Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards Celebrate Diverse Group of Finalists and Honor U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Second annual awards ceremony recognizes corporate professionals who have made noteworthy contributions to the advancement of in-house e-discovery practices.

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This evening is a celebration of those who are trailblazing new pathways and maximizing efficiencies for corporate legal departments. The Hero Awards provide well-deserved recognition for these tireless innovators.

Zapproved LLC today announced the 19 finalists and Lifetime Achievement Award winner of the 2018 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards. The category winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony taking place at New York City’s iconic Tavern on the Green restaurant on January 29, 2018.

Leading into Legaltech New York, the awards ceremony is a celebration of those who are taking a leading role in transforming how corporations, non-profits and public agencies respond to litigation. From a field of nearly 50 nominees, the following in-house legal professionals are the finalists in four categories: Trailblazer, Guardian, Maximizer and Smooth Operator, all recognizing different aspects of e-discovery excellence:

Guardian finalists:

  • Dion Connelly and Jenifer Johnston, City of Portland, OR
  • TracyAnn Eggen, Dignity Health
  • Sofia Empel, Cotiviti
  • Dawn Marie Mulvey, BDO
  • Mike Stinson, Conoco Phillips

Maximizer finalists:

  • Amy Coleman, Burns & McDonnell
  • Chris Hocker, Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Dawn Radcliffe, TransCanada PipeLines
  • Michelle Spak, Duke Energy
  • Chris Wolski, Perdue Farms

Smooth Operator finalists:

  • Eric Lieber, Toyota
  • Constance Mockaitis, AbbVie
  • Crystal Nagaya, Square Inc.
  • Julie Son, AmerisourceBergen

Trailblazer finalists:

  • EJ Bastien, Microsoft
  • Steven Cornelius, Scripps Health
  • Daniel Garrie, JAMS
  • Cortney Starble, CBRE
  • Ryan Zilm, Andeavor

The evening will see the Hon. Craig B. Shaffer presented with the Hon. Shira Scheindlin Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his career to date that has advanced the practice of electronic discovery. As U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado, Judge Shaffer has provided countless contributions to the advancement of electronic discovery. His notable opinions from the bench, including the formative Cache v. Land O’Lakes ruling, have helped chart the course of e-discovery. Judge Shaffer has published numerous influential articles and spent significant time teaching and lecturing around the country, demonstrating his enduring leadership and mentorship.

Additionally, the ceremony will present the Pinnacle Award to three deserving recipients who have continuously contributed from the bench to providing direction to the bar and corporate legal teams about how to handle the rapidly changing demands of electronic discovery in civil litigation. The award, given to individuals outside of corporate legal teams, will recognize the Hon. James Francis, the Hon. Frank Maas, and the Hon. Andrew Peck, each recipient a U.S. Magistrate in the Southern District of New York.

“The impact of in-house litigation professionals is evolving at a rapid pace as their roles shift from a reactive to a proactive stance that requires measurable outcomes, having to do more with less and managing down both risk and costs. This evening is a celebration of those who are trailblazing new pathways and maximizing efficiencies for corporate legal departments. The Hero Awards provide well-deserved recognition for these tireless innovators,” said Brad Harris, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Zapproved. “It’s been an impressive selection of finalists this year and we are eager to learn from our panel of esteemed judges who will earn these awards.”

The event will also feature a fireside chat with world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin, as she discusses leadership traits and the role of the president during turbulent times.

The Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards is generously supported by generous sponsors including Zapproved, Code42, NightOwl Discovery, D4, Hanzo and HBR Consulting.

The Hero Awards are currently sold out, but those interested in attending can register for the wait list in case of an opening. There is no charge to attend the Hero Awards.

About the Hero Awards
The Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards, presented by Zapproved, honor e-discovery experts and corporate legal professionals who demonstrate excellence in e-discovery strategy, technology, process, teamwork and overall influence and achievement. An esteemed panel of federal judges, top in-house e-discovery practitioners, and national e-discovery experts will review and choose winners who will be announced at the awards presentation event.

About Zapproved LLC
Founded in 2008, Zapproved LLC is a pioneer of cloud‐based software for corporate legal departments. Their Z-Discovery Suite returns power to in‐house corporate legal teams and helps them navigate electronic discovery with minimal risk and cost, setting new standards for scalability and intuitive design. The company's flagship product, Legal Hold Pro, is widely adopted by Fortune 500 and Global 2000 corporations and has earned recognition with numerous awards, including Best E-Discovery Legal Hold Product at the 2015 and 2016 Legaltech News Innovation Awards. Zapproved is SOC 2® Type 2 certified.

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