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Manager Project Management

April 03, 2018

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Ahearn Legal Technology **/**** – Present

•Provides e-Discovery consulting services to law firms, corporate law departments and government agencies regarding electronic discovery and complex digital evidence issues

•Vendor neutral project management services for those seeking to select, deploy, improve, or right-size internal e-Discovery, Information Governance or Records Management technical teams, support systems, and managed service offerings

•Conducts vendor evaluation and management, including legal and technical process and cost audits to mitigate risk and control litigation support spend

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, WV (Global Operations Center) 03/2013 – 11/2015

Manager of e-Discovery and Litigation Support Services

•Supervised, trained, and mentored e-Discovery and Information Governance technical analysts, litigation associates, and document review managers in the full EDRM lifecycle

•Lead legal-technologist advisor for internal firm and client e-Discovery and IG projects

•Managed firm’s international e-Discovery and foreign compliance internal response team

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, NY 01/2012 – 03/2013

Staff Attorney; E-Discovery and Data Analytics Team Lead

•Utilized advanced text retrieval systems to mine, organize, scientifically sample, and analyze client data to maximize efficiency in early risk assessment and high-volume document reviews

•Consulted with clients on selection of vendor systems and with Orrick IT specialists on internal deployments of E-Discovery related computer systems

•Provided full electronic discovery lifecycle project management services and document review supervision over a broad spectrum of litigation practice areas in class action, multi-district, and international litigation for global corporations

•Performed legal and technical research to define and propagate defensible workflows for legal analytics, TAR processes, and supported related discovery motion practice

Venable, LLP, Washington, D.C. 10/2009 – 01/2012

Practice Technologies Manager

•Responsible for firm wide electronic discovery process engineering, budgeting, training, and management of ten e-Discovery project coordinators

•Recruited key partners and other stakeholders to form ESI Task Force to redefine discovery services and document review business models

•Advised firm attorneys on clients' IT systems as they relate to litigation preparedness, compliance, records management issues, and client internal electronic discovery capabilities

•Assisted with Rule 30(b)(6) deposition preparation and transcript review, analysis of metadata issues, custodian ESI related depositions, electronic evidence presentation, project budgets, document review staffing, and discovery cost control

•Conducted project management and technical training for staff, and certified Continuing Legal

Education classes related to ESI discovery and project management for attorneys and paralegals


Huron Consulting Group, Washington, D.C. 11/2008 – 11/2009

Manager, Digital Evidence Processing and Production Lab

•Tasked to rapidly raise acquired vendor operations to Huron standards; developed legally defensible evidence management and processing workflows, trained and managed a team of eighteen systems engineers and analysts in the US and India in high-volume ESI processing and production quality control, litigation project management techniques, and customer liaison roles for litigation, SEC and other regulatory investigations

•Guided client corporate and outside counsel, and paralegals and technical staffs through eDiscovery processing and production specification selections, use of advanced search and applied analytics methodology, culling and related defensible cost control decisions (early data or case assessment processes and statistical sampling methods)

•Coordinated internal and partnering vendors' preservation, forensic collection, and document production services with ESI processing teams, hosting services, and document review teams

Ahearn Litigation Technology Consulting and Law Firm, Fair Lawn, NJ 2004 – 2009

(MetLife, NY, NY - Electronic Discovery Consultant, exclusive contract from 2008 to 2009)

•Provided consulting and project management services pertaining to the identification, preservation, collection, processing, review, production, and presentation of ESI for litigation, compliance, and records management issues

•Rapidly translated evolving legal standards pertaining to electronic data discovery to multiple IT Compliance projects, new workflows, procedures, and records management policy enforcement

•Consulted with trial counsel on client and adversary’s technology as it related to pilot and final FRCP electronic discovery rules, best practices, Rule 26 conferences and 30(b)(6) deposition preparation, metadata issues, depositions, electronic evidence presentation, budgets, project metrics and cost control

•Provided independent analysis of vendors, legal technology purchases and ESI processing options; supervised multiple litigation support software installation and training projects

Hartman & Winnicki P.C., Paramus, NJ 2000 - 2004

Attorney and IT Manager

•Of Counsel: Practicing IP and technology litigation, land use law, and government affairs

•Qualified as an expert computer forensics witness in NJ Superior Court, Criminal Part

•Installed, maintained, and trained firm team on all practice systems

•Responsible for design of litigation databases and creation of load files; supported Summation, CaseMap, Concordance, document scanners, and trial support coordination

•Generated new firm clients by developing a strategic search-responsive Web presence

Integrated Computer Management (ICM) / Computer Horizons, East Hanover, NJ 1998 - 2000

Senior Legal Technology Consultant; Assistant Counsel

•Project Manager for law firm deployment of document management, practice management and litigation support systems, email and facsimile services, time and billing systems, user training management, floor support, and contract support services in law firms with 300-600 attorneys


Ahearn Law Firm & Ahearn Legal Technology 1993 - 1998

Land Use Practice and Independent Legal Technology Consultant

•Represented municipal land use boards and real estate developers in northern New Jersey

•Lead business analyst and client site manager for development team that created a proprietary image-based litigation support workflow suite for Pfizer Inc. multi-district class action defense, named by the ABA Legal Tech Center as the first true image-based document workflow innovation for the legal industry that set standards for design requirements for a secure, managed team document review platform.

Ravin, Sarasohn, Cook, Baumgarten, Fisch & Rosen, P.C., Roseland, NJ 1991 - 1993

IT Manager and Associate

•Responsible for establishing the first PC network for this nationally recognized firm in the face of an immediate critical need to provide an automated litigation support system and related policies and procedures for a multi-firm international litigation related to the BCCI scandal

•Implemented first document management system for the firm (SoftSolutions)

•Supervised paralegal and technical staff in support of large document productions and Chapter 11 creditors' committee work

Related Prior Experience:

Legal Clerkship, Essex County Prosecutors Office, civil forfeiture litigation unit, Newark, NJ

Adjunct Professor, Bergen Community College and Berkley Business College Teaching law office technology and business law for paralegal students

Radio and Data Systems Analyst, IIT Research Institute, Annapolis, MD

Computer Security Officer, DoD Electromagnetic Compatibility Center, Annapolis, MD

Captain, United States Army Signal Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC


Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., Hempstead, NY (admitted to practice in NJ)

Rutgers University, B.A., New Brunswick, NJ (Graduated with Honors)

Honor Graduate, U.S. Army Signal Officer and Electronic Warfare Staff Officer Courses

Certified Litigation Support and e-Discovery Professional (Organization of Legal Professionals 2013)

Completed updated Relativity and iPro system administrator and analytics courses in July, 2017

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