ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery, Law and Technology Conference

2024 Featured and Judicial Speakers

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

Michael Arkfeld is an attorney, author (Arkfeld on Electronic Discovery and Evidence treatise) and educator. Michael provides contemporary education, training and research for the legal concepts and technological issues involving electronic discovery and digital evidence. 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

Kris Mayes

Attorney General Kris Mayes, Arizona Attorney General

Attorney General Mayes has distinguished herself as a fighter for the people of Arizona in her lifetime of public service. Appointed to the Arizona Corporation Commission by Governor Napolitano in 2003, she went on two serve two terms on the commission including as Chairperson in her final year in office. During her time on the Arizona Corporation Commission, her leadership helped create tens of thousands of high-paying jobs, saved Arizona consumers billions of dollars, and required utilities to produce more clean and efficient energy. She is honored to serve as Arizona’s top law enforcement official, becoming the second woman and first mom ever to be elected Attorney General.

Hon. Kent Cattani

Hon. Kent Cattani, Arizona Court of Appeals Judge

Kent E. Cattani has been a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals since April 1, 2013.  He earned his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986 and worked in private practice in Phoenix until joining the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in 1991.  As an Assistant Attorney General, he represented the State in over 200 cases, arguing more than 95 cases in state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.  Additionally, he provided testimony regarding criminal justice issues to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and he worked with the Arizona legislature and the Arizona Justice Project, as well as other stake holders, to address criminal law issues.  At the time of his appointment to the court, he was serving as Arizona’s Solicitor General, overseeing civil appeals, criminal appeals, and capital litigation for the State. 

Judge Cattani was elected Chief Judge in 2021, and he served as Chief until July 2023.  He currently chairs or participates in several committees, including Arizona’s Forensic Science Advisory Committee and the federal government’s Organization of Scientific Area Committees.  He has lectured extensively both locally and nationally on criminal law and forensic science issues. 

Hon. Noelle C. CollinsU.S. Magistrate Judge,  Eastern District of Missouri

Judge Collins was selected as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri beginning on December 1, 2013. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, specializing in human trafficking prosecutions, for the last three years of her nearly ten year-tenure as a federal prosecutor.  Judge Collins began her legal career in private practice with concentrations in commercial litigation and employment law and client counseling.  Judge Collins is serving her second term on the Federal Judicial Center’s Magistrate Judge Education Advisory Committee, which provides training and programming to the nation’s Magistrate Judges.  Her District Court committees have included work on alternative dispute resolution and local rules.  She is also a presiding judge over the Janis C. Good Mental Health Court.  Judge Collins received her J.D. from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and her MSJ and BSJ in journalism from Northwestern University.  Prior to law school, Judge Collins worked as a magazine editor in New York City.

Hon. Allison Goddard, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of California

Prior to her appointment, Judge Goddard was best known for her work representing employees and consumers in class actions. She also represented numerous patentholders in intellectual property disputes. Her trial resume includes several class actions, employment cases, and a patent infringement case. Judge Goddard earned the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award in 2017 from Consumer Attorneys of San Diego for her work in a high-profile case against San Diego State University. She was named to the Daily Journal’s Top Women Lawyers List in 2018. Judge Goddard spent the first part of her legal career litigating at Cooley LLP and then at her own law firm, Jackzo Goddard LLP. She then went on to represent plaintiffs in complex and intellectual property litigation. Judge Goddard regularly speaks on eDiscovery and other litigation issues. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court. 


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


Hon. Michael Yarnell

Hon. Michael YarnellMaricopa County Superior Court Judge [RET.]

Hon. Michael Yarnell’s background includes twenty years of commercial litigation practice, thirteen years sitting as a Maricopa County Superior Court trial judge, and five years full-time law school teaching. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association construction and commercial dispute national panels.

Specialties: Per Arizona Ethical Rule 7.4(a), attorneys may not imply specialty in practice areas except in limited cases. Thus he has no specialties, but he does have concentration and focus on arbitration, mediation, special master work, adult education and various areas of technology.

Since leaving the bench, Judge Yarnell has acted as sole arbitrator, and as a member or chair of three arbitrator panels, in over forty single and multiple-day private and American Arbitration Association Arbitrations. He has conducted over twenty private mediations and acted as court-appointed special master in a number of Maricopa County Superior Court cases. All arbitrations, mediations and special master assignments have involved construction issues, real estate issues, employment issues, and commercial business disputes.

Conference Co-Chairs

Lea Bays, Partner, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd

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 E. Singleton, Director of eDiscovery and Data Management, 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

Conference Faculty

Andrea L. D’Ambra

Andrea L. D’AmbraUS Head of Technology and US Head of eDiscovery and Information Governance, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Andrea L. D’Ambra is a partner in the New York office and spearheads the firm’s outreach to Technology sector clients in the United States. She is also the U.S. Head of eDiscovery and Information Governance. Andrea focuses her practice on data privacy, e-discovery, cross border discovery, and cybersecurity.

Andrea was an adjunct professor of law at Temple and William and Mary Law Schools where she taught classes on Electronic Discovery for over 10 years.  Andrea spent three years as a member of the Steering Committee of the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 1 that focuses on Electronic Document Retention and Production.  She was recently appointed to the Georgetown Advanced EDiscovery Institute’s advisory board.  She is also a member of Sedona Working Group 6 which focuses on Cross Border Discovery, and Working Group 11 that considers data privacy and cybersecurity.

Andrea is a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the European Union (CIPP/E) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Rebekah L. Bailey

Rebekah L. BaileyPartner at Nichols Kaster, PLLP

Rebekah L. Bailey is a tireless advocate committed to civil rights and social justice.  She primarily represents whistleblowers and groups of employees, students, and consumers across the country in complex class and collective action lawsuits, fighting against discrimination, government fraud, wage theft, and unfair business practices.  She also assists employees with individual disputes, defending professional clients with licensing issues or contract negotiations, and alleging claims of discrimination, sex harassment, and denial of benefits. Whether civil rights, employment, or consumer cases, through individual and class representation, Rebekah helps everyday people find their voice through legal action.

Rebekah has dedicated her practice to the representation of everyday people. Rebekah focuses primarily on complex litigation, including qui tam actions, as well as class and collective action litigation and vigorously advocates for large groups of employees and consumers throughout the country.  She has over a decade of experience litigating cases in court and arbitration, successfully first chairing a bench trial and defeating primary affirmative defenses through summary judgment on multiple cases.  She has spoken at national conferences on various topics such as electronic discovery, arbitration, equal pay, and various wage and hour issues.  Rebekah is a founding member of the firm’s Civil Rights and Impact team and Consumer Class Action Group, and she has also served as a member of the firm’s National Wage and Hour Team.  She leads the firm’s e-discovery committee.

Rebekah has been committed to helping those in need throughout her career.  Rebekah volunteers through Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s Housing Court ERP Project, helping tenants remain in their homes and obtain expungements of eviction actions.  In law school, she served as the executive editor of the Journal of Law and Inequality. She previously volunteered with the Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project, a non-profit legal organization that provides legal services to indigent migrant farm workers while focusing on wage and hour and landlord/tenant disputes.  Rebekah also teaches practical lawyering skills to law students at the University of Minnesota.

Kate Baxter-Kauf

Kate Baxter-KaufPartner, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.

Ms. Baxter-Kauf’s practice is concentrated in the firm’s data breach, antitrust law, business litigation, and securities litigation practice groups. She represents individuals, consumers, financial institutions and small businesses in litigation to protect their rights and, most often, the rights of the class members they seek to represent. Ms. Baxter-Kauf is a 2011 magna cum laude and Order of the Coif graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. In 2018, she was one of only five attorneys nationally named a Rising Star by Law360 in the area of Cybersecurity & Privacy, was recognized as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer magazine in 2016, and for each of 2015-2021, has been named one of Minnesota’s Rising Stars by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Baxter-Kauf clerked for the Honorable Alan C. Page, the Honorable Helen M. Meyer, and the Honorable Christopher J. Dietzen, Associate Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Before law school, Ms. Baxter-Kauf was an award-winning coach of high school and college policy debate teams across the country and facilitated debate teams at Twin Cities urban middle and high schools. She coached the 2003 National Forensic League policy debate national champions.

Robert. D. BrownstoneSole Owner and Founder of Robert Brownstone, PC (“Oracle of Data”)

Robert D. Brownstone advises clients on: retention/destruction policies; electronic discovery; electronic information management (EIM) and “eWorkplace” policies; information-security and data privacy; and social-media rewards and risks. Robert collaborates with clients as to computer solutions enabling legal compliance. He also advises on the impacts of international privacy laws such as the EU GDPR and U.S. states’ laws such as the CCPA/CPRA.

A nationally recognized advisor, thought leader and resource on ESI, Robert has authored over 100 articles. scholarly pieces and lengthy book chapters on law/tech issues, been cited in at least 100 law review articles and been featured or quoted more than 180 times in various legal publications and major mainstream media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, AP, Forbes and BusinessWeek.

He has also delivered more than 500 presentations and chaired over 25 conferences on the following topics: Compliance; Data & Records Retention/Destruction; eDiscovery/ Electronic Information Management; ESI, Privacy and/or Social-Media in the Workplace; Information Security; and Metadata. Since 2009, Robert has taught more than ten Electronic Discovery Law & Process law school courses at the University of San Francisco (USF), Brooklyn, Santa Clara University and University of Puerto Rico schools of law. He has also been a guest lecturer at several other non-law-school universities.

Elizabeth Carrera, Senior Manager, Information Lifecycle Management, Discount Tire

Liz Carrera is an expert Information Governance Professional (IGP) and Certified Records Manager (CRM). Liz’s areas of expertise include IG/RIM program framework and policy development, risk-based program implementation, and defensible disposition. Previously, Liz was the global leader of Records and Information Governance for PayPal and played a key role in the organizations deletion execution strategy.

Alex Goth

Alex Goth, Global Litigation Support Manager, Squire Patton Boggs

Alex is an industry-leading litigation support/eDiscovery manager with decades of experience in Relativity, the IPRO Enterprise Suite, Clearwell, TrialDirector, and many other litigation technology platforms. Alex has a certified e-discovery accreditation from Cleveland Marshall School of Law and is a frequent speaker at litigation technology/e-discovery conferences. Alex and his team at Squire were recognized as an industry technology/e-discovery innovation leader at IPRO’s 2020 Annual Conference.


Tessa Jacob, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP

Tessa Jocob leads Husch Blackwell’s cutting-edge eDiscovery Solutions team and has spearheaded the firm’s efforts to provide consistent, defensible and repeatable eDiscovery solutions for our clients.

She 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 29 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. She works with clients and case teams to create strategic, cost-effective and defensible discovery plans.

Tessa is knowledgeable in both the legal and technical aspects of eDiscovery. She has vast experience in using and assessing the value of using data mining tools, technology-assisted review and various review platforms. She provides discovery management to our clients, including legal hold implementation, identification, preservation and collection of client data as well as assessment of risks and costs of specific discovery strategies.

Tessa has served as lead eDiscovery counsel in class action cases and has led eDiscovery efforts for numerous companies that were the target of government investigations by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Her skills in early case assessment, search term development and strategy, and the use of analytics and technology-assisted review not only saved clients’ money but helped to ensure early favorable results.

Tessa’s experience in handling eDiscovery in active litigation and her understanding of the legal and technical issues that complicate discovery makes her uniquely qualified to assist clients in creating legal hold processes and ordinary course processes. She has assisted numerous companies of varying sizes in a variety of industries in creating and implementing such plans. Her practical approach focuses on creating a repeatable, defensible process that causes minimum interruption to a company’s daily business.

Jeannine M. Kenney

Jeannine Kenney, Partner, Hausfeld LLP

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

Henry Link

Henry Link, Associate General Counsel of eDiscovery & Information Governance for Meta Platforms, Inc. 

Henry Link is the Associate General Counsel of eDiscovery & Information Governance for Meta Platforms, Inc. Henry’s legal, strategic, technical, and managerial expertise is derived from the unique and diverse perspectives he has gained throughout his career.
At Meta, Henry provides legal, strategic, and technical advice in Meta’s national and international civil litigation, regulatory investigations, and information governance matters. Henry partners with a talented and diverse team of eDiscovery & Information Governance attorneys, legal and technical professionals, and data scientists.

Prior to his current role at Meta, Henry was in-house Counsel for General Motors, where he provided legal counsel and strategic guidance on complex eDiscovery issues across a broad array of complex civil litigation matters and regulatory investigations. Henry also partnered with legal, IT, engineering, and business leadership to develop, implement, and manage innovative and technical eDiscovery, data lifecycle management, and information governance solutions.

Henry received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and dual undergraduate degrees in Economics and Finance from Arizona State University.

Brian Morrison

Brian Morrison, Discovery Counsel, Google

Prior to joining Google as Discovery Counsel, Brian was a partner with Tadler Law LLP, where he focused on prosecuting class actions and other complex litigation on behalf of consumers and small businesses. He has a strong working knowledge of consumer and product liability laws across various jurisdictions and industries, and he is well versed in handling class certification issues and the creation and administration of multidistrict litigation. Brian has also worked at several nationally recognized law firms, including one of the nation’s leading class action and litigation firms. He has worked on some of the largest antitrust and consumer protection class actions in recent history, including the Takata airbag multidistrict litigation, the generic pharmaceutical pricing antitrust litigation, and several billion-dollar financial fraud matters. Additionally, he has consulted closely with state attorneys general and local governments to investigate potential recoveries as part of the opioid epidemic.

Tom Morrissey

Tom Morrissey, Sr. Director, Legal Ops & eDiscovery, Purdue Pharma LP

Tom is Senior Director of Legal Operations & eDiscovery at the Purdue Pharma LP where he 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. Tom provides leadership in the legal technology industry by speaking at professional & educational conferences and by leadership in several professional organizations.

John Pavolotsky

 John PavolotskyStoel Rives’ Technology & Intellectual Property Group

John Pavolotsky practices in Stoel Rives’ Technology & Intellectual Property group, where he focuses on data privacy, security matters, complex technology transactions. On privacy and security matters, John advises a broad range of clients on general compliance, use of new(er) technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), data incidents, and breach response. On technology transactions matters, John assists clients with technology licensing, collaboration and joint development agreements, and cloud (XaaS) services agreements, among others. In addition, John advises clients in privacy, security, and intellectual property matters in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions.

John is the chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the California Lawyers Association. In addition, John has taught Technology Transactions Law at the UC Davis School of Law and Comparative Privacy Law at the Santa Clara University School of Law. John has also guest lectured on technology and privacy law topics at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business; the University of San Francisco School of Management; and Stanford University.

John is an active contributor to the Stoel Rives Global Privacy & Security Blog and to New Matter, the quarterly journal of the IP Section of the California Lawyers Association.

During his free time, John enjoys leading a local hiking club and discussing privacy, cyber, and IP topics during hikes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Before joining Stoel Rives, John served most recently as associate general counsel at Roku, Inc., and group counsel at Intel Corporation. From 2010 to 2013, he was an of counsel attorney at Greenberg & Traurig, LLP.

Niloy Ray

Niloy Ray, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson

Niloy Ray litigates critical eDiscovery and electronic evidence issues nationwide, in class/collective actions, trade-secret matters, and all other forms of employment litigation. He counsels clients on proportionately and cost-effectively complying with preservation obligations and data-harvesting needs, develops case strategies aimed at minimizing eDiscovery sideshows, designs complex ESI review/production methodologies using cutting-edge tools such as threading, clustering, multivariate search criteria and AI, and addresses trial issues including the admissibility and authentication of electronic evidence. An active litigator, he regularly handles hearings, depositions and motion practice on matters relating to eDiscovery, and also helps clients set up with enterprise-wide eDiscovery and information-governance best practices and policies.

Over the past two years, Niloy has provided cross-functional advice to business, product, and HR client teams on the burgeoning use and regulation of artificial intelligence-driven tools and processes. In the AI context, he assists clients in creating and implementing AI development and use policies; in selecting, testing, and deploying AI tools across the employment lifecycle; and in navigating the compliance requirements and litigation risks of new and proposed AI regulations in the U.S. and abroad.

Finally, Niloy regularly advises clients on record-retention requirements and data-minimization objectives within the labor and employment space.

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. At that firm, he also regularly represented energy utilities in regulatory proceedings and related litigation, and conducted internal investigations for Fortune 500 and academic clients.

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.

Terry Reeves

Terry ReevesChief Executive Officer, Elite Discovery

Terry Reeves is the CEO and founder of Elite Discovery, Inc. and Elite Deposition Technologies. Terry began his career in the litigation support space in 1993 as a lead operator of Night Rider Overnight Copy Service. Using this experience, he founded Elite Document Technology in 2001. In 2008, Terry understood his clients’ needs were evolving as well as technology, so he became a certified forensic expert. Within the following years, Terry led the mergers and acquisitions of 4 companies that make up Elite today. Elite is now one of the fastest-growing service providers in the southern US serving clients nationwide. Elite’s award-winning approach guides clients effectively and efficiently through the entire litigation life cycle.

Throughout his career, Terry has primarily focused on business development and consulting. He has applied his experience and expertise on numerous large cases involving complex eDiscovery matters, litigation holds, information governance, and digital forensics matters. As CEO Terry continues to pursue strategic growth and relationships with both clients and strategic partners, while also implementing the latest legal technology, practices, operational models, and culture accordingly to stay ahead of the curve.

Jon Rowe

Jon RoweCEO and Founder of Pinpoint Labs

Jon Rowe is the CEO and founder of Pinpoint Labs, a trailblazing company in digital forensics and eDiscovery. With a background as a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) and software developer, Jon’s innovative leadership led to creation of cutting-edge eDiscovery collection tools like Harvester, SharePoint Collector, SafeCopy, Pinpoint Cloud, and CrossCopy. Before his tenure at Pinpoint Labs, Jon co-founded Image Capture Engineering (ICE). He was the original designer and developer for the industry-leading document scanning application, Legal Access Ware (LAW). His expertise also extended to leading the Z-Print and LAW PreDiscovery development teams. These groundbreaking applications helped kickstart the eDiscovery industry and caught the attention of industry giant LexisNexis, leading to their acquisition in 2007. Jon’s unwavering dedication to advancing technology in the legal and digital forensics sectors continues to empower professionals worldwide in their digital investigations. 


Maria Salacuse, Assistant General Counsel for Technology, Office of General Counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Maria is the Assistant General Counsel for Technology at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Office of General Counsel, where she serves as the agency’s lead eDiscovery counsel, oversees the EEOC’s litigation support department, and ensures that the technological and ESI training needs of more than 300 attorneys, paralegals, and legal support staff are met. Prior to assuming this position, she was a Supervisory Trial Attorney in EEOC’s Baltimore Field Office, where she litigated individual and systemic discrimination cases for 20 years, many of which involved ESI matters. She has worked with the EEOC since 1994 in various capacities, including Trial Attorney, Attorney Advisor to former EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang, and Administrative Judge. She is currently a Board Officer with Federal Bar Association’s Maryland Chapter, a member of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, a member of the Federal eDiscovery Working Group and a member of the Complex Litigation eDiscovery Forum. She is also an active member of The Sedona Conference Working Group 1, currently serving as a Steering Committee member. She also previously served as a team lead for the updating of The TAR Case Law Primer and participated in the drafting and presentation of The Commentary on the Need for Uniformity in Filing ESI under Seal. Maria is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Mark Sidoti, Director, Business & Commercial Litigation & Co-Chair, E-Discovery Task Force, Gibbons

Mr. Sidoti – a commercial and products liability litigator and Co-Chair of the Gibbons E-Discovery Task Force – draws on his more than 30 years of litigation experience to help his clients assess and surmount a wide range of business challenges that require savvy negotiation and, at times, aggressive litigation. Whether the issues revolve around contract disputes, financial services, restrictive covenants, corporate medical litigation, ADA accessibility and discrimination defense, or products liability, Mr. Sidoti combines his litigation skills with a broad knowledge of e-discovery law and information governance principles to help his clients navigate the critical cost/benefit analysis involved in every litigation and to reach the most favorable resolution in the most economical way.

Mr. Sidoti is a Director in the Gibbons Business & Commercial Litigation Group. His varied litigation practice focuses on business and healthcare litigation of all types. He has handled high stakes cases in various business areas, as well as high-profile catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and wrongful birth cases in the corporate medical arena, specifically in the clinical laboratory industry. As Co-Chair of the Gibbons E-Discovery Task Force, Mr. Sidoti heads an interdisciplinary group that provides counseling, training, and litigation-related assistance to companies on a full range of information management and e-discovery matters. He is a frequently sought educator and lecturer in both his primary disciplines – clinical laboratory risk and e-discovery/information governance. He practices before the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as throughout the United States. He is included on the New York Super Lawyers list in the area of business litigation, as well as on the Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated list.

Whitney StefkoAssociate Director and Senior Counsel, Legal Ops+, Ford Motor Co.

With 15+ years of experience in the legal, operations and technology spaces, Whitney has been fortunate to work across a variety of entities with varying levels of maturity: startups, mid-size and large corporations and law firms. This maturity spectrum has required both ground-up people, process and technology analysis and development as well as innovation and optimization in already existing functions. 

Whitney has worked with Ford’s Office of General Counsel since 2018, first as an outside consultant, then as seconded counsel, and now in her full-time role as Associate Director and Senior Counsel. In this capacity, Whitney selected, hired and now directs the newly created Legal Ops+ team and function at Ford Motor Company, including technology initiatives and the use of emerging technologies like Generative AI.

Whitney is also an Adjunct Law Professor at ASU School of Law, where she lectures on data, technology, and the evolution of both in the legal industry. In both her professional and personal life, Whitney is a big advocate of health and wellness. Outside of work, she spends most of her time adventuring with her husband Chris and son Dexter, testing out new workout classes, learning, and implementing personal growth, and traveling. 

Joy Woller

Joy Woller, Partner, eDiscovery Counsel, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Joy has experience in a wide range of substantive areas, with a focus on trade secret and trademark protection. She brings a holistic perspective to intellectual property disputes, having helped her clients from the initial stages of brand development, in prosecution and disputes over registration of trademarks, and through trial. 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 best practices related to electronically stored information. She guides an interdisciplinary team of technologists and legal professionals providing litigation support across the firm’s nine offices and five states. More