Katharine Manning

President | Blackbird LLC
Author of The Empathetic Workplace: 5 Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma On the Job

Session: The Empathetic WorkPlace

Katharine Manning is the author of The Empathetic Workplace: Five Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma on the Job, and the President of Blackbird.

For 15 years, Katharine advised the Justice Department on victim issues in its most challenging cases, like Madoff, the Boston Marathon bombing, the South Carolina AME Church shooting, and the case against U.S. Olympics Gymnastics Team doctor Larry Nassar. Katharine now uses her expertise to help government, educational, and corporate institutions prepare for and respond to the challenges they face involving employees and members of the public in trauma, from claims of sexual harassment or assault to large-scale impacts like the pandemic.

A member of the California bar, Katharine also served as an attorney with the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop in San Francisco, where she represented Fortune 500 companies in class actions, insurance, and media cases. She is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Virginia School of Law

You can purchase Katharine’s book, The Empathetic Workplace here.

Lauren Dienes-Middlen

Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel - Intellectual Property | World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Session: How to Manage Trademark Infringement Concerns during Live Events

Lauren A. Dienes-Middlen is vice president of intellectual property for the international media and entertainment company. She counsels business groups regarding branding strategy for enhancing and developing strong trademark rights worldwide, including proper selection and use of marks. Ms. Dienes-Middlen is also responsible for all trademark availability analyses as well as the prosecution of trademark applications and registrations in the United States and more than 80 countries, currently consisting of more than 8,000 active and registered marks. She also manages all trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings worldwide.

She is responsible for procuring and maintaining the company’s domain name portfolio of approximately 2,000 URLs worldwide. In addition, Ms. Dienes-Middlen negotiates and drafts the company’s consumer products license agreements worldwide, cause marketing agreements, product placement contracts, location agreements, photographer agreements, model releases, non-disclosure agreements, and settlement and co-existence agreements. Ms. Dienes-Middlen also manages WWE’s Anti-Piracy Program, overseeing the enforcement of WWE’s rights through the monitoring of online piracy and DMCA takedowns, cease-and-desist notices for sale of counterfeit physical goods, domain name arbitrations, seizures, and litigation before courts worldwide.

Demeka Fields

Counsel-Global Sports Marketing, Data Privacy | New Balance

Session: Diversity Conversations: It’s Not Rocket Science

Demeka currently serves as Counsel Global Sports Marketing and Data Privacy for New Balance. In her current role, Demeka supports the Global Sports Marketing Department and negotiates and drafts sponsorship and partnership deals with individual athletes and teams across various sports including international football, basketball, baseball, and track and field.

She has served as lead attorney during negotiations of deals with athletes including basketball star Jamal Murray and tennis player Genie Bouchard and teams including European Football club AS Roma. In addition, Demeka assists with managing company relationships with key stakeholders including the New York Road Runners organization, operators of the New York City Marathon. Demeka also helps to maintain the company’s compliance with GDPR, CCPA, and other data privacy regulations.

As a Black woman working in sports, Demeka focuses on finding ways to ensure that underrepresented groups, including Black people and other people of color, are afforded opportunities to advance in the profession. Ensuring that underrepresented minorities have access to organizations such as New Balance, the Vikings and the NFL is an underlying mission as she navigates her career and creates pathways for her colleagues and peers.

Marcus Maples

Business Litigation Shareholder | Baker Donelson

Session: Diversity Conversations: It’s Not Rocket Science

A shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Birmingham office, Mr. Maples tries cases and leads defense teams in a wide range of high-stakes cases including complex commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, and construction litigation. Marcus has experience litigating in at least a dozen states due to his role as national counsel for an international engineering firm. At the outset of each engagement, Marcus uses his deep jury trial experience to successfully craft an overall strategy for successful resolution of each client’s matter.

He is a member of Baker Donelson’s Diversity Committee and serves as chair of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Compact Advisory Board. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and was recently recognized among the Birmingham Business Journal‘s “Leaders in Diversity.” A graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, Mr. Maples is a member of the Magic City and American Bar Associations, and past president of the Alabama Lawyers Association. He previously served as co-chair of the Alabama State Bar Association Diversity Committee and, in recognition of his work in this role, was a recipient of the President’s Award in 2020. He currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the Birmingham Bar Association.

Tom O'Connor

Director of Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center

Session: EDiscovery for the Rest of Us: Electronic discovery for small cases

Tom O’Connor is a nationally known consultant, speaker and writer in the field of legal technology. A New England native who graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1972 with a BA in Political Science, he later earned a J.D. at an evening law school program while working. That consulting experience is diverse and includes the BP litigation and several current opioid MDL matters as well as pro bono work with the Office of the Federal Public Defender.

A frequent lecturer about legal technology, Tom also teaches CLE courses nationwide and is a prolific writer. He has several biogs, written hundreds of articles including the 2006 award winning article, “In Katrina’s Wake“, about recovery efforts in the legal community of post Katrina New Orleans in which he participated and has authored three books, most recently EDiscovery for Small Cases, published by the ABA.

Check out Tom’s blog Techno Gumbo here. 

Michael Quartararo

President | Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)

Session: eDiscovery Project Management: How to get it right!

Mike Quartararo is the President of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading organization providing training and certification in e-discovery to law firms, corporate legal departments and the broader the legal community. He is also the author of the 2016 book Project Management in Electronic Discovery and has been successfully consulting in information governance, eDiscovery, project management and legal technology for two decades, including 10-year stints at both Skadden Arps and Stroock. A graduate of the State University of New York, he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS). He frequently writes and speaks on eDiscovery, legal operations, project management and technology topics.

You can purchase Mike’s book, Project Management in Electronic Discovery here

Stephanie Clerkin

Director of Litigation Support | Korein Tillery

Session: What are you mad about in ediscovery today?

Stephanie is the Director of Litigation Support at Korein Tillery, one of the country’s leading plaintiffs’ complex-litigation firms, where she leverages over 14 years of experience in finance, consulting, and data analytics to manage massive litigation projects, as well as the firm’s e-Discovery platform. Working with all departments in the Firm, she understands how to bridge the gap between the legal teams and IT personnel to streamline discovery efforts and design cost-effective solutions for clients. She is responsible for the processing, analysis, review and production of numerous terabytes of ESI.

Stephanie is an ACEDS Certified eDiscovery Specialist and Relativity Expert. She is a Member Liaison for the St. Louis ILTA Community, served on the conference planning committee for ILTACON 2018 and 2019, and is the current Strategic Partner Liaison for ILTA and Relativity. She is also a member of Women in eDiscovery, the Sedona Conference, and is on the Steering Committee for the St. Louis Relativity User Group. Outside the office, she tirelessly dedicates countless hours to several community organizations, including the Make-A-Wish® Foundation.

Ray Biederman

CEO, Co-Founder | Proteus Discovery Group

Session: What are you mad about in ediscovery today?

Ray has worked in every phase of electronic discovery for over 15 years. He is a Super Lawyer in the area of eDiscovery, has been cited in multiple court opinions as an expert witness, and is adjunct faculty for eDiscovery at the IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing. He consults on Information Governance policies and procedures related to cybersecurity and its intersection with government regulation and industry-specific best practices.

Outside of his eDiscovery experience, Ray is an active litigator representing clients in product liability work, business valuation disputes, and contract disputes. He is also a founding partner in Mattingly Burke Cohen & Biederman and Co-Founder and CEO of DiscoveryMaster, a software platform for eDiscovery reporting. He was previously an associate at Barnes & Thornburg, LLP.

Jason Sampson

Founder | Venerable Law Firm

Session: Post Pandemic business Concerns

After over 20 years as a lawyer, Jason knows that we have the most impact within our communities. That’s why he left a job with one of the biggest law firms in the world (Squire Patton Boggs) to work with business owners and entrepreneurs. Jason  much prefers working side by side with someone who is paving their own way. So he started Venerable so he could be with business owners for the whole ride and not just a one-time solution. Jason uses his legal expertise and network to help business owners drive their ambitions forward. When Jason’s clients talk, he listens. He gets to work supporting their goals and giving the necessary legal advice that comes with growth. His clients know they can always call him with questions.

Jason started his legal career in Salem, Massachusetts and is now based in Tampa, Florida, working out of a beautiful historic building in Hyde Park. When he’s not diving into the legal needs of his clients, he is spending as much time as possible with his family (or catching up on sleep).

Clinton Sanko

Shareholder | Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC

Session: Finding a Vendor and Imrpoving Value

As a trial lawyer and technology enthusiast, Clinton has 13 years of experience dealing with eDiscovery issues in litigation settings. He is uniquely positioned to understand the client’s perspective, the trial team needs and the legal requirements of eDiscovery as they play out in actual litigation. As such, he is positioned to advise, counsel and advocate for clients on these critical issues. Clinton has direct oversight responsibility for Baker Donelson’s Discovery, Document Review and Investigations Team, which is responsible for supporting Baker Donelson’s needs for active cases where eDiscovery or document review services are needed. He seeks to bring value to clients through integrated processes, applied legal knowledge and management of Baker Donelson’s eDiscovery technology vendors. In conjunction with the team, Clinton has led the development of Baker Donelson’s LeanDiscovery™ system, which seeks to closely integrate process, technology and the various team constituencies for the cost-effective and efficient management of eDiscovery and document review.

Clinton is an active member of Firm’s Commercial/Business Litigation and Government Enforcement and Investigations (GEI) Groups. Of course, he supports all substantive areas of the Firm where eDiscovery issues arise. He is also a member of the Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity Team, sits on the Technology Steering Committee and participates in the Firm’s Innovation Groups, along with the Firm’s leaders in technology, Knowledge Management and Legal Project Management. Clinton has been an active presenter on these topics for many years.

Anthony Mendenhall

Director of eDiscovery Operations | Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC

Session: Finding a Vendor and Imrpoving Value

Tony actively oversees matters requiring eDiscovery services, supporting clients and trial teams on particular matters that span most of Baker Donelson’s litigation practice areas, and focus industries. In addition to providing services for specific litigation matters, Tony consults with clients on broader and more proactive topics, such as eDiscovery risk analysis and mitigation, data preservation and litigation hold process development, enterprise data mapping for litigation purposes, and eDiscovery vendor and technology RFP and selection.

In his role, Tony has principal responsibility to oversee all vendors providing eDiscovery services to Baker Donelson and actively oversees process creation and improvement to ensure all services are provided to the highest standards and industry best practices. Baker Donelson’s attorneys and clients value Tony’s deep experience and knowledge of the eDiscovery service industry, helping to ensure that clients’ eDiscovery needs are being addressed. Because of the complexity of the marketplace, Tony’s expertise ensures that all clients get the technology best suited for their case, from a qualified and vetted vendor, at marketplace competitive rates, with the necessary processes and oversight in place.

Tony’s prior work experience and management degree have equipped him for his current responsibilities. As a working member of both small and large IT departments, and as an IT consultant, Tony can see the project from the point of view of the in-house technology department. This experience enables him to thoroughly understand client IT systems and infrastructure and effectively communicate with IT personnel. This experience proves extremely useful in bridging the legal-IT gap that often exists at the beginning of an eDiscovery project.

Johnathan Hill

Community Engagement Lead | Relativity

Session: Community Heroes: Relativity Justice for Change

Johnathan Hill is the Community Engagement Lead at Relativity, a Chicago-based software company. Having joined the organization a year ago, in his role, Johnathan assists and supports recruitment/placement efforts of our Relativity Fellows program. Prior to joining Relativity, Johnathan worked for LinkedIn which is where we began his career. It was his responsibility to help organizations recruit and attract talent across the U.S., empowering HR leaders to be more productive and successful. Johnathan continues to be passionate about access to a quality education, opportunties, and tools that support youth employment especially at HBCUs as a graduate of Morehouse College.

Colleen Costello

Head of Social Impact | Relativity

Session: Community Heroes: Relativity Justice for Change

Colleen Costello is the Head of Social Impact at Relativity, a Chicago-based software company. For the past five years, Colleen has helped scale Relativity’s community engagement and corporate social responsibility programming to best meet the needs of the company’s global community. Prior to Relativity, Colleen was the Director of Development at Teach For America – St. Louis, where she led efforts to raise the financial and social capital necessary to support 700 educators serving 20,000 low-income students in the region. She began her career through Teach For America as a middle and high school teacher. Colleen holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Saint Louis University. She was recently an inaugural member of the Elevate Fellowship through Teach For America and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Colleen is passionate about education, technology and workforce development.