e-Discovery Certificate Faculty

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Juan Carlos Abelairas
Catherine Casey
Angela de Cespedes
Scott Cohen
Emily Fedeles
Peg Gianuca
Stephen Goldstein
Bryant Isbell
​Rose Hunter Jones
Brian Kim
David Leone
Oral Pottinger
Debbie Reynolds
Jason Rylander
Brad Schaffel
Jason M. Temple
James Zucker

Juan Carlos Abelairas is a skilled litigation paralegal with experience in appeals, commercial and environmental matters. He has leveraged technology to support litigation matters since the introduction of the personal computer. As Greenberg Traurig's Director of Litigation Support, Juan Carlos is involved in the selection and implementation of enterprise-level litigation support solutions. Under the Chief Information Officer, he is also responsible for the development and implementation of the firm's litigation support structure and the hiring and supervision of national staff, as well as negotiating and managing contracts with vendors. Juan Carlos serves as consultant to attorneys and clients regarding litigation support, electronic discovery projects, and predictive analytics.

Catherine "Cat" Casey, is the director of Global Practice Support (GPS) based out of Gibson Dunn’s New York office. She specializes in eDiscovery, data analytics and information governance and cybersecurity. Cat has over a decade of experience assisting clients with the complex eDiscovery and forensic needs that arise from litigation, expansive regulation and complex contractual relationships. She leads a global team comprised of knowledgeable and experienced practitioners in the areas of electronic discovery, data privacy and information governance.

Cat has over a decade of experience assisting clients with the complex eDiscovery and Computer Forensic needs that arise from litigation, expansive regulation and complex contractual relationships. Her experience includes large complex litigation, HSR Second Requests, FCPA, AML, market manipulation cases, Antitrust enforcement actions, government and internal investigations.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Cat was a leader in the Forensic Technology Practices for PwC. She also led the North American division of an international eDiscovery and contract analytics firm, built out the antitrust forensic technology practice and served as the national subject matter expert on eDiscovery for KPMG. Cat graduated cum laude from Harvard University and attended Pepperdine School of Law.

Angela de Cespedes, a partner in Akerman's Litigation Practice Group, is an experienced trial attorney who has litigated and tried matters in both federal and state courts throughout Florida and New York. She represents international, national and local businesses and institutions in diverse litigation matters with a focus on complex tort and commercial litigation. Representative clients include various commercial property owners and operators, hotel chains, food services providers, professional sports teams, leagues, stadiums and facilities, global supply chain companies, chemical manufacturers and distributors, cities, counties, security companies, educational institutions and insurance companies. She frequently lectures and is a published author on the use of social media and online content in litigation, social media and lawyer ethics, and social media in the workplace.

Scott M. Cohen is the Managing Director of eDiscovery & Information Governance for Winston & Strawn LLP.

Mr. Cohen oversees all aspects of the Firm's litigation technology, practice & client services, electronic discovery operations and document review centers. Throughout his career, Mr. Cohen has worked in a consultative capacity with law firms and corporate legal departments enabling them to effectively leverage technology in all legal practice areas. With a focus on electronic discovery, complex data analytics, and litigation readiness, Mr. Cohen advises firm lawyers and clients on a wide range of topics relating to discovery in complex litigation. Mr. Cohen is a frequent writer and speaker on a variety of subjects ranging from electronic discovery best practices and legal cost control to leadership development, performance management and staff mentoring in legal organizations.

Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, Mr. Cohen was the Practice Support Director for Proskauer Rose where he was responsible for the development and operation of the firm’s practice support department. Mr. Cohen also served as the Director of Information Technology for MetLife where he was responsible for providing general technology and litigation support services to the corporation's large and geographically dispersed legal, records and internal audit departments. 

Emily Fedeles is an associate in the New York office of BakerHostetler, where she maintains a general litigation practice and serves as part of both the eDiscovery and Management and the Privacy and Data Protection groups. Emily regularly works with clients across multiple industry sectors on a wide range of matters, including assisting with the oversight of discovery and Electronically Stored Information issues, cultivating litigation and regulatory responses to data breaches, counseling organizations on the use of cross-border data transfer mechanisms, and developing global privacy and security policies and procedures.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Emily practiced in the Geneva, Switzerland office of a U.S. firm, where she developed a wealth of experience relating to cross-border litigation and discovery issues and data privacy and security considerations. She began her legal career as a litigation associate in Florida, where she was a member of four trial teams for multi-million dollar cases in both state and federal court.

Emily attended Emory University School of Law, where she graduated with honors, was a member of the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (ABA) and National Moot Court teams, and served as a juvenile public defender under the Third Year Practice Act. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/E) and The Sedona Conference® Working Groups One, Six, and Eleven. Emily has written and spoken on eDiscovery and privacy issues and has been named a finalist in the Future Leader category of the Chambers 2017 Women in Law Awards (USA).

Peg Gianuca is the Sr. Practice Support Manager at Blank Rome LLP 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. Ms. Gianuca has a B.S. in Physics and this degree helped to launch her legal career when she was hired to support a nuclear power case that was headed to trial. As an early pioneer of "litigation support," Ms. Gianuca 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. She is certified in several litigation-specific applications - both old and new. Ms. Gianuca also has extensive trial experience having spent more than 100+ days in the courtroom. Ms. Gianuca also enjoys presenting to and training other legal professionals. She has designed and presented in-house programs for attorneys and paralegals on eDiscovery topics as well as the use of relevant legal software. Ms. Gianuca is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where she teaches a class on Advanced Litigation and Trial Technology.

Stephen Goldstein serves as the Director of Practice Support for Squire Patton Boggs. Since joining the firm in September 2001, he has managed the litigation support function including large-scale projects such as those related to the Enron Unsecured Creditors Committee. Acting as an internal consultant to Squire Patton Boggs lawyers, he provides technical guidance and solutions to client-related matters around the globe.

Stephen co-developed the Squire Patton Boggs Intelligent Discovery Process™ (IDP), a unique eDiscovery project management and technology platform that leverages disciplined management, predictive coding, and other technology to improve efficiencies in the eDiscovery Process. As a result, Squire Patton Boggs won Law Technology News 2012 Most Innovative Use of Technology in a Large Law Firm Award.

With more than 20 years’ experience working with legal technology and over seven years in predictive coding, Stephen is a frequent speaker and presenter on topics such as litigation technology, electronic data discovery and predictive coding/technology-assisted review. He is a contributing author to the Electronic Data Reference Model (EDRM) project and a member of the Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. Stephen also serves as a member of the Squire Patton Boggs eDiscovery & Data Management Team.

Stephen is an ACEDS Certified E-Discovery Specialist and a Fellow of the Legal Analytics Program at Arizona State University. He has served on the Executive Board of the Association of Litigation Support Professionals (ALSP) and was a Planning Committee Chair for the Georgetown Law e-Discovery Practice Support program.

Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Stephen provided litigation support services to Jones Day and McDermott Will & Emery.

Bryant Isbell is the Director of Global Practice Support at Baker McKenzie. Bryant is an industry expert with more than 15 years of experience focusing on information governance, data privacy, full EDRM lifecycle execution and management, and data analytics.

During Bryant’s career, he has worked on numerous FCPA Investigations and other compliance investigations which have been pursued by many foreign governments. He is responsible for overseeing the collections of ESI and other evidentiary materials, as well as all production of documents to enforcement agencies and other counsel. Bryant handles all aspects of eDiscovery and forensics globally for the firm. Additionally, he provides consultative advice to clients on the preservation, collection, processing, hosting and production of ESI. Bryant has successfully implemented analytics and Technology Assisted Review (TAR) workflows into client engagements to defensibly and efficiently reduce data volume and project cost. Bryant is an expert in data privacy and international collection logistics, and has managed multiple complex projects in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia involving hundreds of millions of documents and thousands of reviewers worldwide. He is responsible for the strategic selection and implementation of electronic discovery tools for the firm, as well as training and professional development of the litigation support professionals. Bryant is also responsible for managing and overseeing the firm’s use of LPO’s, and contract attorney teams.

Bryant is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on International Electronic Information Management and Disclosure, as well as Electronic Document Retention and Production. Bryant is also a frequent panelist on topics of project management, electronic discovery, and information governance at ILTA Con and Legal Tech New York. Bryant is also an adjunct professor for the eDiscovery Distance Learning Program. Bryant is a member of the Global Disputes Resolution Group’s eDiscovery Committee as well as the North American Litigation Practice Group’s eDiscovery Committee.

Rose Hunter Jones is King & Spalding’s Global Director of eDiscovery Project Management and Technology. Ms. Jones’ practice focuses on eDiscovery with particular expertise in global eDiscovery protocol development and implementation, international eDiscovery issue counseling including establishment of satellite collection, processing, review and production centers, and development and implementation of protocols to comply with data security and privacy requirements, and guidance on purchase and implementation of eDiscovery technology.

Brian Y. Kim, a Sr. Managing Consultant with iDiscovery Solutions (iDS) in Washington, DC, brings over 12 years of experience in project and engagement management and business development from discovery service providers and law firms. His expertise spans all phases of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) life cycle, with a broad range of skills in client infrastructure and eDiscovery practices.

Mr. Kim’s portfolio includes advice to clients on best practices in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure including legal hold, data collection, data preservation, review, and production. Mr. Kim has experience in complex data analysis, drafting affidavits and memorandums of findings for various clients, managing and leading teams of consultants on multiple matters including civil litigation, SEC, DOJ, and internal investigations, and customizing review workflows using Relativity, Clearwell, Ringtail, and Attenex Patterns.

Prior to joining iDiscovery Solutions, Mr. Kim served as a Senior Consultant for Clearwell Systems/Symantec, a Director at FTI Consulting, and an attorney at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel – all located in Washington, DC. Mr. Kim is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.

David Leone is the Director of Litigation Support Services for Saul Ewing LLP, an Am Law 200 law firm with eleven offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. David oversees firm-wide strategic initiatives to improve the use of technology in litigation. His department is responsible for consulting clients and attorneys on eDiscovery issues and managing eDiscovery in litigations across all practice groups.

Prior to joining Saul Ewing, David was the Litigation Support Project Manager at RR Donnelley, a Fortune 500 company engaged in Litigation Process Outsourcing and other litigation services. In his role at RR Donnelley, David managed eDiscovery case teams and vendors in all phases of litigation from collection, scanning and digital processing to document review and ultimately production and trial support. He worked closely with stakeholders from large Fortune 100 companies, inside counsel and national law firms.

Prior to RR Donnelley, David served four years as a litigation attorney at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia where he consulted with clients and directed a team of staff and contract attorneys for national discovery in high profile pharmaceutical litigations. He collaborated on long and short-term discovery and trial preparation initiatives for mass tort litigations. David also spent time as the President of Nexomedia, a hi-tech software and design consulting firm for Fortune 100 clients.

Oral Pottinger is a senior associate in the Antitrust practice at Mayer Brown LLP. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, civil and criminal antitrust investigations, antitrust counseling, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cable and media representation. Oral also has extensive experience in advertising and consumer protection matters and has served as a trusted advisor to corporate clients identifying and implementing effective eDiscovery solutions addressing any complex legal matter, including government investigations; class action discovery; and other complex commercial matters; addressing client needs, from information risk management and data-retention planning to discovery planning, eDiscovery collection, processing, data analytics, managed electronic review and production. Oral is a graduate of Howard University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Debbie Reynolds is renowned as a global thought-leader and advisor to Fortune 500 Companies and Elite Law Firms for handling electronic evidence in high-stakes civil litigation. Ms. Reynolds is the Director of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC, an affiliate of Eimer Stahl LLP, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies teaching Legal Project Management. Ms. Reynolds is also a guest lecturer for various U.S. Law Schools teaching eDiscovery and electronic evidence handling in litigation. Ms. Reynolds has also been recognized in 2017 as a Legal Industry Visionary. Ms. Reynolds is recognized as a pioneer in the eDiscovery, Information Governance, Litigation Services, Legal Operations and Legal Technology industries. Ms. Reynolds has demonstrated extensive expertise in the development, management, implementation and evolution of eDiscovery, best practices, talent development, and litigation technology. With more than 20 years of experience in the eDiscovery industry, Ms. Reynolds has been pivotal in the direction, organization, operation, and implementation of eDiscovery and litigation services operations for leading law firms including WilmerHale, Orrick, and Morgan Lewis. Ms. Reynolds' combined legal services, executive leadership, and technology expertise include developing global litigation and managed services operations for Bowne Business Solutions. Ms. Reynolds is a frequently published author and a highly sought speaker on eDiscovery topics for corporations and legal industry conferences. Ms. Reynolds is also a chapter author for the 2016 and 2017 Thomson Reuters edition of the book titled “eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel.”

Jason Rylander is an eDiscovery Attorney at Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider in New York City, where he manages the eDiscovery aspects of antitrust filings, i.e., HSR filings and Second Requests. At his prior position at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Jason managed eDiscovery projects for major litigations and regulatory investigations, both domestic and international. Before entering the eDiscovery field, Jason was a corporate associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Jason earned a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College, and a J.D. from the NYU School of Law.

Brad Schaffel is the Litigation Support Manager for the New York office of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr, LLP. He is a resident of Brooklyn, New York and has over 24 years’ experience in eDiscovery and Litigation Support. Brad is a member of the Charter Class of Certified E-Discovery Specialists and currently serves as Vice-President for the ACEDS NY Metro Chapter Board.

Tasked with creating a team of experienced professionals, Mr. Schaffel has been successful in building a department of top-tier individuals who can act as in-house legal technology consultants as well as excellent project managers and technicians. Brad continuously strives to improve automation and workflow; keeping up with the growing size and complexity of discovery requests is an on-going challenge that requires constant attention.

Mr. Schaffel has served on industry panels and has been involved in eDiscovery education for quite some time. To further these aims, Mr. Schaffel has been an adjunct professor of eDiscovery and is a member of numerous professional associations. Brad is currently working to develop a distance learning program on eDiscovery best practices and general knowledge for numerous top-tier law schools.

Presently, Brad hosts a series of podcasts on the topic of eDiscovery, Information Governance, and Litigation Support. Aimed at not only sharing insights from industry powerhouses, the podcasts focus on what it’s like to work in the profession from the perspective of service providers, lawyers, and lit support project managers.

Jason Temple is responsible for a team of litigation support analysts and project managers who service the firm GreenbergTraurig in Miami, FL. As a Litigation Support Manager, Jason is part of the management team for the firm’s litigation support business and works closely with other managers on the overall goals of the department, selection and implementation of litigation support tools, firm-wide CLE training for attorneys and paralegals, department budgeting and billing, and employee oversight. Jason helps teams meet production deadlines through technology and resource management. He has expertise in Cross boarder eDiscovery rules and procedures and is one of the firm’s litigation support leaders regarding European Union (EU) discovery matters, working closely with GT legal teams in Europe and the United States when European data is involved. He consults in the area of eDiscovery and is an active presenter on the topic.

James Zucker holds the position of E-Discovery Counsel & Director of Practice Technologies. Before law school, Mr. Zucker worked for nearly ten years as a mainframe IBM OS Assembler and Cobol computer programmer and systems analyst in IBM OS/MVS, CICS environments. Mr. Zucker also has more than seventeen years of litigation experience, including more than a decade of managing each phase of the electronic discovery process for cases filed in state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Zucker is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals and a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) through the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists.

From 2003 through 2013, Mr. Zucker managed electronic discovery in a series of cases on behalf of a large pharmaceutical company. In 2008, Mr. Zucker became an ‘early adopter’ of computer assisted review by deploying a language based, statistically driven review tool to classify more than half a million documents. He has managed discovery of structured data hosted in mainframe databases as well as the discovery of unstructured data, including word documents, excel spreadsheets, .pdf files, PowerPoint decks and email. Mr. Zucker also has managed discovery of electronic information sought from third party vendors. He has taken depositions concerning the preservation, collection, production and spoliation of electronic information and drafted affidavits of information technology professionals in support of motion practice concerning discovery disputes. He has represented clients in ‘meet and confers’ and court hearings concerning electronic discovery.

As in-house counsel, Mr. Zucker managed electronic discovery for a large health insurance company and was responsible for class action lawsuits arising from a data breach. In 2012, he contributed to the December 2012 Report of the E-Discovery Committee of the New York State Bar Association entitled “Best Practices in E-Discovery In New York State and Federal Courts;” and in 2009, he helped to draft the New York State Supreme Court, Nassau Country Commercial Division’s Electronic Discovery Guidelines.

Mr. Zucker has also appeared on numerous panels addressing a broad array of subjects in electronic discovery, including “How Big Data Impacts E-Discovery: Transforming A Big Challenge into a Killer Advantage,” “Behind the Scenes in eDiscovery,” “Current Topics in eDiscovery,” “Playing by the (Pending New) Rules, “Cost –Containment Models for eDiscovery Management and Litigation Cost,” “Metadata & Utilizing eDiscovery to Advantage the Client,” “Cloud, SharePoint, and Social Media: Discovery on the Next Data Frontier,” “Designing the Plan: Consulting & Problem Solving Techniques for eDiscovery Project Managers” and “Data Collection – An In-Depth Look into Forensic Data Collection & Self Collection.”

Before joining Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mr. Zucker was a litigation associate at a multinational law firm, where he worked on a variety of litigation matters, including pharmaceutical pricing, intellectual property, antitrust and trademark disputes in state and federal courts.

Before attending law school, Mr. Zucker worked as a systems analyst and programmer, and earned a Certificate in Computer Programming from New York University.

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