Avansic Announces Seventh Annual End of Year CLE Panelists
09-21-2015, Avansic - Corporate
On December 8th (in Oklahoma City) and December 9th (in Tulsa), Avansic will be giving our Seventh Annual End of the Year CLE. We know you're planning for how to fulfill your credit and here's a fantastic opportunity to acquire 4 hours, including one hour of ethics.

The outstanding panelists (listed below) will participate in panel discussions on these exciting topics: Cost Effective E-discovery, Five Forces Changing E-Discovery in 2016, Putting Together Your E-Discovery Team: Use the Best Offensive and Defensive Playbook, Ethics of ESI (1 ethics credit).

For detailed descriptions of the topics and locations, please visit here for Oklahoma City and here for Tulsa.

This CLE is free, as always, but seats are limited and we expect a large turnout with the caliber of this year's panelists. This seminar is pre-approved for CLE credit in Oklahoma and credit may be available in other states using self submission. The program begins at 8:30 am and goes until 12:30 at the Devon Energy Tower in OKC and the First Place Tower in Tulsa. Hold your spot by emailing cle@avansic.com (RSVP is required for this CLE).

George Socha
Co-Founder of EDRM, Apersee, Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey, and started Socha Consulting

George Socha co-founded EDRM in 2005 and started Socha Consulting LLC, an electronic discovery consulting firm, three years earlier. As an e-discovery writer, speaker, advisor and expert witness, George has worked with corporations, governmental agencies, software and services providers, investment firms and law firms. Before launching his consulting firm, George spent 16 years as a litigation associate and partner. He received his JD from Cornell Law School and his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information, please visit Socha Consulting.

Amy Sellars
Attorney & Discovery Subject Matter Expert, Williams Companies

Amy Sellars learned most of her contract skills working as a company manager on tour with the Bolshoi Ballet. (NB: Define terms – such as “Breakfast” – in both languages.) She was a teacher and arts program administrator for years, and then worked in the education services industry as the liaison between database programmers and users. That data baptism has come in handy in her law career, as she was one of the only attorneys in her firm with any technical ability beyond word processing. She is currently serving as the in-house discovery subject matter expert for The Williams Companies, Inc., a Fortune 500 midstream company that suffers from information governance challenges. Ms. Sellars manages litigation in all areas of the company, and consults on discovery for all matters with more than 20GB of data at issue. She is also a certified legal project manager. Despite her love of technology (and especially all things gadgety), Ms. Sellars is a true believer in the power of verbal communication, especially where custodians on legal hold are concerned.

Ian Campbell
President & Chief Executive Officer, iCONECT Development LLC

Ian Campbell is President & Chief Executive Officer of iCONECT Development LLC, a global market leader in producing cutting-edge, innovative eDiscovery software products and services for the legal industry. He is responsible for sales operations and business development, product lifecycle development, legal service provider (LSP) and partner relations. A key priority is cross-marketing the company's products and services to the legal, medical, government, corporate, and insurance industries.

With more than 16 years of strategic product development in the litigation support field, Campbell has consulted on major international legal projects to help firms achieve their long range business goals. He is a frequent industry spokesperson, sharing his experiences and expert commentary with audiences for the American Bar Association, LegalTech, ILTA, AIIM, IQPC, Marcus-Evans, and other legal and management groups around the world.

Amanda J. Chapman
Litigation Paralegal, Brown & James P.C.

Amanda (Mandy) Chapman is a litigation paralegal at the law firm of Brown & James, P.C. in downtown St. Louis. She primarily focuses on insurance defense matters, including personal injury, class action, municipal law, business litigation, and breach of contract. Here, she is responsible for many aspects of the civil litigation file: managing high-volume document production (including e-discovery), data mapping and working with clients regarding discovery, obtaining and summarizing documents (medical, court proceedings, employment, etc), locating difficult to find witnesses, obtaining recorded statements, preparing and responding to written discovery, preparing matters for trial/mediation/deposition, locating appropriate expert witnesses, and locating testimony to refute opinions of opponent's experts.

She obtained a B.S. in History and Social Studies - Secondary Education from Missouri Valley College and her paralegal certification through Adams State College. In 2011, Ms. Chapman obtained national certification as a Registered Paralegal (RP) through NFPA and has maintained this designation since.

Ms. Chapman has written internal training manuals, template forms, and policies for several firms, providing guidance for paralegals on myriad topics. She has presented at CLE seminars on eDiscovery, utilizing free legal research tools, high volume document matters, finding witnesses, and conducting Westlaw research. She has also been given research credit in NBI (National Business Institute) presentations/seminars.

Justin Van Alstyne
Associate Attorney, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann

Justin Van Alstyne is an associate attorney at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in New Orleans, LA where he has been the firm's lead discovery attorney since 2010. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis in electronic discovery collection, review, and production in cases before both federal and state courts. He also has experience in handling data breach incidents for local and national clients. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, cooking, being assaulted by his small children, and watching Indiana University athletic squads lose in increasingly frustrating fashion year after year.

Nick Dovedan
Legal E-Discovery Advisor, Devon Energy Corporation

Nick Dovedan is a senior member of the litigation team at Devon Energy Corporation with experience in information technology and litigation. Nick graduated with a BS in political science in 2001. During Nick's senior year of college, he came to work at Devon Energy as an associate in the legal contracts department in order to help automate the processes and technology. Later, in 2005 Nick moved on to a more challenging role with Devon Energy as a supervisor of the legal contracts department where he learned to code in SQL and XML. Afterwards, Nick's skills progressed in information technology where he was retained as a business and system analyst in support of all of Devon's legal department processes and applications. Subsequently, Nick's experience in information technology and the litigation processes lead him to a career in eDiscovery as Devon Energy's eDiscovery advisor where he orchestrated many optimization and automation processes while implementing new technology in order to achieve significant cost savings.

Lance McLearen
Director Legal Consulting, Pangea3

Lance is the Director of Legal Consulting for the Legal Outsourcing Division for Pangea3, a division of Thomson Reuters. Having consulted in the legal community for the last seven years, Lance now specializes in legal managed services, including E-Discovery, managed document review, contract management, risk mitigation, and compliance services (commonly known as Legal Process Outsourcing). He specializes in counseling attorneys in corporate legal departments and at law firms on a wide range of matters, including improving quality of representation, while reducing costs through innovation. Lance is a Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Association and Certified eDiscovery Specialist by the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS).

With nearly 20 years of experience in executive leadership, consulting, operations and financial management, and business development, Lance possesses expertise and has a proven track record in implementing aggressive business development strategies, resource application, and process optimization to ensure efficiency during periods of rapid change and growth for businesses.

Meredith Lee
Online Document Review Supervisor and Litigation Paralegal, Avansic

Meredith Lee graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies with Honors. Meredith serves as the Online Document Review Supervisor at Avansic, a role which provides her the opportunity to specialize in helping our clients with every aspect of their litigation discovery needs; whether it be collection, review, coding and/or production.

Meredith is a paralegal member of the Tulsa County Bar Association and she is known in the legal community for her attention to detail, strong organizational skills, efficiency and development of positive client relationships. Her experience in managing document intensive cases, including class actions, from commencement of legal action to trial lends her a knowledge base which provides an acute understanding of the needs of our legal clientele.

Dr. Gavin W. Manes
CEO, Avansic

Dr. Gavin Manes is a nationally recognized expert in e-discovery and digital forensics. He is currently the CEO of Avansic: E-Discovery & Digital Forensics, which provides e-discovery services to law firms, litigation support departments, and corporations across the country.

Dr. Manes founded this Tulsa-based company in 2004 after graduating with his Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. While at the University, he formed the Tulsa Digital Forensics Center, which houses Cyber Crimes Units from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. He is a founder of the University of Tulsa's Institute for Information Security, where he led the creation of nationally recognized research efforts in digital forensics and telecommunications security.

In the development of Avansic, Dr. Manes has made a commitment to high-technology innovation, research, and mentorship; he currently has several patents pending. Avansic's scientific approach to e-discovery and digital forensics stems from Manes' academic experience. Dr. Manes was recognized for his ambitious work when he received the Tulsa Metro Chamber's Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007 and as finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Southwest Region in 2009.

Manes has published over fifty papers on e-discovery, digital forensics and computer security, and has given hundreds of presentations to attorneys, executives, professors, law enforcement, and professional groups on topics ranging from e-discovery issues to cyber law. He has also briefed the White House, Department of the Interior, the National Security Council, and the Pentagon on computer security and forensics issues.

Manes has served as an expert witness for many legal proceedings through courtroom testimony, depositions and consulting with attorneys on data preservation issues. To maintain his expert standing, Dr. Manes continues to publish in peer-reviewed journals, present at a variety of conferences and symposia, and give classroom lectures at universities.