Our eDiscovery Experts
Tara S. Emory, PMP
Director of Consulting
Tara Emory is the Director of Consulting for Driven, Inc. Tara consults with companies and law firms to create information management and efficient eDiscovery processes that reflect a best fit for each client and case. Through her experiences as an attorney and technology consultant, Tara has managed large-scale projects involving data remediation, litigation, investigations, mergers, and due diligence.
Tara speaks and writes frequently on information management and eDiscovery, and is a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Group 1. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Prior to joining Driven, Tara was an antitrust attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, with over nine years of experience that included managing large discovery projects with a focus on minimizing risk and cost to her clients. Tara holds J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law degrees from the Duke University School of Law, and is admitted to the bars of New York and the District of Columbia. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Advocates for Justice and Education.
Philip Favro acts as a trusted advisor to organizations and law firms on issues surrounding discovery and information governance. Phil provides guidance on data preservation practices, litigation holds, data collection strategies, and ESI search methodologies. In addition, he offers direction to organizations on records retention policies and the need to manage dynamic sources of information found on smartphones, cloud applications, and social networks. Phil is available to serve as a special master on issues related to electronic discovery.
Phil is a nationally recognized thought leader and legal scholar on issues relating to the discovery process. His articles have been published in leading industry publications and academic journals and he is frequently in demand as a speaker for eDiscovery education programs.
Phil is a member of the Utah and California bars. He actively contributes to Working Group 1 of The Sedona Conference where he leads drafting teams and serves as the Steering Committee project manager. Prior to joining Driven, Phil practiced law in Northern California where he advised a variety of clients regarding business disputes and complex discovery issues. He also served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Santa Clara County Superior Court based in Santa Clara, California.
Consultant, Data Systems Specialist
Jonathan Swerdloff is a Consultant at Driven, Inc. Prior to joining Driven, Jonathan was a litigation associate at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP, accumulating more than 10 years’ experience in eDiscovery that included managing large discovery projects, analysis of enterprise systems, and investigations into nontraditional data sources.
Through his experience as a litigator and programmer, Jonathan focused primarily on creative problem solving with regard to all types of data. He analyzed and produced complex enterprise systems and developed internal workflows for large litigations. His experience also includes developing cost-saving legal processes, managing legal budgets, and supervising legal personnel. Jonathan is admitted to the bars of New York and Connecticut. He holds a J.D. from the Cardozo School of Law and an MPS from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he studied rapid prototyping and software development. Jonathan also serves as the Director of Legal Strategy at the Corporate Knowledge Strategies Forum.
Litigation Support Manager
Kassi Burns is Driven, Inc.’s Litigation Support Manager, overseeing the Managed Review department, as well as the Litigation Support department. Her prior experience as a legal Project Manager, and previous history as a Driven client, enables her to collaborate with our Managed Review Services Consultants and advise on workflows, liaise with vendors, assist with software development initiatives, and provide additional support to the Managed Review department.
Prior to joining Driven, Kassi was a Project Manager at Special Counsel in Dallas, TX, working closely with a Fortune 500 corporate client for five years, and various other corporate and firm clients in multiple markets. Kassi received her J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 2006. She studied at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 2001
Managed Review Services Consultant
Kathleen Comey is Driven, Inc.’s Managed Review Services Consultant. Kathleen provides custom workflows based on tried and tested review procedures that leverage all of the functionality that Driven’s eDiscovery Platform has to offer.
She began her tenure at Driven as a Litigation Support Consultant, where she became intimately knowledgeable with regards to Driven’s eDiscovery Platform, helped develop and refine some of its managed review features, and gained certification in Content Analyst’s Advanced Analytics Certification Program. The combination of her expertise in eDiscovery and advanced analytics, plus her experience managing a wide array of document reviews, has led to heightened efficiencies and high levels of accuracy, consistency, and quality.
Prior to joining Driven, Kathleen was an eDiscovery associate at an AM Law 100 law firm where she managed large- scale discovery projects in several areas of law, such as internal FCPA investigations, energy regulation, antitrust suits, and complex litigation. She also advised on all phases of litigation management, including data preservation and collection, negotiations with opposing counsel, and trial support. Kathleen received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 2005 and her B.A. in political science from Indiana University in 2002. She is also Legal Lean Sigma White Belt certified.
Director of Forensics
Rob Hook is Head of Forensics for Driven, Inc. His extensive experience in computer science, electronics, and the litigation environment, allows Driven to offer unique capabilities in our collection, investigation, and other forensic offerings.
Having personally performed well over 1,000 collections, Rob has developed keen instincts and solid techniques when it comes to collecting data from virtually any environment. With more than 20 years of hands-on experience, he’s seen and mitigated nearly every problem and circumnavigated every roadblock imaginable. He has a broad background with litigation, military, and commercial systems. His skills in computer forensics, programming, and fabrication translate to unique offerings and adaptability.
As the Operations Manager of our Forensics Department, Rob is able to pass along skills and experience to his entire staff, thereby multiplying Driven’s ability to collect data and perform investigations for your case. Prior to joining Driven, Rob consulted for the DOJ, FBI, U.S. Department of State, the Pentagon, as well as various law firms, and spent several years supporting a prestigious board of federal judges (ASBCA). Rob is a named inventor on several U.S. patents dealing with software and antivirus technology, and speaks frequently at various litigation support conferences throughout the country.