James W. Barkley, Morin & Barkley LLP / Charlottesville
James W. Barkley has been a partner in Morin & Barkley LLP since he co-founded the firm in 1995. He focuses a substantial portion of his practice on strategic counseling and risk management and complex litigation for clients in a number of different industries including insurance, construction, and product manufacturing. James has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the field of insurance law since 2009 and by Virginia Super Lawyers in the field of construction law since 2008. He has counseled clients on matters in a number of jurisdictions across the country including North Carolina, Virginia, the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, California, Mississippi, Louisiana, Nevada, and Texas. James received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from the George Washington University.
Hon. B. Waugh Crigler, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia / Charlottesville
Judge B. Waugh Crigler is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. He was appointed to this position in 1981. Judge Crigler received his B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University in 1970 and his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee in 1974. Judge Crigler began his career in 1973 as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert L. Taylor of the Eastern District of Tennessee. The following year, he became a private practice lawyer. He worked in this capacity until his judicial appointment in 1981. He also teaches at the University of Virginia School of Law. U.S. Magistrate Judge, Western District of Virginia, 1981-Present; B.A.,1970, Washington and Lee University; J.D., 1974, University of Tennessee; Tennessee Law Review; Law Clerk, 1973-74, Hon. Robert L. Taylor, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee; Private Practice, 1974-81; Member, Judicial Conference of the United States Criminal Rules Advisory Committee, 1991-97; Member, Boards of Governors, Virginia State Bar Sections on Education of Lawyers and Litigation; Member, 1998-2001, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Faculty, Professionalism Committee and Professionalism For Law Students Subcommittee; Member, Virginia Bar Association Professionalism Commission.
Alison A. Grounds, Troutman Sanders LLP / Atlanta
Alison A. Grounds is a litigation partner in the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders and the Founder & Managing Director of the Firm’s wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to eDiscovery strategy and technology: Troutman Sanders eMerge. Alison leads a team of dedicated lawyers and technologists who collaborate with clients and case teams to provide matter-specific solutions to improve efficiencies in the handling of data in litigation and governmental investigations. Alison leverages her litigation experience to advocate on behalf of clients in relation to eDiscovery issues at hearings and depositions in state and federal courts around the country and consults with clients on all phases of eDiscovery. She is a frequent speaker and author on eDiscovery issues and serves as a dedicated legal resource for Troutman Sanders lawyers and clients on the intersection of eDiscovery law and technology. She served on Georgia’s eDiscovery Task Force, is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1), and was named Technology Advocate of the Year for 2013 by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA).
Michael Yager, Spotts Fain, PC / Richmond
As Director of eDiscovery for Spotts Fain's Electronic Discovery and Information Analytics (DIA), Michael Yager contributes to the Firm's compliance with best practices and the law of eDiscovery. He plays an active role in helping ensure that this segment of litigation complies with the Federal and State rules governing it. Michael is involved in every stage of eDiscovery for the Firm and its clients, from the collection, early case assessment, and processing of electronically stored information (ESI) to the management of the Firm's in-house document review platform, the attorney review process, and the production of documents. The Firm assists clients with eDiscovery as it relates to litigation, responses to subpoenas, or internal corporate investigations. The emphasis is on a cost-efficient, best practice, and Rules compliant result.
The Director focuses on increasing process defensibility and efficiency by incorporating project management principles into the eDiscovery lifecycle. He manages process development to ensure DIA's eDiscovery analytics and document review service offerings continue to evolve on pace with technology and best practices.