John M. Degnan | Taft Law
John is an accomplished trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator who has handled more than 100 jury trials. As a member of Taft’s Commercial Litigation practice. John has more than 40 years of experience handling malpractice claims, prescription drug and pharmacy matters, products liability and issues relating to the federal False Claims Act.
John has also represented clients with electronic medical records (EMR) issues and has experience with HIPAA. He is frequently chosen as a mediator and arbitrator in business disputes and employment, commercial and injury cases.
John is a co-editor of the Minn CLE E-Discovery Deskbook and was a member of the Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group. He was an author of an e-discovery article published in the 2014 William Mitchell Law Review, Volume 40, Number 2, entitled “An Electronic Discovery Primer.” He is frequently invited to speak to members of the bench and bar on e-discovery best practices and computer forensics. John also participates in healthcare discussions locally and nationally.
Heidi J. K. Fessler | Innova Law Group, PLLC
Heidi is a business partner that brings extensive knowledge as an attorney that has worked with clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises.
Her technology knowledge enables her to uniquely advise clients on the risks while also partnering with the internal client teams to implement the plans critical to legal and regulatory compliance.
She established her own firm in 2019 to serve companies seeking premier data security and privacy guidance with an action-oriented approach to managing risks within the evolving global legal and technology landscape.
Mary T. Novacheck | Bowman and Brooke LLP
Mary Novacheck has litigated complex discovery and eDiscovery issues in class actions, MDLs and mass torts involving pharmaceutical, medical device and automotive litigation, handling briefing and oral arguments on high-stakes discovery motions in multiple states and federal courts. She has extensive experience negotiating and litigating complex discovery issues, focusing discovery on the needs of the case in order to manage and reduce the burdens of overly broad and disproportionate discovery.
Mary aggressively prepares and defends corporate employees who testify in depositions and trial. She has appeared pro hac vice in multiple venues defending clients on ESI orders and compliance, preservation and review of electronically stored information, database and unstructured data productions, back-up data preservation and review, ESI collection methods, the effectiveness of litigation holds, confidentiality of electronic documents, TAR and computer assisted review. Mary is a member of the Lawyer’s for Civil Justice Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
In 2017 she was honored with LCJ’s “Outstanding Contributor” award and is co-chair of LCJ’s Diversity and Young Lawyer’s Committee, recently founding LCJ’s Fellows program. She is also a frequent lecturer and author, having testified to the Federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in 2019 in support of proposed amendments to Rule 30(b)(6) on corporate depositions and has authored several comments to the Committee on topics related to civil justice reform and rules amendments.
Mark Lanterman | Computer Forensic Services
Mark Lanterman is the Chief Technology Officer of Computer Forensic Services. Before entering the private sector, Mark was a member of the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Taskforce. Mark has 28 years of security and forensic experience and has testified in over 2000 cases. Mark is faculty for the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, the University of Minnesota and the Mitchell Hamline Law School.
Mark is a professor in the cybersecurity program at the St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mark has provided training in digital evidence, computer forensics and cyber security to the United States Supreme Court. He has also presented to the 8th and 11th Circuit Federal Judicial Conferences as well as numerous State and Federal Judicial Conferences across the United States. Mark completed his postgrad studies in cybersecurity at Harvard University and is certified as a Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS) by the Department of Homeland Security. Mark is a member of the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board and serves as Chairman of its Opinions Committee.