With over 20 years of legal industry experience, J leads one of the most respected consulting and managed services teams in the industry.
A thought leader and design architect, he focuses on delivering innovative technical solutions that solve the unique application challenges in the legal environment.
Along with providing strategic advice for firms of all sizes, J speaks regularly at industry and educational conferences.
Holland & Knight LLP
Maximillian is a partner in the firm's intellectual property group and the cybersecurity and privacy team. He focuses on licensing, IT outsourcing, information security (InfoSec) compliance, social networking and commercialization of technology. Maximillian regularly advises clients on InfoSec compliance and preparing for and responding to data security incidents, including assisting with preparing and implementing InfoSec programs and policies, overseeing investigations, responding to regulator investigations, and developing and implementing mitigation efforts following data breaches.
Founder & CEO
Cyber Risk Opportunities
Before taking on his current role, Kip was the chief information security officer for several companies and a cybersecurity consultant at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Kip managed global IT operations risk for a nine-billion-dollar logistics company and was the wide area network security director for the F-22 Raptor program. He is also the author of the online video course, “Implementing an Information Security Program.”
Chief Information Officer
Jackson Kelly PLLC
Mr. Brandt started his career in the world of litigation support/eDiscovery. He has been a consultant, a vendor and the CIO for several top US law firms. He is a strategic executive with a proven ability to lead large scale change initiatives and drive business growth through integration of technology with the business and practice of law. With thirty years of experience in the field of legal automation, he has an established track record of effective IT leadership. He is an innovative problem solver and creative thinker with considerable experience implementing and managing change in diverse cultures.
He now works as the Chief Information Officer at Jackson Kelly PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia. Mr. Brandt is also the Editor of the popular PinHawk Law Technology Daily Digest (a daily aggregated newsletter with a circulation of about 16,000 legal and technology professionals), a respected thought leader in the legal technology community and frequent educational speaker at regional and national user, trade shows and industry conferences.
TruShield Security Solutions, Inc.
Paul is responsible for developing the organization's corporate strategy and leading technical product and service development efforts. He actively provides strategic advice to C-level executives of large federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He provides additional subject-matter expertise in the areas of continuous monitoring, vulnerability management, incident response and cybersecurity operations center support.
Senior Penetration Tester
Brad is a security architect, penetration tester and incident response specialist with extensive experience in designing, auditing and configuring Windows and Linux platforms to include Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Active Directory. Brad ensures assigned projects fit within the scope of policies and procedures defined by IT security. He has also been involved in designing the security infrastructure for various bank projects. Brad has had several published articles on information security topics and has multiple certifications. He actively attacks networks (with permission) and performs RedTeam exercises.
Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
Scott Causey is the Director of Information Technology at Wyrick Robbins. Based in Raleigh, NC and with over 20 years of IT experience, he routinely works with the firm’s banking and healthcare clients to maintain information security compliance for the firm. Prior to joining his current firm Scott worked in IT management roles for multiple large law firms and software companies focused on the legal and financial verticals.
Senior IT Security Engineer
Gaurav has over 14 years of experience in the field of information security. His expertise and experience lie on perimeter defense, secure network design, vulnerability management, risk assessment, penetration testing, intrusion detection and incident response. Gaurav also evaluates the effectiveness of controls and recommends changes to mitigate or eliminate risks to mission-critical systems. Gaurav holds various security certifications, including CISSP, GCIH, GPEN and GCIA, and he has a master’s degree in information systems/engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Scott Christensen is part of the leadership team at Olenick and has worked in legal technology for over 25 years. He has experience leading the technology and business needs of several global law firms. He has served in numerous industry volunteer roles including six years on ILTA's board of directors and two years as ILTA's president. He leads teams that provide services to law firms and law departments in the areas of Quality Assurance & Software Testing, Desktop Engineering & Management and Strategic IT, helping clients reduce risk to achieve project success.
Kraft & Kennedy, Inc.
Dominick works in the firm’s infrastructure and enterprise systems practice group and is based in the New York office. He has over 15 years of industry experience with a broad skillset that includes designing, deploying, migrating and supporting multiple global Microsoft Windows Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange environments. Dominick also works extensively with Windows PowerShell for task automation and with cloud technologies, including Office 365 and Microsoft Azure.
Manager, IT Security & Risk Management
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
In his role at Seyfarth, Randy is responsible for establishing and maintaining the firm's cybersecurity vision, strategy and program to ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected. Randy has over 20 years of IT experience in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, retail and financial services. This includes a diverse background in information security and risk, with senior roles as director of supplier risk management, technology risk and controls manager, and business information security officer. In the security discipline, he is a certified CISSP, CISA and CIPP.
Enterprise Applications Manager
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.
Brian is primarily responsible for the firm’s identity, email and document management systems. He has spent the last 10 years working in the legal profession. Before that, Brian consulted numerous organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, on Microsoft technologies. His primary focus was on assisting customers with Active Directory and Exchange.
Information Security Manager
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.
Bob has over 15 years of experience in systems administration, network engineering and information security. He is currently responsible for all technical aspects of Akin Gump’s cyber defense strategy. Bob holds CISSP and CCNP certifications and is an active member of the LS-ISAO, ILTA and numerous other information security networks.
Fenwick & West LLP
Curtis's background includes security architecture design, incident response and host-based forensics for government and legal organizations. Curtis volunteers as a mentor for nonprofit youth programs and holds a GCIH certification.
Forensic Examiner Consultant
Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc.
Pete has more than 30 years of experience as a Computer Professional. Current responsibilities at Sword & Shield Enterprise Security include computer forensics, security assessments, incident response and tasks in the enterprise solutions arena. As a forensic analyst, Pete has provided courtroom testimony in several Tennessee State Courts.
Pete’s education includes an Associate’s degree in Electo-Mechanical Engineering from Owens Technical College in Toledo, OH and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee.
Industry certifications include the Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) for forensics, and two GIAC certifications, Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) and Certified Incident Handler (GCIH). Pete is also licensed in the State of Tennessee as Private Investigator.
Chief Information Officer
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Brian Donato is Chief Information Officer at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. He brings 30+ years of experience ranging from software developer to process engineer to IT Director to his current position at Vorys, where he has worked for the last 20+ years.
Mr. Donato is the firm’s Security Officer, a member of the firm’s Information Governance, Innovation and Technology committees, and technical advisor to many practice groups. Mr. Donato is a past member of the LegalSEC Steering Committee for the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), current ILTA Talent Council member and steering committee member for the Law Firm Information Governance Symposium. He frequently publishes and speaks on IT and IG topics.
Prior to taking on his current role, Peter served as a member of Baker McKenzie’s global Executive Committee and as managing partner of the firm’s North American region from 2007 to 2010. From 2001 to 2007, he was managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. Peter is a member of the firm’s Information Security Council.
VP of Engineering
Chris is an experienced technical executive in the cybersecurity product space. He is currently leading the engineering efforts to build the first community sharing platform for cyber intelligence and actual network sightings. Chris was previously the vice president of software development at nPulse Technologies, where he designed and built the Pivot2PCAP API platform used for integrating with other network security vendors.
Thompson Hine LLP
Aaron has worked at Thompson Hine for over 15 years as a member of the support team, desktop engineering team and now the security team. He helps protect the firm and improve the maturity of its cybersecurity program. Aaron enjoys family activities, volunteering at his church, continuing his information security education and playing golf.
Global Director, Information Governance, Risk and Compliance
Michele has been with Dentons for 6+ years and in large, global law firms for 25+ years. She has experience in numerous law firm business functions, including security, governance, risk and compliance, budgeting & business analysis, project management, communications, system implementation, user experience enhancement, human resources, procurement and large global mergers/combinations/relocations. She oversees Dentons integrated IT security and risk management functions to develop globally-aligned risk and compliance workflows to further the firm’s expansion of delivering secure, industry-leading client services. She fosters technology partnerships with the business and is actively involved in various legal industry initiatives to enhance the firm’s security and governance functions. She regularly collaborates with client industries and legal industry colleagues to help effectively enhance secure data-handling practices. Michele is an active ILTA volunteer, currently serving as the Women Who Lead Co-Chair and on the LegalSEC Steering Committee. She previously served on ILTA’s board of directors, as conference co-chair and talent & search committees. She is a College of Law Practice Management Fellow, Law Firm Information Governance Symposium (LFIGS) committee member and member of the Board of Directors for Legacy Charter School as technology advisor. She frequently speaks & writes on various governance, security, international relations, leadership and career management topics.