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Practice Management Advisory Service

2016 Practice 360º Presenter Biographies

Keynote Speaker

William William R. (Billy) Martin, Esq. has consistently been named one of the top trial lawyers in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States. Mr. Martin has tried over 150 cases before a jury, many involving large corporations and leading figures in politics, sports, and entertainment. Among his honors, he was previously named one of the nation's "50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys" by The National Law Journal, and has been designated a "Legend of the Bar" by the Law Practice Management Section of the District of Columbia Bar.

While he has made a name nationally through his representation in numerous high profile cases, he also has a diverse practice that includes corporate representation, internal investigations, and civil litigation. Mr. Martin represents large corporations in complex civil and white collar criminal matters before state and federal courts, in administrative hearings and in arbitrations.


Heather BatzelHeather Batzel, Esq. founded Batzel Law PLLC in 2013, a business law firm providing legal counsel to companies and their founders in corporate and securities transactions, commercial contracts, strategic and regulatory business law advice and general counsel. Opening her own law firm was motivated by Ms. Batzel's desire to bring her substantial corporate law experience to innovators launching and growing their own enterprises. Ms. Batzel enjoys working closely with clients as a member of their teams.


Kim Bey

Kim Bey has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1990 and is celebrated as one of D.C.'s top tax experts and business advisors. She is an author of the Amazon best-seller "Secrets of a Tax-Free Life: Surprising Write-Off Strategies Most Business Owners Miss." Currently, she serves on the Practice Management Service Committee of the D.C. Bar and provides D.C.'s attorneys with expert tax advice to help them manage their own practices. She speaks regularly for the D.C. Bar as well as for the Maryland Bar Association and other groups.


Niki BlackNicole (Niki) Black, Esq. is a Rochester, New York attorney and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, a law practice management software company. She is the nationally-recognized author of "Cloud Computing for Lawyers" (2012) and a co-author of "Social Media: The Next Frontier" (2010), both published by the American Bar Association. She also co-authors "Criminal Law in New York," a Thomson West treatise. She writes a weekly column for The Daily Record, has authored hundreds of articles and regularly speaks at conferences about the intersection of law, mobile computing and Internet-based technology. 

Greg CookeGreg Cooke is the sales manager at USI Affinity for their Lawyer's Professional Liability Division. His team works with firms on changing or obtaining their professional liability coverage. He has nine years' experience in the insurance industry.


Michael ChasinMichael Chasin, Esq. is the CEO of Lexicata, the legal industry's leading CRM and client intake software. Before starting Lexicata, Mr. Chasin completed his J.D./M.B.A. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Lexicata enables law firms to effectively track and convert leads into clients with a seamless and easy client intake process. Features include interactive intake checklists, customizable online intake forms, consultation scheduler, automatic reminders, retainer letter automation, and e-signature. Lexicata also integrates with companies and software such as Clio, MailChimp, WordPress, Ruby Receptionist and more.

Tasha CooperTasha (TC) Cooper, Esq. is the founder and president of UpwardAction LLC, a digital marketing advisor and online content publisher. She is also the founder of LawyersLaunchpad. com, an online education and training portal for entrepreneurial attorneys, whom TC calls "lawyerpreneurs."

Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr.Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. is a senior judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and has served as Presiding Judge of both the Civil Division and the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division. He currently serves in the Criminal Division.

Claude DuclouxClaude Ducloux, Esq. serves as an industry liaison to LawPay, the preferred payment solution for attorneys. He brings 40 years of experience to the legal community as an attorney with a focus on civil trials, business formation, transactions, trials and appeals, mediation and arbitration. He served as chair of the Board of Trustees for the Texas Center of Legal Ethics and Professionalism for two years, and has written extensively on legal ethics issues.


Dr. Rick KabraDr. Rick Kabra is the CEO of CosmoLex Cloud, a web-based law practice management system designed for small law firms. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and has over 10 years of experience in the legal software industry catering to the specialized technology needs of small law firms. Mr. Kabra has given over 100 seminars and published numerous articles on legal technologies about law office management, cloud computing, legal billing, and business and trust account compliance issues. His passion is to help attorneys use technology to simplify their law firm operations. Under his watch, the CosmoLex platform has grown to include practice management, billing, business and trust accounting functions, and is being used by small law firms in all 50 states.

Allison Lefrack

Allison M. Lefrak, Esq. is a senior attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection of the Federal Trade Commission, where she has led several complex data security and privacy investigations. Ms. Lefrak was the lead attorney on the Snapchat investigation that was resolved when the company agreed to settle FTC allegations that it made deceptive claims about the privacy and security of the personal information it collected from consumers. She was part of the team that litigated a high-stakes data security case against Wyndham Hotels where the authority of the FTC to bring unfairness actions in the data security realm was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Sharon NelsonSharon D. Nelson, Esq. is the president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a digital forensics, information security and information technology firm in Fairfax, Virginia. She is a frequent author (fourteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence topics. She was the president of the Virginia State Bar from June 2013 to June 2014 and a past president of the Fairfax Law Foundation.


Jack NewtonJack Newton is the founder of Clio, one of the pioneers of cloud-based practice management. He has spearheaded efforts to educate the legal community on the security, ethics and privacy-related issues surrounding cloud computing, and has become a nationally recognized writer and speaker on these topics. Mr. Newton has recently joined the board of the International Legal Technology Standards Organization (ILTSO), where he will help the organization craft standards for law office technology. He also co-founded and is acting president of the Legal Cloud Computing Association (LCCA), a consortium of leading cloud computing providers with a mandate to help accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the legal industry.

Gerry OginskiGerald (Gerry) Oginski, Esq. is a New York medical malpractice &personal injury attorney and is the author of "Secrets of Lawyer Video Marketing in the Age of YouTube." He lectures to thousands of lawyers across the country each year about video marketing and is considered a leading authority on video marketing for attorneys in the United States. Mr. Oginski has created over 2,100 educational videos to market his own solo practice to teach potential clients how cases about medical malpractice and accidents work. He is the founder of the Lawyers Video Studio, where he has helped lawyers across the country create over 4,000 videos to market their law firms. Over the past nine years, Mr. Oginski's own videos have led to valid cases and settlements of $12.61 million for his clients. 

Seth PriceSeth Price, Esq. is the managing partner and co-founder of Price Benowitz LLP, a law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Under his management over the last decade, Price Benowitz LLP has grown from a small two-attorney firm into a vibrant mid-size law firm. Price Benowitz now boasts award-winning personal injury and criminal defense practices, in addition to white collar criminal defense, trusts & estates, immigration, qui tam, corporate, and OFAC economic sanctions practice groups. Mr. Price recently founded Blue Spark Digital LLC, a legal marketing agency, to help bring this vision to other firms nationally. 

Daniel SchumackDaniel Schumack, Esq. is a 1987 graduate of American University's Washington College of Law. His practice focuses on issues of special concern to other lawyers. He has been presenting ethics-focused continuing legal education courses for the D.C. Bar's CLE program since 2006. He is a member of APRL, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and is peer review rated AV-Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell.

In addition to defending lawyers in the disciplinary systems of the District, Virginia, and Maryland, Mr. Schumack has served as court-appointed respondent's counsel in the District in matters involving impaired or incapacitated attorneys. He has also served as Special Disciplinary Counsel when the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel is conflicted out of investigating or prosecuting a bar complaint.

John SimekJohn W. Simek is the vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., an information technology, digital forensics and information security firm in Fairfax, VA. Mr. Simek has a national reputation as a digital forensics technologist and has testified as an expert witness throughout the United States.




Hope ToddHope C. Todd, Esq. oversees the legal ethics program at the D.C. Bar. Since 2006, she has provided legal ethics guidance through the D.C. Bar's Ethics Helpline on the interpretation and application of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct. Ms. Todd regularly teaches CLE ethics courses, and has served on panels for local, national and international audiences. She is a contributing author for the "Speaking of Ethics" column for the Washington Lawyer. Ms. Todd is staff counsel to the D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review and Legal Ethics Committees and also serves as a staff consultant to the Bar's Global Legal Practice Task Force. She is a current member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (SCEPR) and is the SCEPR liaison to the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services.

Ed WaltersEd Walters, Esq. is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase. Under his leadership, Fastcase has grown to one of the world's largest legal publishers, currently serving more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Before founding Fastcase, he worked at Covington & Burling, in Washington, D.C. and Brussels. He worked in the White House from 1991 to 1993; first in the Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting.

Morgan Morrissette Wright, Esq. is the senior content editor at Fastcase, one of the nation's leading online legal research services. Before joining Fastcase she attended the University of Richmond School of Law and she is a member of the Virginia State Bar. While in law school, she conducted legal research on a pro bono basis for the Central Virginia Capital Defender's Office and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Ms. Wright also worked with the Information Technology department at the William Taylor Muse Law Library, helping patrons with computer troubleshooting.