Woods Abbott, Ratheon Company
Woods K. Abbott is the Senior Manager of Legal Operations for Raytheon Company (RTN: Fortune 100 – Defense contractor). He is primary responsible for all the legal technologies that are utilized by the Raytheon Office of the General Counsel. This includes the Legal Department’s own array of SQL servers, web application servers and their document collection/review/production tool: iCONECTnXT. He also oversees all of the Company’s discovery and legal hold operations. He is a member of the Raytheon’s Records Management oversight committee and is trained as a Six Sigma Expert, for which he serves as both the Six Sigma and Knowledge Management Champion for the OGC. He is a member of the Sedona Conference working groups on e-Discovery and Litigation Holds. He is a frequent speaker at MCLE seminars and conferences on various e-Discovery topics and their impact on corporate America. Prior to joining Raytheon in 1994, Woods was a Litigation Specialist with Wilmer Hale (DC office) and later became the Legal Administrator on a Bain Capital turn around team for Robertson-Ceco Corporation.
Wendy Butler Curtis, e-Discovery of Counsel, is the chair of Orrick's e-Discovery Working Group. Ms. Curtis consults with Orrick attorneys and clients on e-Discovery strategy in litigation matters. She has been engaged by Fortune 100 companies and major financial institutions to create and deploy e-Discovery and records management programs. In this role, she advises clients on the deployment of policy, process and technology to reduce e-Discovery cost and risk. She works with in-house lawyers, information technology professionals and risk managers to develop information management practices in the face of mergers, acquisitions, data transfers, down-sizing and out-sourcing. Ms. Curtis is a frequent speaker and author on preservation, e-Discovery and records management topics. Her litigation experience includes multiple trials, supervision of regional and local counsel, management of complex discovery and meet-and-confer negotiations. Ms. Curtis also devotes a portion of her practice to pro bono matters including adoption cases and the Lawyers Serving Warriors & National Veterans Legal Services Program. Before joining Orrick, Ms. Curtis was a senior associate at Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the District of Columbia office of the Attorney General.
Gad Epstein delivers industry solutions that help Professional Services customers build thought leadership, shape client experiences, improve service delivery and drive practice performance. Before joining Microsoft Gad worked at LexisNexis as an Account Manager for the IRS and the U.S. Courts. He rose to lead a sales team as Acting Regional Sales Manager New Business. Gad has expert knowledge in various information areas including tax, public records, and news and with productivity software/service solutions for the professional services practitioner. Gad began his career as a Business Development Manager with Hummingbird, Inc. (now Open Text) focusing on enterprise content management and collaboration tools. He holds a law degree and a Master of Business Administration in the area of information systems and technology management.
John M. Facciola was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of Columbia in 1997. Prior to being appointed to the bench, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan from 1969-1973, and was in private practice in the District of Columbia from 1974-1982. Judge Facciola joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1982 and served as Chief of the Special Proceedings section from 1989 until his appointment as Magistrate Judge. Judge Facciola is a frequent lecturer and speaker on the topic of electronic discovery. Judge Facciola is a member of the Sedona Conference Advisory Board, the Georgetown Advanced e-Discovery Institute Advisory Board and he is also the former Editor in Chief of the Federal Courts Law Review, the electronic law journal of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association. He has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center. His most recent publication is with Jonathan M. Redgrave, “Asserting and Challenging Privilege Claims in Modern Litigataion: The Facciola-Redgrave Framework,” 2009 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 19 (2009). He received his A.B from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Glen Germanowski is the General Counsel for InfoMedics, Inc. in Reading, MA. InfoMedics designs, develops, and implements patient feedback programs for its biopharmaceutical clients. InfoMedics’ proven, highly personalized systems provide prescribing physicians with private, secure and complete information about the patient’s experience on a drug, enabling a platform for more effective communication. The company collects and stores patient healthcare and demographic information and is committed to maintaining strict privacy guidelines. Glen manages strategic and day-to-day tactical aspects of privacy related to the information collected. Prior to joining InfoMedics, Glen was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Sybase, Inc., a large database software company, where among other duties, he provided legal counsel to the IT Department on privacy and other data protection and retention issues and drafted many of the company’s initial policies in this area. Glen has been an in-house lawyer for nearly 30 years and is certified as a Corporate Privacy Professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He also teaches courses in law and ethics and employment law to graduate and undergraduate students.
Maura R. Grossman joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as an associate in the Litigation Department in 1999, and was appointed Counsel in 2007. Ms. Grossman has represented Fortune 100 companies and major financial services institutions in corporate and securities litigation, including civil actions and white-collar criminal and regulatory investigations. She currently focuses her practice on advising lawyers and clients on legal, technical, and strategic issues involving electronic discovery and information management, both domestically and abroad, as well as on matters of legal ethics. Ms. Grossman speaks and writes frequently on electronic discovery and legal ethics. She is a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Groups on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention and Production, and on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery, and Disclosure. Ms. Grossman is involved in various initiatives to provide training on electronic discovery to state court judges and court-appointed special masters and mediators. She also is a coordinator of the 2010 Legal Track of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Text REtrieval Conference ("TREC"), a joint government/industry/academic research project studying the application of automated information retrieval technologies to the growing challenge of e-discovery. Ms. Grossman graduated with an A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown University. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical/School Psychology from Adelphi University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Georgetown University Law Center.
J. Trevor Hughes is the Executive Director of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). In this role, Hughes leads the world’s largest association of privacy professionals. Hughes is an experienced attorney in privacy, technology and marketing law. He has provided testimony before the U.S. Congress Commerce Committee, the Senate Commerce Committee, the Federal Trade Commission, the Home Affairs Committee of the British Parliament and the EU Parliament on issues of privacy, surveillance, spam and privacy-sensitive technologies. He is a member of the first class of Certified Information Privacy Professionals (CIPP) and recently completed, with co-author Reed Freeman, Privacy Law in Marketing, published by CCH. Hughes is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law and has lectured on privacy at Harvard, MIT, the London School of Economics, Boston College Law School, Georgetown University and Northeastern University. He is a frequent speaker on privacy issues at conferences around the world. Hughes has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” the PBS “Nightly Business Report,” BBC Radio, and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, PCWorld, Washington Post, Boston Globe and Business Week. A native of Canada, Hughes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maine School of Law.
William Kayatta is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who also maintains an active appellate practice. As lead defense counsel in a series of MDL, ERISA class actions, he argued an interlocutory appeal this year securing the Sixth Circuit's reversal of a nationwide class certification. As jointly selected counsel for the world's major automobile manufacturers in a series of consolidated federal and state antitrust actions, he recently argued successfully before the First Circuit Court of Appeals securing the vacating of orders certifying a series of twenty state damage classes and a nationwide injunctive class. This past year he also served as lead counsel for the former Glidden paint company in securing the reversal of a multi-billion dollar "public nuisance" verdict in Rhode Island. Previously, he secured a $60 million recovery for a nuclear plant owner after a trial in Delaware. He currently represents a major insurer in a series of class and qui tam proceedings in Massachusetts and New York, three nuclear plant owners in a damage action against the DOE, and State of California energy regulators in proceedings before FERC. He has lost only two trials in twenty-seven years. In addition to his regular trial work, he has argued thirty-seven cases on appeal, including two to the U.S. Supreme Court, prevailing in thirty-one of those appeals. Mr. Kayatta is recognized in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for its highest "Bet-the-Company Litigation" and "Commercial Litigation" rankings. He is also recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers for Commercial Litigation; is named one of the top 500 litigators in the U.S. by Lawdragon Magazine; and is listed in Who's Who Legal USA: Commercial Litigation 2006 among 261 litigators in 46 states who are considered leaders in the field of commercial litigation law.
Greg Pellegrino is the Global Industry Leader for the Public Sector industry in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT) and leads the Federal Government Services practice for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP in the United States. Greg leads DTT’s industry focus in helping government leaders address critical issues impacting performance, accountability, and economic competitiveness. Greg is currently focused on combining DTT’s deep understanding of financial and technology networks to help member firm clients exploit the role of finance in detecting and preventing fraud, cybercrime and terrorism. Greg has also played a unique role in strengthening the relationship between government and the private sector, serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council based in Washington, D.C. from 2004 to 2009. For these efforts, Greg was recognized as one of the top 10 market channel leaders by Washington Technology Magazine. Greg is an author and key contributor to DTT’s timely points of view on global market issues, urging governments to implement new strategies for improving performance, accountability, and competitiveness. Recent highlights include: “Cybersecurity: Everybody’s imperative. Protecting our economies, governments, and citizens,” which urges government leaders to address cybersecurity to mitigate disruption to government operations and facilitate sustainable economic growth, and “Change your world or the world will change you: the future of collaborative government and Web 2.0,” which suggests that public agencies shift strategies as increasingly connected citizens are demanding efficient services through new internet based technologies. Greg has also been featured in television and print media throughout the world, including CNBC, Asia Business News, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal.