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Cloud Computing 2017: Key Issues and Practical Guidance

Speaker(s): Alexandra Ross, Eric Tilds, Janine Anthony Bowen, Jeffrey D. Batt, John P. Hutchins, Mark Webber, Merri A. Baldwin, Monique L. McNeill, Paul G. Karlsgodt, Tanya L. Forsheit
Recorded on: May. 22, 2017
PLI Program #: 185507

Alexandra Ross is Director, Global Privacy and Data Security Counsel at Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Previously she was Senior Counsel at Paragon Legal and Associate General Counsel for Wal-Mart Stores. She is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT and FIP) and practices in San Francisco, California. She holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and a B.S. in theater from Northwestern University. Alexandra is a recipient of the 2019 Bay Area Corporate Counsel Award – Privacy.

Alexandra launched The Privacy Guru blog in January of 2014 and has published an ebook Privacy for Humans (available on Amazon and iTunes).

Eric Tilds joined Logicalis in 2011, and was named Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Logicalis US in 2013.   He leads the company's Legal Services Group and is responsible for the company's legal work, compliance and risk management.  Additionally, he oversees the Information Security and Compliance Group for Logicalis US.  He also serves as Logicalis’ corporate secretary.

Eric has nearly twenty years of experience as a general counsel to technology companies.  Immediately prior to joining Logicalis, he was Vice President, Legal & Administration for Netarx, LLC, where he oversaw all operational functions during a twelve-year period of explosive growth, including legal, purchasing, human resources, administration and vendor relations.  Before Netarx, Eric worked as a consultant for both Arthur Andersen LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers, servicing a broad array of Fortune 500 clients.

Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and both law and MBA degrees from Wayne State University.  He and his wife Cary have two children and live in suburban Detroit.

Janine Anthony Bowen's technology-focused practice is on the front lines of innovation. An industrial engineer and forward-thinking counsel, she has earned a solid reputation for her aptitude with technology and intellectual property agreements, privacy and data protection, cloud computing, mobile commerce, and licensing and acquisition -- areas that benefit from her impressive background, including serving as a program manager at IBM and a senior consultant at Accenture. Her comfort with complex issues makes Janine a trusted advisor for clients negotiating technology-related deals with Fortune 500 companies, as well as those in need of intelligent analysis, cost control, strategic growth advice and thought leadership.

Janine's clients aren't the only ones who've taken notice of her strengths: In 2017, she became the first woman to receive the highest honor bestowed by Clemson University's College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, when she was inducted into the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists.

Select Experience

  • Serving as lead counsel for a $100M ERP software and cloud services acquisition.
  • Serving as lead counsel for a $125M education technology and services business.
  • Serving as lead technology counsel on a $75 million ERP application management outsourcing.


  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2018)
    • Atlanta: Technology Law
  • Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists: Inductee (2017)
  • Clemson Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award (2016)
  • Leadership Atlanta: Class of 2011
  • Leadership Georgia: Class of 2009
  • Georgia Trend Magazine, "Legal Elite" (2008)
  • CloudU Certificate

Jeffrey Batt is a Vice President in Marsh’s Cyber Practice, based in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he develops cyber risk management and transfer solutions for large domestic and global corporations. Jeffrey is a frequent speaker at domestic and international cyber insurance conferences, and his work at Marsh also focuses on product development and analytics. 

Prior to joining Marsh in March of 2016, Jeffrey served as an Associate Deputy General Counsel at DoD for nearly six years. In this capacity, he advised DoD on sensitive legal and policy issues pertaining to national security, compliance, and information management.

Jeffrey also currently serves as an Academic Director and Adjunct Professor at the ISDE law school in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, where he teaches on cybersecurity.


  • BA, Hamilton College
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Certification in Cyber Leadership, National Defense University (DoD)

John P. Hutchins is a seasoned technology lawyer who represents businesses in commercial and IP litigation, technology transactions, intellectual property and privacy and data security. He regularly works with clients on issues related to cloud computing, outsourcing, hosted services, technology licensing, systems and services procurement and project implementation.  He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in the area of Information Technology, and he has been quoted regarding tech issues by news outlets such as National Public Radio, ForbesComputerWorld, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Law360.

Law School/Graduate School

 University of South Carolina

Mark Webber is a Fieldfisher's US Managing Partner and a European lawyer and English solicitor.  He is one of a few leading EU privacy and technology specialists based full time in Silicon Valley. His daily workload focusses on data regulation and EU technology transactions (particularly those with a disruptive component).  

For 20 years he has been advising clients selling and buying technology and on the regulations that may impact these sales and solutions. He has particular expertise where cloud, digital and online technologies converge and leverage data in order to deliver value. He spends a lot of time helping US business understand and grow in European markets.

With EU/US personal data exchanges so fundamental to US technology offerings, a large proportion of his time is spent assisting with large global data transfer projects, GDPR "readiness", internal governance and accountability structures and on data protection risk management. He also knows his way around Europe's consumer and internet laws.

He is a technology industry insider acting primarily for high-growth or large tech sector businesses.  With so much reliance on technology across industries, he often draws on these skills as enterprises from other sectors look to deploy technology or collect and protect data within their own operations.

Webber is recognized as an expert in the Data Privacy & Protection and Information Technology chapters of Who’s Who Legal: Data 2019.  

He is a regular speaker at key privacy and technology industry events (such the ACC IT Privacy & e-Commerce Committee, RSA Security Conference, DataGuidance, TrustArc and OneTrust). He is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) training faculty and hold and regularly train the CIPP(e) European data certification. He co-authored the UK chapter of Global Security and Privacy Law published by Wolters Kluwer.

When not working you can find him with his family somewhere in the great outdoors – skiing, biking, camping and paddle-boarding accompanied by a myriad of kit and gadgets.

He is a registered Foreign Legal Consultant with the State Bar of California.

Merri Baldwin is a shareholder at Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, where her practice focuses on attorney liability and commercial litigation.  She handles claims of legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as motions to disqualify and for sanctions.  She regularly counsels lawyers and law firms on legal ethics and law practice management issues.  She represents attorneys in disciplinary matters before the State Bar of California, and has extensive experience handling attorney-client fee disputes.  Ms. Baldwin is a Vice-Chair of the State Bar of California’s Closing the Justice Gap Working Group.  Ms. Baldwin is a former chair of the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, and is currently a member of the California Lawyers Association Ethics Committee.  She is a co-chair of the Legal Malpractice subcommittee for the American Bar Association Litigation Section Committee on Professional Services Litigation.  Ms. Baldwin served as the President of the Bar Association of San Francisco for 2017.  Ms. Baldwin frequently lectures to attorneys and professional organizations on issues related to litigation, legal malpractice and ethics issues, and she is a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.  Ms. Baldwin co-edited The Law of Lawyers’ Liability (ABA/First Chair Press 2012) and since 2006 she has served as a consulting editor for the Attorney Fee Agreement Forms Manual, published by Continuing Education of the Bar, California.  Prior to law school, Ms. Baldwin was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics.


J.D., University of California at Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall)

B.A., Smith College, Magna Cum Laude with high honors

Monique McNeill joined Novelis Corporation in 2011 and is currently serving as Commercial Counsel. In her role, she regularly provides legal advice, counseling and service to the Novelis North America Business Group and to the Novelis Global Information Technology Group to ensure that Novelis' liabilities and legal risks are minimized in furtherance of strategic goals and objectives. She is responsible for a wide array of commercial agreements including procurement, sales, distribution and technology licensing agreements.  She is the resident subject matter expert on technology transactions and maintains a global IT contract compliance program inclusive of a worldwide training initiative.

Prior to joining Novelis, Monique served as Associate Counsel at Aflac Incorporated and started her legal career in 2005 as an Associate in the corporate department of Dentons (f/k/a McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP).

She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science and went on to graduate Cum Laude from Howard University School of Law.

Primary Areas of Practice

Commercial & Technology

Law School/Graduate School

The Howard University School of Law

Widely considered one of the country’s top privacy and data security lawyers, Tanya Forsheit has advised on high-profile matters involving confidential data and other sensitive information for over 20 years. Ms. Forsheit is Chair of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz’s Privacy & Data Security Group and Supervising Partner of the Los Angeles Office. She advises on the protection, processing and monetization of data, including matters related to interest-based advertising, privacy policies, mobile apps, cloud computing, smart devices, and data analytics.

Ms. Forsheit has advised on hundreds of information technology deals and transactions on behalf of both service providers and enterprise purchasers, including multilayered AdTech and cloud computing agreements. She is routinely called upon to help clients respond to time-sensitive security events and has advised on hundreds of such incidents. She has worked with over a hundred clients on the compliance requirements of the California Consumer Privacy Act, as well as dozens of multinational clients on the compliance requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. She is currently representing dozens more in preparing for, and addressing the policy implications of, the California Privacy Rights Act, taking effect in January 2023. 

The Legal 500 praised Ms. Forsheit in the 2020 edition as a “leading expert in CCPA” and “one of the leading authorities in data privacy.” The Los Angeles Business Journal included her as one of Los Angeles’ leading professionals “Thriving in Their 40s” in 2020. The Daily Journal named her as one of the top 20 Cyber attorneys in California in its inaugural 2018 list and again in 2020, and has twice included her in its list of "Top Women Lawyers."

Ms. Forsheit lectures widely on technology law topics and has been quoted on privacy and data security in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, ComputerWorld, Venture Beat, and Law360. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School.

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has certified Ms. Forsheit as both an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Privacy Technologist (CIPT). Ms. Forsheit is a past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

Paul Karlsgodt is the national leader of BakerHostetler’s national Class Action Defense practice team, with particular focus on data privacy and consumer class actions. He has represented companies in the insurance, healthcare, retail, energy and telecommunications industries in numerous nationwide and statewide consumer class action lawsuits and related litigation.

Paul is editor and primary contributor to the legal blog,, which covers a variety of class action-related issues, including decisions, trends, best practices, news and reform, both in the U.S. and throughout the world. He is an active member of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits (CADS) Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, chairing the Regional Meetings subcommittee.  Paul has defended clients in class action lawsuits arising out of some of the largest ever data security incidents as well as other class actions involving alleged violations of privacy rights.


J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1997

B.S., Purdue University, 1993


  • Chair of the annual ABA Western Regional Program on Class Actions and Mass Torts
  • Presenter at webinar on “TCPA Class Actions: Pursuing or Defending Claims over Phone, Text and Fax Solicitations” (April 2017)
  • Speaker at seminar on “Cloud Computing 101: Key Issues and Practical Guidance” (May 2017)
  • Speaker at Federal Bar Association Annual Convention (September 2017)

Honors and Awards

  • Trailblazer in CyberSecurity and Data Privacy by the National Law Journal in 2015
  • Law360 MVP in the area of privacy law for 2014 and 2015
  • Chambers USA: Litigation: General Commercial in Colorado (2016, 2017)
  • Colorado “Super Lawyer” (2011 to 2017)