Merri Baldwin is a shareholder at Rogers Joseph O’Donnell in San Francisco, 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 past chair of the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. 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, where she teaches professional responsibility. Ms. Baldwin co-edited The Law of Lawyers’ Liability (ABA/First Chair Press 2012) and 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
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.
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.
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 TrendMagazine, "Legal Elite" (2008)
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, Forbes, ComputerWorld, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Law360.
Law School/Graduate School
University of South Carolina
Primary Areas of Practice: Cloud Computing, Privacy, Commercial Contracts, Marketing, Public Policy
Law School/Graduate School: Baylor Law School
Rackspace 2007 – present
The Performance Companies/ TPC Mgmt 2005-2007
Martin Drought & Torres 2004-2005
State Bar of Texas
IAPP- CIPP Designation
Tanya L. Forsheit is Chair of the Privacy & Data Security Group of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, and a partner in the Technology & Digital Media, Litigation, and Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations groups, based in Los Angeles. She has advised on high-profile matters involving confidential data and other sensitive information for over 20 years. She represents multinational and emerging companies in the media, entertainment, consumer products, technology, advertising, health and wellness, and professional services industries, and serves as go-to outside privacy counsel for numerous organizations. 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. She 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 assisted dozens of organizations with successful application for EU-US Privacy Shield certification, and is working with numerous multinational clients to prepare for unprecedented changes to privacy practices and programs required by the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In January 2018, she was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 20 Cyber attorneys in California, and was one of three finalists for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Cybersecurity Lawyer of the Year recognition in 2017. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School, where she is teaching EU Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law in the Spring of 2018.
Her representative matters include:
Advised on hundreds of information technology deals and transactions on behalf of both service providers and enterprise purchasers, including due diligence for, and negotiation and drafting of terms for, cloud computing agreements involving the sharing of sensitive information and other IT outsourcing transactions;
Counseled hundreds of clients on implementation of programs, policies and procedures for purposes of complying with applicable laws and best practices, including but not limited to international laws such as the forthcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); federal laws like the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the CAN-SPAM Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA); and state laws including California’s Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) and Shine the Light law and Massachusetts’ data security regulations;
Represented clients across industry sectors in connection with more than 100 data security breaches involving consumer data, employee information and other sensitive information;
Drafted and updated several hundred privacy policies for websites, mobile apps and smart devices, including wearable technology;
Assisted dozens of organizations on application for EU-US Privacy Shield certification;
Represented nearly a dozen clients in litigating and/or resolving disputes under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, including successfully defeating class certification in December 2015 on behalf of a healthcare technology company in a privacy class action in which plaintiffs sought recovery of more than $40 million for alleged unlawful transmission of faxes relating to HIPAA compliance.
Chambers USA, IT Law Experts, Who’s Who Legal, and Super Lawyers have all praised Ms. Forsheit for her privacy, data security and technology work, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal 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 Los Angeles Times, Forbes, ComputerWorld, Venture Beat, and Law360.
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; and is a member of the American Bar Association: Science and Technology Law Section; the Los Angeles County Bar Association: Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section (ELIPS), Executive Committee; and the California Bar: Business Law Section, Cyberspace Committee.
Ms. Forsheit graduated from Duke University (AB, cum laude, 1994) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD, 1997). Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, she was a partner with BakerHostetler, and a founding partner of InfoLawGroup LLP, one of the nation’s leading privacy and data security boutiques.
Rachel has been an in-house technology lawyer for over 20 years, and her areas of focus include software-as-a-service, IP licensing, and complex IT transactions. She is currently the commercial legal lead responsible for leading software-as-a-service contract negotiations and strategy for Workday’s central region.
Rachel previously worked at Accenture for 12 years, most recently as a Director of Legal Services, advising senior leadership on regulatory and other legal and business risks with respect to Accenture's HR, infrastructure, and application outsourcing services. Prior to Accenture, she worked at IBM and with Siebel Systems, negotiating complex IT transactions.
Rachel has been a speaker at numerous PLI conferences since 2010 and is admitted to practice law in New York and California. She grew up in the Chicago area, received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1990, and graduated cum laude from Indiana University School of Law in 1994, where she was an editor of the Indiana Law Journal.
Rachel moved back to Chicago in 2016 after spending 22 years in Silicon Valley. When she’s not working, she enjoys volunteering in animal rescue.
With a practical, efficiency-obsessed approach, Alison assists clients in all discovery-related aspects of litigation, internal and governmental investigations, subpoena response, and due diligence, as well as proactive litigation readiness. Clients across varied industries rely on Alison’s litigation experience and technology prowess to develop and manage the overall strategy and to advocate on their behalf during discovery conferences, meet and confers and hearings. She regularly handles discovery disputes across the country to ensure the compliance and responsiveness of her clients’ adversaries and takes and defends eDiscovery-related depositions in support of her clients.
Alison is the founder and managing director of eMerge, a wholly owned subsidiary of the firm, which provides end-to-end, integrated discovery services for legal matters. eMerge’s attorneys and technologists combine legal strategy with the latest technology to manage data, reduce costs, and identify facts needed to resolve disputes. Their novel approach effectively addresses two common causes of unanticipated costs and risks: disconnected stakeholders and processes. The technologies used regularly include artificial intelligence, technology assisted review, continuous active learning, predictive coding, analytics, email threading, data visualization and custom applications. eMerge also creates bespoke staffing, technological and project management solutions to ensure clients’ goals are achieved.
Clients rely on Alison for proactive litigation readiness, including the development of repeatable and defensible litigation response plans before litigation arises. She is known for developing effective plans for the preservation, collection, analysis, and production of electronically stored information (ESI) that keep the costs and burdens of discovery proportionate to the unique circumstances and needs of each case or matter.
Alison is an authority on eDiscovery law. She is an adjunct professor of eDiscovery and Legal Technology at Emory University School of Law and a frequent speaker and author on eDiscovery issues.
University of North Carolina (J.D., with honors, 2001)
Loyola University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1997)
Awards and Recognition
Nationwide, Litigation: E-Discovery, Chambers USA (2017-2018)