E-Discovery Ireland 2012

2nd Annual E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Conference


Details of confirmed speakers at E-Discovery Ireland 2012 are listed below.

Pictured above is Browning Marean of DLA Piper, whose presentation on "E-Discovery in the United States" was the highlight of the 2011 conference for many of last year's attendees.

The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Clarke

The Honourable Mr Justice Frank Clarke is a judge of the Supreme Court. He was called to the bar in 1973, became Senior Counsel in 1985 and was appointed as a High Court judge in November of 2004. Mr. Justice Clarke was appointed to the Supreme Court in March 2012. As a barrister he played a central role in many of the most notable recent cases in the High Court and Supreme court, as well as serving as counsel to the Laffoy Commission and the Flood Tribunal. In 2009 he chaired the Referendum Commission for the second Lisbon Treaty referendum.

Read more about Mr. Justice Clarke.

Owen O'Connor, Cernam

Owen O’Connor is the Founder and Managing Director of Cernam. His background is in corporate information security and he has over 15 years’ of experience in dealing with digital evidence in e-discovery, corporate investigations and security incident response. He holds a Masters in Forensic Computing from the UK’s Royal Military College of Science (Shrivenham) and has twice been elected to the international board of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).

Tom Gilsenan, Informa

Tom Gilsenan, Sales Director at Informa since 1996 has almost twenty years experience in the area of Document & Information Management. In support of their solutions business Tom plays a significant role in developing Informa’s paper capture bureau, the first to receive ISO27001 accreditation in Ireland under the scope of Information Management. His expertise has carried him across all industry including banking, finance, engineering, legal and pharmaceutical both public & private nationally and internationally.

Liam Kennedy, A&L Goodbody

Liam Kennedy is the Vice Chairman of the International Bar Association’s Litigation Committee. He is a member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland. Liam specialises in international and domestic commercial disputes including, product liability, M&A,securities/auditors’ litigation (including international class actions), EU and competition law, and constitutional litigation. Liam studied law, history and philosophy in the University of Otago in New Zealand following which he qualified as a barrister and solicitor in 1985, worked in Kensington Swan in Wellington and then Herbert Smith in London. Liam joined A&L Goodbody in 1992 and he is a Partner and the current Head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department.

Andy Harbison, Grant Thornton

Andy Harbison is a Director with Grant Thornton and leads their Litigation Technology and IT Forensics practice. He has been one of the country’s leading specialists in the areas of IT Forensics and Electronic Discovery for the last 12 years. He holds a BSc in Electronics Engineering and Masters degrees in Business Administration and Information Technology. He is Adjunct Lecturer in Digital Investigation at University College Dublin and also regularly lectures on these topics at the Law Society of Ireland and Kings Inns. He has published extensively in IT forensics, computer fraud, electronic litigation and data privacy and is a regular speaker at conferences and private corporate seminars. 

Chris Dale, the e-Disclosure Information Project

Chris Dale qualified as an English solicitor in 1980 after reading History at Oxford. He was a litigation partner in London and then a litigation software developer and litigation support consultant before turning to commentary on electronic disclosure / discovery. He runs the e-Disclosure Information Project which disseminates information about the court rules, the problems, and the technology to lawyers and their clients, to judges, and to suppliers. He is a member of Senior Master Whitaker's Working Party which drafted the new Practice Direction and Electronic Documents Questionnaire. He writes the UK's only authoritative and objective web site and blog on the subject and is a well-known speaker and commentator in the UK, the US and other common law jurisdictions. Read more.

Leonard McAuliffe, PwC

Leonard McAuliffe is a Director with PwC Advisory Consulting and heads up the Information Security and Forensics function. Leonard has 15 years’ experience in the area of Information Security and Forensics and has worked on some of the largest and most complex forensics and e-discovery projects in Ireland and globally. Leonard has assisted organisations in developing e-discovery in-house capability from the ground up and has also provided e-discovery and litigation support services to many legal firms and private and public sector clients.

Megan Hooper, McCann FitzGerald

Megan is a solicitor in McCann FitzGerald's Litigation and Dispute Resolution department. She has extensive experience in commercial litigation and criminal and regulatory investigations and liaising with investigative authorities. Megan has broad experience managing discovery projects and has detailed knowledge of electronic document management systems and related issues including coding, privilege and responding to orders made under various statutory instruments. Megan has considerable trial experience in medical defence litigation. She has significant knowledge of court procedures and the strategic handling of litigation.

Betty Robinson

Betty Robinson is the Litigation Support Manager for A&L Goodbody Solicitors and has been with the firm for 21 years. Betty has extensive experience of managing discovery projects ranging from smaller in-house matters to large multi-national cases involving the co-ordination of large review teams. Betty has been involved in identifying and delivering solutions to discovery projects throughout the evolution from hard copy/image driven software to hosted web based services for large scale forensically collected data. Betty plays a pivotal role within A&L Goodbody's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and is closely consulted in relation to all aspects of discovery projects from the planning and technical side through to final production phase.

Karen Reilly, Cernam

Karen Reilly is Operations Lead with Cernam and has worked with the company for over 2 years. Karen has a BSc in Psychology applied to IT and an MSc in Cyberpsychology, both from IADT Dun Laoghaire. She is responsible for Cernam’s day-to-day operations including significant involvement with Cernam’s online investigations work. She has participated in multiple investigative and expert witness projects at Cernam, in particular those involving social networking websites and cloud services. Karen is also involved in the development of Cernam’s core online evidence technology (Capture & Preserve) and has played a key role in the creation of Cernam’s new “Watson” tool for detecting cloud service usage on corporate networks.

Niall Michel, Mason Hayes & Curran

A former barrister, Niall is a partner in the public and administrative law unit of the litigation department at Mason Hayes & Curran, solicitors. He focuses on advising public bodies, regulators and professional and other disciplinary bodies in relation to public law matters, and on representing them in judicial review, statutory appeal and other dispute-resolution proceedings (whether with counsel or, occasionally, as a solicitor-advocate).

His work frequently involves advising in relation to complex information-access and disclosure matters. These include discovery, freedom of information, and other information-disclosure processes, as well as evidential matters generally and issues relating to privilege, confidentiality and privacy.

Karyn Harty, McCann FitzGerald

Karyn's principal area of practice is complex commercial disputes. She advises companies and financial institutions on corporate disputes, product liability defence, regulatory compliance and investigations and the resolution of disputes through Commercial Court litigation and mediation.

Karyn is currently strategically co-ordinating, as lead litigation adviser, litigation relating to asset recovery on behalf of an Irish financial institution in Sweden, Cyprus, India, Russia, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Belize, British Virgin Islands, United Arab Emirates and Panama. She has in depth knowledge of working with counsel in civil law jurisdictions and securing injunctions, including mareva injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders and the appointment of receivers. Read more.

Cliona Kimber BL

Cliona Kimber is a Barrister who specialises in the practice of employment and equality law. She is co-author of Sex Discrimination Law in 2000.  She is the co-author of two other titles on employment Law, was the founding editor of the Irish Employment Law Journal and former editor of the Employment Law Reports, a former lecturer in Labour Law in Trinity College Dublin and has published nationally and internationally in the area.

Mark Surguy, Eversheds LLP

Mark is a Partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution group at Eversheds LLP. He specialises in multi-disciplinary, complex and commercially sensitive cases where urgent legal remedies are required and where large volumes of electronically-stored information have to be collected, searched and produced in court or to the authorities. Formerly Head of Fraud at a large international law firm, his practice centres on advising corporate and institutional victims of fraud and commercial dishonesty, often in a cross-border context.

Mark is co-author of the chapter, Electronic Disclosure in UK Litigation and Investigations in the 2009 American Bar Association's publication, Electronic Evidence and Discovery: What Every Lawyer Should Know Now and assisted with the writing of the section on "The Management of Technology Related Risks" in Sweet & Maxwell's Encyclopaedia of IT Law. He is a regular contributor to professional journals and news media on both fraud and the management of electronically stored information and a well-known conference speaker. Read more.

Simon Collins, Ernst & Young

Simon Collins is a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young's Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services team in Dublin. Simon and his team specialise in the delivery of IT Forensic and eDiscovery services to clients. Simon has over seven years’ experience working in Irish and international markets, from complex multi-jurisdictional eDiscovery projects, to acting as an expert witness in numerous cases. Simon holds an MSc in Forensic Computing, and the EnCase Certified Examiner industry qualification.

Rob Kenny, Zylab UK

Robert Kenny has worked with ZyLAB - Industry leading provider of eDiscovery and information management solutions - for over 12 years in both technical and commercially focused roles. As an eDiscovery Specialist, Rob has overseen all types of cases from civil to criminal to commercial. Rob’s expertise provides him a platform to deliver training, advice and thought leadership. Recently Rob’s focus has been on expanding his legal knowledge through comparative studies of overseas processes in Asia Pacific and North America as well as educating commercial organisations about the implications of the UK Bribery Act.

Dermot Moore, AIB Group

Dermot leads a team responsible for the development of Information Governance, Records Management and Archival processes for both paper and electronic records. Additionally Dermot has responsibility for the development of the business operating model for eDiscovery Services incorporating record preservation (Legal Hold) procedures.  Dermot works with IT and IT Security, business teams and external and internal legal teams on the procedures for the preservation of information to support internal investigations, litigation and regulatory investigations.  Dermot has over 27 years experience of leading IT and business change programmes and projects and prior to joining AIB held senior programme management positions with Airtricity and IBM Global Services.

Lisa Broderick, DAC Beachcroft

Lisa has significant expertise in defending commercial litigation cases before the Irish High Court to include the Commercial Court. She has routinely acted on behalf of parties involved in substantial property litigation disputes and also has a wide variety of experience defending cross jurisdictional litigation both in the product liability and financial services spheres. Lisa has also acted on behalf of State Agencies and in particular has advised them in relation to administrative, regulatory and enforcement issues. Lisa regularly advises on E-Discovery (disclosure) issues and issues relating to legal professional privilege.

William O'Brien, KPMG

William O’Brien is a Manager within KPMG’s Forensic practice. William specialises in the delivery of electronic disclosure management and computer forensic investigation services. William has led work streams in a number of large and small scale projects throughout Europe, ranging from fraud, litigation, price fixing, insolvency, civil investigations and regulatory enquiries. He has also provided computer evidence and has given expert testimony in the Irish courts. William is a graduate of University College Cork where he studied Computer Science and he also holds a number of industry certifications from Cisco, Microsoft and Guidance Digital Forensics Software.

Caroline Conroy, La Touche Training

Caroline Conroy, Solicitor, is Director of Training and Development with La Touche Training. Over the last 17 years, Caroline has trained more Expert Witnesses than anyone else in the country. She has run 4 Expert Witness conferences which has brought together leading speakers and experts from a variety of disciplines. Caroline has also contributed to the Law Reform Commission Consultation paper on Expert Evidence. Caroline regularly speaks on a variety of legal issues, including the role of the Expert Witness.

Dr Vivienne Mee, Rits Computer Forensics

Vivienne has over 10 years’ experience in the field of IT Forensic investigations and Electronic Discovery engagements. Vivienne has delivered IT Forensics and Electronic Discovery services to a diverse group of clients from leading pharmaceuticals, large financial institutions, to government departments. Vivienne has advised on very current investigations which have led to developments in Irish Case law.

Previous to joining Rits Computer Forensics, Vivienne was a manager in the Enterprise Risk Services Department at Deloitte Dublin where she led and managed a team in the delivery of IT Forensics and Electronic Discovery projects. Vivienne obtained a PhD in the area of Computer Forensics from the University of Glamorgan and has contributed extensively in the area of IT Forensics Research. Vivienne holds positions on various academic boards for the validation of IT Forensic courses in Ireland and the UK.

Ronan Lupton BL

Ronan Lupton is a member of the Irish Bar and practices in the areas of commercial, chancery, defamation, intellectual property / copyright and competition law. Prior to practice he spent 14 years in various regulatory and engineering roles in the Internet and communications markets, including as Head of Regulatory Affairs for Verizon Business in Ireland. He is Chair of ALTO and the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland as well as being a member of the Department of Justice Internet Safety Advisory Committee; the Irish IPv6 Task Force; and the Irish ENUM Policy Advisory Board. He holds a BA (Management), M.Sc. (Strategic Management), and the degree of Barrister-at-Law (King’s Inns). He also lectures Criminal and Contract Law for the Law Society and Honorable Society of King's Inns entrance examinations.

Nigel Murray, Huron Legal

Nigel has been at the forefront of the litigation support and e-Disclosure industry in the UK since 1991. He managed the first e-Disclosure project to go before a UK court in the early 2000’s and has since advised and worked with a large number of clients in the UK, mainland Europe and the Middle East in a range of industry sectors.

Prior to joining Huron, Nigel was founder and Managing Director of TRILANTIC, the first UK-based e-Disclosure company. Previously, Nigel was a litigation support manager in a major international law firm before establishing the first UK litigation support company in 1993 where he managed the BCCI liquidation and the only UK tobacco case. Please click here to view Nigel’s full bio.

Browning Marean, DLA Piper

As a member of DLA Piper’s litigation group and co-chair of its E-Discovery Readiness & Response group, Marean is the leading e-discovery expert within the world’s largest law firm and one of the foremost authorities in the field.

Browning Marean is a US attorney, admitted to practice in California and Texas. Within DLA Piper he concentrates his practice on electronic discovery, professional responsibility and knowledge management. He joined DLA Piper in 1969 and serves on the firm’s Technology Committee in addition to being an emeritus member of the California State Bar Law Practice Management Committee and the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics committee. He is an internationally known teacher and frequent lecturer on electronic discovery and co-author of “Electronic Discovery and Records Management Guide: Rules, Checklists and Forms”, (Thomson West, 2010), and “Conducting Discovery in an Electronic World: Electronic Data and Discovery” (California Civil Discovery Practice).

Pauline Walley SC

Pauline Walley SC, LLM. Comm. Law, Dip.Arb. Law,ACIS, is a practicing barrister with a general practice in civil and criminal litigation. She was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1989, having previously worked in insolvency and company law. She was called to the Inner Bar in March 2005. She is a former editor of the Irish Intellectual Property Review, and was a founder member of the Copyright Association of Ireland, the Irish Womens Lawyers Association and the Irish Criminal Bar Association. She has written and lectured extensively on copyright, privacy, contempt and criminal law issues. She has a particular interest in intellectual property, and privacy law. She is also a qualified mediator (CEDR), and acts both as a mediator and as a legal adviser to clients involved in the mediation process.