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Cloud Computing 2015: Key Issues and Practical Guidance


Speaker(s): Alison A. Grounds, Janine Anthony Bowen, John P. Hutchins, Merri A. Baldwin, Perry Robinson, Rachel Beth Evans, Tanya L. Forsheit
Recorded on: Jun. 8, 2015
PLI Program #: 59129

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.

Education

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.

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.

Recognitions

  • 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


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


Primary Areas of Practice: Cloud Computing, Privacy, Commercial Contracts, Marketing, Public Policy        

Law School/Graduate School: Baylor Law School          

Work History:

Rackspace 2007 – present
The Performance Companies/ TPC Mgmt 2005-2007        
Martin Drought & Torres 2004-2005

Professional Memberships:

State Bar of Texas
IAPP- CIPP Designation


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.

Rachel can be contacted at rachel.evans@workday.com.


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 dozens of multinational clients on the compliance requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, and is currently representing dozens more in preparing for, and addressing the policy implications of, the California Consumer Privacy Act, taking effect in January 2020. 

The Legal 500 praised her in the 2019 edition as “incredibly responsive” and “everything you could ask for in an outside counsel.” The Daily Journal named her as one of the top 20 Cyber attorneys in California in its inaugural 2018 list, and has twice included her in its list of "Top Women Lawyers." She was one of three finalists for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Cybersecurity Lawyer of the Year recognition in 2017.

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). She sits on the Advisory Council of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). Ms. Forsheit is a past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.


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.

Education

  • 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)
  • Selected as Georgia Super Lawyer (2015 - 2017)
  • Selected as a Rising Star in General Litigation by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2009-2014)
  • Inaugural Recipient of the Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award (2015)
  • Selected as ILTA’s Technology Advocacy Professional of the Year (2013)
  • Named to the Fulton County Daily Report's 2013 "On the Rise" list for top attorneys in Georgia under the age of 40
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America