Hon. Paul W. Grimm (U.S.D.C. District of Maryland)

Hon. Paul W. Grimm

Paul W. Grimm serves as a District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. He was appointed to the Court on December 10, 2012.  Previously, he was appointed to the Court as a Magistrate Judge in February 1997 and served as Chief Magistrate Judge from 2006 through 2012. In September, 2009 he was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Judge Grimm also chairs the Advisory Committee’s Discovery Subcommittee. In these capacities, he has participated in drafting proposed changes to the federal rules of civil procedure, including Rule 37(e).  Additionally, Judge Grimm is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he teaches courses on evidence and discovery, and he has written extensively on both topics.

Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (U.S.D.C. Southern District of New York)

Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin

Shira A. Scheindlin is a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 28, 1994. Before taking her current seat on the Southern District, Judge Scheindlin worked as a prosecutor (Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York), commercial lawyer (General Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation and partner at Herzfeld & Rubin), and Judge (Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York 1982-1986 and Special Master in the Agent Orange mass tort litigation). Judge Scheindlin is known for her intellectual acumen, demanding courtroom demeanor, aggressive interpretations of the law, and expertise in mass torts, electronic discovery, and complex litigation. She is the author of many books and articles, including, the first case book on Electronic Discovery. She served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules from 1999-2006. Finally, she is an adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School. On the subject of electronic records management, the opinions in Zubulake v.UBS Warburg LLC have come to be recognized as case law landmarks.

Hon. Andrew J. Peck (U.S.D.C. Southern District of New York)

Hon. Andrew J. Peck

Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck graduated with honors from Cornell University in 1974 and from Duke University School of Law in 1977 and he is currently a member of the Duke Law School Board of Visitors.  Judge Peck served as law clerk to Judge Paul Roney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh (then the Fifth) Circuit.  Following his clerkship he served in private practice until he was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York on February 27, 1995.  He served as Chief Magistrate Judge in 2004-2005.  Judge Peck is a frequent lecturer on issue relating to electronic discovery and is a member of the Sedona Conference and the Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Committee.  He was awarded the Champion of Technology Award in 2011 by Law Technology News.  Judge Peck is well known among the eDiscovery Bar as being an early advocate of technology assisted review, and in fact, he authored the first court decision approving the use of predictive coding.  Judge Peck’s eDiscovery opinions include: Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe, 287 F.R.D.182 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (predictive coding), aff'd, 2012 WL 1446534 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 26, 2012); William A. Gross Constr. Assocs., Inc. v. Am. Mfrs. Mut. Ins. Co., 256 F.R.D. 134 (S.D.N.Y. 2009) (keyword search); In re NTL, Inc. Sec. Litig., 244 F.R.D. 179 (S.D.N.Y. 2007)(spoliation & adverse inference instruction), aff'd, 2007 WL 1518632 (S.D.N.Y. May 17, 2007); Anti-Monopoly, Inc. v. Hasbro, Inc., 94 Civ. 2120, 1995 WL 649934 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 3, 1995).

Hon. David J. Waxse (U.S.D.C. District of Kansas)

Hon. David J. Waxse

Born in Oswego, Kansas, David J. Waxse earned his B.A. degree from the University of Kansas and his juris doctorate degree from Columbia University. Prior to his appointment as a Magistrate Judge in 1999, he was a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon. From 1992-1999, Judge Waxse was a member, and one time chair, of the Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications, the state judicial discipline organization. He was also a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee and the Mediation Panel for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. In addition, he served on the Kansas Justice Commission, established by the Kansas Supreme Court to implement the Citizens' Justice Initiative review of the state justice system.

Hon. James P. O’Hara (U.S.D.C. District of Kansas)

Hon. James P. O’Hara

Following graduation from the Creighton University School of Law, Hon. James P. O'Hara served a two-year judicial clerkship with U.S. District Judges Robert V. Denney and C. Arlen Beam in the District of Nebraska. From 1982 to 2000, Judge O'Hara was in private practice where he served on his firm's executive committee and as managing partner of their Overland Park, Kansas office. In 2000 he was appointed as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the District of Kansas where he later became the Chief Magistrate Judge in 2013. Judge O’Hara handles the pretrial aspects of civil and criminal cases and, upon consent of the parties, frequently presides over civil jury trials. He has significant experience managing MDL and class action litigation, and also serves as his court’s ADR coordinator. Since joining the bench, Judge O’Hara has remained active in several bar and community organizations where he frequently speaks on eDiscovery. Currently, Judge O’Hara serves as the only Magistrate Judge representative on the Budget and Finance Advisory Council for the U.S. Courts. Judge O'Hara is perhaps most known for recently authoring two of the most controversial decisions to come out of the District of Kansas wherein he stated that all objections to discovery requests are waived if a party asserts objections and then answers "subject to" or "without waiving" their objections.

Christopher Q. King, Partner, Dentons

Christopher Q. King

Christopher King is a partner at Dentons US LLP in Chicago, IL and has over twenty years of experience in the area of electronic discovery.  His electronic discovery experience includes litigation in federal and state courts, government audits and internal investigations.  He has handled electronic discovery, including briefing and arguing electronic discovery motions, in dozens of federal and state court cases across the country, and managed document reviews and productions involving large volumes of structured and unstructured data.  His experience spans the entire EDRM from preservation through production and includes discovery from unstructured data, structured enterprise system data and legacy resources.  Chris also regularly advises clients in the information governance area.  Chris' work in this area includes: creating litigation hold processes customized to specific client needs; preparing data store inventories to give companies a coordinated, cost-effective solution to complying with electronic discovery obligations; assessing existing records management programs to identify opportunities for enhancement and increased efficiency; creating or auditing records management policies and schedules; preparing data ownership and network use policies for companies; advising about the impact of privacy laws and regulations on information management practices, and counseling on email retention policies.  Chris' information governance experience includes the following industry sectors:  property, casualty and life insurance, financial services, technology manufacturers and re-sellers, advertising, cable television, quick service restaurants, diversified consumer products, retail, media, health care, travel services, and venture capital.  He is a member of The Sedona Working Group 1 and is listed in Chambers Global and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: E-Discovery. Chris is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.A. 1980) and Vanderbilt Law School (J.D. 1983).

Richard N. Bien, Partner, Lathrop & Gage LLP

Richard N. Bien

Rick Bien’s litigation practice involves defense of class action and other claims for financial services companies, life, health and disability insurance defense, ERISA, general business, trust company and financial litigation, insurance professional liability litigation, insurance coverage litigation and real estate litigation. Mr. Bien has served the firm as Chair of the Litigation Division and the Business Litigation Department and is presently Chair of the ERISA, Life Health and Disability Insurance Practice Group and is presently a litigation team leader. He has defended dozens of landmark class action matters and has been in the forefront of ERISA/employee benefit litigation.

Jeff Kruse, Senior Counsel, Boston Scientific Corporation

Jeff Kruse

Jeff Kruse is Senior Litigation Counsel for Boston Scientific Corporation. He joined Guidant Corporation in November 2005, just before Guidant was purchased by Boston Scientific Corporation.  Jeff has been responsible for managing civil litigation including corporate disputes, securities-related litigation, product liability litigation, including the Guidant MDL in Minnesota and the pelvic floor mesh litigation MDL in West Virginia.  He has also handled several government investigations many of which resulted in no actions against the company. Jeff graduated from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1994 where he was a Notes and Comments editor on the law review. After law school, Jeff joined Shook, Hardy and Bacon as an associate and spent eleven years practicing at Shook where he became a partner in January 2002.  During his eleven years at Shook, he focused his practice on representing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, including his current employer. 

Scott T. Lashway, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, MassMutual Financial Group

Scott T. Lashway

Scott Lashway is Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at MassMutual Financial Group. MassMutual Financial Group is a Fortune 100 diversified financial services company based in Massachusetts. Scott’s practice and responsibilities at MassMutual involve representing the Company in all phases of complex disputes and investigations, including class actions, securities and complex commercial litigations, appellate matters, FINRA arbitrations, government enforcement, and regulatory and internal investigation matters. In serving as the Head of Investigations, Scott leads and sets the direction for the Company’s investigative functions. In addition, Scott regularly advises on matters concerning cybersecurity, e-discovery, and related regulatory requirements, including the Company’s use of emerging technology. For example, Scott is continually involved in improving the Company's e-discovery processes. Prior to joining MassMutual, Scott practiced with Skadden’s Boston office. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Brandon Mack, Vice President, Professional Services, Iris Data Services

Brandon Mack

Brandon Mack has over ten years of experience in a variety of legal backgrounds specific to document review and auditing obligations. Prior to Iris, Brandon practiced with a national firm that specialized in general corporate litigation, a regional financial banking institution, and a large national law firm where he led cases with regards to handling document review and auditing obligations. In his last position, he built from the ground up, a legal solutions division which encompassed document review and other legal services for large national corporations and law firms alike. While there, Brandon led the successful effort to certify their processes for document review by the International Standards Organization under ISO 9001:2008 protocols. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Accounting from Bob Jones University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he is a member of the Michigan State Bar. He is also a Relativity Certified Administrator – Analytics Expert.

Bill Mann, General Counsel, Mayer Hoffmann McCann P.C.

Bill Mann

Bill Mann, who serves as the General Counsel of accounting firm Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., has both an accounting and law background.  A licensed CPA as well as attorney, Bill worked as an auditor at a Big Four accounting firm prior to law school, and after law school worked as a commercial litigator for nine years at Baker Botts L.L.P.   He has also worked as an enforcement attorney at the SEC and as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of CoreLogic, a leading provider of financial, property, and consumer information.  As the General Counsel of Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C., Bill oversees all litigation matters on behalf of the company, many of which involve complex eDiscovery issues. 

Todd M. McGuire, Partner, Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP

Todd M. McGuire

Todd M. McGuire is a partner in the Kansas City office of Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP. Todd received his J.D. with highest honors from Drake University in 1999. Todd served as Editor in Chief of the Drake Law Review. Following law school, Todd was a litigation associate in the Kansas City office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (now known as Dentons). Todd joined Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP in October, 2001 and was elected to the Firm's partnership in January, 2005. Todd is an experienced commercial litigator and trial attorney. Over the past 15 years, Todd has successfully represented clients in arbitrations and jury trials in both federal and state courts throughout the country. In addition to trial work, Todd has successfully handled numerous appeals before various state and federal appellate courts. Todd is admitted to practice in federal and state courts in Missouri and Kansas, as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits. Todd is a member of the American Bar Association, Lawyers' Association of Kansas City and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Todd has been on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers' Association of Kansas City since 2006. Todd joined the Kansas City ESI Roundtable in 2014 as a panelist. Todd is a frequent CLE speaker and presenter on e-discovery and other litigation-related issues. Todd is a regular participant at the Sedona Conference Institute Program on Getting Ahead of the e-Discovery Curve, and has hosted CLE programs on e-discovery for both LAKC and KCMBA. Todd was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2010 and a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer in 2013 and 2014.

James L. Moeller, Partner, Lathrop & Gage LLP

James L. Moeller

Jim Moeller handles complex litigation, including technology, e-discovery, environmental, employment, and general commercial cases in the federal and state courts and in arbitration. He has been recognized by his peers repeatedly over the years in The Best Lawyers in America, Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers, The Best of the Bar, and Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent recognition. He was also named a BTI Client Service All-Star in 2011.
As a former computer programmer, Mr. Moeller has handled litigation involving a variety of computer hardware and software failures, and he has a vibrant e-discovery practice, handling dozens of matters with substantial e-discovery components.  Mr. Moeller has managed e-discovery in a number of large and complex cases, taken e-discovery compliance depositions, briefed and won e-discovery rulings, and prepared and produced technical and e-discovery expert witnesses.

John Nickerson, Senior Corporate Counsel, Republic Services, Inc.

John Nickerson

John Nickerson is Senior Corporate Counsel at Republic Services, Inc..  Republic Services is headquartered in Phoenix and is the second largest provider of solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services in the nation.  In addition to managing litigation, including complex environmental litigation, John manages the company’s litigation hold and e-discovery processes. Prior to joining Republic in 2006, John clerked for Justice Frederick Martone of the Arizona Supreme Court and was an Associate at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP.  His practice focused on trade secret litigation, ERISA litigation, and insurance bad faith defense.  He has taught seminars on trade secret litigation and is the co-author of Protecting Trade Secrets In A Digital World, Internet Law & Business.  John earned his B.A. from Grinnell College and his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law.

Jonathan Sablone, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Jonathan Sablone

Jon is a litigation partner and practice group leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation group. He chairs both the firm’s Electronic Discover and Digital Evidence and Private Fund Disputes practices. Jon is known for being a tough adversary who keeps his sense of humor in the most challenging of cases. Clients value the business-focused nature of his advice. He works closely with clients’ in-house counsel and information technology professionals, providing guidance in litigation preparedness, evidence preservation, and electronic data collection, review, and production. His grasp of relevant regulations, successful practices, and proven strategies is invaluable in the ever changing legal technology industry. Jon speaks and writes regularly on law firm technology, hedge fund and private equity workouts, litigation, due diligence, and eDiscovery. Jon is admitted to practice law in all of the state courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and New York State, as well as a number of federal district and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.  He is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School. Jon is a Martindale Hubbell "AV" rated trial attorney, and has been named by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in commercial litigation.

Robin E. Stewart, Of Counsel, Lathrop & Gage LLP

Robin E. Stewart

Robin Stewart is the founder and Chair of Lathrop & Gage’s eDiscovery, Data, Records and Information Practice Group.  She counsels clients in all aspects of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model, from data retention to collection, review and production, including outsourcing options, early case assessment and vendor selection.  In her capacity as eDiscovery counsel, Ms. Stewart manages data and production projects for clients utilizing both onshore and offshore capabilities in matters involving terabytes of data, encompassing both technology assisted review and manual production by hundreds of reviewers.  Ms. Stewart is well-known in the national eDiscovery community as a thought leader through her numerous articles, alerts and speaking engagements on the all aspects of eDiscovery.  The National eDiscovery Leadership Institute was the brainchild of Ms. Stewart, who sought to create a forum for the scholarly discussion and debate of electronic discovery issues and to foster cooperation among the bench and bar to proactively address eDiscovery legal topics before they become intractable disputes.  Ms. Stewart’s greatest asset to clients, however, is her common sense approach to eDiscovery matters, which is derived from her thriving commercial litigation practice encompassing the financial services, life sciences and technology industries, including defense of product liability matters, ADA and TCPA litigation.  In her own practice, Ms. Stewart “walks the walk” by implementing the very eDiscovery approaches about which she speaks and writes.

Dean Ellen Y. Suni, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

Dean Ellen Y. Suni

Dean Suni is on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.  She received her J.D. from Boston University and her B.A. from City College of New York. She has taught Professional Responsibility for nearly thirty years.  Dean Suni has served on various state and national committees relating to professional responsibility and bar admission issues, including the Missouri Bar Committee to consider the proposed changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct.   She has also served as a consultant to the Missouri Supreme Court Advisory Committee and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Dean Suni has authored articles in the area of attorney professional responsibility; has done consulting and training for lawyers, law firms and in-house corporate counsel; has served as an expert witness; and speaks often on issues in this area.  She has been teaching and speaking on issues relating to ethics and technology for many years, including presentations at  the National E-Discovery Forum at Shook Hardy & Bacon, “Discovery in the Electronic Age” for the Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court, and the Advanced E-Discovery Institute at Georgetown University Law Center.

Denise J. Talbert, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Denise J. Talbert

Denise Talbert chairs Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s eDiscovery, Data & Document Management Practice (eD3). She has over 18 years of experience in cost-effective discovery management in complex litigation, including the preservation, collection, organization, review, and production of documents. Denise has published materials on eDiscovery law and routinely offers CLE presentations on this topic. She is a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, Merrill Corporation’s Strategic Advisory Board for Electronic Data Discovery (EDD), and has been appointed to the LexisNexis Advisory Board. Denise is also a faculty member at Bryan University, where she teaches eDiscovery classes, and currently serves on the eDiscovery Advisory Council for the university's post-graduate online program on eDiscovery Project Management.