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 eDiscovery solutions for corporations and law firms, eDiscovery 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 Discovia to become one of the leading managed eDiscovery service providers 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 Discovia to become one of the leading managed eDiscovery service providers to the Fortune 50. Ciarán’s has driven 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-seven 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 Discovia 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 36 years of general management experience, including over 27 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 Discovia. He is based in Los Angeles where he resides with his wife, Constance.
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 has been with Discovia since June 2008. He oversees the company’s client delivery teams as well as its finance function. Ben has a deep understanding of client management in the eDiscovery industry, having led numerous large-scale, complex engagements over the past several years covering every stage of the EDRM. He is especially skilled at balancing high level, strategic decisions on matters with attention to detail, complex analysis and tight process management. For example, he led the client delivery team supporting the eDiscovery industry’s first ever fixed-price Managed Services implementation. Over a 5 year period Ben’s team handled hundreds of matters in IP, antitrust, securities, labor & employment and internal investigations, and through highly customized case planning, search iteration and review workflows saved the client over $100 million, and delivered a 98% data minimization rate. Ben is an outstanding process builder. He has pioneered Discovia’s innovative workflows in multiple areas of search, review and quality assurance workflow. A few examples include: the development of a categorized / clustered review in a fast-moving IP matter for a Fortune 20 corporation; the development of successful predictive review workflows in numerous matters, including acting as the PMK for clients in numerous Meet and Confer discussions and declarations, and delivering over $1 million in savings for a leading foodservice company; Discovia’s proprietary Junk File Analysis (JFATM) process, which typically leads to a 20-40% reduction in data volume for review; and Discovia’s proprietary Pre-Production Validation (PPVTM) process, which identifies privileged documents in close to 50% of productions signed off by counsel. In the finance arena, Ben has led the development of client profitability analysis, and oversees the company’s pricing strategies. Ben is an outstanding mentor and people manager – he receives rave reviews from the team members he manages and coaches.
Expertise: Building high performance teams within a great culture
Education: B.S., Business Administration, University of Economics – Austria
Talin has been with Discovia since 2009. She oversees Discovia’s operations and consulting teams, human resources, IT and application development. Talin delivers operational excellence through expertise in process management allied to her outstanding people and team development skills. Under Talin’s guidance Discovia became the first company to publish its accuracy rate, which stands at a world-class 99.7%. Talin pioneered the role of Quality Assurance Manager, the development of rigorous QA protocols, and detailed quality tracking of deliverables in data processing, hosting services and document productions. She is a student of process management and lean / Six Sigma operating principles. She is also outstanding at creating high-performance teams which work collaboratively together in a hard-driving yet fun environment. Talin oversees the maintenance of Discovia’s ISO 27001 certification, an internationally recognized security standard which requires detailed documentation and maintenance of systems, procedures, and controls. She also runs Discovia’s automation and application development initiatives, and is a remarkable “change agent”. She leads process and technology innovation groups, and created Discovia’s offshore support function. Talin is a tremendous people developer, mentor and coach. She is also Discovia’s “Queen of Culture”, was the inspiration behind the company’s collaborative, fun and open-plan office environment, and provides leadership for systems and execution around employee engagement. Talin was raised in Austria, played handball at a national level, and shares the European passion for soccer. She loves traveling and exploring different cultures.
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Expertise: Strategic financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, using financial metrics to drive performance improvements, accounting
Education: M.B.A., Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University; M.S., Biology, University of New Mexico; B.S., Biology, Stanford University
Kevin joined Discovia in February 2014 as the head of Discovia’s finance and accounting functions. He ensures that Discovia remains financially strong, balancing the need to invest and grow with the need to maintain healthy current financial operations. He takes a data-driven approach to finance, using financial and operational metrics to drive performance improvements throughout the company. With a diverse background in business and science, he started his career as a biologist at the Smithsonian Institution and The Nature Conservancy. After receiving his MBA from Kellogg, Kevin joined Amgen, where he became a Director of Operations Finance. He then became Head of Finance at Veracyte, a biotech company founded in 2008 that went public in 2013. Kevin also worked as a financial consultant in the solar industry, and founded a company that provides financing for commercial solar energy installations.
Paige Hunt Wojcik
Title: VP of Managed Services and Business Development
Expertise: eDiscovery workflows, document review optimization, managed services, and cost-containment.
Education: B.A, Political Science, Arizona State University
Paige brings to Discovia over 15 years of experience in legal technology and organizational development. She excelled in leading legal teams through eDiscovery and document review in large, complex litigation matters, HSR second requests, and internal and ITC investigations. Paige is the former Director of eDiscovery Services at Perkins Coie LLC and former Assistant Director of Practice Support at Fulbright & Jaworski. Her experience at these prominent AM Law 200 firms working with senior case teams and a variety of global corporate clients enables her to deliver to our clients proven processes, risk mitigation, and cost-effective solutions. Paige also serves as an adjunct professor for Bryan University’s graduate certificate in eDiscovery. She plays leadership roles in several industry organizations including the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) and Women in E-Discovery. In 2012 Paige was awarded ILTA’s Litigation and Practice Support Distinguished Peer Award. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Arizona State University and has also achieved managerial Lean Six-Sigma status. Paige resides in Seattle with her husband, Matt, and their two sons.
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 Discovia’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 Discovia, 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 eDiscovery 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 Technology and eDiscovery Services
Expertise: eDiscovery strategy, technology
Education: J.D., with honors, Concord Law School; B.S., Law and Legal Studies, Concord University
Troy is responsible for technology strategy and identifying technology tools to help clients achieve their goals while saving time and money. In addition, he serves as Discovia’s expert in the areas of information management, data identification, preservation planning, and meet-and-confer preparation. Prior to joining Discovia, Troy was the Firmwide Electronic Discovery Manager for Cooley LLP. He holds multiple technical certificates and has extensive experience using best-of-breed technology tools to lower cost and mitigate risk for clients. Troy has worked in the eDiscovery field since 1999, 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 thousands of matters, including regulatory investigations and multi-billion dollar lawsuits involving hundreds of custodians and terabytes of data. He has participated in hundreds of 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. He is a frequent author on the topics of discovery and forensics. In addition, he frequently speaks on e-discovery and litigation technology topics – including lectures and webinars about advanced document review techniques and CLE programs.