Featured Keynote and Judicial Speakers

Maura R. Grossman, J.D., Ph.D., Research Professor and Director of Women in Computer Science, University of Waterloo

Maura is a Research Professor and Director of Women in Computer Science in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and a faculty affiliate of the Vector Institute.  She also is Principal at Maura Grossman Law, an eDiscovery law and consulting firm in Buffalo, New York.  Previously, Maura was Of Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where, for 17 years, she advised the firm’s lawyers and clients on legal, technical, and strategic issues involving eDiscovery and information governance, both domestically and abroad.  Maura’s scholarly work on TAR, most notably, Technology-Assisted Review in E-Discovery Can Be More Effective and More Efficient Than Exhaustive Manual Review, published in the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology in 2011, has been widely cited in case law, both in the U.S. and abroad.  Her longstanding contributions to eDiscovery technology and process were featured in the February 2016 issue of The American Lawyer and the September 2016 issue of the ABA Journal, where she was recognized as a “Legal Rebel.”  More

Shawnna Hoffman-Childress, IBM Watson Legal

Ms. Hoffman serves as the Global Co-Leader of the IBM Cognitive Legal Practice. She is also an Automotive, Aerospace & Defense Client Partner and was certified as an IBM Thought Leader in 2015. She has one published patent for Detecting Clusters and Relationships in Large Data Sets (20180096047) and one pending patent for Method and System for Pattern-based Home Network Configuration (END820160894). She also co-authored the book “eDiscovery Plain & Simple” (ISBN-13:97814394079), is the Co-Founder of Women in eDiscovery (Founded in 2007) and the Co-Founder of Diversity in Blockchain (Founded in 2017). In 2017, Ms. Hoffman became an Advisory Board Member for Integra Ledger and became a pioneering member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium and the MIT Legal Forum for AI & Blockchain. Recently, she spoke at the United Nations at the Blockchain for Impact Summit and GlobalMinded on the subject “Blockchain, Financial Fuel for Sustainable Development”.  More

Hon. Dominic Lanza, Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

Dominic joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2008, served as chief of the Financial Crimes and Public Integrity section from 2012-15, and currently serves as the Chief AUSA of Phoenix office and the Executive AUSA for the district. Previously, Mr. Lanza worked in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he focused on appellate and constitutional litigation, and clerked for the Hon. Pamela A. Rymer on the Ninth Circuit. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he was an All-America and Academic All-America football player and received the Barrett Award (outstanding graduate in class), and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. 

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez former Texas Supreme Court Justice and currently sits on the bench as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Judge Rodriguez received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas Law School. Prior to assuming the bench, he was a partner in the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski (now known as Norton Rose Fulbright). Judge Rodriguez is a frequent speaker on continuing legal education seminars and has authored numerous articles regarding employment law, discovery and arbitration issues.  Judge Rodriguez is the editor of Essentials of E-Discovery (TexasBarBooks 2014).  He serves as an adjunct professor of law at the St. Mary’s University School of Law.  He was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.  In 2011 Judge Rodriguez was awarded the Rosewood Gavel Award for outstanding judicial service from the St. Mary’s University School of Law. More

Hon. Peter B. SwannJudge, Arizona Court of Appeals

Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals in 2008, Judge Swann served for nearly five years as a Judge on the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, and was a partner at Steptoe & Johnson before his appointment to the bench. He serves on the Arizona State Bar Committees on Professionalism and on the Rules of Civil Procedure. Judge Swann has published numerous articles and in 2008 was awarded Judge of the Year by the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Board of Trial Advocates. More

Conference Faculty

Michael R. Arkfeld, Owner, Arkfeld & Associates, LLC

As a former assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, Michael handled multimillion-dollar cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful termination and a host of other tort claims. He has appeared before both federal and state appellate courts and has extensive experience in jury (over 30 trials) and bench trials. Michael lectures and consults throughout North America and internationally on the impact of technology to the practice of law and the discovery and admission of electronic evidence. More

Robert E. SingletonPrincipal, Squire Patton Boggs

Robert is co-chair and director of eDiscovery and data management for Squire Patton Boggs and a member of the Squire Patton Boggs eDiscovery & Data Management Team.  As such, he  concentrates his practice on electronic discovery and related issues. Robert acts as the firm’s resource for lawyers and clients on matters involving electronic discovery and the production of electronically stored information. He works with lawyers and clients to manage the collection, review and ultimate production of large electronic document collections in litigation, arbitration and internal investigations in the most cost-efficient and timely manner possible. Robert has presented at continuing legal education courses on electronic discovery and ethical considerations in conducting electronic discoveryMore

Joy WollerPartner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Joy represents clients in intellectual property litigation in federal and state court and in proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. As the firm’s eDiscovery and Litigation Support Partner, Joy assists the firm’s Litigation Practice Group in addressing complex electronic discovery issues and ‎counsels clients regarding complex electronic discovery and best practices.  In this role Joy also guides an interdisciplinary team of technologists and legal professionals providing litigation support across the firm’s ten offices in five states. More 

Lea Bays, Of Counsel, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Lea has experience in a wide range of litigation, including complex securities litigation, commercial contract disputes, business torts, antitrust, civil fraud, and trust and estate litigation. She is familiar with the various stages of electronic discovery, including identification of relevant electronically stored information, data culling, predictive coding protocols, privilege and responsiveness reviews, as well as having experience in post-production discovery through trial preparation. More

Brandon Boulware, Partner, Boulware Law LLC

Brandon’s boutique litigation firm represents corporations and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) in complex business litigation and personal injury matters in federal and state courts across the country. Brandon has developed a reputation for an aggressive yet strategic and practical approach and is consistently recognized in peer-nominated rankings, including Best Lawyers in America®. Brandon began his legal career clerking for judges on the Missouri Supreme Court and United States District Court—Western District of Missouri. Brandon also serves as a Commissioner on the Missouri Gaming Commission.  More

Robert D. BrownstoneTechnology and eDiscovery Counsel, Fenwick & West LLP

Robert, an attorney, technologist and thought leader, is the Technology & eDiscovery Counsel and Electronic-Information-Management (EIM) Group Chair at Fenwick & West LLP, based in Silicon-Valley. He advises clients and colleagues on eDiscovery, information-security, data-privacy and retention/destruction policies. An attorney for over 30 years (19 of them at Fenwick), Robert is now in his second decade as a nationwide advisor, conference-chair, speaker, writer and press resource on many electronic information topics. He has taught more than ten Electronic Discovery Law & Process courses at four law schools around the country since 2009. More

Michael Burg,  Corporate Counsel, DISH Network

Michael manages the company’s eDiscovery and IG activities. In creating a formalized in-house eDiscovery function he supervises a team that has internalized the company’s data collection and analysis activities. As part of implementing an enterprise-wide IG program, Mike leads a cross-functional IG Council focused on open communication between stakeholders and proactive, thoughtful treatment of company data. Previously, Mike was an associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia and an engineer for the US Navy. More

Jay Carpenter,  Founder at Desert Blockchain LLC

Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. Skilled in Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Internet Governance, Mobile Applications, ENUM, and HTML. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Introduction Leader, 2007 to 2011 focused in Human Being, Possibility and Transformation from Landmark Education. More

Daniel K. ChristensenGroup Counsel for Cybersecurity, Data & Privacy, Intel Corporation

Dan manages a global team as Intel’s Group Counsel for Cybersecurity, Data & Privacy, and was awarded Arizona In-House Counsel of the Year Award 2016 (ACC). Dan has served in various business/legal roles including acting general counsel to chief privacy officer in 4 countries and 4 US states. Dan is active in pro bono (helping establish the Intel Pro Bono Debt Clinic that has assisted over 300 families) and humanitarian causes (e.g. introducing technology to Zulus in South Africa). Dan has a Masters from Oxford, a JD from Univ of Utah, a double BA from BYU, and is CIPM, CIPT, CIPP/US certified by the IAPP.  More

John Collins, Global Risk Compliance Consultant, Lighthouse

John is a consultant in Lighthouse’s Global Advisory Services practice, providing eDiscovery, Information Governance, and data protection advice and consulting services to organizations worldwide.  John is recognized as a leading authority on ESI data mapping and eDiscovery and Information Governance in Microsoft Office 365, and is called upon to advise organization’s worldwide.  John has a unique blend of legal (JD) and technical expertise (former IT consultant.)  Prior to joining Lighthouse, John led the information governance program at Options Clearing Corporation, an SEC regulated covered clearing entity. More

Eric Fierro, Partner, Keller Rohrback

Eric is a partner at Keller Rohrback and practices in the firm’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group and oversees the firm’s legal technology group, providing electronic discovery and litigation support to colleagues and clients on a wide array of cases. Eric has over 15 years of experience with legal technology. While attending law school in the evening, Eric worked full-time for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts where he provided technical support for all criminal and civil units, including the healthcare fraud, securities fraud, and other white collar crime units. Eric also worked as a summer law clerk for the computer crime and intellectual property unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Before joining Keller Rohrback, he was a managing consultant for Huron Consulting Group, providing consultative services for complex electronic discovery and document review matters. More

Joe Gervais, Principal Cybersecurity Researcher, Symantec

Joe Gervais is Technical Director / Red Team Operations at Symantec. Previous roles have included Lead Pentester, Application Security Lead, and Principal Cybersecurity Researcher. He has 25+ years of security- and software engineering experience, mostly working with US government/DoD, and served as an Intelligence Analyst and Counterintelligence Specialist in the United States Marine Corps. Joe has been breaking into systems (and helping to secure them) since the early 1980s. Joe’s education includes a bachelors degree in Cognitive Science, and a masters degree in Information Assurance.  More

Alex GothGlobal Litigation Support Manager,  Squire Patton Boggs

Alex has 24 years of experience in the litigation technology field – 13 years as a vendor and 11 within a law firm.  His vendor background includes the management/development of a wide array of litigation technology services, as well as consulting on a number of high-profile cases for various federal/state agencies and corporations.  This diverse background with both strategic development and tactical level litigation service implementation has allowed Alex to be actively involved with case teams and clients in all facets of technology related to data identification, data collection, review/discovery, production, deposition, and trial preparation/presentation.  Alex is currently the Litigation Support Manager at Squire Patton Boggs and is a member of the firm’s Global Practice Support Group as well as the eDiscovery and Data Management Team.

Kelly Griffith, Senior Legal Editor, Thomson Reuters (Practical Law) 

Practical Law has become a leader in providing comprehensive and concise resources to attorneys in all areas of legal practice, and Kelly focuses her time on developing and maintaining resources related to the handling of electronically-stored information. Prior to joining Practical Law, Kelly spent 10 years as a general civil litigator and two years as eDiscovery Counsel and Director of Litigation Support for a regional law firm. More

Brad Harris, VP of Corporate Strategy, Zapproved

Brad Harris is a Distinguished Fellow for Ediscovery at Zapproved LLC, a pioneering leader in cloud-based e-discovery software for corporate legal and compliance departments based in Portland OR. Brad has more than 30 years’ experience in the high technology and enterprise software sectors, including assisting Fortune 1000 companies enhance their e-discovery preparedness through technology and process improvement. Brad is a frequent author and speaker on data preservation and e-discovery issues and is a member of The Sedona Conference WG1 and EDRM Advisory Council. He has published articles in The National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel, and Information Management among others and presented at leading industry events, such as LegalTech New York. He also serves as Conference Chair for PREX, Zapproved’s premier annual conference for in-house e-discovery professionals.  More

Tessa K. JacobAttorney, Husch Blackwell

Tessa is responsible for establishing and implementing best practices for eDiscovery as well as providing the related education and training for our attorneys and litigation technology staff. A practicing attorney for 20 years, Tessa’s strong understanding of the substantive and strategic aspects of litigation informs the counsel she provides to clients and case teams on all aspects of eDiscovery. More

William Kellermann, eDiscovery & IG Counsel, Hanson Bridgett

Highly experienced technology attorney and recognized expert in information privacy & security, data governance & litigation readiness and electronic discovery. Provide legal counsel regarding privacy, security and defensible retention and disposition programs, structured legal hold and preservation for litigation and investigations. Electronic discovery & computer forensics experience in support of patent, IP, securities, white-collar criminal, commercial, construction, and employee mobility – trade secret litigation and investigations. More

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Anne Kershaw,  Owner, Managing Director, Reasonable Discovery, LLC

Anne provides independent analysis and innovative recommendations for the management and e-discovery of legacy and active data, including backup tapes, file shares, email and archives. Anne’s practice includes the design and implementation of protocols for the preservation and collection of data for discovery and the execution of data management and disposition recommendations. Reasonable Discovery, LLC, under Anne’s leadership, provides strategists who use litigation expertise and mastery of current technologies to provide clients with flexible, inexpensive and powerful solutions for collecting, interrogating and managing data. Anne also serves as a testifying and consulting expert, defending or challenging e-discovery processes and dispositions of accumulated legacy data.  More

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Gary MarchantProfessor and Faculty Director, Center for Law, Science and Innovation, ASU

Gary’s research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. Gary frequently lectures about the intersection of law and science at national and international conferences. He has authored more than 130 articles and book chapters on various issues relating to emerging technologies. More

David McCarville, Attorney, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

David assists clients with estate planning and administration, probate litigation, Blockchain technology legal advice, and real estate/corporate transactions. In his work with individuals, couples, families and business owners, he serves as a trusted counselor who brings a multidisciplinary approach to help solve their legal problems and plan for the future. His clients know they can count on him to intervene personally, if he can, or put them in touch with another professional who can help. More

Isis Miranda, Attorney, London Fischer LLP

Isis Miranda is an attorney with London Fischer LLP who concentrates her practice in civil litigation and advises on cyber liability, data privacy, and insurance coverage issues. Ms. Miranda, a former information technology consultant, is a frequent speaker on topics involving the intersection of technology and the law. More

Kevin Moore, Chief Security Officer, Fenwich & West LLP

Mr. Moore is Fenwick’s Chief Security Officer, leading the firm’s efforts to provide industry-leading enterprise information security and IT risk management. Mr. Moore’s job duties include overseeing the firm’s information security, privacy, compliance and eDiscovery responses. He actively consults with clients on that same range of issues. He leads Fenwick & West’s research, design, implementation and operational support for all enterprise-wide IT services, including information security, network infrastructure and data center management of 1.2 Petabytes of information on 400+ servers. More

Tom MorrisseySenior Director of Legal Operations & eDiscovery at the Purdue Pharma LP

He is responsible for the development and implementation of technology in support of the Office of the General Counsel, Compliance and Corporate Security. He is a recognized expert in litigation support and electronic discovery with 25+ years of law firm and corporate law department experience. Tom’s focus includes the preservation, identification, collection, processing, review, and production of electronically stored information (ESI), for internal investigations, civil litigation and regulatory inquiries. Additionally, Tom provides guidance to several areas including Information Governance, Legal Billing and Vendor management. More

Niloy RayeDiscovery Counsel, Littler Mendelson P.C.

As a member of Littler’s eDiscovery Group, Niloy Ray has a nationwide practice specializing in the litigation of critical eDiscovery issues and challenges. Reinforcing the firm’s commitment to providing its clients with leading-edge solutions in this critical area of the law, he routinely advises clients on efficiently meeting preservation and “meet and confer” obligations, developing strategies for effective data harvesting, review and production, implementing cost-shifting/costreduction techniques, and addressing the admissibility and authentication of electronic evidence. An active litigator, he regularly handles hearings and motion practice on matters relating to eDiscovery. Before joining Littler, Niloy was at another multinational law firm, where his practice focused on commercial litigation in federal and state courts in complex tort, antitrust and contract matters. He regularly represented energy utilities in regulatory proceedings and related litigation, and conducted internal investigations for Fortune 500 and academic clients. He has broad experience in all facets of trial practice and has chaired trials in state and federal court. Prior to attending law school, Niloy spent several years coding, designing, and leading the development of supply chain software applications for Retek Inc., now part of Oracle. More

Dan Regard, President/CEO, iDiscovery Solutions

Mr. Regard is an electronic discovery and computer science consultant with 25 years’ experience in consulting to legal and corporate entities. A programmer and an attorney by training, Mr. Regard has conducted system investigations, created data collections, and managed discovery on over a thousand matters. He is responsible for the development and implementation of case and matter strategies that leverage technology in litigation and investigations. Mr. Regard has both national and international experience advising on such issues as electronic discovery, computer forensics, data analytics, structured data, and information management. He is a frequent speaker, teacher, and publisher on issues of electronic discovery. More

K Royal, Attorney, TrustArc

K is an attorney and global compliance professional with 25 years of experience in the legal and health-related fields. K has a particular interest in technology along with its challenges and opportunities. On a typical day, she works with GDPR. HIPAA, CCPA, incident response, policy writing, and building privacy programs – when she is not speaking or writing on cybersecurity, IoT, nonconsensual porn, whistleblowing in the EU, and other wildly exciting privacy / data protection topics. She is certified through the IAPP as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP), Privacy Management (CIPM), and US and EU Privacy Law (CIPP/US, CIPP/E). 
As an attorney, she has received numerous honors, including a Forty-under-40 recipient for Phoenix, an educational leader through the YWCA, Member of the Year for the Association of Corporate Counsel (43k members globally), and most recently named an Outstanding Woman in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal. She received her law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, her nursing degree from the University of West Alabama;, and is in the dissertation phase of her PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas. She serves on several non-profit boards, provides mentoring and leadership training – volunteering hundreds of hours annually through various activities. One of her greatest achievements to date (aside from two fabulous daughters) is initiating a program for women in house attorneys that formed the basis of a Global Women in Law and Leadership, an annual summit held at the United Nations in New York. More

Mark S. Sidoti, Attorney, Gibbons PC

Mark recognized as one of the preeminent practitioners in the field of e-discovery. Mr. Sidoti frequently lectures and publishes on e-discovery and information governance topics. He has served for several years on the faculties of the Arkfeld-ASU eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference and Georgetown Law School’s prestigious eDiscovery Training Academy. More

David StaussAttorney, Husch Blackwell

David M. Stauss focuses on complex business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts, involving product liability, data security and privacy, and business disputes. David has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts across the country securing favorable jury verdicts for his clients. In his privacy and data security practice, David regularly counsels clients on privacy law compliance and information security standards. He has counseled numerous clients in responding to data breaches, including managing multi-state breach notifications, appearing before regulators, and providing employee training. He also regularly represents clients in data security-related litigation matters.  In 2018, he assisted in drafting Colorado’s cybersecurity legislation, serving as the outside subject matter expert for the Colorado Attorney General’s office. 

Brett TarrChief Counsel, Caesars Entertainment 

Specialties: electronic discovery, information governance, data privacy, enterprise data security, ediscovery, e-discovery, edd, ESI, litigation hold, computer forensics, ESI Consulting, data retention policies, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), legal operations, legal metrics & analytics, GDPR compliance, enterprise mobility policy, BYOD, business process realignment, risk optimization, cost control, developing defensible enterprise workflows, Artificial Intelligence for legal and enterprise, relationship management, litigation support, law firm, attorney, contract negotiation, law technology, strategy, knowledge management, records management, compliance, business development, marketing, market segmentation, print advertising, online advertising, messaging, branding, collateral development, communications, corporate counsel, CLE. More

Matthew Todd, Principal Consultant, Full Scope Consulting LLC

As a consultant, Dr. Matthew Todd assists clients in translating complex legal, regulatory, and client-based data security and privacy obligations into practical policy and practice within the context of budgets and corporate strategies. Prior to his consulting work, Dr. Todd was the Chief Security Officer and Vice President of the Office of Risk Management for Financial Engines, Inc., the largest independent registered investment advisor in the US, with over 10M client records and $1T in assets under contract. In this role, Dr. Todd was responsible for policy and practice in matters of security, privacy, and compliance, working with clients, partners, and internal legal, compliance, and technical teams. Dr. Todd has spoken publicly and written on information security, crisis management, risk management, eDiscovery, control frameworks, and regulatory matters. He has been a local mentor for the SANS Institute, is a CISM, CIPP/E, and CIPP/US, and holds the GCED certification. With over 25 years’ experience in the technology space, he has been actively involved in information security, risk management, privacy, and IT governance for over twenty years. He obtained his PhD from Northwestern University, and was a Fellow of both the US and Danish National Science Foundations. He served for 10 years as President and member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay InfraGard Chapter, a public-private partnership with the FBI that works to protect the national infrastructure. In 2011, he was recognized by Information Security magazine as a Security Seven award winner. More

Steve Watson, CEO, VTO Labs

Technologist focused on the areas of cyber security, forensics, risk and compliance.  Specialties: cyber security, eDiscovery, mobile forensics, new technology forensics, incident response, crisis management, information security, investigations. Research interests: advanced mobile forensics, forensics of new and emerging technologies – IoT (Internet of Things), wearables, maker devices, automation, embedded technologies. Intersection of mobile, new technologies and cloud. Chair, Forensics Committee, Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE). Chair, Mobile and Embedded Forensics Task Group, Digital Evidence Subcommittee, Digital / Multimedia Scientific Area Committee, Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  More