The Gayle O’Connor Spirit Award

The Gayle O’Connor (GO) Spirit Award celebrates members of the e-discovery and legal technology communities whose singular energy, enthusiasm and verve echo the spirit of the late Gayle O’Connor (1956-2020).  Gayle danced to the beat of her own drummer.  She knew adversity and overcame it.  Her indomitable spirit brought people together and brightened lives.

Recipients of the GO Spirit Award have made noteworthy contributions to e-discovery, legal technology, information governance, cybersecurity, or data privacy through efforts that inspire, educate, or promote the common interest and cohesion of our community.

The GO Spirit Award is given to an individual in the legal profession who best exemplifies Gayle O’Connor’s spirit and work ethic by serving as an example for other individuals in the profession through attitude, collegiality, energy and accomplishments thereby serving as a positive example for not just those in the legal industry but all people. Each recipient’s efforts inspire, educate, or promote the common interest and cohesion of our community.

The GO Award is presented each December on eDiscovery Day.

“I learned from Gayle that I am not loud and obnoxious, but courageous and bold.”

Dynamic, loving, uninhibited, funny, smart, and a passionate liberal, she rode a Harley, she loved Jazz Fest, she lived for live music, and she had a wild outfit for every day of the year, or the decade. She never met a stranger; everyone she encountered became a friend immediately.”
GO Spirit Awards Founding Members:
  • Craig Ball
  • Joy Murao
  • Kaylee Walstad
  • Tom O’Connor
  • Candi Smith
  • Maribel Rivera
  • Cat Casey
  • Mary Mack




GO Spirit Awards Honorees:
  • Tom O’Connor on behalf of Gayle O’Connor (2020)
  • Joy Murao (2021)