Board of Directors


Jay Yelton

Jay practices civil litigation and mediates litigation and eDiscovery disputes. As a mediator, he assists parties to design proportional discovery plans and assists parties and courts to resolve discovery disputes. For 30+ years, Jay has been helping Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and other organizations to develop eDiscovery strategies, manage electronically stored information (ESI) and prepare for litigation. He regularly conducts training seminars, and he speaks to several classes each year at Michigan State University College of Law on eDiscovery topics. Jay is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for both eDiscovery and Litigation, serves as President for the Detroit Chapter of ACEDS, and is a member of Sedona Conference Working Group 6 and the Global Advisory Council for E.D.R.M.

Scott Petz

Immediate Past President
Scott A. Petz, Esq. is a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Troy office.  Mr. Petz focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, class and collective actions, labor litigation, consumer protection, and condemnation and land use.  Mr. Petz has received a number of acknowledgements: (1) Selected for America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for Michigan, 2018; (2) Selected for Benchmark Litigation “40 & Under Hotlist,” 2018; (3) Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Litigation, 2018 and 2019; (4) Selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018; and (5) Received the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers Section’s 2013 “One to Watch” award.   Mr. Petz has presented and published in the eDiscovery area.  Mr. Petz received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College, cum laude, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude.

Phillip Shane

Vice President
Phillip Shane, Esq. is a Principal at Miller Canfield and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.  Phil's practice focuses primarily on automotive product liability matters, as well as regulatory investigations and compliance procedures.  He represents vehicle manufacturers and major automotive suppliers and coordinates nationwide discovery efforts in cases involving design and manufacturing defect allegations, as well as other tort claims.  Phil is also a respected authority in the area of eDiscovery and a leader of the firm's eDiscovery and Legal Tech Services team.  He provides clients with legal and practical advice and support on wide range of issues associated with the identification, preservation, collection, review and analysis, and production of electronically-stored information (ESI).  In this capacity, Phil has a wealth of diverse experience on a variety of matters including complex commercial litigation, antitrust litigation and pre-merger investigations, white collar criminal defense, intellectual property disputes, labor and employment actions, and internal investigations.  Phil was named a Michigan Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in 2018.
Abby Melling

Abby Melling

Abby is a Director at Conduent Legal, Analytics and Compliance (formerly Xerox Legal) supporting the eDiscovery needs of law firms and corporations focused in managed review and eDiscovery technology. She previously served on the board of the ALSP and the SCSGP as well as actively supporting ACEDS and the SBM. Abby has 16 years of experience supporting corporate legal departments and law firms. She worked for 10 years at the legal services subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer, CT Corporation, managing the largest fortune accounts in the US and supporting their corporate transactional, compliance, governance and litigation needs. Following that, she ran her own corporate legal consulting company, Consulting by M&A, LLC, specializing in entity life cycle management, corporate compliance, service of process and litigation services.
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Thomas Issacs

Tom Isaacs, Esq. has extensive experience representing a diverse lineup of businesses in litigation, including in product liability, personal injury, contractual, antitrust, regulatory, corporate governance and business tort matters. Tom has been responsible for all phases of such cases, including pre-litigation claim assessment, development and execution of case strategy, written discovery, depositions, motion practice, expert witness retention and preparation, settlement negotiations and overall case management.  Tom currently serves as National Discovery Counsel for a major automotive manufacturer in state and federal courts throughout the United States. His eDiscovery experience is very well-rounded, covering everything from document production, collection and review, as well as litigation holds and clawback agreements.
Cindy MacBean

Cindy MacBean

Director of Education
Cindy MacBean is Litigation Support Manager at Honigman LLP. Cindy is a highly experienced Litigation Support professional who has recommended technology solutions to support discovery workflow to provide innovative, appropriate and cost-effective solutions. Her experience spans law firms, corporate legal departments and the Department of Justice, Civil Division. In addition to her MBA in Technology Management, she maintains certifications in eDiscovery (CEDS), Information Governance (IGP) and US/Europe Privacy (CIPP/US, CIPP/E).
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Megan McKnight

Public Relations & Marketing Director
Megan P. McKnight, JD, CEDS, is the founder of Tealstone Law, PLC in Royal Oak, Michigan where she concentrates her practice in the areas of eDiscovery, information governance, and commercial litigation. She started her own firm after spending 15 years in private practice working at large law firms. Ms. McKnight advises businesses and other lawyers on e-discovery issues, from developing early discovery plans and advising on implementing defensible litigation holds to triaging unexpected e-discovery issues mid-litigation. She works collaboratively with other lawyers, business agents, and technologists to develop strategies for the efficient and effective management of electronically stored information – for litigation and beyond.

Alma Sobo

Membership Director
Alma Sobo, JD is an Associate in Dickinson Wright’s Troy office. Alma litigates a range of complex matters in state and federal courts, and focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, class actions, and municipal law. Alma has represented clients through all phases of litigation, including pre-litigation dispute resolution, complex civil discovery practice, mediation, trials, appeals, and enforcement of judgment. Alma was selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2019. Alma received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, and is fluent in Bosnian, Croatian, and Spanish.
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Denise Bach

Director at Large
Denise B. Bach, CEDS is a Vice President, Enterprise Sales with Aon’s Cyber Solutions (formerly known as Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company). She has extensive experience in Digital Forensics, eDiscovery and Cybersecurity and works with law firms, corporate counsel, litigation support managers and paralegals to bridge the gap between the legal process and technology. Denise’s experience with eDiscovery projects from collection through production spans many industries including manufacturing, automotive, finance, retail, marketing, government, energy, healthcare and insurance. Her expertise involves matters related to numerous forms of government investigations including anti-trust, as well as large complex commercial litigation, theft of intellectual property and other labor and employment matters.
Angela Shapiro

Angela Shapiro

Director at Large
Angela Emmerling Shapiro is a litigation shareholder at Butzel Long in Detroit.  She guides clients through complex lawsuits, governmental investigations, and other legal challenges. A significant portion of Angela’s practice is focused on electronic discovery, working with large volumes of electronically stored information and navigating privacy laws that impact collection, processing, review and production of data around the globe. She also frequently negotiates technology, SAAS, and vendor contracts.  Angela is CIPP/US and CEDS certified and has been repeatedly recognized as an eDiscovery and Information Technology Law “Top Lawyer" by DBusiness Magazine. Crain's Detroit Business named Angela to its inaugural class of Notable Women in Technology.
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Paula Haines

Director at Large
Paula Haines is a Legal Specialist focused on eDiscovery strategy and data risk at Whirlpool Corporation; a journey she began when she joined the Whirlpool Law Department in 2006. Paula has managed all aspects of eDiscovery related to litigation matters as well as government and internal investigations. She leads Whirlpool's eDiscovery team made up of selected in-house counsel and Whirlpool national counsel, along with records management and IT professionals, with the goal of identifying and reducing legal risk. These risks include both the retirement of legacy systems and the introduction of new business technologies and cloud solutions.   More recently, Paula has focused on building metrics and managing eDiscovery costs, as well as developing and documenting the eDiscovery program.