Board of Directors
A former litigation paralegal, Marla has worked in legal publishing, court reporting, filings, e-discovery and legal technology. An MCLE speaker and panelist, she known for her fun, interactive educational seminars. Marla loves technology, putting the puzzle together, finding the solution and helping people. Her focus is now consulting with small firms in technology, vendor management and marketing. Marla is active in many legal associations as either a board member or a participating member. In addition, she also on the board of directors for her high school alumni association to help raise money for the school. Marla received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Pacific and her paralegal certification from the University of California – Irvine. A native of San Diego, she is also an avid San Diego sports fan, event planner and outdoor enthusiast.
Vice President & Director of Education
Grady has more than 15 years of experience in advanced litigation support, eDiscovery, complex case management and trials/arbitrations. Grady manages eDiscovery for 2 boutique firms located in the OC. Grady has recently served as both an Instructor and advisor to the University of California, Irvine’s ABA accredited paralegal certificate program. Grady has become a recognized local leader in advanced litigation strategies as they relate to legal technology and eDiscovery. Grady also previously served as Co-Chair of the OCPA’s Technology Section, from 2015-2019. Grady has a Bachelor’s of Science from California State University, Los Angeles and an Associates degree from Saddleback College.
Sherri watts Bio: Sherri has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from California State University Fullerton, an associate’s degree in paralegal technology from Pulaski Technical College and numerous certifications including MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), ACP (Advanced Certified Paralegal), RCA (Relativity Certified Administrator) and CEDS (Certified E-Discovery Specialist) just to name a few. Sherri is an eDiscovery professional fluent in the EDRM lifecycle, from initial information management through presentation in Court.
Mike is the eDiscovery and Compliance Manager at Callahan & Blaine and the Chief Technology Officer at The Litigation Support Consultants Group (LSC). He has been in the legal industry for 16 years with a diverse background of eDiscovery and IT systems. Mike is fluent in the EDRM lifecycle, from initial information management through presentation in Court, with degrees in a variety of topics ranging from deployment and management of data communication systems and infrastructures, network security, network technologies and protocols. He draws on his experience of working in law firms and with vendors.
Public Relations & Marketing
As a Certified E-Discovery Specialist with more than two decades of legal and business experience, I have developed a sharp eye for how eDiscovery can become bloated with inefficiencies, cross-purposes and miscommunication — and be retooled for a sleeker, smoother, and strategically focused litigation timeline. I provide assistance as a Senior Litigation Paralegal with strong professional skills in Relativity, eDiscovery, Trials and Appeals for insurance defense cases relating to Construction Defect, Civil Law and Business Litigation at Lorber, Greenfield & Polito in San Diego, CA. Also as a former Art Director I utilize my graphic art background to specialize in media, marketing materials and persuasive litigation demonstratives for use in motion hearings, mediation, openings, closing and witness examinations.
Maya T. Carlin
Maya is an experienced paralegal and project manager with a demonstrated and diverse history working in the legal, real estate and construction industries for over two decades. She is highly skilled in document management, research and discovery, among many other roles and responsibilities as a litigation support professional. Maya obtained her BFA from Long Island University, C.W. Post in Public Relations and World Literature and her paralegal certificate from UC San Diego (2008). She received her Certified E-Discovery (CEDS) certification in March 2021 to expand upon her eDiscovery knowledge base.
Director at Large
Christine Stansall began her legal career after graduating from UC San Diego and obtaining her paralegal certificate from University of San Diego’s ABA-approved program in 1995. In her 20 years as a paralegal, she gained extensive experience in the areas of corporate, transactional, real estate, probate, estate planning, and litigation. She has a number of paralegal certifications from the National Association of Legal Assistants and the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations. Ms. Stansall’s traditional paralegal career evolved into E-Discovery and litigation support. In 2015, she earned the title of ACEDS Fellow from the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, then followed up with the CEDS credential in 2017. She is joining HaystackID as a project manager where she will assist the legal teams in planning the eDiscovery needs and workflows for various matters.
Director at Large
Annie Loo is a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Orange and a litigator for the Social Services Agency. She was previously an attorney for Best Best & Krieger LLP’s ARC: Advanced Records Center, where she works on complex public records matters. Before becoming an attorney, Annie was formerly an Orange County Register reporter, covering politics in Huntington Beach and had a column dedicated to public records disclosure. Annie was also adjunct faculty at Biola University teaching Public Affairs Reporting and Investigative Reporting. Annie is a Certified E-Discovery Specialist and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Director at Large