challenged than evern before. Whether it is the creation, use, storage and use of enterprise data, the protection of customer data through websites, smart devices, IoT and others, there are increasing trends that are being developed to govern the explotion of the volume to recognize BigData's asset as well as risk. This panel will discuss these challenges and how they affect the practice of law and the operational challenges surrounding data management and governance.

5:30PM - 7:00PM

Happy Hour @ LINCOLN Restaurant In DC

Blog, Happy Hour, The Bar @ LINCOLN 

Here at LINCOLN Restaurant, we’re serving up quality handcrafted Happy Hour specials 4-7pm daily. Conveniently located near K Street and the DC Convention Center, LINCOLN Restaurant is something to behold. Our fresh bar program sources local ingredients and uses modern gastronomy techniques to deliver superior cocktails inspired by the life of Abraham Lincoln.

According to an article in CityEats, once bartenders infuse their own, they rarely turn back because the quality is so much better. The mixologists at LINCOLN are working tirelessly in our Infusion Room to create the best tasting spirits in town. Just ask our satisfied patrons: the seasonal cocktails at LINCOLN just taste better! Check our our Happy Hour Menu for the full rundown of what’s fresh and on tap now.

Won’t you come taste for yourself? Check out our famous blackboard for specials. Our Happy Hour is running daily from 4-7pm. Join us tonight!

And of course enjoy happy hour on LINCOLN’s stylish outdoor patio – profiled in BYT’s DC Outdoor Drinking Guide under “Great Happy Hour”!

Join us for the best, most-talked-about happy hour in DC. Our unique space featuring original art by local artist Maggie O’Neill will get you talking. Our fresh bar program features the best in fresh local produce, house and locally crafted spirits. Won’t you join us for happy hour at LINCOLN Restaurant in DC’s Penn Quarter today?

1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-386-9200

Day 2

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

Robert E Childress III

The Master's Conference
Robert Childress is recognized as one of the 20 most influential people in the legal software industry. Throughout the years, he has held senior positions with a number of key technology corporations including LexisNexis, Thomson & Thomson, Elsevier Science, CXA, Inc., McGrawHill, Shepards, Wave Software, The Lawyer Charity Challenge and most currently The Masters Conference. While at LexisNexis,...

Mary Mack

Executive Director
E-discovery pioneer Mary Mack has joined ACEDS as executive director. Mary brings to ACEDS and its membership more than a decade of strong credibility and sound leadership within the e-discovery community.Mary is known for her skills in relationship and community building as well as for the depth of her e-discovery knowledge. Frequently sought out by media for comment on industry issues, she has spoken...

Kaylee Walstad, CEDS

ACEDS,Sales Director | National Accounts
Certified E-Discovery Specialist and Central Region Women in eDiscovery Director
Walstad offers a broad background of eDiscovery experience and skill that uniquely positions her to provide insight into the challenges faced by the end-users of eDiscovery services and technology and the organizations serving them.  She has extensive expertise in developing cross organizational discovery strategies for large litigation and investigations.  Prior to joining ACEDS, Walstad...

Kevin Clark JD, Managing Director-Chair Cabinet Lead

Thompson & Knight LLP
eDiscovery • Data Privacy • Information Governance, Risk & Compliance • Cyber • Technologist • Attorney
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...

Presented by The Masters Conference and ACEDS

10:00AM - 11:00AM
Track 1

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

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
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

Eric Hensel-Briscoe

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Legal Technology Manager
Eric Hensel-Briscoe is the Legal Technology Manager for the Washington, DC office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  He oversees the daily management of the Legal Technology department, including providing e-discovery project management and technical support.  Leveraging his background in computer science, he consults on challenging e-discovery issues, manages application development...

Gordon Morris

Brown Rudnick LLP
Litigation Technology Manager

The practice of law is a rich tapestry woven from argument, stories, and the presentation of evidence. eDiscovery, however, is often considered to be part of the “nuts and bolts” of a matter – a means to an end, where practitioners can get lost in a loop of records being managed, preserved, collected, and produced.  But what if there was a way to use one to support the other?
This talk is designed to flush out the best ways to make strategic data decisions at the outset of a matter to allow you to better utilize that data during the investigation, planning, and argument stages of your case.  While poor eDiscovery planning can lead to expensive and distracting disputes, refined Strategy and Advocacy when dealing with large volumes of data can lead to not only efficiency and expediency, but more important - victory.

10:00AM - 11:00AM
Track 2

Thomas Matzen

Matzen Consulting Group
After 17 years in the eDiscovery and cyber security industry, I have decided to launch my own consulting group. The Matzen Consulting Group will focus on assisting corporations and law firms, both large and small, with their eDiscovery and data security needs.  Specifically, the Matzen Consulting Group offers expert consulting services in the following areas: GDPR ConsultingeDiscovery...

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....

Beyond GDPR, - California....   but how about the California Act? Colorado? Brazil? Nevada SB-220 privacy bill 

11:15AM - 12:15PM
Track 1
Future of Litigation Support

Mike Wong

Regional Sales Executive
Mike Wong, a Regional Sales Executive at DISCO,  has spent the majority of his career managing the eDiscovery requirements of some of the highest profile matters of the past 15 years. Serving in various capacities, from discovery analyst at AmLaw firms, to project manager on hundreds of RMBS matters, to director of enterprise accounts at the largest eDiscovery service provider, Mike has made it...
11:15AM - 12:15PM
Track 2

Bruce Malter, CEDS, Managing Director-Cabinet Lead

eDiscovery, Investigations and Information Governance Expert
eDiscovery is first and foremost a consulting service supported by appropriate technology.Over 25 years of technology based experience with professional services companies and technology providers with an extensive focus in both the eDiscovery, investigation, information governance and litigation support service sector. My experience includes business development, strategic planning, project management,...

Jennifer Shea

Director, Discovery Consulting
Jennifer is a Director in the Consilio Consulting Group. Jennifer’s broad data analytics and eDiscovery industry experience includes technical product and service delivery, largely in the Financial Services space. In these roles, Jennifer worked closely with Legal, Records Management, and Information Security teams to drive Legal and Information Governance technology strategy, while protecting...

Microsoft Office 365 Security and Compliance Module includes an eDiscovery application. This panel will provide an overview of how to set up a legal hold, a case, search and export using the E3 and E5 Advanced Discovery features.

12:15PM - 1:30PM
1:45PM - 2:45PM
Track 1

David R. Cohen

Reed Smith LLP
Partner, Records & E-Discovery Practice Group Chair
David R. Cohen is the chair of Reed Smith’s Records & E-Discovery Group. He has 30 years of commercial litigation experience in a variety of subject matters. David serves as special e-discovery counsel in many cases, represents companies in complex litigation matters, and also counsels clients on records management and litigation readiness issues. David has been involved in setting up the...

How has AI impacted the court? Does AI become a challenge as a resource? This is a discussion about AI in the courtroom. What is reasonable? How will judges handle AI? Who would you sue... the algorithm? AI itself as a self-learning code; how is it controlled? Can we prove negligence? Does Counsel need Insurance for the algorithm?

3:00PM - 4:00PM
Track 1
Data and Analytics
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Track 2

"Big data" is a term for the collection of large and complex data sets and the analysis of these data sets for relationships. Big data has only become possible in recent years with advances in technology and understanging the possibilities of the use of data. While there are many benefits to the growth of big data analytics, traditional methods of privacy protections often fail. Many notions of privacy rely on informed consent for the disclosure and use of an individual's private data. However, big data means that data is a resource that can be used and reused, often in ways that were inconceivable at the time the data was collected. 

4:15PM - 5:15PM
Track 1
ACEDS DC Project Management