Our Expert Consultants
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 relating to discovery and information governance. Phil provides guidance on data preservation practices, litigation holds, data collection strategies, and ESI search methodologies. He also offers direction on records retention policies, litigation hold policies, and the need to manage dynamic sources of information found on social networks, messaging applications, and smartphones. 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 serves as a member of the Steering Committee. Phil is the editor-in-chief of The Sedona Conference Primer on Social Media, Second Edition (2019). He has also led drafting teams and served 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.
Eric P. Mandel
Eric P. Mandel works with clients in the United States and internationally to address complex issues at the intersection of law and technology. His expertise includes eDiscovery, data privacy and data protection, regulatory data compliance, information governance, and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for information search and retrieval.
Eric received his Juris Doctor degree in 1995, and over the following decade held a variety of legal and business positions, predominately in the entertainment industry. In the mid-2000s, Eric found his calling in two emerging practice areas: electronic discovery and information management. Over the subsequent dozen years, Eric developed in-depth, hands-on experience working on scores of complex US and international litigation matters and advisory engagements, and expanded his expertise into other areas at the intersection of law and technology, including data privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, information governance, and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for information search and retrieval. Eric has drafted legal briefs, policies, protocols and workflows; argued motions, negotiated discovery agreements, and second-chaired key depositions; and provided advice, counsel and solutions to clients in fulfilling their legal, regulatory compliance, cross-border discovery, data protection, records management, and cybersecurity obligations, and for establishing proactive information governance, compliance, and litigation readiness programs.
In addition to his practical work experience in this area, over the past decade Eric has been selected by his peers for several senior leadership roles in prominent non-profit trade associations and educational organizations, including:The Sedona Conference, the EDRM Institute, the Legal Technology Professionals Institute, and the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists. In these pro bono roles, Eric lead and participated in numerous projects that established legal and technical standards and best practices for eDiscovery and information governance, and promoted the development of the law. Eric has authored and edited numerous publications and articles and has presented extensively on a broad range of topics within his areas of expertise. Eric is currently licensed to practice law in California and Minnesota, and has been certified as an information privacy professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and as an eDiscovery specialist (CEDS) by the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists.
Jessica C. Carter
For over a decade, Jessica Carter has consulted with law firms and organizations on eDiscovery regarding the design, implementation, and best practices for eDiscovery projects. With extensive experience and deep knowledge of the search and review process, Jessica recommends best practices regarding defensible and efficient workflow development.
An expert on the features and functionality of eDiscovery platforms, Jessica regularly instructs clients regarding the use of Relativity, Brainspace, and ONE Discovery. A Brainspace Certified Analyst, Jessica is especially experienced in technology-assisted review (TAR). She designs and directs TAR workflows, customizing as needed based on clients’ project goals and data. Jessica can implement TAR 1, TAR 2, hybrid, and other specialized workflows with different analytics tools.
Prior to working as a Consulting Analyst, Jessica has experience as a litigation paralegal, eDiscovery project manager, and litigation support specialist. In these roles, she has conducted legal research and initial case assessment; prepared pleadings, motions, and pretrial materials; and supported trial teams in high stakes lawsuits. Jessica graduated from Frostburg State University in Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Prior to entering the legal arena, Jessica was an education professional in South Carolina, teaching AP English to high school students.
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.