Board of Directors
Mr. Rogers is an information technology professional with over twenty years of experience working on high profile matters providing innovative solutions to complex data analytic and legal technology business problems. He has extensive expertise managing large teams in the investigation and litigation consulting area with an emphasis on computer forensics, data analytics, and electronic discovery. Dave specializes in working with corporate legal departments alongside external counsel helping them respond to government inquiries and providing electronic discovery support on internal investigations. In recent years, he has also worked with many clients to improve their internal capabilities to insource components of the electronic discovery process by identifying gaps and implementing programs to fit their objectives in a cost-effective manner.
Kevin focused on aligning legal strategy to business strategy in pursuit of value. Operational excellence is his emphasis. Business outcomes are his priority. Fostering engagement and cross-pollination throughout the organization is his passion. Developing his team members to their highest potential is his motivator. Kevin provides technical and business management expertise for the litigation support team at Thompson & Knight, while delivering consultation on ediscovery, information privacy, data security and governance, for TK’s attorneys and clients. Kevin is an active attorney in Texas, Illinois and the D.C., as well as a Solicitor in England and Wales. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the U.S. (CIPP/US), Relativity Expert (RCA, RAS, and RCU), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB), and Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS).
Alex Jacobs, CEDS
Immediate Past President/Director at Large
Alex is a Director in BRG’s Discovery and Forensic Technology Services practice. He has worked throughout his career at the intersection of technology and legal, whether inside of corporate legal departments or with outside counsel. Currently he helps corporate legal departments achieve their strategic objectives by aligning the right expertise in as much of a cost-neutral way as possible. Legal operations, ediscovery, privacy, compliance, information governance, records management; successful initiatives depend on aligning goals with broader corporate objectives, working within budget, and culture fit.
Rich Robinson began his legal-technology career in 1999 in the IT department for a large law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. He has served in numerous roles in IT and Litigation Support in large and medium-sized firms in Boston, Providence, Austin and Dallas. He has worked in the eDiscovery vendor space and spent seven years as the eDiscovery and Information Manager for JCPenney prior to joining Toyota. Rich is a founding board member of the bDiscovery and ACEDS chapters in Dallas and speaks regularly at eDiscovery conferences around the country.
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Janet Bryan specializes in workflow consultation and analytics. She enjoys assisting clients with developing efficient workflows and utilizing technological solutions including the latest analytics. In addition to ACEDS, Janet is a member of The Sedona Conference and EDRM. She holds Relativity and Brainspace certifications along with CEDS. She received her J.D. from William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia and her B.S. degree from Howard Payne University in Brownwood Texas. Janet is a member of the Virginia Stata Bar, the State Bar of Texas, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Patrick Bilgere is an e-Discovery consultant based in Dallas, TX. He brings over 15 years of experience in e-Discovery, data analytics, and information life-cycle management. Mr. Bilgere’s areas of specialty include data collection, computer forensics, predictive coding, review management, training and development, software selection and implementation and strategic consulting in support of all phases of litigation, investigations and litigation readiness. Mr. Bilgere has extensive knowledge and proven ability in assisting clients with managing the discovery process from beginning to end, ranging from collection, processing, review and hosting, to production and presentation.
Aaron has worked in litigation since 2001 overseeing 120+ trials during his career. Currently, Aaron serves as the Director of Legal Operations & Litigation Management for Balfour Beatty, a $20+ Billion market-cap multinational infrastructure group with capabilities in construction services, engineering, and infrastructure investments. Before joining Balfour Beatty, Aaron was the first ever non-attorney to serve as Director of Litigation for Copart, Inc. – a multi-billion dollar public company in the automotive technology space. Prior to working in-house, Aaron worked for several top litigation law firms in Dallas and New York as their senior managing trial paralegal.
Director at Large
Melissa Heidrick currently serves as an eDiscovery Project Manager at Norton Rose Fulbright; she also serves as Of Counsel for Kidd Production LLP, in Tyler, Texas. Previously, Melissa worked as a Team Coordinator at Level 2 Legal Solutions, and as a Transactional Associate at Michael W. Reindollar PC. She earned her J.D. from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, and her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. She is admitted to the State Bar of Texas, is a Director at Large for the Dallas Chapter of ACEDS, and is the current Chapter Director for the Dallas Chapter of Women in eDiscovery. Melissa is also co-founder and co-owner of MM Quail Farm.
Director at Large
Toni Millican is Senior Director of Information Governance & Data Protection for Trinity Industries, Inc. Trinity Industries, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, owns businesses that are leading providers of rail transportation products and services in North America. Ms. Millican joined Trinity in 2017 to build the eDiscovery program. She now leads the company’s information/data governance, eDiscovery and litigation support functions. She is a certified eDiscovery Specialist with over 30 years of legal industry experience, in both the public and private sector, with a concentration in eDiscovery best practices and technologies. She has an extensive background with implementation of enterprise wide eDiscovery technology, development of litigation support procedures and discovery management.
Director at Large
Doug is a Global Cyber Program Manager for Citi Security & Investigative Services (CSIS) at Citigroup. Doug's responsibilities focus on the oversight of technology used within the Global Investigative Support program, which provides eDiscovery, forensic, and data science capabilities in support of investigators and other stakeholders at Citigroup. Doug is an expert in design and solutions implementation and is responsible for developing new departmental procedures, best practices, and mechanisms to increase efficiency, ensure defensibility and compliance, and minimize costs. Prior to joining Citi, Doug has held technology and senior eDiscovery roles at major law firms for over 15 years, including Robinson & Cole in Boston, Stroock Stroock & Lavan and Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, and Akin Gump in Dallas. In these roles he served as a subject matter expert with extensive technical expertise to legal teams, vendors, and colleagues and managed complex projects for high profile clients.
Director at Large
Patrick Butts, CEDS, IGP is Director of Legal Operations and Information Governance for Hilltop Securities in Dallas, Texas. Hilltop Securities is a Texas-based diversified financial services company, servicing clients from offices across the United States in Public Finance, Capital Markets, Wealth Management, Structured Finance, Clearing Services, Corporate Finance and Securities Lending. In his role with Hilltop Securities, Patrick’s responsibilities are distributed between management of corporate legal related processes and practices; consultation with in-house and outside counsel regarding management of legal initiatives; integration of an Information Governance program, consisting of records management, information classification, supervising and managing the work flow and activities of the E-Discovery team and assisting with discovery for complex litigation, regulatory investigations and other disputes, leading the development of policies and procedures, training requirements and strategic vision for the E-Discovery program and platform, and collaboration with technology and business units on information governance.
Director at Large
Eric Boyd is the Firm's Director of Litigation Support. He has over 17 years of experience withElectronically Stored Information (ESI), E-Discovery, computer forensics, litigation support and trialpresentation. Additionally, he works across the Firm with vendors and clients on pricing, and helpsclients coordinate legal holds internally and devise forensic collection plans. Eric has been with theFirm since 2010 and has been the Director of our Litigation & E-Discovery Group since 2014.