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Sarah Ahmad, Esq., is the Litigation Case Manager and EDiscovery Consultant for Carlton Fields where she brings over 20 years of experience in ediscovery in complex ligation. She specializes in the utilization of legal technology and processes to streamline large-scale reviews. Sarah currently serves as the Director of Women in EDiscovery DC Chapter and is a member of the Association of Certified EDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS). She received a B.A. from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from New England Law.
Maricela is a Senior Legal Specialist with Qualcomm’s Discovery Management Organization. Her ability to harness the demands of litigation and investigations have allowed her to successfully navigate the intersection of the legal, tech and eDiscovery worlds. Those efforts have also engendered a passionate advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion. As the President of Qualcomm’s LatinQ Inclusion Group, her proudest achievement was to secure Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon’s support of the Hispanic Promise; a national pledge to hire, promote, retain, and celebrate Hispanics in the workplace. That same year she proudly represented Qualcomm as a United Nations delegate at the Hispanic Leadership Summit. Her efforts in supporting diversity and inclusion have also garnered national recognition as the recipient of the Diversity STAR Award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Global Inclusion Champion Award from Qualcomm.
Gina Anders is the Client Executive in the greater Washington, DC market for EY’s Forensic & Integrity Services practice. Gina’s professional experience includes 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney in complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution, most recently with the DC office of Crowell & Moring, LLP. Drawing on over 20 years of experience in litigation and business development, Gina works with regional leaders at EY to provide strategic and cost-effective solutions centered around the intersection of law and technology, including eDiscovery, information governance, advanced data analytics, cybersecurity, data privacy, investigations and compliance.
Penny Apple is the Director of Discovery and Govt Enforcement Strategy for Shook Hardy & Bacon, based in Washington, DC. Responsibilities include locating potential clients and retaining current client base. Also heavily involved in sponsoring and attending events while supporting client initiatives.
Nicholas J. Arico
Prior to joining the FBI, Supervisory Special Agent Nicholas Arico worked in the IT industry for 12 years as a Technical Manager in charge of Network Integration for a software development company in Tucson, Arizona. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and recently completed his master’s degree in Cybersecurity Management and Policy from the University of Maryland Global Campus. He also holds numerous industry recognized cyber certifications. SSA Arico began his FBI agent career in 2004 assigned to the Fresno Resident Agency of the Sacramento Field Office. There he worked violent crimes, bank robberies, white collar crime and cyber matters. During his tenure assigned to the Fresno RA, SSA Arico established the Fresno Area Cyber Crimes Task Force which brought federal state and local agencies detectives and investigators together to combat cyber crime, focusing on digital harassment offenses, Internet fraud and Intellectual property violations, Internet crimes against children and computer intrusions violations. In 2008 SSA Arico reported to the San Diego Field Office where he was assigned to their criminal cyber squad focusing on criminal computer intrusion matters. SSA Arico has been the case agent on numerous complex cyber investigations to include cyber undercover operations and high-profile criminal and National Security investigations. SSA Arico spent two years at FBI Headquarters where he served as the Unit Chief for the Cyber Training and Logistics Unit and currently supervises the Cyber National Security Squad in the San Diego FBI field office.
As US Director of Global E-Discovery and Litigation Technology, Florinda Baldridge leads Norton Rose Fulbright’s US Hub which consists of legal technologists, document review lawyers and project managers who provide eDiscovery and cyber incident review services to the firm’s lawyers and clients.
Candace Beck is Counsel & Director of Client Relations at Tanenholz & Associates, PLLC, a boutique e-Discovery law firm that specializes in all aspects of discovery, management of document review, and case fact development.Throughout her legal practice she received hands-on experience as a litigator working on large-scale litigation matters. Candace began her legal career as a law clerk for a Judge Paul Stickney of the Northern District of Texas. She was an associate at the global law firm of Howrey LLP in Washington, DC, and later joined the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior as an attorney-advisor handling Tribal Trust and Indian Gaming litigation. Much of Candace’s legal career includes public interest service from service as a Public Defender for the State of New Mexico and attorney for Whitman-Walker Clinic’s Legal Services Program.
Candace served on the DC WiE Board from 2015-2017, as Co-Chair for the DC Bar Litigation Section’s E-Discovery and Information Governance Committee 2020-2021, and she is a member of the DC and Richmond groups of WiE . Candace serves as President of the Women’s Bar Association of DC beginning in June 2022. She serves on the Board of the Capital Area Food Bank’s Food from the Bar Program and the Women’s Bar Association Foundation.
Candace holds a B.A. from Auburn University, an M.A. in Social Anthropology from the University of Alabama, and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. Candace loves to travel, write, read, adventures, and spending time with her almost 17 yr. old daughter, Kate, and their 3 cats and dog.
Sarah is Senior Legal Counsel for Qualcomm’s Discovery Management Organization, a team of legal and project management professionals who support Qualcomm’s litigation and investigations by developing and executing the company’s discovery strategy. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Sarah was an attorney in Jones Day’s IP litigation practice group. Sarah received a B.A. in Communication and Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a J.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Law.
Candace Bradley Berardi
Candace is a senior professional in the industry with more than 19 years of experience in providing legal process outsourcing to clients first at Epiq and at Trustpoint.one in 2019. Candace spent a number of years in the DC market before relocating primarily to the Richmond area in 2011. Candace has been a member of WiE since its inception and since relocating to VA Candace has served on the Richmond Chapter board in various positions from Secretary, Chapter Director, and most recently, Membership Director. Candace graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS degree in Criminology and Psychology and currently resides in Williamsburg, VA with her husband Frank, daughter Emma, 3 dog children, 4 cats and a chameleon named Quasimodo.
The Honorable Michael S. Berg is a United States Magistrate Judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of California where he was appointed in 2018. As part of his Magistrate Judge duties, Judge Berg conducts Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) conferences and Mandatory Settlement Conferences (MSC) where he mediates settlements between parties on all civil cases ranging from simple contract disputes to complex class action matters. Judge Berg received his BA from the University of South Dakota in 1978 and JD from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1981. Prior to his appointment, Judge Berg was a criminal defense attorney for 37 years and was certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, for over 20 years. His area of practice included both state and federal crimes. He successfully represented some of the most high-profile criminal cases in San Diego, including the first ever death penalty case filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Judge Berg personally handled over 40 homicide cases, was AV rated for ethics and legal ability by Martindale Hubbell, was listed in both Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America for over 12 years, and was the founder of CriminalLaw.com, an Attorney Directory. He is a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of San Diego School of Law, the immediate Past President for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, the former President and current Board Member for the Torrey Pines Men’s Golf Club, and former Chairman of the Board of Legal Specialization for the State Bar of California. In addition, Judge Berg is a Member of the Board of Governors for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) and a 40-year member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego. Finally, Judge Berg is a long-standing member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Stefanie Bier is a Senior Product Manager on the compliance engineering team at Microsoft. She leads a team of PMs that advise customers worldwide with the configuration and adoption of the advanced compliance solutions within the Microsoft Purview (compliance) platform. Prior to her time at Microsoft, Stefanie was an engineer for Equivio, a small eDiscovery analytics shop.
Corinne Cartwright has over 15 years of experience working in business development and consulting with corporations and law firms providing advice on workflow and risk associated with Information Management, eDiscovery and Cybersecurity.
Blair Cohen is a content creator on Relativity's brand team, where she focuses on telling compelling stories, capturing insights from our community, and representing the company with energy and enthusiasm.
Jana Contreras is Senior Counsel in the Litigation department at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Jana currently serves as eDiscovery counsel for the PG&E Law Department, where she is responsible for advising on all aspects of PG&E’s eDiscovery program, from preservation to collection, review, and production. In addition to her eDiscovery role, Jana is also responsible for providing guidance to the Company on information governance matters, including the retention and disposition of records and information. Prior to joining PG&E, Jana was a partner at the law firm of Miller Starr Regalia, where she focused on real estate and real property litigation. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her law degree from Berkeley Law.
Snehal counsels clients on compliance with domestic and international privacy laws and regulations. She helps clients with drafting privacy policies and online terms of service for websites and mobile applications. She also counsels clients regarding cybersecurity breach response and best practices for mitigation.
Karen DeSouza is currently a Senior Staff Attorney at Baker Hostetler LLP. Prior to Baker Hostetler, Karen worked as a Director of Review Services at CloudNine, an eDiscovery Director and Project Manager at Pye Legal Group, and as an Associate at various law firms in the Houston area where her primary focus was litigation. She got her J.D. from South Texas College of Law. She is also a Certified Mediator and has Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She has been a member of the Women In eDiscovery (WiE) Houston Chapter since 2016 and served on the Houston Chapter Board as Secretary, Assistant Director and most recently as Chapter Director. Karen has presented at continuing legal education courses for numerous law firms in the Houston and Austin area, at several conferences and at local association meetings.
Brenda Dodd, CEDS
Brenda is an innovative Certified eDiscovery Specialist with over 25 years of experience in eDiscovery. Prior to joining the software side of eDiscovery, Brenda served as the internal e-discovery process and policy thought leader, responsible for developing and maintaining best practices and strategy at PNC Bank, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Dick Sporting Goods.
Tracy Drynan joined OpenText in 2020 as Principal Consultant, where she leads the Recon Investigations team. Tracy brings deep experience assisting leading law firms and their clients in nearly all aspects of the eDiscovery lifecycle, and has over 12 years of experience providing investigative analysis to clients. Prior to joining OpenText, Tracy served as Senior Staff Attorney, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she spearheaded team and strategy management, M&A data collection and interview guidance, vendor relationships and technology consulting to Cleary staff and project attorney teams.
Karlene Edwards is a Cybersecurity eDiscovery Analyst at SDG&E. She has over 8 years of experience as an eDiscovery Litigation Project Manager and 9 years of experience as an eDiscovery Attorney. Karlene worked internationally as a Litigation Project Manager for QuisLex LPO in Hyderbad, India. Prior to working in eDiscovery Litigation, Karlene worked as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, litigating child abuse, mental health and housing health code violation cases. In her current role as a Cybersecurity eDiscovery Analyst, Karlene is responsible for collecting, processing, searching and producing data for regulatory, employment law and litigation matters for Sempra and its subsidiaries. Karlene is a Relativity Certified Administrator, Relativity Certified User, Cellebrite Certified Operator, and Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst. Karlene holds a Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Beth G. Finkle
Beth Finkle is Director in BDO’s Forensics’ practice based in NYC. She has over 20 years’ experience with electronic discovery, document/data review, compliance, data management, privacy, and information technology solutions. Ms. Finkle works with BDO’s practice leaders in bringing expertise and innovation to deliver global services and solutions related to cross-border investigations, complex litigation and post-incident response data review. Since 2014, Ms. Finkle also serves as executive director of Women in eDiscovery whose mission is to ensure women have the tools, training, support and access to seek and attain leadership roles.
Peg Gianuca is the eDiscovery Technical Solutions Manager at The Walt Disney Company and has over 30+ years supporting attorneys with legal technologies. From hot seat trial support to eDiscovery consultant to backend operations management, her extensive legal background encompasses many different facets regarding the use of technology in law firms and corporations. Peg has a B.S. in Physics and this degree helped to launch her legal career when she was hired to support a case related to a nuclear power plant that was headed to trial. As an early pioneer of "litigation support," she helped to develop in-house systems, design best practices and workflows, and promote electronic solutions at several AmLaw 100 firms. This included a position abroad in Brussels, Belgium, where she helped to establish a European Practice Support team for one large international firm. Peg also has extensive trial experience having spent more than 100+ days in the courtroom. Outside of her day job, Peg has taught and developed classes for several universities including Georgetown University and UCLA Extension. She is also the IT Director at WiE and volunteers on pro bono cases through Disney's Corporate Legal department.
Judge Allison Goddard was sworn in as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California in August 2019. She graduated from Boston College in 1993 and received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2000. Judge Goddard spent the first half of her legal career representing corporate defendants in litigation at Cooley LLP and her own law firm, Jaczko Goddard LLP. In 2011, she shifted her practice to representing plaintiffs in complex and intellectual property litigation. She has tried several cases, including class actions and patent infringement disputes. Judge Goddard speaks regularly on eDiscovery and other litigation issues. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court, and the Board of Visitors of the University of San Diego School of Law.
Ms. Griffith is a Senior Account Executive with Beacon Hill Legal, for over fifteen years. In this capacity, she is responsible for working with clients to staff positions for all levels of temporary and contract legal professionals, including document and managed reviews, as well as specialized positions. She is experienced in consulting and delivering attorneys, project managers, paralegals, contract professionals and support start to some of the most prominent law firms, as well as corporate clients and service provider partners. Ms. Griffith is recognized for her ability to create specific and cost-effective solutions to fit her clients’ ever-changing needs. Prior to this, Ms. Griffith spent several years at a large international law firm where she specialized in managing complex litigation matters and government investigations. She is very active in the legal technology community having served on the Boards of Directors for Boston-area associations, as well as speaking on related topics for the same. Ms. Griffith received her Juris Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from University of Massachusetts/Amherst in Political Science.
Nicole has worked in the legal technology space for nearly two decades and is a Client Director in the Managed Service Division at Complete Discovery Source. She advises case teams on eDiscovery best practices and strategy at all stages of the EDRM lifecycle. Nicole uses her experience to consult on advanced analytics and litigation support technologies to investigate data defensibly, cull overall volumes, and employ cost savings solutions. Nicole is passionate about consumer privacy protocols, structured messaging data, and emerging data types, like modern attachments. She is a Relativity Certified Administrator.
Ms. Hoffman serves as the Chief Technology Leader for Legal Strategy & Operations at Dell Technologies . Prior to Dell Technologies, she was the ServiceNow Technology Workflows Manager and Predictive AIOps Federal Lead. She also spent a decade at IBM in Digital Transformation & Strategy in positions including Co-Leader of the Global Watson AI Legal Practice. She is a sought-after Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Subject Matter Expert and has spoken at the United Nations at Blockchain for Impact (2018) and the UN Data Forum (2020 and 2021). In September 2018, she was appointed as Chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) Distributed Ledger Technology and Market Infrastructure Subcommittee for the 2018 - 2020 term. In October 2019, she testified in front of the CFTC on “Blockchain Privacy & Confidentiality.” In March 2019, she testified in front of the CFTC on “The Current State of Blockchain Adoption.” In June 2019, Congress submitted to the Congressional Record the paper she co-authored “Diversity in Blockchain’s Initial Review of Facebook’s Project Libra.” 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, she was awarded the Certificate of Leader Development in National Security and Strategy by the U.S. Army War College. As her give back to her local community in Orlando, Florida, Ms. Hoffman co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Hope Center of Osceola County which has helped over 45,000 homeless individuals since its inception. The Community Hope Center has received multiple awards and most recently, was presented with the Bob Allen Award from the Walt Disney Company and the Good Neighbor Award from Bank of America for the fight against homelessness. The Community Hope Center was an inspiration and featured in the Oscar-Nominated Movie, The Florida Project.
Laura A. Hunt
Laura Hunt is Counsel with Norton Rose Fulbright in the firm's Information Governance, Privacy, and Cybersecurity group. In this role, she formulates creative strategies for the defensible and efficient preservation, identification, collection, review, and production of electronically stored information in response to requests in civil investigations and litigation. Laura also collaborates frequently with the privacy team to respond to cybersecurity incidents including managing the document review and analysis required to ensure clients are in compliance with federal and state laws. Previously, Laura served as Senior Litigation Counsel for eDiscovery at the United States Department of Justice's Civil Division. Laura is also an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University’s Washington College of Law where she has taught practical courses on eDiscovery for the Juris Doctor as well as the Master of Legal Studies’ programs, and is a former Advisory Board Member of the Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute.
Amy Juers, MBA
Amy is the founder and CEO of Edge Marketing. She is the team leader and handles the executive duties, operations, finance and sales. Through her strategic approach and visionary leadership, Edge has become and remains the largest and most influential agency in the professional services industry. With the combined knowledge of 20 years of strategic marketing experience and global practice, Amy offers a consultative voice that drives her team and clients to the next level. Amy earned her Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and a master’s degree in business and management information systems from Metropolitan State University. In her free time Amy serves as leadership board member of Women in eDiscovery, ILTA Partner Advisory Council member, EDRM Global Advisory Council Member and Vice President of the Des Moines Lake Association.
With over 25 years of experience in the professional services industry, Staci Kaliner has spent her career engaged with clients across many industries and business functions. This experience has provided her with the ability to communicate with business, technical, and legal leaders to translate the complex issues and risks they face into cost-effective, defensible solutions that align with the requirements of the law. In her current role as a Managing Director at Redgrave LLP, Staci routinely advises clients on the design and implementation of leading practice processes to support and reduce the eDiscovery related litigation risk, build efficacies into their operations, and identify and implement information governance best practices. Staci’s knowledge across numerous multifaceted matters, companies, and industries allows her to adapt in a complex and continually evolving technology environment to ensure that her focused advice addresses the correct issues with the least impact on the client’s business. She has a passion for identifying defensible methods for leveraging technology, including defining defensible eDiscovery processes for Microsoft Office 365, advising clients on selection of service providers, selection and implementation of software to enable e-discovery and information governance processes, and best practice management of e-discovery service providers. Her experience includes work with Fortune 50-500 clients spanning multiple industries.
Allison Keane is an Solutions Architect at Onna. She acts as a trusted technical advisor to those interested in leveraging Onna's solution, helping plan and implement Onna’s software for eDiscovery, Compliance, and more. Prior to her time as a Solutions Architect, Allison worked on Onna's Customer Success team supporting Onna's Enterprise Customers.
Jennifer Shea Knox
Jennifer’s career in eDiscovery and data management spans two decades and includes roles in technical product management, eDiscovery service delivery, and data analytics strategy. Jennifer is currently a Director in Consilio’s Discovery Consulting group. In this role, Jennifer works with Consilio’s enterprise clients on a variety of eDiscovery and data management issues including sensitive data analytics, document categorization and retention, eDiscovery readiness and Microsoft365 Compliance functionality. Jennifer frequently speaks on these topics to clients and at industry events.
Julie Lewis, President, CEO and Founder of Digital Mountain, has over 30 years of experience working in the high technology industry and has worked on over 1,000 eDiscovery, digital forensics and cybersecurity cases. Prior to founding Digital Mountain, Julie worked at VERITAS Software with next-generation storage, security and search companies. At VERITAS, she managed operations for new product releases across sales, marketing, product management, legal, engineering and customer support. Before joining VERITAS, Julie worked in the venture capital and investment banking industries in both the Silicon Valley and Boston areas focusing on the Internet Infrastructure, security and software sectors. In addition, Julie worked for two of the Big 4 accounting firms doing financial and IT auditing, as well as M&A due diligence as a CPA. She earned an MBA under fellowship from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a BA in both Business Economics and Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Julie is a member of the High-Tech Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), American Bar Association, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), and The Sedona Conference (WG1, WG6, WG11 & WG12). She has received her EnCE (Encase Certification in Computer Forensics). She is co-founding Chapter Director of the Silicon Valley Chapter of Women in eDiscovery.
Anna has been a member of Women in eDiscovery since 2016 and previously served as the Assistant Chapter Director for the San Diego Chapter. Anna is currently an eDiscovery Project Manager for Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP where she consults with case teams on best practices for each phase of the EDRM in complex class action matters involving securities fraud, antitrust, breach of fiduciary duty, consumer fraud, and privacy. She enjoys using technology to increase efficiencies of document review by using analytics and active learning. She also provides training to attorneys and staff on different features of Relativity and other AI tools.
Kathleen's work in spearheading Seyfarth’s use of data analytics in litigation and counseling matters has contributed to keeping Seyfarth on the cutting edge of the legal practice. Her innovative work in this area has enabled the firm to obtain favorable settlements for clients, reduce significant areas of potential liability, and undermine class certification arguments. In addition, she regularly advises clients on developing cost-effective strategies for the preservation, collection, review, and production of electronically stored information, including for cross-border matters. She also counsels clients on data privacy, record retention, and information governance.
Susana Medeiros is an associate on the eDiscovery and Information Governance and the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy teams at Norton Rose Fulbright. Susana has extensive experience advising on complex eDiscovery issues including defensible collection of electronically stored information and spoliation investigations. She focuses not only on tactical eDiscovery issues in particular cases, but advises clients regarding strategic e-discovery portfolio management, and data governance. Susana has advised clients on how to best manage electronic discovery and preservation, and helped clients develop litigation readiness protocols for use across their matters. As part of her information governance practice, Susana helps clients mature their information governance program by developing internal preservation and data classification policies and procedures and record retention schedules. This includes providing advice on data migrations, defensible disposition, mobile device management, ephemeral data, and disaster recovery and business continuity systems. Susana also assists clients with assessing potential cybersecurity incidents and has extensive experience efficiently and defensibly responding to cyber incidents to quickly identify data subjects impacted and the types of personal information impacted.
Recently named a Top 8 Legal Resume Writer in the US, Krista Morris began writing resumes more than 15 years ago. She launched her company, Virtuoso Resumes, in 2011, and quickly tapped into her inner entrepreneur. (It turns out that she really enjoys being in charge.) Typically forging her own path, what sets Krista apart is her unique grasp of strategy and refusal to follow convention. In her own words, “Your resume isn’t about what you do. It’s about what you’ve DONE.” Krista’s career has included working with clients at Am Law 100 firms as well as many Fortune 100 companies including Intel, Amazon, SAP, Capital One, and Exelon. She has been a featured speaker at American Express and taught resume writing to Women in eDiscovery, Washington DC Bar Association, American Association of Professional Coders, and Maricopa County Workforce Connection. Above all, Krista believes that just as snowflakes are one-of-a-kind, so are people’s careers (and their resumes should reflect that.)
Joy Murao is Founder and CEO of Practice Aligned Resources LLC (PAR) – a legal technology education, consulting, and service company. With over 25 years of Big Law Practice Technology Support experience, Joy provides bespoke eDiscovery and legal technology solutions for law firms, corporate legal departments and local government agencies. Through PAR, Joy blends solution design and education to provide practical and continued learning to lawyers, paralegals, and other support staff. Joy has served in both local and regional positions within the WIE organization, is currently on the Los Angeles and Global Advisory Boards for ACEDS and serves as Vice-Chair of the Legal Practice Management & Technology Section of the California Lawyers Association. She received her paralegal certificate from the University of San Diego and undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara.
Rachel O’Shea has over a decade and a half worth of experience in the legal industry, primarily in the areas of Compliance, eDiscovery, Information Governance, and corporate legal operations. As a Sr. Technical Specialist at Microsoft, Rachel empowers customers through digital transformation by leveraging the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge through Microsoft Compliance solutions. By leveraging her experience in Legal Operations, Information Governance, and eDiscovery industries, Rachel provides expert focus and guidance when assisting customers through there journey to the cloud and beyond.
Jarell Oshodi Esq, CIPP-US, CIPM
Jarell Oshodi has been a licensed attorney in Georgia since 2011. She is the Depury Chief Privacy Officer of the CDC and the founder of the Law Office of Jarell Oshodi, LLC, a law firm dedicated to protecting her clients’ data and legacies through privacy compliance and estate planning, respectively.
She graduated magna cum laude from Hampton University with a bachelor of science in Finance on a full academic scholarship. She then accepted a full scholarship to attend Mercer University Law School and graduated on the Deans List with a juris Doctorate. She is also a U.S. Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).
Antigone Peyton is the Director of Legal and Policy at Ridgeline International, Inc. (https://www.ridgelineintl.com/) a digital signature management company that supports both commercial and government customers and is ranked among America's fastest growing companies (Inc. Magazine and Financial Times) and best startup employers (Forbes). Antigone also founded her own US-based law firm, Cloudigy Law, after working at a large multi-national IP and technology law firm, Finnegan LLP, and managing the firm's e-discovery practice group. For over 20 years, she has worked with technology start-ups and large multi-national corporations to develop creative legal and business solutions to complex problems involving data management, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and privacy issues. Before law school, Antigone conducted clinical and pre-clinical biophysics and magnetic resonance studies at a large university medical center and has been active in student STEM mentorship programs. Antigone is also a registered patent attorney with a deep background in emerging technology law issues, and she has been recognized among the Virginia Legal Elite and a SuperLawyer for her work involving intellectual property law and support of science and technology in the community.
Justine focuses her practice on both proactive and reactive cybersecurity and data privacy services, representing clients in matters related to information governance, diligence in acquisitions and investments, incident preparedness and response, the California Consumer Privacy Act and cyber litigation. She provides actionable and practical guidance to help businesses manage data, technology, cyber threats, privacy, security and digital assets. As businesses navigate complex and far-reaching laws and regulations, Justine proactively creates compliance programs customized to client needs and budgets, including data mapping, vendor management, privacy and security by design, cyber risk management and mitigation, eWorkforce policies, data retention and destruction policies and implementation, consumer request workflows, cyber-awareness policies and trainings, and CCPA/CPRA readiness audits. She also provides reactive cyber services, including incident response, crisis management, privileged forensic investigations into business email compromises, data breaches and ransomware attacks, compliance with notice obligations to individuals and regulators, regulatory inquiries and investigations, and cyber litigation. Justine also handles employment litigation and counseling, as well as commercial litigation.
Vanessa Quaciari's practice focuses on navigating through complex global eDiscovery issues, information governance, and developing defensible budget-conscious litigation discovery strategies. She advises clients on best practices for internal electronic data processes including preservation, collection, use of data analytics, privacy concerns, document review, and production for compliance, cross-border disputes, regulatory investigations, and global corporate policies.
As VP, Strategy an Client Engagement at ACEDS, Maribel is responsible for local chapter, membership, event management, and strategic partner engagement. A seasoned professional who has helped brands and businesses connect with their audiences and achieve their goals, her breadth of experience, strategic and creative abilities unlock innovation and bring business ideas to life. Prior to ACEDS, she consulted for a variety of private clients in technology, education, and recruiting, crafting and leading marketing and operations solutions for small and mid-sized companies. She also worked as director of sales operations for Fronteo USA Inc. and VP of Events at The Cowen Group. She is an active member of Women in eDiscovery and ARMA Metro NYC and has served on the board of Women in eDiscovery NY. Maribel devotes time to charitable work and serves on the board of anti-human trafficking organization, Life Preservers Project. She speaks regularly on marketing and diversity and inclusion and mentors women who are mid-career or entry level professionals. When she isn’t working, Maribel enjoys traveling, reading, continuing education and working out. Reach her at email@example.com.
Amanda Sabia is an enthusiastic innovator in legal technology. She currently leads an international Pre-Sales team at Relativity. With over eleven years legal technology experience with a focus on eDiscovery Client Services, Amanda enjoys being at the forefront of the industry. In addition to her work at Relativity, she serves on the Boston Mayor's SPARK Council, where she hosts the monthly video podcast CiviCoffees. Additionally, Amanda has a passion for mentoring; serving as an advisor for Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority, the Relativity Fellows program, and Break Through Tech Chicago. She is an AchieveForum Certified Facilitator with experience in guest lecturing both academic and professional communities on professional development and eDiscovery. Amanda is passionate about driving positive impact in her communities, loves meeting new people, and enjoys everything Boston, Massachusetts has to offer.
As the Chief Operations Officer, Mrs. Schubert is responsible for overseeing all internal technical operations and Product Strategy. Her teams work closely with law firms, corporations, service providers and government agencies to consult and maximize software implementations, product adoption, maximize ROI and ensure success with IPRO solutions. Mrs. Schubert brings a strong technical background and over 18 years of industry experience.
Sonya L. Sigler is the best-selling author of WELCOME to the Next Level: 3 Secrets to Become Unstuck, Take Action, and Rise Higher in Your Career, and What’s Next for My Career? Your Guide to Deciding to Leave Your Stable Job to Follow Your Passion. She is also the founder and CEO of PractiGal and has been an IP and corporate lawyer for over 25 years. She started her career as a corporate lawyer at Sega and Intuit before moving to start-ups, including Cataphora which pioneered technology assisted review software for the legal industry. Sonya is known as a high-energy and inspiring speaker and workshop facilitator for corporate teams and women’s networks. Her speaking and workshop events are designed to inspire her audiences into taking action to reach their goals and make their dreams come true. In her private coaching and consulting work, Sonya works with founders, executives, entrepreneurs, and legal professionals to provide them with the tools and connections they need to succeed. Sonya has developed online courses for on demand access to Unstuck: Getting to the Next Level and What's Next for My Career? Currently, her most popular workshops are Authentic Personal Branding, Networking with a Purpose, Self-Promotion Made Easy, Getting Noticed on LinkedIn, and Working from Home Successfully. She and her husband live in Vancouver, WA.
Ivy Slater is the CEO of Slater Success, a boutique training, consulting and coaching company focused on growth strategies and leadership development for high-level, service-based businesses. Ivy is a professionally certified business coach, speaker, internationally bestselling author and podcast host. Prior to Slater Success, she spent 20 years as owner and operator of Slater Graphics, a printing company in NYC, scaling it to 7-figures. She is the author of two books, "Conquering Your Fear of Money, A Woman’s Guide to Business Success" and "From the Barre to the Boardroom: Choreographing Business Success Through Authentic Relationships." She hosts a weekly podcast, Her Success Story, interviewing dynamic leaders, as well as a monthly LinkedIn Live show bringing on guests to share insight and advice on leadership, team communication, diversity and inclusion, legal and finance. She speaks nationwide on the topics of leadership, sustainable growth and the value of relationships. In 2020, she was a recipient of a Power Women of New York and of Long Island award, presented by Schneps Media.
Candi Smith has over 25 years of experience and is currently a Sr. Legal Technology and eDiscovery Specialist for Jabil Inc. Starting as an I.T. person with O’Melveny & Myers, she then moved into Litigation Support for firms Latham & Watkins, Sheppard Mullin, Winston & Strawn and White & Case. Also, she has worked as a Project Manager with ACT Litigation Services (eDiscovery Partner). In previous years, Candi has been called to act as trial support and to assist attorneys with opening/closing presentations. Candi has moved over to the in-house Corporate world and worked for Wellcare Healthplans (now Centene.) Candi holds a Paralegal certificate from the UCLA extension program and is a Certified eDiscovery Specialist (ACEDS.)
Alyssa Sones, CIPP/US is a class action litigator with expertise in the entertainment, retail, fashion, food and beverage spaces. Her practice focuses on consumer, advertising, data privacy and contract law. Alyssa is Lead Associate of Sheppard Mullin's Retail Industry Team and serves as an editor of its Retail Trend Spotter blog. In addition to her active litigation practice, she proactively counsels clients on cyber security, privacy and advertising law and advises companies in data breach investigations. She has a background in software development and passion for innovation and technology.
Allison Stanton is the Director and Associate General Counsel of eDiscovery & Information Governance for Meta Platforms, Inc. Allison’s legal, strategic, and managerial expertise is derived from the unique and diverse perspectives she gained throughout her legal career at Meta, the United States Department of Justice, and Hogan Lovells. At Meta, Allison provides legal and technical advice in Meta's national and international civil litigation, regulatory investigations, and information governance matters. Allison leads a talented team of eDiscovery & Information Governance attorneys, legal and technical professionals, and data scientists. Prior to her current role at Meta, Allison was the Director of eDiscovery, FOIA, and Records for the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Division. Allison lead the office responsible for meeting the Division’s eDiscovery, FOIA, and records obligations across all Division matters. Among the recognition received for her work, Allison received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, one of the Department’s highest awards, in 2014 and again in 2015 for her work that led to the multi-billion dollar settlements with banks who committed mortgage fraud.
I have dedicated my career to legal technology, eDiscovery, and litigation support. In the past 15 years I have worked as a clerk, paralegal, project manager, consultant, and account executive. I have enjoyed working on some of the largest and most sensitive cases and investigations in the world. In my role at OpenText, I am focused on helping organizations navigate the complexities of discovery, investigations, and legal compliance. With my background as a legal professional and consultant who managed complex cases, I combine my industry knowledge with OpenText's leading technology to customize proportional and scalable solutions to meet the needs of enterprise clients. I live with my wife and two kids in San Jose, CA. In my free time I enjoy CrossFit, beach volleyball, hiking, driving kids to practice, and serving.
Ariana J. Tadler
ARIANA J. TADLER is the founding partner of Tadler Law LLP, a WBENC-certified, women-owned boutique law firm handling complex litigation on behalf of businesses, consumers, and investors. Ariana has 28+ years’ experience litigating and managing securities, consumer and data breach class actions and complex litigation. She is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on electronic discovery and the only plaintiffs’ lawyer to be ranked repeatedly as a Band 1 e-Discovery Practitioner by Chambers and Partners in the Global-USA and USA-Nationwide categories, an unprecedented achievement. In 2017, she was appointed by United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts to serve on the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee; now serving in her second term, Ariana currently serves on the Social Security, multi-district litigation (MDL), and Discovery subcommittees.
As CRA’s Chief Inclusion and Engagement Officer, Raquel Tamez plays an integral role in the firm’s DE&I efforts, creating initiatives aimed at empowering its workforce and strengthening its culture. Prior to joining CRA, Tamez served as CEO for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. From 2014 to 2017, Tamez held the role of Chief Legal Officer at SourceAmerica, a nonprofit that creates employment opportunities for people with disabilities. In 2017, she was appointed to the FTC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. She also served as a board member for the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. In 2020, Raquel represented SHPE as part of the first Hispanic delegation to the World Economic Forum. That same year, she received the 2020 Ohtli Award from the Mexican government, in recognition of her efforts to empower Hispanics abroad. Tamez is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law.
Dr. Gina Taranto
Dr. Taranto directs the research and innovation of accelerated learning solutions at ProSearch. She leads the multidisciplinary teams of linguists, statisticians, data scientists, and subject matter experts who develop and train technologies that replicate human decisions. She built the ProSearch Linguistics, Analytics, and Data Science group and oversees the design and implementation of search and automated document review solutions. The library of tools and applications developed within her group leverage both traditional and cutting edge natural language processing, machine learning, data transformation and data analysis techniques. Dr. Taranto is recognized for her expertise in the range of Technology Assisted Review (TAR) solutions, including the application of TAR to emerging issues in protecting private information, and the ethical use of AI, especially as it relates to controlling bias and preparing the human workforces of the future. Dr. Taranto is a published author in the fields of linguistics and information retrieval and she frequently presents on topics related to leveraging technology to meet the challenges of discovery as well as measuring and maintaining happiness in the workplace. She received her B.A. in Linguistics from Kresge College at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with honors, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego.
Erin is currently a Product Manager at Relativity, bringing her eDiscovery knowledge and expertise to the platform team as she works to improve the administrator and developer experience. Previously, Erin held product positions working on eDiscovery review platforms such as Viewpoint and Insight. Before transitioning to product, Erin held roles throughout the eDiscovery industry starting as a document reviewer, becoming a project manager, discovery consultant, and manager of discovery services. Erin is a member of the State Bars of California and New York, and has served as WiE San Diego's Chapter Director since 2019.
Judge Randa Trapp (Ret.)
Judge Trapp is a graduate of San Jose State University and Georgetown University Law Center. She was appointed to the San Diego County Superior Court, the third largest court system in nation, where she retired as the Supervising Judge of the court’s Civil Division and joined JAMS in 2021. Judge Trapp served as treasurer of the National Association of Women Judges, president of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association and the J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court, Regional Director of California Women Lawyers, chair of the ABTL Judicial Advisory Board and the NBA Judicial Council, board member of the California Association of Black Lawyers and Lawyers Club of San Diego, and currently serves on the Lawyers Club Advisory Board. Judge Trapp, a veteran of the United States Navy, was an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law for nearly 20 years, served on numerous boards and commissions and received many awards and tributes including "Randa Trapp Day" in the City of San Diego, “Woman of the Year” for the 79th Assembly District, the California Association of Black Lawyers “Bernard S. Jefferson Judge of the Year Award”, the National Bar Association’s “Sankofa” Award, the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper “Unsung Hero Award”, the Lawyers Club “Belva Lockwood Award”, and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation “Excellence Award”. She was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame and received the San Diego County Bar Association’s Outstanding Jurist Award.
Cristin is a Senior Product Strategy Manager at Relativity, where she focuses on the legal technology needs of law firms. Cristin previously served as Discovery Counsel at McGuireWoods LLP, where she oversaw a multi-faceted team of legal professionals, providing experienced discovery assistance and strategic advice to firm clients. She also managed the Richmond Document Review Center and was a member of the firm’s Practice Innovation Office. Cristin is a frequent speaker and author on discovery issues. She currently serves as Chapter Director of Richmond Women in eDiscovery and Project Trustee of the EDRM Privilege Log Protocol. She is an active member of Sedona Conference WG1 and her certifications include Relativity Master, Relativity Certified Administrator, Review Management Specialist, Analytics Specialist, Project Management Specialist, Processing Specialist and Certified Training Pro.
Charli Vannoy began her legal career in 2006 after graduating from UC Davis with a bachelor’s of art in International Relations. Her 15-year legal career has garnered her experience in construction, intellectual property, healthcare, civil and business litigation matters. She has sat in the proverbial “hot seat” in more than 20 trials and arbitrations including a matter with 3,000,000 trial exhibits. Charli is an ESI Project Specialist at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, where she consults with case teams on every phase of litigation from legal holds, collections, early case assessments, document review, productions, motions practice, to trial presentations.
Lisa M. Waldin
With 24 years of experience in the eDiscovery industry, Lisa Waldin is a Senior Review Manager at Consilio where she consults with clients, coordinates legal projects and oversees aspects of review projects. As an active member of Women in eDiscovery since 2016, Waldin has served as WiE’s Phoenix chapter director since February 2018. Waldin is the Director of New Chapters - North America WiE. Waldin was a 2019 finalist for Relativity Fest’s Stellar Women in eDiscovery.
Alison Wisniewski is chief legal officer and secretary for Epiq as well as the executive sponsor of Epiq' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program. Ms. Wisniewski has more than a decade of experience in the legal profession. Prior to her role as chief legal officer, she was vice president, corporate counsel for the organization. Ms. Wisniewski manages general matters including mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, sales transactions, commercial transactions, data privacy, compliance, risk management, intellectual property, and transactional employment matters. Prior to Epiq, Ms. Wisniewski practiced in-house at an asset management company, where she assisted the FDIC in the dissolution of various banks throughout the country. Ms. Wisniewski has also practiced at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and Sidley Austin LLP representing corporate and private equity clients in various matters including mergers & acquisitions, securities filings, and corporate governance. Ms. Wisniewski holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University