EDRM Announces New Global Advisory Council 2021-2022 with Special Advisors and General Counsel


For Immediate Release

MINNEAPOLIS, September 29, 2021 – Setting the global standards for e-discovery, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) is pleased to announce additions to its Global Advisory Council. Robert Keeling, partner at Sidley Austin LLP, chairs the council.

I am very proud to continue to be a part of the evolution of the EDRM Advisory Council. The new members are e-discovery leaders from all facets of the legal professions. With these additions, the EDRM Advisory Council consists of an incredibly diverse range of thought leaders in e-discovery.

Robert Keeling, Chair of the EDRM Global Advisory Council and Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

“I am very proud to continue to be a part of the evolution of the EDRM Advisory Council,” says Keeling. “The new members are e-discovery leaders from all facets of the legal professions. With these additions, the EDRM Advisory Council consists of an incredibly diverse range of thought leaders in e-discovery.”

Craig Ball, president of Craig D. Ball, P.C., serves as general counsel, and David Cohen, partner, Reed Smith LLP, serves as chair of the project trustees.

“We are working in what I think of as the Forensic 4.0 moment—a point in time where e-discovery professionals and digital investigators are entering a new paradigm regarding the ESI landscape and the approaches we use to identify, collect, process and review data from varied sources,” says Antonio Gesteira, a senior managing director within the technology segment at FTI Consulting. “As during any period of transformation and transition, practitioners must collaborate to understand the challenges, create solutions and set new standards that address the issues of the day. The EDRM is a highly effective forum for this type of industry cooperation—I’m honored to be included as member of its Global Advisory Council and looking forward to partnering with my colleagues to help our profession transition into new ways of working.”

“We are excited to add more expertise, geographic reach and a more robust plaintiff perspective to our council,” says Mary Mack, CEO and chief legal technologist at EDRM. “Each one of our advisors brings a wealth of hard-won experience, collaboration and perspective.”

Please join us in welcoming the wise contributions of our new Advisory Council members. They are the bolded names in the following list of the full council (organizational affiliations listed for informational purposes and not as endorsements): 

  • Robert Keeling, partner, Sidley Austin, US (chair, Advisory Council)
  • David R. Cohen, partner, Reed Smith, US (chair, project trustees)
  • Craig D. Ball, president, Craig D. Ball, P.C., US (general counsel)
  • David Greetham, eDiscovery business unit leader, Ricoh USA (executive advisor)
  • Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano, senior director, technology, FTI Consulting, Ireland
  • Doug Austin, founder, editor of eDiscovery Today, US
  • Rebekah Bailey, partner at Nichols Kaster, PLLP, US
  • Shannon Bales, legal ops manager, Munger, Tolles & Olson, US
  • Ben Barnett, partner, Dechert, US
  • Lilith Bat-Leah, director of data science and AI strategy, Driven, Inc., US
  • Lea Bays, of counsel at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, US
  • Darius Bennett, project manager, digital support, Ricoh, US
  • Cash Butler, founder, ClariLegal, US
  • Ian Campbell, president/CEO, iCONECT, Canada
  • Marnie Carter, head of eDiscovery, Starwood Property Trust, US
  • Cat Casey, chief growth officer, Reveal-Brainspace, US
  • Rishi Chhatwal, assistant VP-senior legal counsel, ATT, US
  • Hon. Judge J. Michelle Childs, US District SC, US
  • Suzanne Clark, discovery counsel, eDiscovery CoCounsel, pllc, US
  • Jennifer Coleman, shareholder, Hopkins & Carley, US
  • Josh Copple, account executive, OpenText, US
  • Brian Corbin, executive director, assistant general counsel, Legal Discovery Management at JPMorgan Chase, Argentina
  • Chris Dale, founder, eDisclosure Information Project, UK
  • Patricia Diaz-Rodriguez, attorney/eDiscovery consultant/senior director, Ankura (US)
  • TracyAnn Eggen, managing e-discovery solutions for enterprisewide litigation and investigation, Dignity Health, US
  • Tara Emory, director of consulting, Driven, Inc., US
  • Aliya Fathima, senior forensics, KPMG, India
  • Paula Fearon, head of project services, McCann FitzGerald, Ireland
  • Demeka Fields, counsel-global sports marketing, data privacy for New Balance, US
  • Hon. Judge James Francis IV (ret.), mediator, arbitrator, JAMS, US
  • Tom Gelbmann, retired (co-founder), US
  • Antonio Gesteira, senior managing director, FTI Consulting, Brazil
  • Sheila Grela, litigation paralegal, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLC, US
  • Ilse Grobler, senior state advocate, National Prosecuting Authority, South Africa
  • Maura Grossman, research professor, director of Women in Computer Science, University of Waterloo, and e-discovery lawyer, Canada
  • Bill Hamilton, executive director, UF Law E-Discovery Project and ICAIR, US
  • Andrew Haslam, eDisclosure project manager, Squire Patton Boggs, UK
  • Hon. Ron Hedges, senior counsel, Dentons, federal magistrate, US NJ (ret.), US
  • Hon. Judge Gary Jones, federal magistrate, US ND FL (ret.), US
  • Amy Juers, MBA, CEO, Edge Marketing, US
  • Doug Kaminski, chief revenue officer, Cobra Legal Solutions, US
  • Dennis Kennedy, president and general counsel, Dennis Kennedy Advisory Services, LLC, US
  • Jeannine Kenney, partner at Hausfeld LLP, US
  • Pavan Kotha, eDiscovery lead, Clayton Utz, Australia
  • Ralph Losey, partner, Jackson Lewis, US
  • Eric Mandel, consultant, Driven, Inc., US
  • Vikram Masson, VP of strategic accounts, UnitedLex, US
  • Kelly McNabb, partner at law at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, US
  • Rachi Messing, senior program manager, Microsoft, Israel
  • Eloy Rizzo Neto, partner, Demarest Advogados, Brazil and Latin America
  • Martin Nikel, senior vice president, cyber risk, Kroll, UK
  • Will O’Brien, director cybersecurity and forensics, PwC Ireland
  • Tom O’Connor, director, Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center, US
  • Crystal O’Donnell, CEO, Heuristica Discovery Counsel, Canada
  • Tim Opsitnick, EVP and general counsel, TCDI, US
  • Constantine Pappas, senior manager, Relativity, US
  • John Pappas, consultant, OpenText, US
  • Beth Patterson, founder/consultant, ESPConnect, Australia
  • Hon. Judge Andrew Peck (ret.), senior counsel, DLA Piper, US
  • Farrah Pepper, chief legal innovation counsel, Marsh & McLennan Companies, US
  • Scott Petz, member, Dickinson Wright PLLC, US
  • Dr. Antonio Pooe, partner, LexTrado and Exactech, South Africa
  • Debbie Reynolds, CEO and chief data privacy officer, Debbie Reynolds Consulting, US
  • Jessica Robinson, CEO, PurePoint International, US
  • Hon. Judge Xavier Rodriguez, US district judge, WD-TX, US
  • Jonathan Hiroshi Rossi, founder, The CJK Group and Saya University, US and Japan
  • Shahaf Rozanski, head of private sector unit, Cellebrite, Israel
  • Scott Schober, CEO, Berkeley Varitronics Systems, US
  • Johannes Scholtes, chief strategy officer, ZyLAB, the Netherlands
  • Jennifer Scullion, partner at Seeger Weiss LLP
  • Oran Sears, co-founder and CTO, US
  • Eric Sedwick, senior director, chief of staff, business integration and execution -law and policy, TIAA, US
  • Judy Selby, partner, Kennedys, US
  • George Socha, VP, brand awareness, Reveal-Brainspace, US (co-founder), US
  • Deborah Spellen, e-discovery project manager at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, US
  • Bill Speros, principal, William Speros, US
  • Robin Stewart, partner and chair of e-discovery practice group, Kutak Rock, US
  • Caroline Sweeney, director of knowledge management and innovation, Dorsey & Whitney, US
  • Amie Taal, consultant, Stratagem Tech Solutions Ltd., UK
  • Cristin Traylor, senior product strategy manager, Relativity, US
  • John Tredennick, founder, Merlin Legal Open Source Foundation, US
  • Martin Tully, partner and co-founder, Actuate Law LLC, US
  • Tiana Van Dyk, director of client solutions, EPIQ, Canada
  • Melinda Vaughn, associate director and marketing manager, Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School, US
  • Jason Velasco, CEO/partner, Kindato, US
  • Phil Verdelho, senior IT, eDiscovery, operations and services director, UBS, US
  • Jay Yelton, partner, Warner Norcross + Judd, LLP, US
  • David Yerich, director of eDiscovery, UnitedHealth Group, US

EDRM thanks our emeritus council members who assisted in the transition:

  • Avi Benayoun, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, US
  • Brad Harris, VP of product, Hanzo, US
  • Eric Lieber, former director of legal operations and litigation support, Toyota Motors, NA (US)
  • Conor Looney, CEO, LDM Global, US
  • Bob Lorum, CMO, Xact Data Discovery, US
  • Richard Spenner, SVP, head of legal and compliance operations, head of enterprise litigation at Lincoln Financial Group, US

You may view the global advisory council here: https://edrm.net/about-us/edrm-advisory-council/

[Updated 2021 Sep 29 8:20 pm Pacific]

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Empowering the leaders of e-discovery, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) creates global practical resources to improve e-discovery, privacy, security and information governance. Since 2005, EDRM has delivered leadership, standards, tools, guides and test datasets to improve best practices throughout the world. EDRM has an international presence in 113 countries and growing and an innovative support infrastructure for individuals, law firms, corporations and government organizations seeking to improve the practice and provision of data and legal discovery. Learn more about the EDRM today at EDRM.net.

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  • Mary Mack

    Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.