LegalTech Seminar Series Presenters

Gregory B. Adams

Gregory B. Adams is the premier authority in South Carolina on lawyers’ ethical duties regarding the use of technology in the practice of law. The South Carolina Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized his expertise. He is in his 40th year as a law professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and he has been teaching lawyers about the ethical use of technology for more than a decade. He serves on the American Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the Law Practice Division.

William E. Booth III, Esq.

William E. Booth III is a member of Booth Law Firm, LLC, a solo practice in West Columbia.  He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1975.  His practice areas include Real Estate Transactions; Civil Litigation; Corporate Law; Property Tax; Low Income Housing Tax Credits; Section 1031 Exchanges.

Mr. Booth received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1970 from the University of South Carolina and his Juris Doctor degree in 1975 from the University of South Carolina School of Law where he was a member of the Moot Court Board; he was a Law Clerk for former and now deceased South Carolina Supreme Court Justice William Rhodes, 1975-1976.  He is a member of the Richland County, Lexington County and American Bar Associations.  He is a title insurance agent for Investors Title Insurance Company.  He is active in the South Carolina Bar having served as chairperson of the Solo and Small Firm Section and as chairperson of the Law Office Technology Committee.  He was appointed by Gov. Sanford in 2005 to serve on the newly established e-Government Oversight Committee and reappointed in 2007.

His law career includes the last seventeen years as a solo with an office in Lexington County on Sunset Boulevard (Hwy. 378), the prior eighteen years as a partner/associate in a small four-person law firm in Columbia, two years with the Public Service Commission followed by two years with the Department of Insurance, both SC state agencies.  He also does personal injury cases resulting from car accidents.  Since 2000, Mr. Booth has briefed and argued twelve cases before S.C. appellate courts.  His practice in federal court consists of one recent bankruptcy/collection matter settled before trial.  His law staff consists of one full-time paralegal/secretary, and a part-time bookkeeper/runner.  He works about 60 hours per week and enjoys the professionalism aspect of being a lawyer and for the most part, he enjoys working with other lawyers.

Brian Canada, PhD.

Brian Canada, PhD, has been serving as a data analytics consultant to DRD since 2017. He is a tenured associate professor of computational science at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB), where he teaches courses in programming, web development, database management, and high-performance computing. He is also the faculty advisor and founder of the USCB Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He also serves as USCB’s resident liaison to the Beaufort Digital Corridor, an extension of the Charleston Digital Corridor. For his efforts in the classroom as well as in service to the community, Dr. Canada was recognized as USCB’s Professor of the Year for the 2016–17 academic year. In addition to his expertise as a data analyst, Brian brings to DRD more than 15 years of experience as a freelance graphic designer, which underlies his strong passion for data visualization.

D. Britt Dove

Lieutenant D. Britt Dove is currently the supervisory agent for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) Computer Crime Center since 2008. Previous to SLED, Lt. Dove was an investigator with the West Columbia Police Department, handling cases involving child and elder abuse, sexual assaults, homicides, white collar and property crimes. Lt. Dove is an active part of the US Secret Service Electronic Taskforce, FBI Cyber Taskforce, and the SC Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC). Lt. Dove has attended various courses with the US Secret Service in Network Intrusion and is qualified to teach “Best Practices — Collection/Seizures of Mobile Devices for Investigators” through the National Domestic Communication Assistance Center (DOJ). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina.

John P. Gardner Jr.

John P. Gardner Jr., J.D., CITRMS is an attorney and one of the nation’s leading consultants on identity theft and data accuracy. He has consulted with various state and local governmental entities across the country, industry groups, and attorneys on identity theft, privacy and data protection legislation. He has helped to implement identity theft protection programs which today protect hundreds of thousands of Americans from data corruption and identity theft. Gardner is coauthor of If You are Me, Then Who am I? The Personal and Business Reality of Identity Theft a publication which quoted and used by the California Office of Privacy Protection and is on the Navy CIO’s Recommended Reading List. Gardner is a founding Partner of Accurate Data Partners, LLC and a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist. Previously, Mr. Gardner served four terms in the South Carolina General Assembly and four years as a Commissioner for the South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation where he Chaired the Highway Patrol Committee.

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq.

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a digital forensics, information security and information technology firm in Fairfax, Virginia. Ms. Nelson is the author of the noted electronic evidence blog, Ride the Lightning and is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast series called “The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology” as well as “Digital Detectives.” She is a frequent author (fifteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence topics. She was the President of the Virginia State Bar June 2013–June 2014 and a past President of the Fairfax Law Foundation. She may be reached at snelson@senseient.com.

Jack Pringle

Jack Pringle is a partner with Adams and Reese, LLP in Columbia.

With an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Jack helps businesses protect, manage and communicate information lawfully and effectively. He guides clients through information incidents, data breaches and related threats in connection with federal and state breach notice and personal information and privacy laws, including notification, mitigation, regulatory response and resulting lawsuits and investigations. Jack helps organizations strengthen their information security programs by evaluating potential cybersecurity insurance coverage, developing and testing incident response plans, and helping clients create and implement appropriate security policies and training,

In the S/MH context, Jack has been a regular speaker and writer on wellness and well-being issues. He has spoken before/at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Vanderbilt University School of Law, Association of Corporate Counsel-South Carolina, Richland County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, the Georgia Bar Convention, the South Carolina Association of Counties, the Canadian Bar Association, the South Carolina Defense Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Association of County Attorneys, the South Carolina LPM-Tech Conference, the Greenville County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, The South Carolina Public Service Commission/SC Office of Regulatory Staff, the SC Council of School Attorneys, the SC Association of County Attorneys, and the SC Workers’ Compensation Education Association, among others.

Over the past couple of years, Jack has spoken and written frequently on issues of wellness and well-being, especially in the context of evolving technology tools and a changing practice and economy.

Jack focuses his practice on privacy, information security, and information governance; administrative and regulatory law; public utilities; land use litigation; and class action litigation. Jack helps businesses protect, manage, and communicate information lawfully and effectively, and has received the Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”).

Karen Randall

Karen Randall is founder and chair of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice, co-chair of the Professional Liability practice and a senior trial counsel at Connell Foley. She represents clients in complex litigation and regulatory compliance and defense matters involving cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, social media and professional liability. Karen also has substantial experience with employment law, business litigation and insurance law. Her counsel and advocacy in federal and state courts for professionals and businesses spans a broad range of industries, including legal, health care, financial, retail and design. Karen has an extensive background developing proactive plans to reduce cyber-attack risks and conducting risk/security assessments for lawyers and law firms, health care professionals and institutions, financial entities and professionals, and retailers. She helps companies implement data security and information governance policies and procedures, security awareness training for employees, and incidence preparation and response. In addition, Karen offers strategic solutions related to post-breach matters, including statutory notification requirements, class action litigation, regulatory enforcement actions, forensics and crisis management. Karen also maintains a strong professional liability practice, working closely with law firms, health care and assisted living institutions, architects and engineers, directors and officers and accountants. In her complex litigation work, she handles premises liability matters for major retailers and substance abuse treatment centers as well as amusement parks, concert venues and bowling centers. She defends these entities against diverse claims, including significant sexual molestation and elder abuse matters. Often tapped for key state and national leadership positions in both cybersecurity and professional liability, Karen received ABA presidential appointments to serve on the Cybersecurity Task Force and the Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability. She was nominated to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and is founder and co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cyber Security Task Force. Karen was also appointed by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to serve on the state Board on Civil Trial Certification. Among other roles, she serves as vice chair of the Cyber Security and Data Privacy Group of USLAW Network Inc.; regional chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (including as a Member of the Cyber Liability and Cyber Summit Committees); and mentor for the National Association of Women Lawyers. Her accolades include listings for New Jersey’s Women Leaders in Law, Complex Litigation; National Finalist, CLM Litigation Management Professional of the Year; NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business; and Prominent Woman Among Women. Karen speaks and writes frequently on data security and privacy, business litigation, professional liability, director and officer issues, and social media use and ethics ranging from risk management to insurance defense and coverage. Prior to joining Connell Foley, she served as a legal clerk to Governor Richard W. Riley of South Carolina.

Thomas Scott

Thomas Scott (Tom) is the Executive Director of SC Cyber. With over 25 years of State Government experience in both Florida and South Carolina, Tom has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in protecting State critical infrastructure and cyber assets. He currently holds certifications in information security, information auditing, security leadership, and project management — he is also a recognized FEMA Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Practitioner. Tom is a member of the FBI’s InfraGard program and serves as an advisory board member for the Dutch Fork High School Cyber program. He has actively participated in the federal information security community by serving as a member of the MS-ISAC’s Education and Business Continuity workgroups. He was recently elected to the MS-ISAC’s Executive Committee and selected to serve on the Board of the SC Midlands Chapter of ISACA.

John W. Simek

Mr. Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., an information technology, digital forensics and information security firm located in Fairfax, VA. Mr. Simek has a national reputation as a digital forensics technologist and has testified as an expert witness throughout the United States. He holds a degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA in finance from Saint Joseph’s University. Mr. Simek holds the prestigious CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and EnCE (EnCase Certified Examiner) certifications in addition to multiple other technical certifications. He currently provides information technology support to hundreds of Washington, DC area law firms, legal entities and corporations. He is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast Digital Detectives. He is a frequent author (fifteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence topics. He may be reached at jsimek@senseient.com.

William K. Slate II (Bill)

Bill is co-founder of DRD and serves as Chairman and CEO. He led AAA/ICDR for 19 years. and he has served as both an arbitrator and a mediator. For 12 years he was a member of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Working Group. He founded CAMCA (the Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Center for the Americas), and has been a Visiting Senior Fellow in Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration at Duke University Law School, and a visiting professor at Seton Hall University Law School, University of Richmond Law School, Virginia Union University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has had 46 articles and book chapters published in professional journals, and has edited and authorized the filing of 9 amicus curiae briefs on a range of arbitral issues before the Supreme Court of the US and with other state and federal courts. He has delivered over 80 keynote addresses on arbitration and mediation at business and legal conferences worldwide. He is an elected member of the ICCA Governing Council. At an earlier time he was an executive in both federal and state courts in the United States, and was the Director of a seminal study of Federal Courts in America mandated by the US Congress and reporting to the President, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress. He is the former Chairman of the Board of the American Management Association, and of Girard College. He was a Poteet Fellow at Wake Forest University, and holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Richmond Law School, and an MBA Degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Debora Moore Slate (Debi)

Debi is co-founder of DRD and serves as the President and COO.  She began her ADR career as the Founding Director of the SC Council for Mediation and Dispute Resolution, a program which worked with the courts and trained over 700 lawyers in civil and family mediation  throughout the state of SC. She also worked  as the National VP online dispute resolution with American Arbitration Association, where she helped develop and oversee a 2-state mediation initiative for homeowners in Louisiana and Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. She is trained as a mediator, and she is a former board member and editor of publications for an international organization headquartered in Paris, France — Arbitral Women. She holds a BA from the University of SC and an MBA from the McColl School of Business, Queens University in Charlotte, NC.