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Events | October 5, 2023
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Leveraging Innovation to Avoid Crises While Improving Your Response to Litigation

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
150 Ottawa Ave NW
Suite 1500, 15th floor
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Co-hosts: Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, Insight Optix and Prism Litigation Technology

Please join Warner, Insight Optix and Prism Litigation Technology for a half day of panel discussions, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking. The panel discussions will focus on data breaches and how to avoid crises, and the panelists will share best practices for preparing for litigation with cost-reducing strategies and technology. The event is free to attendees.

See the agenda, panel descriptions and panelist bios below.


1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Registration and Networking

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.                    

Panel 1: Anatomy of a Data Breach to Avoid Crises
Data breaches can wreak havoc on your company and almost always lead to litigation. However, with each new breach, we gain valuable insight into what companies could have done better. Join our panel of legal authorities to examine recent cases and best practices to protect your company from a breach. The panel discussion will include:

• Lessons learned from recent data breaches.

• Proactive strategies to insulate your company before a breach hits.

• Planning for a rapid response when a breach is detected.

Scott Carvo (moderator), Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
Marcus Jones, Managing Counsel – Commercial Transactions, Legal Operations Administration and APAC Privacy, Amway
Nate Steed, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
Kelly Hollingsworth, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.                    


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.                    

Panel 2: The First 100 Days of Litigation – From Chaos to Clarity
Litigation costs companies billions of dollars, with eDiscovery spend alone expected to surpass $15 billion worldwide this year. As these costs continue to rise exponentially, corporate legal departments are actively seeking innovation in the delivery of legal services to reduce spend and risk. Join our panel of experts as we focus on the critical first 100 days of a case, where decisions significantly impact not only cost and risk but potentially the outcome of the case. The discussion will include:

• How to get your house in order to prevent sanctions and reduce spend.

• Early case strategy that leads to earlier insight into your data and story of the case.

• New technologies like Generative AI that can accelerate discovery.

Scott Carvo (moderator), Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
Katie Buis, Discovery Counsel, Stryker
Madelaine Lane, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
Mandi Ross, CEO, Insight Optix and Prism Litigation Technology

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.                   

Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres and Networking

About the Moderator
Scott Carvo co-chairs Warner’s Data Analytics and eDiscovery Practice Group, which helps companies reduce expensive eDiscovery costs by leveraging technology. He puts his eDiscovery expertise to good use in both his general litigation practice and in helping the firm as a whole, drawing on his technical background to make information exchange more effective and less expensive. He also advocates for clients in matters involving restrictive covenant, employment and general commercial litigation.

About the Panelists
Marcus Jones serves as managing counsel to Amway International Inc. Having joined the company in 2013, he oversees the enterprise commercial agreements group that leads enterprise technology engagements, data issues, real estate and aviation. He is also a member of the global privacy team that focuses on technology and privacy and leads privacy issues in Asia. Prior to Amway, Marcus worked as a commercial transactions attorney for Warner Norcross + Judd LLP for six years. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Law and from the Eli Broad College of Business at MSU with an MBA in supply chain and finance.

Nate Steed co-chairs Warner’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Group, and counsels a variety of organizations in technology and data privacy and information security law, and related contracts. His strengths also include the acquisition, use and audit of software and hardware and the internet of things. Nate has guided several clients through data breaches and ransomware attacks, and helps them prepare for and prevent breaches, but also to craft and implement a comprehensive data security incident response should a breach occur.

Kelly Hollingsworth co-chairs Warner’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Group, and focuses her practice in the areas of technology and data privacy. She guides both users and creators of software, cloud solutions and other technology through procurement, commercial contracting and implementation. She helps global clients – in such areas as health care, higher education, retail and manufacturing – protect and utilize both their own data and that of their customers in a way that complies with continuously evolving data privacy regulations, worldwide.

Katie Buis has over 11 years of experience in the field of eDiscovery. She has spent the last seven years as in-house Discovery Counsel at Stryker focusing her practice on intellectual property, commercial and employment litigation. She, along with her team, has developed a system for managing discovery for all litigation and investigation matters consistently to drive efficiency and cost savings, while also maintaining a strong focus on results.

Madelaine Lane co-chairs Warner’s Data Analytics and eDiscovery Practice Group, and assists clients with complex civil investigations involving high-volume documents and high-risk publicity, responds to discovery requests and conducts internal investigations, creates convincing litigation strategies and leads a persuasive criminal defense at trial. She has extensive experience working in higher education, automotive, health care, finance and agriculture, among others. Additionally, Madelaine has led some of the state’s largest criminal and civil discovery matters.

Mandi Ross is CEO and Managing Director of Insight Optix and is the founder and CEO of Prism Litigation Technology. During her 32-year career, she has managed a multitude of successful engagements for corporate legal teams and outside counsel, as well as working as a court-appointed eDiscovery expert. She has also served as a strategic advisor for some of the largest, most complex lawsuits and investigations in the last three decades. She is a nationally recognized speaker on eDiscovery-related topics, providing varying levels of continuing education to the legal community.

Parking Instructions
Parking is free and will be validated for those who park in the Warner Building. The parking ramp is located behind the Warner Building off Ionia Ave NW. Please bring your voucher and present it when you check into the event. (Vouchers are only valid for the Warner Building parking lot/ramp and will not apply to other parking.)