Advisory Board

GREG BUFITHIS

GREG BUFITHIS

Gregory is an attorney who has been based in Europe for the last 10 years assisting law firms and corporate legal departments with the legal, administrative and related aspects of document review, legal staffing, eDiscovery, and litigation support, and has personally managed multiple eDiscovery projects across Europe. He is Managing Director of eTERA Europe.

He is also widely known as the founder of The Project Counsel Group, a web site with 90,000+ members that provides commentary on the world-wide e-discovery market as well as providing a job alert service to members for a variety of jobs across the legal employment field.


GORAN OPARNICA

GORAN OPARNICA

Goran Oparnica, B. Sc. in Computer science, is a managing director of INsig2, a leading European company in the field of digital evidence and digital forensic education. INsig2 has 10 years of experience in educating both lawyers and police investigators in different aspects of digital evidence and digital forensic investigations.

Mr. Oparnica oversees a team that plans and develops content for different educational programs for lawyers as well as for digital forensic practitioners. Since its establishment in 2004, INsig2’s experts have trained students, both lawyers and investigators from more or less every European country. This makes INsig2 a unique company in the Europe. Mr. Oparnica holds the CPP designation by ASIS international and CISM designation by ISACA.


CHRIS DALE

CHRIS DALE

Chris Dale qualified as an English solicitor in 1980 after reading History at Oxford. He was a litigation partner in London and then a litigation software developer and litigation support consultant before turning to commentary on electronic disclosure/discovery. He runs the e-Disclosure Information Project which disseminates information about the court rules, the problems, and the technology to lawyers and their clients, to judges, and to suppliers.

He is a member of Senior Master Whitaker's Working Party which drafted the new Practice Direction and Electronic Documents Questionnaire. He writes the UK's only authoritative and objective web site and blog on the subject and is a well-known speaker and commentator in the UK, the US and other common law jurisdictions.


JONATHAN MAAS

JONATHAN MAAS

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in litigation support and the use of technology in litigation. He started his career at Lovells as a fee-earner in 1982, moving to their IT department in 1989 from where he set up and managed their litigation support team. He moved to Simmons & Simmons in 1994 as their first litigation support manager. In early 1999 he set up his own litigation support consultancy before rejoining Simmons & Simmons in late 2000 as litigation support consultant and editor of www.elexica.com, the firm's award-winning web site. He joined DLA Piper in 2006, from where he worked on some of the largest and most complex cases in the UK and internationally.

In 2010 Jonathan joined EY's Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services team based in London. In April 2014 Jonathan moved to the Huron Consulting Group in London, from where he continues to deliver exceptional client services. Jonathan is a highly regarded individual in the industry, recognised in the Global Tech Leaders Top 100 for his "integrity in litigation support and standards work", and regularly speaks at international conferences. He is a founding member of LiST and was part of the working groups that drafted LiST's Data Exchange Protocol, Practice Direction for the use of IT in Civil Proceedings, the Technology Questionnaires and Disclosure Statement (Form N265). He was a member of Her Majesty's Courts Service/legal profession group on business and IT development and was a consultant editor on electronic disclosure for Malek and Matthews on Disclosure (Third Edition - Sweet & Maxwell). Jonathan was recognised as a legal "technology specialist" in Legalease's 2007 Legal 500 directory. Jonathan has been on the General Council of the Society for Computers and Law, chairman of their London Group and secretary of their Litigation Support Interest Group. He was also a founding member of the Department for Constitutional Affairs' IT and the Courts Stakeholder Group.


JEFFREY RITTER

JEFFREY RITTER

Jeffrey Ritter is globally recognized as a pioneer in shaping the legal rules for electronic commerce.  In his career serving some of the world's largest companies at each new horizon of information technology, he has contributed to building the legal frameworks to enable persistent chasms between law and technology to be crossed with velocity and confidence. He worked extensively in the United Nations programmes to develop international trade practices, has testified to the United States Congress on the future of digital money, and has helped global Fortune 50 companies with complex information security, electronic signature, privacy, and cloud-based service offerings.

His forthcoming 2014 book, "Building Digital Trust", presents a new architecture for how to create wealth and govern our systems in a digital world. He is currently developing and teaching new, innovative graduate school courses on information governance, cyberlaw, and policy at Georgetown University Law Center, Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and The University of Oxford Department of Computer Science.  More information about Jeffrey is available at www.jeffreyritter.com.


LILJANA SELINŠEK

LILJANA SELINŠEK

Liljana Selinšek is a criminal law expert, focused primarily on the fight against cybercrime, anti-corruption and economic crime. Liljana graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Ljubljana (Republic of Slovenia). In postgraduate education she received her Master’s degree in the field of financial criminal law and after that she successfully defended her Doctoral thesis on economic criminal law. She has also passed the Slovenian State Bar Exam. Liljana served as the Assistant Professor for criminal law, criminal procedure law and economic criminal law at the Law Faculty of the University of Maribor (Slovenia) till 2010.

While working in the academic sphere  Liljana focused an important part of her research work on the fight against cybercrime (especially on legal aspects of digital forensics, electronic evidences and related questions). Liljana then worked in the office of the Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia (i.e. Slovenian data protection authority), and in 2011 she took over the duties of Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (CPC) a  central anti-corruption authority in Republic of Slovenia). Whilst a member of the CPC’s panel Liljana was one of the decision makers in all matters of content that fell within the competence of the CPC. Liljana has written several books and more than 100 scientific and expert papers on the field of criminal law, including on questions related to electronic evidence. To see more about Liljana, you can visit her personal web-page: www.selinsek.eu.


ROBERT JONES

ROBERT JONES

Robert Jones is the manager of Kroll Ontrack’s team of Legal Consultants in Continental Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Robert advises lawyers and their clients on the management of evidence and the use of technology in litigation, investigations and other matters. Robert provides consultancy that assists clients in the interrogation and management of document intensive cases. This often includes advising on implications of the services associated with disclosure exercises, and scoping multi-regional projects.

Robert advises clients on strategies and techniques to help lawyers deploy technology effectively and responsibly and fulfil their goals. Robert’s clients include law firms, corporate counsel and government agencies. He is called upon for his significant depth, variety and volume of experience and is often consulted on the practicalities surrounding the management, processing and review of electronic evidence. Prior to joining Kroll Ontrack, Robert worked for over five years within a Top 100 internaional law firm managing disclosure projects for large scale litigation cases. His work involved managing teams of legal professionals and delivering effective solutions to maximise the efficiency of one of the firm’s busiest litigation teams.


PATRICK BURKE

PATRICK BURKE

Patrick Burke is a highly respected specialist in the electronic discovery, disclosure, and forensics industry. Prior to his role at Seyfarth, Patrick worked at Reed Smith. Before that, Patrick was Senior Director and Assistant General Counsel at Guidance Software, Inc., a leading e-discovery and digital investigation software provider and the maker of EnCase.

He previously practiced as a litigator with Linklaters. He is a frequent public speaker, a member of the Sedona Conference working group 6, and holds CIPP/Europe certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.


JEANE THOMAS

JEANE THOMAS

Jeane A. Thomas is Co-Chair of Crowell & Moring’s E-Discovery and Information Management Practice and a partner in the firm’s Antitrust Group. In her role with the E-Discovery practice, Ms. Thomas has managed many types of E-Discovery matters in both government investigations and private litigation.  She regularly counsels clients on Information Governance issues, including the development and application of effective information management policies, legal hold practices, and E-Discovery response plans.

Ms. Thomas is a participating member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production, and Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure.  She is also a member of the Advisory Board and Faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Institute for E-Discovery.  She regularly speaks and writes on U.S. and transnational E-Discovery issues, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, with a focus on European regulation (CIPP/E). Ms. Thomas has been recognized by clients and peers as a top lawyer in Chambers Global and Chambers USA in the fields of E-Discovery and Antitrust.


SASHA HEFLER

SASHA HEFLER

Sasha's skill set allows her to understand the strategy behind E-Discovery issues and to drive a consistent branding strategy for those in legal services. As the Vice President of Global Strategy and Communications, Ms. Hefler was responsible for eTERA Consulting's marketing, business development, branding of corporate image and educational events.

She spearheaded and was the chief architect of eTERA's Corporate Strategy Group and Legal Management Development Program. Prior to joining eTERA, Ms. Hefler was the president of the Masters Conference, where she developed the event into one of the legal industry's most respected educational conferences. Her ability to quickly grasp the needs of corporate clients and business partners, coupled with her high-energy personality, ensures outstanding results for every project she undertakes. Sasha's previous experience includes a wide range of business expertise including ten years managing large national advertising accounts for McDonalds, American Express, and Sea World.


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