PRESA: Our Consulting Team

We are pleased to debut the new name for our world-class consultants: PRESA Group!

PRESA Group is an acronym for PRemier Expert Solutions Advisory Group.

In music, PRESA means the symbol used where each musical layer joins in a canon, which has overlapping musical voices. This is representative of all of the many points throughout the data lifecycle where PRESA Group can add depth of perspective to improve your organization’s information lifecycle processes.

PRESA Group is made up of highly experienced, formerly-practicing attorneys, who are well renowned for their technology and data expertise. And our PRESA consultants don’t just provide advice – our experts serve on the research and educational panels that analyze emerging legal standards and technology in our industry. We are constantly enhancing out-of-the box technology and innovating best practices and procedures. We aren’t just servicing the industry - we are driving it.
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Tara S. Emory, PMP

Director of Consulting



Tara Emory advises organizations and law firms on information governance programs and e-Discovery. Her IG practice includes data management and compliance, privacy, policies, records management technology, and defensible deletion. In litigation, she is an expert on search methodologies, data preservation and collection approaches, discovery protocols, and strategies for resolving discovery issues with litigation adversaries, government regulators, and the courts. Above all, Tara seeks to solve her clients’ unique data problems in ways that reflect a best fit for each client and matter. Tara is a lawyer, certified Project Management Professional, experienced participant in e-Discovery advisory groups, and a frequent speaker at law firms, corporate legal departments, and eDiscovery and information governance conferences. She actively participates in The Sedona Conference where she has led drafting projects for Working Group 1. Tara also serves as an advisory panel member for the Legal Technology Professionals Institute, a member of Duke TAR Guidelines Drafting Committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Advocates for Justice and Education.

She is an expert on technology-assisted review (TAR), including different algorithms, workflows, and softwares. She has developed effective TAR processes for dozens of clients that incorporate traditional TAR workflows, TAR 2.0 functionality, and other versions adapted to meet project needs. She has also consulted on and helped design the industry-leading TAR offering provided by a leading document review platform provider.

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Philip Favro

Consultant



Philip Favro is a Chambers-ranked lawyer who serves as a trusted advisor to organizations and law firms on issues relating to electronic discovery and information governance. Phil serves as a special master and an expert witness on cases involving electronic discovery issues. He also provides clients with guidance on data preservation practices, litigation holds, data collection strategies, and ESI search methodologies. Phil additionally offers direction on records retention policies, litigation hold policies, and the need to manage dynamic sources of information found on messaging applications and workplace collaboration tools. Phil is also a leading expert on ephemeral messaging and advises Driven clients regarding risk and compliance issues. Phil is a nationally recognized legal scholar on electronic discovery issues and his articles have been frequently cited in court opinions and academic journals. He actively contributes to The Sedona Conference, where he serves as a member of the Steering Committee for Working Group 1 (Electronic Document Retention and Production). Phil has led various Sedona drafting teams including The Sedona Conference Primer on Social Media, Second Edition (2019), for which he served as editor-in-chief, and the Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery (2017). He is presently serving as the editor-in-chief for The Sedona Conference Commentary on Ephemeral Messaging (2021) for Working Group 6 (International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure).

Phil is a licensed attorney and member of the California and Utah state bars. Prior to joining Driven, Phil practiced law in Northern California where he advised a variety of clients regarding business disputes and complex discovery issues. He also served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Santa Clara County Superior Court based in San Jose, California.

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Eric P. Mandel

Consultant



Eric P. Mandel works with clients in the United States and internationally to address complex issues at the intersection of law and technology. His expertise includes eDiscovery, data privacy and data protection, regulatory data compliance, information governance, and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for information search and retrieval. Eric received his Juris Doctor degree in 1995, and over the following decade held a variety of legal and business positions, predominately in the entertainment industry. In the mid-2000s, Eric found his calling in two emerging practice areas: electronic discovery and information management. Over the subsequent dozen years, Eric developed in-depth, hands-on experience working on scores of complex US and international litigation matters and advisory engagements, and expanded his expertise into other areas at the intersection of law and technology, including data privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, information governance, and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for information search and retrieval. Eric has drafted legal briefs, policies, protocols and workflows; argued motions, negotiated discovery agreements, and second-chaired key depositions; and provided advice, counsel and solutions to clients in fulfilling their legal, regulatory compliance, cross-border discovery, data protection, records management, and cybersecurity obligations, and for establishing proactive information governance, compliance, and litigation readiness programs.

In addition to his practical work experience in this area, over the past decade Eric has been selected by his peers for several senior leadership roles in prominent non-profit trade associations and educational organizations, including:The Sedona Conference, the EDRM Institute, the Legal Technology Professionals Institute, and the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists. In these pro bono roles, Eric lead and participated in numerous projects that established legal and technical standards and best practices for eDiscovery and information governance, and promoted the development of the law. Eric has authored and edited numerous publications and articles and has presented extensively on a broad range of topics within his areas of expertise. Eric is currently licensed to practice law in California and Minnesota, and has been certified as an information privacy professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and as an eDiscovery specialist (CEDS) by the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists.

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Gregg Parker

Consultant, Data Systems Specialist



Gregg Parker is a consultant and data systems specialist with Driven, Inc. Gregg’s expertise is in TAR and structured data analysis and he has more than 10 years experience in eDiscovery, including trial exhibit development and coordinating complex collections and productions. Previously, Gregg served as an officer and attorney in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. His prior positions include: Defense Counsel at Great Lakes Naval Base; Legal Department Head and Advisor for Submarine Squadron 15 in Guam; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. District Court of Guam; and Deputy Legal Advisor to the Director of Energy and Environmental Readiness for the Navy. Gregg’s experience in administrative, environmental, and military law, as well as eDiscovery operations, made him a trusted advisor to senior leaders in the United States Navy, both in Washington, DC and around the world.

Gregg started his Navy career as an Electrician’s Mate (Nuclear Trained). He was then selected for a Navy ROTC scholarship and attended Eastern Michigan University, where he received a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics. After graduation, Gregg was commissioned as an Ensign and chosen for the Submarine Nuclear Engineering training program. Upon completion, he served as the Electrical Division Officer, the Chemical and Radiological Controls Officer, and finally as the Mechanical Division Officer onboard the submarine USS CHICAGO (SSN 721), with a second assignment as Deputy Director of the Nuclear Enlisted Training Program with the Chief of Naval Education and Training.

Gregg received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2003 and is a member of the Illinois bar. In 2012, he received a Master of Laws in International and Environmental Law from The George Washington University School of Law.