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Cloud Computing 2018: Key Issues and Practical Guidance

Speaker(s): Janine Anthony Bowen, Jeffrey D. Batt, John P. Hutchins, Kenesa Ahmad, Mark Webber, Matthew C. Kelly, Merri A. Baldwin, Miranda J. Fields Stephani, Paul G. Karlsgodt, Tanya L. Forsheit
Recorded on: May. 21, 2018
PLI Program #: 221764

Mark Webber is the US Managing Partner & Registered Foreign Legal Consultant with the European law firm Fieldfisher and is based full time in Silicon Valley. 

As a European lawyer, his practice focuses on international technology and internet law. He is a leading contract and regulatory specialist advising on EU based technology transactions, particularly those with a disruptive component. He advises where cloud, digital and online technologies converge and leverage IP and/or data. 

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 information governance and accountability structures, and data protection risk management in the context of EU inward investment. 

Mark holds the CIPP(E) and is a member of the IAPP West Coast CIPP(E) training faculty. 

See Twitter @digitechlaw and www.linkedin/in/markwebber

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

Kenesa Ahmad is co-founder and Partner at Aleada Consulting, where she advises companies on privacy, data protection, and information security issues. Kenesa assists with developing and implementing global privacy and data protection programs, assessing multijurisdictional legal and regulatory obligations, and integrating privacy protections into emerging technology.

Prior to joining Aleada, Kenesa worked as a consultant at Promontory Financial Group’s global privacy and data protection practice. There, she served as an Independent Assessor for global technology companies subject to privacy related regulatory enforcement actions, including FTC consent decrees. Kenesa also worked as Privacy Lead for a global cloud enterprise productivity application while at Promontory. She has experience reviewing products to assess legal and regulatory compliance across multiple jurisdictions, and advising companies on user experience, product and feature development, and product flow using privacy-by-design methodologies.

Kenesa previously served as a Legal and Policy Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) in Washington, D.C. where she worked with regulators, policymakers, and companies to further FPF’s mission of advancing responsible privacy and data practices. Kenesa is also co-founder and former Chair of Women in Security and Privacy (WISP), a non-profit organization that aims to advance women in the privacy and security fields. She also serves as a Security & Privacy Committee Member for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

Kenesa received her law degree from the Moritz College of Law of the Ohio State University, where she served as an Articles Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal, and received her LL.M. from Northwestern University Law School. Kenesa is co-author of the IAPP Privacy Foundations certification book and is admitted to the Virginia Bar. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

Matthew Kelly is Vice President, Senior Corporate Counsel at ServiceNow.  During his tenure at ServiceNow, Matthew has been responsible for leading the commercial contracts team, supporting the Board of Directors, managing the company’s global equity program, 1934 Exchange Act reporting, and managing litigation and employment-related disputes.  Matthew currently serves as the company’s compliance officer and is principally responsible for leading a team in support of ServiceNow’s global compliance and risk management program, including the company’s global privacy compliance efforts. 

Prior to ServiceNow, Matthew was a sole practitioner advising clients on business formation and commercial transactions.  He started his career with Brown Eassa and McLeod LLP where his practice focused on defense litigation.

Matthew graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California and received his law degree from Santa Clara University.

Matthew is admitted to the State Bar of California and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional US/Europe.

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

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.

Miranda Fields Stephani is the lead commercial attorney for Levi Strauss & Co. in the Americas, where she helps the company navigate a full range of legal and business challenges.  Her practice includes complex commercial, financial, technology and real estate deals, driving operational and procedural improvements, managing compliance matters and legal disputes.  Notably, Miranda leads LS&Co. legal’s global transactions practice group and she also led a team in building and implementing a comprehensive  global contract management process and contract lifecycle management tool, for which she received the “Legal Hero” award for 2016. 

In 2017 she received the LS&Co. MVP award, which is given to a handful of LS&Co. employees, for exemplifying the company objective “Be Part of the Solution”. Prior to joining LS&Co., Miranda was in-house at L Brands, Inc., where her practice included corporate, finance, commercial and international matters, including laying the legal groundwork for the global expansion of the Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works brands into 300+ international locations, spearheading licensing, supply agreements and structuring strategy. 

Miranda began her practice at the law firm of Hahn, Loeser & Parks in Columbus, Ohio after graduating from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law with honors, where she was a founder and first Editor-in-Chief of The Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal. Miranda received her BA, cum laude, from Wellesley College and worked in mutual funds prior to pursuing a career in law. 

She lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband, toddler, cat and dog and loves to travel.  Miranda focuses her volunteer and non-profit board participation on essential services, education and the welfare of women and children.

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)