Oh what a night! The Inaugural Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards held on Jan. 30, 2017 in New York did not disappoint.

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Zapproved welcomes guests to the 2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards.

This refreshing kick off to Legalweek, was dedicated to the triumphs of the unsung heroes of corporate e-discovery.

Starting off with an engaging private VIP reception, including the who’s who of the e-discovery community who shared food, fun and conversation.

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Networking in luxury at the Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards, presented by Zapproved.

 

There was lots of energy in the room as Brad Harris, Vice President of Product Strategy for Zapproved, launches the night of celebration.

Brad Harris of Zapproved kicks off 2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award Celebration.

 

Before a sold-out crowd, the evening was filled with inspiration, humor, e-discovery greatness, and thoughtful and engaging insights.

2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards audience

Audience at the 2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards

 

A special thank you was given to the sponsors Apttus, BRG, D4, Microsystems, Smarsh and SRR and affiliate-level contribution from Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) and International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) who helped Zapproved present this inaugural event.

2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award Supporting and Affiliate sponsors.

2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award Supporting and Affiliate sponsors.

 

Recognition was also given for the expert panel of judges who selected this year’s winners via survey.

2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award Judging Panel

2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award Judging Panel

 

A fun twist to the evening was a little behind the scenes insights about how the beautiful Corporate E-Discovery Hero awards were created. Katy Boyles, Product Manager for Legal Hold Pro by day is an artisan making handcrafted blown glass works of art in her spare time.

2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards were handcrafted by Katy Boyles.

2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards were handcrafted by Katy Boyles.

 

They are beautiful, aren’t they?

Handcrafted 2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards presented by Zapproved.

Handcrafted 2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards

 

The Hon. Shira Scheindlin delivered a humorous and charming roast of Lifetime Achievement winner, Michael Arkfeld.

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Hon. Shira Scheindlin shares warm remarks in presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Michael Arkfeld.

Winners in five categories were recognized: (See full finalist and winner descriptions)
Michael Arkfeld – Lifetime Achievement Award

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Brett Tarr of Caesars Entertainment – Strategy

Brett Tarr of Caesars Entertainment accepts 2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award for Strategy

 

Michael Chung of S&P Global – Technology

Michael Chung of S&P Global Won the Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award for Technology

Michael Chung of S&P Global Won the Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award for Technology

 

Charlotte Riser Harris of Hess Corporation – Process

Charlotte Riser Harris of Hess accepts Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award for Process

Charlotte Riser Harris of Hess accepts Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award for Process

 

Discovery Center of Excellence (COE), GE – Teams

Farrah Pepper of GE accepts 2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award for Teams

Farrah Pepper, Executive Counsel-Discovery of the GE Discovery Center of Excellence (COE) accepts the 2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award for Teams

 

Commercial Litigation Practice Group, McDonald’s Corporation – Teams

Diane Diaz, Paralegal of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group at McDonald's accepts 2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award for Teams

Diane Diaz, Paralegal of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group at McDonald’s accepts 2017 Corporate E-Discovery Hero Award for Teams

 

Ariana Tadler shared a heartfelt tribute to friend, colleague, and pivotal figure in our industry, the late Bill Butterfield.

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Ariana Tadler shares a tribute to the late Bill Butterfield

 

And Craig Ball discussed politics, the Supreme Court and topics related to the Trump administration with featured keynote speaker, National Public Radio’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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Craig Ball leads discussion via Skype with NPR’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg on the eve of the 2017 SCOTUS nomination.

The evening was a true showcase of the impressive minds in e-discovery. The heroes we honored serve as inspiration for all corporate legal teams to successfully bring e-discovery in-house. Read about our hero finalists and winners here.

 

So what’s next? Speak at PREX!

The success stories shared by the Corporate E-Discovery Hero Awards finalists also serve to provide great insights and practical real-world experiences at making e-discovery better. We’d like to invite corporate e-discovery professionals to share their hero stories at the 2017 PREX, the nation’s premier conference for in-house e-discovery professionals!

Submit yourself or a colleague to speak at PREX17 held in Portland, OR next September. Propose your story, idea, or practical e-discovery educational topic for consideration and a member of the PREX17 planning committee will be in touch.

 

And one more thing…

During the month of February, use the discount code HERO for an extra $100 off PREX17 registration$300 total savings.

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