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Ethical Implications of Social Media Use for Lawyers

Speaker(s): Ariel Risinger, James A. Sherer, Leah Kelman, Mark H. Francis
Recorded on: Feb. 13, 2020
PLI Program #: 291934

James Sherer is a Partner in the New York office of BakerHostetler, where he is a co-leader of the Emerging Technology team for the Digital Assets and Data Management Group and directs the firm’s Artificial Intelligence and Information Governance engagements.  James assists with oversight of discovery and Electronically Stored Information issues for firm clients.  James is also tasked with “deep dive” technological and case law-related assignments for omnibus motions and case strategy.  James’s work and scholarship focuses on litigation; discovery management processes; enterprise risk; records and information governance; data privacy, security, and bank secrecy; technology integration issues; artificial intelligence; social media and the Internet of Things, and related merger and acquisition diligence. 

James holds an MBA, the CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, FIP, and PLS data privacy professional credentials, the CIP and IGP information governance designations, the UCLA Extension Global Cyber Institute’s Cybersecurity Certification, and the CEDS and eDPC eDiscovery specialist credentials. James is U.S. and Global Chambers® Ranked for eDiscovery, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and serves as a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Groups One, Six, and Eleven. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association eDiscovery Committee as well as the New York eDiscovery Counsel Roundtable.  James serves as an elected board member for the New York Chapter of ACEDS, the Stecher & Horowitz Foundation, and the Michigan-based Cleveland Manor Community.  He is admitted to practice in New York, Washington DC, and Michigan.


Leah Kelman is Associate General Counsel of Herrick, Feinstein LLP.  She is a litigator concentrating her practice on complex commercial litigation, including class action defense, title insurance, and professional responsibility, ethics and risk management.  Leah’s practice includes class action and product liability defense work in state and federal court.  Leah also often represents real estate and title insurance clients, handling complex real estate claims on behalf of their insureds. Leah advises the firm on a range of matters including ethics compliance, litigation, risk management and insurance issues.  Leah is a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee and serves on the firm’s Electronic Discovery Committee.

Mark Francis is partner in the Data Strategy, Security and Privacy group at Holland & Knight LLP in New York.  Mark advises clients on tech and data matters across a wide array of matters that includes counseling and regulatory compliance, transactions, and investigations or disputes stemming from security and data incidents. 

Mark has a background in computer science and telecommunications, and received his JD/MBA from Fordham University.  He also has a number of cybersecurity and data privacy certifications including as a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), as well as an IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy.  Mark is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the New York Metro InfraGard association.

Ariel is a transactional attorney with a focus on technology, IP, privacy and cybersecurity supporting AXA XL’s global sourcing teams. She also advises AXA XL’s technology innovation teams on issues related to emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles, IoT, data analytics and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining AXA, she was an Assistant Counsel at AIG advising company’s social media and digital marketing teams across the globe. 

She serves as Membership Secretary of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of NY and is an active member of the Asian American Bar Association of NY’s In-House Counsel Committee. During her last semester of law school, Ariel clerked at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxemburg for Judge Borgh Barthet (ret.) of Malta. Ariel earned her B.A in Art History from Smith College and received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in NY and NJ.