»Bios of Nexus Panelists

+-Elizabeth Henderson

Elizabeth Henderson Elizabeth Henderson is the Assistant District Attorney supervising the Major Fraud Unit of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. This includes supervision of the Major Fraud Unit, the Real Estate Fraud Unit, the Healthcare & Disability Fraud Unit and the High Tech Crime Unit. She has been a member of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office since 1988 and has prosecuted a wide variety of cases as a Deputy District Attorney including homicides, major frauds, gang crimes and a variety of felony cases.  She has tried over 100 jury trials. She was assigned to the Homicide Unit from 1995-2000 and was then promoted to Assistant District Attorney and supervised the branch courts at the South Justice Center, Harbor Justice Center and Central Justice Centers until March 2004 when she was chosen to lead the fraud units of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

She graduated from Western State University Law School, Fullerton, California in 1988. Ms. Henderson has received many awards for her prosecution work, including the OCDA Outstanding Trial Attorney (1995), the Victim Witness Appreciation Award (2002), and the Employers Fraud Task Force Fraud Fighter Award (2008).  She sat as a member various advisory boards including the Orange County Child Death Review Team, the United States Marine Corps Family Advocacy Board, Orange County Superior Court Community Focused Planning Committee, the Access to Courts Committee and the Family Violence Council. She served as a member of the Orange County Bar Association Judiciary Committee.  She is currently president of the Orange County Financial Crimes Investigator’s Association.

+-Michael Cernyar

Michael Cernyar Michael Cernyar is the named principal of the premier law firm that handles legal matters involving computers, digital evidence and the Internet.  In 1980, Michael started working as a law clerk for the prestigious law firm of Keck, Mahin and Cate in the Sears Tower located in Chicago.  His first assignment was an anti-trust case, Gulf Oil v. Westinghouse.  It is there that he first became involved in computers. In 1982, Michael moved to Los Angeles to work for a military subsidiary of the Rand Corporation as a computer analyst.  For the next 20 years Michael was a consultant in computer analysis, investigations and forensics for such clients as Microsoft, Honeywell, Shell Oil, Xerox, Nestle's, Paramount Studios and the federal government. Michael has over ten years of attorney experience in computer and Internet matters representing both businesses and individuals.  His firm has represented clients in online reputation matters, domain naming rights, contract negotiations, computer intrusions, email hacking, Internet fraud, and online dating scams. Moreover, Michael has defended small businesses against the Business Software Alliance headed up by the big computer companies.

+-Dr. Nathan Good

Dr. Nathan GoodDr. Nathan Good is Principal of Good Research and Affiliate Researcher for UC Berkeley’s TRUST center. A fundamental goal of his work is helping companies create networked systems devices and services that are simple, secure and respectful of people's privacy. He is a co-author of the UC Berkeley web privacy census, and contributing author to books on privacy and the user experience of security systems. Prior to Good Research, Nathan was at PARC, Yahoo and HP research labs. At Berkeley, he worked with TRUST and the Samuelson Law & Technology Clinic and was a member of the 2007 California Secretary of State Top-to-Bottom Review of Electronic Voting Systems. Nathan has published extensively on user experience studies, privacy, and security related topics and holds patents on software technology for multimedia systems and event analysis. His research has been reported on in the Economist, New York Times, CNN and ABC and he has testified on his research before the House, Senate and FTC. Nathan’s recent work on Privacy and Design was recognized for a best paper award at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference, and was featured in both IAPP and the Future of Privacy Forums top 6 Privacy Papers for Policy Makers. Nathan has a PhD in Information Science and a MS in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley and was a member of LifeLock's Fraud Advisory Board.

+-Marc Beaart

Marc Beaart Marc Beaart has been with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for sixteen years and has served in the Compton Branch, Compton Sex Crimes, Central Trials, Sex Crimes Division and Eastlake Juvenile. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Head Deputy of the High Tech Crime Division. The Division is composed of nine prosecutors, four forensic examiners and four cyber-investigators. He has litigated over a hundred jury trials including two notable cases involving the Korea Town and the Union Station rapists. He attended Whittier Law School and California State University of Northridge.

+-Dr. James Brecher

Dr. James BrecherDr. James Brecher is an Associate Teaching Professor in The Writing Program at the University of Southern California. He received his law degree from the University of Florida and practiced trial and appellate law, and then began an industry with the Home Shopping Network. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of South Florida where he began teaching English and Humanities/American Studies and created a writing program for undergraduates preparing for law school. For the past eleven years at the USC, he has taught juniors and seniors Legal Writing and Writing in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences, an advanced legal writing class, freshmen seminars in thinking like a lawyer, in practical legal applications, and writing and leadership to doctoral students in Occupational Therapy. He was awarded the 2004-2005 USC College of Arts and Letters Outstanding Teaching Award in Advanced Writing and the 2005-2006 John R. Hubbard award for fraternity and sorority service. He was named one of USC’s “best professors” in the September 2007 issue of Saturday Night Magazine, and won the 2008 and 2010 Tommy Awards in recognition of the faculty member who has fostered the development of leadership skills and attributes in students. He is faculty advisor to the Sigma Nu fraternity, a former Secretary General of the Academic Senate, former secretary to the USC Dornsife College Faculty, and is completing a textbook on teaching undergraduate legal writing.

+-Brian Hayden Pascal

Brian Hayden Pascal Brian Hayden Pascal is a Research Fellow with the UC Hastings Law School’s Institute for Innovation Law and Fellow with the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. Brian's academic work focuses on applying the techniques of scientific inquiry to the problems of policymaking, using evidence and data analysis to help laws better conform to the needs of empirical reality. His research involves studying the impact of data breaches and the efficacy of mandatory reporting laws, and he also assists the Institute in its role as an advisor to the California State Assembly on privacy issues. Additionally, Brian conducts research with Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society on the challenges that arise when scientific innovation and technical ability outstrip extant intellectual, legal, and ethical frameworks. He is particularly interested in issues involving data, surveillance, cybersecurity, civil liberties, and privacy.

Brian has served in a variety of roles at the interface of technology, law, policy, and business. He has been a civil liberties engineer with Palantir Technologies, a cybersecurity and privacy consultant with IBM, and an attorney with the firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Brian received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, his undergraduate degree in physics from Duke University, and in between he studied science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

+-Marc Jonathan Blitz

Marc Jonathan BlitzMarc Jonathan Blitz’s scholarship focuses on constitutional protection for freedom of thought and freedom of expression, privacy, and national security law – and especially on how each of these areas of law applies to emerging technologies.  He has written articles on how privacy and First Amendment law should apply to public video surveillance, biometric identification methods, virtual reality technology and library Internet systems.

As an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington D.C., his work focused on telecommunications, privacy law, computer law, intellectual property, constitutional law and anti-terrorism security measures.   While working in Washington, he was also one of the reporters for The Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Initiative, and was one of the drafters of its Guidelines for Public Video Surveillance.  Since 2006, he has also worked closely with the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) in Oklahoma City to organize symposia and other events on the legal framework for counterterrorism.  He has frequently served as a television or radio commentator on constitutional law, privacy law and national security law, and has participated in panel discussions on these subjects held by the Department of Homeland Security and by The Constitution Project and Georgetown University Law Center.

+-Judge James P. Gray

Judge James P. Gray Judge James P. Gray received his undergraduate degree at UCLA in 1966, and his law degree from USC in 1971.  From 1972 until 1975, Judge Gray was a staff judge advocate and criminal defense attorney for the U.S. Navy Jag Corps. For about 3 ½ years, Judge Gray was a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles. After working for 5 years in private practice in Newport Beach in civil litigation with the law firm of Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman & Kuchel, Judge Gray was appointed by Governor Deukmejian to the Santa Ana Municipal Court in December of 1983, where he was active in trying to combat the major problem of drunk driving and other alcohol-related offenses.  He was awarded a commendation from the Orange County Board of Supervisors for these efforts in 1990. He has received awards including the 1992 “Judge of the Year” by the business litigation section of the Orange County Bar Association, the 1995 “Judge of the Year” by the Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation, an honorary doctor of jurisprudence degree from Western State University College of Law, and honorary doctor of laws degree from Chapman University School of Law.  He retired after 25 years on the bench in January of 2009, and now works in private mediation for ADR Services, Inc., in Irvine. In 2009 the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County named its annual "Judge of the Year" award after him. 

+-Eric Goldman

Eric Goldman Eric Goldman is a Professor of Law and Director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law.  Before he became a full-time academic in 2002, he practiced Internet law for 8 years in the Silicon Valley.  His research and teaching focuses on Internet, IP and advertising law topics, and he blogs on these topics at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog and the Tertium Quid blog at Forbes. Managing IP magazine has named him to a shortlist of North American “IP Thought Leaders” each of the past two years, and in 2011, he received the “IP Vanguard” award (in the academic/public policy category) from the California State Bar’s IP Section.

+-Jessica Linehan

Jessica Linehan Jessica Linehan is an Associate in the Labor and Employment group at Dorsey & Whitney. Her practice focuses on employment litigation, including the defense of both individual and class action wage and hour claims, discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination actions. She advises clients on a wide variety of matters including employment agreements, non-competition issues, wage and hour compliance, reasonable accommodation under state law and the ADA, and employee discipline and termination.

In addition, Ms. Linehan represents employers in a wide range of administrative enforcement actions. She has defended employers in OFCCP, EDD and I-9 audits and enforcement proceedings, Cal-OSHA enforcement actions, workers’ compensation trials, charges before the EEOC, DFEH and NLRB, and wage claims before the California Labor Commissioner. Ms. Linehan’s language skills allow her to conduct workplace investigations, interviews and trainings in both Spanish and English. Ms. Linehan is actively involved in Dorsey's pro bono efforts and is a recipient of the 2007 and 2010 Scales of Justice Awards. Ms. Linehan has been a speaker on Social Media and the Law at the Public Law Center in 2010. She also published “Recognizing Employee Privacy in the Workplace” Orange County Business Journal (2013) and “No Password for You: California Enacts Social Media Privacy Laws Affecting Employers and Postsecondary Educational Institutions” (September 28, 2012). 

+-Felicia Davis

Felicia DavisFelicia Davis is an associate in the Employment Law practice of Paul Hastings, LLP in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Davis represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour issues, in both single-plaintiff and class-action matters. She has also represented clients in disability access litigation under Title III. Ms. Davis has served as lead attorney on single and multi-plaintiff matters, successfully defending lawsuits alleging discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge as well as collective bargaining agreement violations. Ms. Davis is a member of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Committee on Technology in the Practice and Workplace (Co-Chair, Membership Committee). She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Western Center on Law & Poverty. Ms. Davis received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles (Order of the Coif) in 2009. In law school, she served as the Submissions Editor for the UCLA Women’s Law Journal and as a writing advisor for the legal skills program. Ms. Davis received her B.A. in Government from Claremont McKenna College, cum laude, in 2001.

Her speaking engagements and publications include: "Obtaining and Using Social Media in Litigation: Tips for the Employment Practitioner," American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (November-December 2011) and "Using Social Media in Pre-Litigation Investigation: Tips for the Employment Practitioner," American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (September 2011).

+-Erin Leach

Erin Leach Erin Leach is an Associate at Snell & Wilmer. Her practice is concentrated in employment litigation and counseling. She provides clients with ongoing counseling on a wide range of personnel matters including hiring and termination decisions, employment agreements, policy drafting, wage and hour issues, and employee medical leave. Erin represents employers in state and federal courts and arbitration, as well as before administrative agencies, in disputes regarding wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, unfair competition, trade secrets, reasonable accommodation of disabilities, retaliation, wage and hour (individual and class actions), and other types of employment matters. She graduated from University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2006), Order of the Coif , and Harvard University (B.A., Psychology, cum laude, 2002). Ms. Leach has previously spoken on Take Control of Your Computers: Top 5 Considerations in the New Media Era, Speaker, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (October 2010).

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