Board of Directors
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.
Immediate Past President
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.
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.
Sean Evans is a Managing Director at Ankura in the Irvine office. Sean has over 20 years of experience advising corporate counsel and law firms regarding complex discovery matters related to litigation or investigations involving IP theft, IP litigation, patent infringement, healthcare litigation, and second requests. His experience is critical in supporting clients during the workflow development process, resulting in the use of best available eDiscovery tools to improve review efficiency and reduce the cost to the client. When not working, he spends his time with his wife chasing their two little girls around from soccer, karate or dance, playing golf or riding his bike.
Jason has been supporting the Orange County legal community for over 20 years. As a self-taught project manager Jason gained a deep understanding of eDiscovery consulting AmLaw 100 and boutique firms early in his career. Jason has experience in all aspects of the EDRM and is well known in the industry for taking a consultative approach with his clients and making sure the most defensible and cost-effective measures are being implemented.