Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

An Ethical Roadmap for Developing and Refining High-end Technology Competence

Program Number: 3046

Program Date: 02/03/2020


The American Bar Association first amended the comments to Model Rule 1.1 relating to technological change in 2012. This amendment imposed an ethical duty on lawyers to stay abreast of changes in technology. During the past eight years, almost forty state bar associations have updated the comments to their ethical rules to require lawyers to keep informed about technology changes. *Additionally, cloud computing is now increasingly prevalent in legal operations. To comply with Model Rule 1.6, which calls for lawyers to act competently to safeguard information relating to the representation of a client against unauthorized access, lawyers may wish to develop a basic understanding of how technology and cloud computing works and the associated risks to ensure data is securely stored with safeguards in place to protect that information. *To assist in compliance with ABA Model Rule 1.1 and 1.6, strong technology teams must be developed and maintained. This session focuses on some best practices regarding the creation, composition and characteristics of best-in-breed legal technology teams.

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - Experienced Attorneys Only, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour, including 1.0 credit Ethics
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour, including 1.0 credit Ethics

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Kenneth Jones

Tanenbaum Keale LLP

Mr. Jones oversees various aspects of technology at Tanenbaum Keale LLP in his role as Chief Technologist. He leads efforts to support TK’s computing environment and infrastructure, which involves a strategy of professionally protecting and processing client data in the cloud with highly skilled and respected leading–edge business partners in the technology space. Additionally, Mr. Jones helps lead and support various TK programs in the areas of security, compliance, business continuity and firm administration.

Mr. Jones also serves as Chief Operating Officer of TK–owned SaaS company Xerdict Group LLC. Xerdict Group LLC is a software company that provides a wide variety of internet–based technologies to TK clients, including case management systems, discovery applications and document repositories. At Xerdict Group LLC, he directs application development, database analysis and network operations to construct and operate powerful, customizable systems that support he litigation case management, e–discovery and related business needs of internal and external clients. As a wholly owned software company, Xerdict Group LLC is able to leverage its Oracle–based technology and source code to provide clients with exceptional systems at highly competitive costs.

Prior to his work with law firms, Mr. Jones served as a Director of Technology at Bristol–Myers Squibb Company, leading an Applications Development organization. In that capacity,he supported a wide variety of legal functions within the $20 billion company for legal departments including litigation, intellectual property, internal investigations, compensation/stock options and other legal functions.

Mr. Jones has developed innovative solutions, both in a law firm and corporate legal environment for over 20 years.



Marina McGuire, Esq.

Tanenbaum Keale LLP

Marina McGuire focuses her practice in the areas of products liability and environmental and toxic tort litigation. Her practice is predominantly concentrated on the defense of large companies involved in complex litigation, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, in both federal and state court.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. McGuire served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Bruce A. Gaeta, J.S.C., of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen Vicinage. In addition, she was temporarily assigned as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Charles J. Walsh, J.S.C., also of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen Vicinage.

Ms. McGuire handles individual actions and large-scale mass tort litigations in the product liability realm including pharmaceutical, medical device and environmental matters. She is skilled in all stages of litigation including discovery, motion practice, depositions, expert work and preparing for trial. Ms. McGuire also has extensive experience in the resolution of mass tort litigations, including assisting with mediations and arbitrations. Ms. McGuire has also conducted complex compliance investigations involving governmental regulations and employment issues impacting pharmaceutical companies.

Ms. McGuire is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and before the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.