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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

Hon. Joy Conti, Senior Judge, W.D. Pa

The Honorable JOY FLOWERS CONTI graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor of Arts, and was awarded a J.D. degree summa cum laude from Duquesne University School of Law. She was Editor-In-Chief of the Duquesne Law Reveiw.After graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Louis L. Mandrino (deceased). She was the first woman lawyer to be hired by Kirkpatrick, Lockhart, Johnson & Hutchinson, now known as Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP. She became a tenured professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law and taught courses in civil procedure, corporations, corporate finance, corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy. More

Hon. Dominic LanzaU.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Dominic William Lanza (born May 20, 1976) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. He was formerly an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. Lanza earned his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as editor and transition chair of the Harvard Law Review. While in college, he was an All-Ivy League, All-America, and Academic All-America football player and was named the outstanding member of his graduating class. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then practiced for five years as an associate in the constitutional and appellate law practice group of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Before becoming a judge, Lanza served as Chief and Executive Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona.

Hon. Kristen L. Mix, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Colorado

Magistrate Judge Mix serves on the Judicial Conference of the United States’ Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judge System and on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado’s Local Rules Committee. She also serves on the court’s Pro Se Working Group, and is responsible for establishment of the first pro se clinic in the federal courthouse (scheduled to open in mid-2018). Judge Mix is the Secretary of the Federal Magistrate Judges’ Association and served as the Tenth Circuit representative to the FMJA Board of Directors for several years. Judge Mix also chairs the Colorado Judicial Coordinating Council, which fosters cooperation between Colorado state and federal judges on matters of common interest. Judge Mix is a member of the Sedona Conference and was the judicial participant in the Commentary on Possession, Custody and Control of documents under Fed. R. Civ. P. 34. She is currently working with other members on an update to the Sedona Conference Social Media Primer. More

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez U.S. District Court, 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.  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

Joel Wallenstrom, CEO and President, Wickr

Joel Wallenstrom is CEO & President of Wickr, a leading secure communications company providing an enterprise- level collaboration platform built to protect critical business assets and a free peer-to-peer encrypted ephemeral messenger. Joel is a renowned information security expert who has led the top white hat hacker teams responding to some of the most high-profile incidents of the past 20 years. Since joining Wickr in 2016, Joel has transformed the company from a consumer-focused platform to a go-to enterprise solution trusted by Fortune 500 companies, top cyber incident responders and government organizations for their most critical communications. Prior to joining Wickr, Joel co-founded iSEC Partners, one of the world’s leading information security research teams, later acquired by NCC Group. At NCC, Joel built the largest team of independent security experts in North America, renowned for its cutting edge independent research. More 

Conference Co-chairs

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 

Conference Faculty

Christopher Almaraz, Director of Information Security, Keesal, Young & Logan

Christopher Almaraz is the Director of Information Security (InfoSec) with Keesal, Young & Logan (KYL) in its Long Beach office. Christopher has over 14 years of experience in InfoSec and Litigation Support technology, and he is a member of KYL’s Privacy & Data Security practice group. He is certified by EC-Council as a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT). Christopher works closely with client InfoSec and Legal Operations teams in the Technology, Banking, Healthcare, and Maritime sectors. He serves as the lead InfoSec consultant to the firm’s attorneys and clients, developing solutions for data security and business resiliency. 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

Robert D. BrownstoneOracle of Data  |  eDiscovery Guru

This Spring, Robert, an attorney, technologist and thought leader, is wrapping up a long-term run as the Technology & eDiscovery Counsel and Electronic-Information-Management (EIM) Group Chair at Fenwick & West LLP, based in Silicon-Valley.  On May 1, he will launch his own law firm, tech consulting company and law/technology education provider.  Robert will continue to advise and train clients on all things “e”, including eDiscovery, information-security, data-privacy, retention/destruction policies and to collaborate with clients as to tech solutions enabling legal compliance.  An attorney for over 30 years (20 of them at Fenwick in a series of lawyer and/or IT roles), Robert remains a nationwide advisor, conference-chair, panel-moderator, 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 BurgSenior Counsel, Privacy and Data Security at Zillow Group

Specialties: Data Privacy, Information Governance, compliance, information security, data and information management counseling, Electronic discovery, eDiscovery, discovery management, EDRM, patent litigation. More

Jay Carpenter, Founder of Desert Blockchain

Jay Carpenter has been an active member of the Blockchain community since 2014.  His primary interest in this space is in the realm of naming, numbering, addressing and identity. Jay is the founder of Desert Blockchain which is the largest Blockchain meetup in Arizona. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor at University of Advancing Technology ( His class focused on a technical approach to the intersection of Blockchain development, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things. He has an extensive background in technology, entrepreneurship and finance.  He is a graduate of Arizona State University with an undergraduate degree in business with emphasis in finance.  He obtained an MBA from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in finance. Jay is passionate about the emerging new realms of communications, finance and the societal possibilities associated with a Blockchain centric future.

Daniel K. Christensen,VP of Global Privacy and DPO, Verra Mobility

Dan has sharpened his privacy, cybersecurity and data expertise in both a Fortune 50 environment (Intel) and as CPO for a privacy equity consortium reporting to its billionaire founder. An AZ In-House Counsel of the Year winner and Top 50 AZ Pro Bono attorney, Dan now owns the privacy program for a recent IPO smart technology company and teaches law courses for BYUI. He has a masters from University of Oxford, a JD from University of Utah, two bachelor degrees from BYU, and three privacy certifications from the IAPP.

Mira Edelman, Senior Corporate Counsel, Dish Network

Mira Vayda Edelman is a Senior Corporate Counsel at Dish Network L.L.C., where she focuses on litigation and ediscovery. Prior to that, Mira was a member of Facebook’s legal department, where she established the company’s eDiscovery Services team, which supports litigation and regulatory matters around the globe. She went on to take a role as Associate General Counsel where she developed information governance policies and programs to handle the company’s corporate data. Before that, Mira spent six years as a senior counsel in Google’s litigation group, where she was a member of the Discovery & Litigation Support management team. Mira began her legal career at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. More

Sarah E. Erickson-Muschko,  Attorney, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Sarah E. Erickson-Muschko is a senior litigation associate in the Denver Office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she practices in the areas of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity and Healthcare Law. She advises clients in a variety of industries on compliance with date privacy and consumer protection laws and in responding to potential or suspected data breaches. Representative matters include representing a publicly traded social media company implementing a mandatory data privacy compliance program and advising companies from a variety of sectors on compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and state breach notification laws. Ms. Erickson graduated with a J.D., magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Duesseldorf, Germany and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. More

Stanley D. Friedman, Assistant Dean and Adjunct Professor of Law and Accounting, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Stanley Friedman has been teaching “Law, Finance and Accounting” and “Working with Accounting Experts – Mock Trial” at ASU for the past 13 years. Mr. Friedman is a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers “PWC” Partner who served as a Practice Partner, Office Managing Partner and as Chairman and CEO of two PWC wholly owned global subsidiaries.
Assistant Dean Friedman is leading the new JD-A (Accountancy) Program that allows students to take graduate-level courses as part of their JD curriculum, focused on topics such as accounting, auditing, international tax, global mergers and acquisitions, and financial reporting. These JD-A students will qualify to take both the Bar examination and the CPA examination.

Joe Gervais, CISO, Brightside Benefit 

Joe Gervais is CISO of Brightside Benefit. Previous roles have included Technical Director / Red Team Ops at Symantec, Principal InfoSec Engineer, and Lead Penetration Tester. He has 25+ years of security- and software engineering experience, mostly working with US government/DoD, and served as an Intelligence Analyst, Intelligence Chief, and Counterintelligence Specialist in the United States Marine Corps. Joe has been breaking into systems (and helping to secure them) since the early 1980s. His education includes a bachelors degree in Cognitive Science, a masters degree in Information Assurance, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. 

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

Maura R. GrossmanResearch 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. More

Omar Haroun, Co-founder & COO, Text IQ 

Omar Haroun is the Co-founder and COO of Text IQ, an AI company that detects sensitive information, protecting enterprises from billion dollar disasters. Omar works with Chief Privacy Officers, General Counsels, Chief Compliance Officers, and board members to commercialize Text IQ’s transformative machine learning technology. His leadership has steered the company through eight consecutive quarters of profitable growth. Text IQ is the second company that Omar has co-founded. His last company, Sportaneous—where he served as Co-founder and CEO—was acquired by Greatist and subsequently by Healthline. Before he became an entrepreneur, Omar studied Economics at UC Berkeley and Jurisprudence at Oxford University, and he later received a JD and MBA at Columbia University. More

Ronald Hedges, Senior Counsel, Dentons 

Ron Hedges 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”). As a retired United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey, Ron has written widely and spoken frequently on Information Governance Discovery in the area of electronic health records and on defensible disposition generally. He has presented on eDiscovery topics including defensible disposition to the American Records Management Association (ARMA), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the New Jersey Judicial College. More

Jenner Holden, Chief Information Security Officer, Axon

Jenner oversees the information security program that protects Axon’s systems and products. Since joining Axon in 2013, Jenner has been instrumental in building a robust security program and a company-wide culture of security. Prior to Axon, Jenner lead the security efforts for Lifelock and the Arizona Department of Education. Jenner began his career conducting security assessments and audits of government systems for the California Bureau of State Audits and the Arizona Office of the Auditor General. Jenner has a B.A. in Economics and M.P.A from Brigham Young University. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). More

Tessa Jacob, Partner & eDisovery Solutions Co-Leader, 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

Jeannine Kenney, Partner, Hausfeld

Jeannine brings to her legal work nearly two decades of experience in public policy spanning a wide range of legislative and regulatory fields, including agriculture, food safety, telecommunications, and financial services, among others, advocating for the public interest and consumers. For nearly five years, she worked as a legislative assistant for two United States Senators. As a Senior Policy Analyst for Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, she advocated for consumer interests before Congress and federal agencies, testifying before congressional committees, appearing as a speaker at Federal Trade Commission events, and presenting oral and written testimony to federal regulatory agencies. Jeannine also served as an appointed member of two federal advisory committees related to pesticide safety. More

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. More

Richard D. Lutkus, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Richard is a multijurisdiction-barred attorney as well as a certified ethical hacker, certified digital forensic expert, and certified e-discovery practitioner. Richard is also an experienced and highly technical breach coach. He has helped dozens of clients with domestic and cross-border data breach matters that present significant operational, financial, legal, and compliance risks. Richard has supported data breach preparation and response to the technology, pharmaceutical, consumer retail, aerospace/defense, hospitality, commercial manufacturing, insurance, and financial clients. His background as a software coder, computer system designer, and networking expert uniquely suits him to service a broad range of clientele. Richard has also assisted companies with M&A cybersecurity due diligence and other proactive threat assessment, quantification, and mitigation.

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

Aneesh Mehta, Senior Attorney, Experiences and Devices Group, Microsoft

Product Counsel supporting the Microsoft Experiences + Devices Group. I support new product development and the Applied Sciences Group. My responsibilities at Microsoft have included IP Portfolio Development, IP monetization, commercial agreements, AI, product counseling. 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

Bruce Pixley, Owner, Pixley Forensics

Certified forensic analyst with more than 30 years of combined experience in computer forensics, high-tech investigations, law enforcement, and training. Routinely retained as a computer forensic examiner and subject matter expert by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for various criminal trials. Testified in federal court about the foundation of computer forensics, Windows and Mac operating systems, peer-to-peer file sharing, email, digital photographs, and Trojan viruses. Frequently assisted state and federal prosecuting teams with pre-trial preparation regarding computer forensic findings in homicide and child exploitation cases.  More

Adam Platt, Senior eDiscovery Analyst, First Bank 

Established eDiscovery and information governance policies, procedures, and practices. Identify, collect, process, preserve, and produce electronically stored information (ESI). Map sensitive data content stores and implement legal holds. Select, implement, and manage in-house eDiscovery platform. Send litigation hold notices and counsel Bank officers concerning litigation obligations. Established software licensing and software license audit defense program. Conduct contract negotiations with software vendors, represent Bank in software licensing audits. Initiated and lead effort to prepare Bank’s response to GDPR and GDPR-like laws, including California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. More

Alex Ponce de LeonCorporate Counsel and Discovery Team Manager, Google LLC 

Alex Ponce de Leon is a discovery counsel and manager for Google LLC. He develops and implements innovative and efficient discovery strategies for the company. Alex also manages a team of attorneys who work on a wide array of matters, including patent litigation, complex commercial litigation, trade secrets litigation, contract disputes, internal investigations, and employment matters. Besides managing his own discovery caseload, he also facilitates the implementation of new discovery policies and procedures designed to reduce costs and mitigate legal risk across the company. He is a Board Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel of the San Francisco Bay Area and the chair of its Litigation Section. 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.  More

Lisa Ripley, eDiscovery Counsel, Oracle

As a key member of the Legal Operations team at Oracle, Lisa is leading and developing best practice eDiscovery and Information Governance programs. In her role as head of eDiscovery, Lisa and her team develop and implement policies, processes and technology to globally manage eDiscovery activities in support of Oracle’s Legal, Investigative, M&A and Audit teams. In her role as head of Information Governance, Lisa manages a team of professionals focused on developing and advocating records management processes for implementation across the global enterprise. Lisa has served as a corporate 30(b)(6) witness in court proceedings on topics related to electronic discovery, records management and ESI. 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

Brett TarrInformation Governance & Legal Operations at Ernst & Young

Attorney and technologist helping organizations address complex data challenges, mitigate risk, and build sustainable legal processes. Building solutions that address the complex and changing regulatory landscape around data privacy and governance. Specialties: Data privacy, GDPR, CCPA, information governance, e-discovery, legal operations, cybersecurity, data retention policies, legal operations, legal metrics & analytics, enterprise mobility policy, BYOD, Artificial Intelligence for legal and enterprise. More

Tina Thorstenson, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, Arizona State University

Tina Thorstenson is Deputy CIO for IT Governance, Policy, and Information Security at Arizona State University and also continues to serve as Chief Information Security Officer, a position she assumed in September 2009. Tina has spent the majority of her career aligning technology to the mission and goals of higher education institutions. She has significant experience implementing, enhancing and securing enterprise administrative systems and technology infrastructure. She has served Arizona State University in leadership roles in the University Technology Office and the Office of Human Resources since she joined ASU in 2006. Tina served previously at Northern Arizona University from 1995 through the summer of 2006 where she led a number of teams implementing enterprise software applications. Prior to Northern Arizona University, Tina was an industrial engineer and analyst for Overnite Transportation where she brought some of the earliest mobile devices to the transportation industry.

Matthew Todd, Consultant

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. More

Scott UthePrivacy Specialist, Intel Corporation

An attorney with an engineering background, Scott helps his clients navigate the treacherous waters of privacy risks while pursuing innovative technologies and use of data.  A US Navy veteran, and alumni of both ASU and  U of A (go Cats), he brings his breadth of expertise to lead change in how Intel balances the risks and opportunities related to privacy matters such as implementing Privacy by Design for Intel Products and evangelizing Intel’s Privacy Principles that provide a benchmark for appropriate use and handling of personal information. More