We agree with Jim Collins – the first key step for any business is “to get the right people on the bus”. We have an extraordinarily talented and committed management team, combining functional and industry expertise with a shared set of values, strong trust in each other, and a deep commitment to our common vision.
Meet our Management Team
Expertise: Developing e-discovery solutions for corporations and law firms, e-discovery thought leadership, new product development, strategy, investor management, sales and marketing management
Education: M.B.A., Stanford University Graduate School of Business; B.A., Economics, University of Cambridge
Along with President Ciarán Power, Christian has grown SFL Data to become the only West Coast company providing an e-discovery managed service to the Fortune 50. Christian’s focus is on the “external” – acquiring and managing clients, tracking and discussing industry trends, developing new products and services, driving business strategy and managing the investor group. Before coming to the U.S., Christian worked at Reuters in the United Kingdom, where he managed teams responsible for identifying and implementing new product and marketing initiatives. Previously, he was with Mercer Management Consulting, advising companies in the transportation, logistics, paper and media industries. Christian also has experience in sales management at a publishing start-up and in finance with JP Morgan Chase. Married with three children, Christian is an avid cricket fan. He survived the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and plays soccer in a Palo Alto league.
Expertise: Service and operations management, management team leadership, financial management, people, client solutions, process development, and strategy
Education: M.B.A., Stanford University Graduate School of Business; B.A., Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin
Along with CEO Christian Lawrence, Ciarán has grown SFL Data to become the only West Coast company providing an e-discovery managed service to the Fortune 50. Ciarán’s focus is on the “internal” – leading SFL Data’s management team in sales, service delivery, operations and finance, and driving a strong culture of accountability, recognition and excellence across the business. Ciarán began his career learning the operational characteristics of a variety of companies in the food production, insurance and construction industries. Armed with this knowledge, he consulted for Braxton, Mitchell Madison, and Coopers & Lybrand in the United States, United Kingdom and Russia before attending Stanford University. While at Stanford’s School of Business, Ciarán assisted Il Fornaio, a California restaurant and bakery chain, with pricing and distribution. Married with two children, Ciarán likes to read, play guitar, follow Arsenal, and enjoy a Guinness (especially at the Plough and Stars).
Title: President of Sales
Expertise: Twenty-five year record of building high-growth and very profitable electronic discovery and other litigation support services companies
Education: M.B.A., Harvard Business School; A.B., Economics, Harvard University
Greg joined SFL Data as President of Sales in April 2013. He served as president and CEO of Encore Discovery Solutions from 2006 through 2012. He led Encore’s turnaround and dramatic growth in revenue and profitability, leading to the company’s sale in April 2011 for $100 million. Greg previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Esquire Deposition Services. His other experience includes roles as president of Spherion’s Legal Group and Executive Vice President at Esquire Deposition Services, which was formed through the acquisition of over 30 court reporting agencies as part of a national “roll-up” strategy to build the nation’s largest depositions services provider with over $150 million in revenue. He was also president of Litigation Sciences, at that time the nation’s largest jury research and trial consulting firm. He has significant experience building outstanding sales and operations teams and leading companies to rapid revenue growth and material profitability. Greg has 33 years of general management experience, including over 25 years of legal services industry experience in electronic discovery, document review, trial consulting, demonstrative evidence, courtroom presentation technology, document management, legal research, deposition services and legal staffing. Earlier in his career he held marketing and general management positions at Carnation Company and its parent, Nestle USA, and ran the Southern California region of the consumer bank of the former First Interstate Bancorp, which was later acquired by Wells Fargo Bank. He is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and is a devoted fan of all Boston sports teams. In fact, during college Greg worked for three years in the Boston Red Sox front office in ticket sales and public relations, in what he describes as the best position he has ever held besides working at SFL Data. He is based in Los Angeles where he resides with his wife, Constance.
Title: Chief Client Officer
Expertise: E-discovery process management, large-scale and complex client engagement management, workflow development, team leadership, operational execution
Education: B.A, International Business, San Francisco State University, College of Business
Ben leads SFL Data’s service and operations teams. He has a deep understanding of client management in the e-discovery industry, having led numerous large-scale, complex engagements over the past several years covering every stage of the EDRM from preservation through production. He is especially skilled at balancing high level, strategic decisions on matters with attention to detail and tight process management. Ben previously led the SFL Data operations team – covering data collections, intake, processing and hosting. Within operations he has significant expertise in tracking and constantly improving accuracy rates and on-time delivery. Prior to SFL Data Ben held a number of management positions in the restaurant industry.
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Expertise: IT management for litigation support
Education: B.S., Psychology, Minor in Business Administration, Washington State University
In his role as CTO, Chris is the chair of the firm’s technology steering committee. He is responsible for architecting, building and managing SFL Data’s extensive technical infrastructure, including the build-out and review of e-discovery software and management of the company’s two data centers. Chris also leads SFL Data’s new product development function. With more than 14 years of leadership experience in information technology (IT) Chris offers support for SFL Data’s technology and telecommunications infrastructure for both internal and client-facing services. Additionally, his experience in the commercial, employment and toxic tort litigation sectors enables him to provide clients with strategic guidance on the best tools and platforms to align with electronically stored information (ESI) requirements. Chris has extensive experience with industry-leading litigation software solutions for business intelligence, computer forensics and risk management. Before joining SFL Data, Chris held the position of IT Director at the international law firm Thelen LLP where he specialized in legal practice technology including industry-leading solutions for document management, records, knowledge management, risk management and various approaches to handling electronic evidence discovery and computer forensics. Chris is a skilled IT consultant, writer, trainer and spokesperson who has regularly presented California MCLE-approved seminars on legal practice technology solutions.
Title: Vice President of Forensics and Collections
Expertise: Forensics, collections
Education: J.D., Colorado University School of Law; B.S., Journalism and History, Butler University
Andrew runs SFL Data’s forensic investigation and data collection team. His team collects data from thousands of custodians annually, and their reach is both national and global. Andrew provides expert witness and strategic consulting services to law firm and corporate clients in the areas of computer forensics, investigations, electronic discovery, and litigation support. Licensed as both an attorney and private investigator, he has assisted clients with a wide variety of consulting engagements. Andrew has more than a decade of litigation experience and works with clients to develop solutions that decrease data review and production time. Prior to joining SFL Data, he held a number of positions in the litigation field including Forensics Litigation Director and Computer Forensics Lab Director. He is EnCE® certified, and has received education from AccessData’s Forensic Bootcamp and New Technologies, Inc. Andrew’s case experience includes legal areas such as theft of trade secrets, spoliation of evidence, internal investigations, employment disputes, government/regulatory inquiries, and fraud. He has personally completed hundreds of on-site forensic data acquisitions; and he regularly advises counsel and corporate executives on computer forensics and e-discovery options and strategies. He has provided expert testimony in declarations, depositions, and at trial. On several occasions, he has served as a neutral computer forensics examiner, either by court appointment or stipulation.
Troy M. Dunham
Title: Vice President of Client Services
Expertise: e-Discovery strategy, technology
Education: J.D., with honors, Concord Law School; B.S., Law and Legal Studies, Concord University
Troy is responsible for structuring and overseeing large-scale engagements and enterprise account relationships for SFL Data. In addition, he serves SFL Data’s expert in the areas of information management, data identification, preservation planning and meet and confer preparation. Troy has focused his career on e-discovery since 1999. Prior to joining SFL Data, Troy was the Senior Electronic Discovery Manager for Cooley LLP. A former network administrator with multiple technical certificates, he has extensive experience using best-of-breed computer forensics tools to lower cost and mitigate risk for clients. He has worked in the e-discovery field for 11 years, specifically focusing on litigation readiness, meet-and-confer (FRCP 26(f)) sessions, collection, processing, review and production. Through his extensive technical and legal experience, Troy is able to create custom discovery strategies and legally defensible workflows to resolve clients’ cases while saving time and money. Over the past decade, he has worked on more than a thousand matters, including regulatory investigations and multi-billion dollar lawsuits involving hundreds of custodians and terabytes of data. He has participated in numerous meet-and-confer sessions, negotiated protective orders, drafted document preservation and production protocols, and participated in depositions of expert (FRCP 30(b)(6)) witnesses. Troy is licensed to practice law in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, and is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology e-Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee. Troy’s expertise has allowed him to author several articles on discovery and forensics. In addition, he frequently speaks on e-discovery and litigation technology topics – including lectures and webinars about advanced document review techniques, CLE programs and more.
Title: VP of Product Strategy & Consulting
Expertise: Search & Review Strategy, Technology Assisted Review
Education: JD from Santa Clara University; BA in Philosophy, with a Music Minor from UC Berkeley
Sonya joined SFL Data in 2011 to refine its predictive coding offering. Sonya was a founder of Cataphora in 2002 and has enabled clients to utilize technology-assisted review in internal and government investigations as well as complex, criminal, and class action litigations. She is a frequent writer and speaker on advanced search and retrieval techniques, electronic discovery issues, meet & confer techniques, and other topics. Prior to Cataphora, she worked in-house at Intuit and Sega supporting the legal needs of the business development, sales, product development and marketing teams. Sonya is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the American Bar Association, and The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production. When not working she enjoys auto-crossing Porsches, playing trombone and coaching her three sons’ little league and soccer teams.
Title: VP of Operations
Expertise: Building high performance teams within a great culture
Education: B.S., Business Administration, University of Economics- Austria
Talin has 10 years of experience as a leader across several industries, with a specialization in start-up organizations and fast growth companies like SFL Data. As VP of Operations, she ensures that SFL Data maintains a great culture through recruiting and training exceptional talent. In addition she drives operational excellence and client centric behaviors through a highly metrics driven approach. Talin was raised in Austria and shares the European passion for soccer. She loves traveling and exploring different cultures.
Title: Director of Finance
Expertise: Finance, accounting
Education: B.A., Broadcast Journalism, Minor: Business Administration, University of Southern California; Certificate in Accounting, UC Berkeley Extension
Brian manages all administrative functions for SFL Data with an emphasis on accounting and finances including cash flow, financial statement management, budgeting and more. In addition, he oversees human resources, employee benefits and payroll. Previously SFL Data’s Business Analyst, he has eight years of experience in business management. A devoted fan of the San Francisco Giants and the USC Trojans, Brian also enjoys playing basketball, bicycling, backpacking and traveling.