James C. Francis, IV
US Magistrate Judge (Ret.)
Mediator, Arbitrator, Special Master
James Francis is an arbitrator, mediator, and special master with JAMS. From 2017 through 2019, he was a Distinguished Lecturer at the CUNY School of Law, where he taught Electronic Discovery, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Federal Courts, and Constitutional Torts. From 1985 until 2017, he served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York. Judge Francis received his B.A. from Yale College in 1974, his juris doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 1978, and a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, also in 1978. For more than a decade, Judge Francis taught Constitutional Torts as an Adjunct Professor at the Fordham University School of Law. He has authored more than a dozen court opinions and articles on electronic data. He speaks frequently on electronic discovery and is a member of the Steering Committee of Sedona Conference Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure; the Advisory Committee of the Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute; the Advisory Board of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative; and the Global Advisory Board of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM).
Christine Payne, Esq.
Christine Payne is a nationally-recognized advocate specializing in eDiscovery and litigation strategy. She handles all aspects of case strategy and discovery for complex commercial litigation, restructuring-related litigation, products-liability litigation, antitrust matters, Section 220 requests, and ongoing or anticipated investigations. Before joining Redgrave in May 2019, Christine was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, where she led the Firmwide Electronic Discovery Committee. At Redgrave, Christine leads the Restructuring Discovery group and is the chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Christine lives in Austin, TX and is the mom of two cool kids, Ty and Addie.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Michelle Six is a partner in Kirkland’s New York office, where she focuses exclusively on electronic discovery law, concentrating on creating, monitoring, and implementing best practices and strategies for e-discovery. As Vice-Chair of the Firmwide Electronic Discovery Committee, she leads the Firm’s eDiscovery efforts and counsels clients on litigation readiness, developing eDiscovery strategy, and data privacy considerations and compliance. She frequently speaks at conferences and CLE programs on issues and solutions related to electronic discovery. Michelle is a Chambers-ranked attorney and mother of two budding Shakespeare lovers, Oliver and Emma.
Suzanne Clark, Esq., CEDS, RCU
eDiscovery CoCounsel, pllc
Suzanne H. Clarkdirects the Legal Project Management practice of eDiscovery CoCounsel, pllc. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Law and began her legal career as merits counsel in commercial litigation. She later transitioned to a full-time focus on Electronic Discovery and is a nationally recognized speaker and panelist in eDiscovery education. Suzanne is anAssociate Professor at Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, where she teaches e-discovery. She holds the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) designation from ACEDS and is also a Relativity Certified User (RCU). Suzanne co-founded the Jacksonville chapter of ACEDS, which was later recognized as national Chapter of the Year for its vibrancy and outreach and served as president of the chapter for two years and remains an active member of the board. She also sits on the Global Advisory Council 2020 of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM).
Risks & Responsibilities: The Ethics of eDiscovery