The eDJ Group is led by well-respected industry veterans and thought leaders Jason Velasco, Greg Buckles, and Barry Murphy.
Jason Velasco, CEO
Jason Velasco is an electronic discovery industry veteran with more than 15 years of experience in electronic discovery issues and forensic investigations. Mr. Velasco has conducted more than 350 computer forensic examinations for civil litigators and companies and has emerged as a leading computer forensic specialist, providing expert witness services related to electronic evidence topics and data preservation issues. Mr. Velasco has also conducted more than 700 CLE courses on topics such as e-discovery, document retention, preservation archiving, collection methodologies, e-mail archiving and compliance, effective communication with IT, and the technical aspects of electronic evidence.
Barry Murphy, Co-Founder & Principal Analyst
Barry is a thought leader in all things retention — eDiscovery, records management, and content archiving. Previously, Barry was Director of Product Marketing at Mimosa Systems, a leading content archiving and eDiscovery software. He joined Mimosa after a highly successful stint as Principal Analyst for eDiscovery, records management, and content archiving at Forrester Research.
Barry’s past experience includes covering content management, business process management, and Web services technology as an analyst with The Delphi Group. Prior to Delphi, Barry was a management consultant at the boutique eBusiness strategy consulting firm eMaven. In this role, he was responsible for both creating technology strategies and for managing projects to execute those strategies. Barry began his career in advertising with the DDB Needham agency.
Barry has spoken at numerous industry events, including the Forrester IT Forum, AIIM Conference & Expo, the ARMA conference, and LegalTech. At these events, he has delivered keynotes and provided industry expertise on moderated panels. He has been quoted in publications including the Wall Street Journal, KM World, Red Herring, Computer World, and Intelligent Enterprise, and has appeared as an industry expert on outlets such as CNBC.
Barry received a B.S. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an M.B.A from the University of Notre Dame. He is an active member of both AIIM and ARMA.
Gregory Buckles, Co-Founder & Principal Analyst
Greg is a highly successful and well-respected independent eDiscovery consultant specializing in eDiscovery for over 20 years. Greg’s career spans law enforcement, legal service provider, corporate legal, law firm and legal software development. This deep and diverse background combines with exposure to the discovery challenges of Fortune 500 clients to provide a unique industry perspective. He also provides market and product analyst services to top tier software and venture capital companies.
As the Director of Consulting for Attenex Corporation, Mr. Buckles developed corporate specific applications and service offerings utilizing the Patterns™ technology to analyze corporate data trends and minimize the cost and risk during investigations and discovery response. Prior to his return to consulting, Mr. Buckles served as the Senior Product Manager of E-Discovery for Symantec Corporation’s Information Foundation group. He functioned as Symantec’s internal market analyst and drove the overall worldwide discovery outreach initiative.
Mr. Buckles has been on the cutting edge of electronic discovery and compliance. He started in the legal field as a forensic criminalist for the Houston Police Department and was recognized as an expert witness in federal court in 1989. After leaving public service, he opened a small litigation support business specializing in on-line coding and data analysis in 1994. The business expanded to include consulting and professional services for medical billing, automated records systems and design of web-based applications.
He is a member of the Sedona Conference and the EDRM Committees. He has been a guest speaker and panelist at numerous discovery conferences, webinars, forums and other public venues including LegalTech and the Symantec Visions. He has published white papers on many different aspects of electronic discovery, enterprise search and corporate defensibility.
Mikki Tomlinson, Managing Director
Mikki brings over 20 years of executive, management and litigation support experience in the legal and e-discovery industries to the Strategic Consulting Division of the eDJ Group. Her diverse experience ranges from creating a successful legal consulting and training company to developing and managing the litigation support department of a Fortune 250 corporation.
Previous to the eDJ Group, Mikki served as E-Discovery Advisor for Chesapeake Energy Corporation, as well as Litigation Support Manager for a number of years prior.
As E-Discovery Advisor, she focused on implementation and management of procedures related to all aspects of legal hold and discovery response, including the discovery and management of electronically stored information. Mikki was instrumental in the development and implementation of the litigation support department, working with records, information and enterprise content management teams to implement and maintain legally defensible practices related to the preservation, discovery and management of data.
Mikki was also formerly a co-founder of Software@Law, Inc. a consulting and training services organization where she focused on providing consulting and training in the area of litigation support and electronic discovery to law firms and corporate legal departments. Her earlier experience also includes practice support manager, software trainer and legal assistant at several law firms.
Mikki is an accomplished speaker, has published numerous legal software training guides and manuals, has conducted frequent CLE approved courses on e-discovery and litigation support topics, and is a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS).
Marilyn Gladden, Director of Media Services
Marilyn brings over six years of experience managing marketing priorities and strategic objectives
in the hospitality and technical industries. Her diverse experience ranges from marketing campaigns and event management to strategic planning and corporate communications. Ms. Gladden is a highly creative, process-oriented manager who rapidly identifies problems and opportunities, formulates tactical plans, initiates change and implements effective solutions delivering brand awareness, efficiencies and cost reductions.
Before joining the eDJ Group, Marilyn served as director of conference and events for the Masters Conference, where she handled strategic management of company events, including marketing, social media, event logistics, sales, business development and client relations. Prior to serving in that role, Ms. Gladden was the communications coordinator for Celebrity Resorts, where she maximized marketing influence by developing impactful content for sales collateral, event presentations, press releases and the organization’s websites.
Babs Deacon, Director
Babs Deacon has over 25 years of discovery and information management experience, specializing in providing consulting, project management and data reduction services to law firms, corporations and government clients, including management of the 9/11 WTC project for the Law Department of the City of New York. Deacon is also a pioneering influencer in ediscovery best practice reviews and has managed numerous projects related to eDiscovery, trial, early case assessment, evidence acquisition, process review, data reduction, application assessment, and vendor selection.
Prior to joining the eDJ Group, Deacon worked as a Practice Support manager for several prominent law firms and as a subject matter expert on data analytics and discovery management. She is a regular speaker on topics such as defensible data reduction, early case assessment and managing discovery costs, and she is a frequent contributor to numerous legal publications. She has developed accredited courses approved by the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) boards in the States of New York and California and trained hundreds of eDiscovery professionals in discovery management and data analytics.
Deacon’s distinguished industry leadership roles include serving on the executive board of the East Coast Association of Litigation Support Managers and the National Board of Women in eDiscovery, and Co-chairing the EDRM Evergreen Project. She is currently the Director of the New Jersey Chapter of Women in eDiscovery. Deacon holds a conservatory degree in Music from Northwestern University.