Management Team

eTERA Consulting’s founders, Scott Holec and Mike Garner, started the company on the principle that superior electronic discovery solutions were not determined by software or computers, but rather by smart, dedicated and experienced professionals providing high-quality solutions and superior quality control procedures. That same philosophy has also been applied to all other service areas.

Under their leadership, eTERA Consulting has assembled an exceptional management team whose members have significant experience and proven track records in their respective disciplines.

Catherine Barkus

Senior Consultant, eDiscovery

As Senior Consultant with over 15 years of legal industry experience, Catherine Barkus is responsible for the day-to-day management of litigation projects ensuring that client requirements are defined and fully met for all phases of eDiscovery engagements including collections, processing, hosting and production. Ms. Barkus oversees the proper communication flow and coordination of project resources, client training, work schedules, deadlines and quality control processes. In addition, Ms. Barkus provides the knowledge and expertise required to effectively utilize Relativity as a hosting application including conducting complex data searches and analytical reporting. Full Bio

Mike Chagnon

Managing Consultant

In his role as Managing Consultant, Mike Chagnon is responsible for advising, coordinating and managing client engagements and resources across the entire EDRM model including data collection, forensics, electronic discovery processing and litigation hosting. Mr. Chagnon also provides extensive training programs covering eTERA’s Forensics One and 1ntelligent One data management and reporting capabilities. Mr. Chagnon has an impressive track record leading cross-functional teams in throughout the entire project life cycle leading to the suc­cessful delivery of client solutions . In addition, Mr. Chagnon has successfully developed and managed a large network of strategic partnerships including forensic collection firms. Full Bio

Jerry Drew

Director of Client Delivery System

As Director of eTERA’s Client Delivery System, Jerry Drew is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all client engagements encompassing collections, processing, hosting and production. Mr. Drew overseas a highly skilled team of data analysts, ESI and software specialists, and project managers while providing ongoing training and education to clients and his team. In addition, he is responsible for ensuring that client deliverables are met on time and oversees the functions of data analytics and reporting. Mr. Drew ensures that all proper processes, procedures and protocols are followed and adheres to industry best practices. He co-chairs eTERA’s New Technology and Process Improvement Committees. With more than eight years of legal industry experience, Mr. Drew is widely known for his ability to implement new and innovative client solutions across the EDRM model. Full Bio

Mike Garner

Principal, Senior Executive Vice President

As Senior Executive Vice President and Principal, Mike Garner has been instrumental in helping eTERA Consulting gain national recognition as an eDiscovery and litigation consulting firm. Since joining eTERA Consulting as a Principal in 2004, Mr. Garner has significantly contributed to the growth and expansion of the company by advocating for the addition of capabilities across the entire EDRM paradigm to better serve Fortune 500 corporations and the Am Law 100. As a member of the leadership team, Mr. Garner provides critical strategic insights into the needs and requirements of clients in overcoming data management, information readiness and budget challenges. Full Bio

Bob Gillespie

Vice President, ESI Consulting

As Vice President of ESI Consulting, Bob Gillespie specializes in consulting with clients on the efficient and defensible management of ESI collections. Mr. Gillespie’s experience in managing complex litigation matters as well as his expertise in all aspects of electronic discovery throughout the EDRM make him a trusted advisor to eTERA’s law firm and corporate clients in key industries such as energy and pharmaceuticals. With fifteen years of law firm experience in the litigation support area and twelve years of legal solutions provider experience, he is uniquely qualified to provide consulting on all aspects of data management. In particular, Mr. Gillespie is well positioned to help clients address the myriad of challenges posed by ESI collections including information readiness, litigation preparedness and budget predictability. Full Bio

Emily Goodwin Kime

Senior Consultant

As Senior Consultant with over 10 years of litigation support experience, Emily Goodwin Kime is responsible for the day-to-day management of litigation projects ensuring that client requirements are defined and fully met for all phases of eDiscovery engagements including collections, processing, review, hosting and production. Ms. Kime oversees the proper communication flow and coordination of project resources, client training, work schedules, deadlines and quality control processes. She also consults with clients on complex data searches, metrics and analytical reporting.Full Bio

Todd Haley

Vice President, Business Intelligence

As Vice President of Business Intelligence, Todd Haley is responsible for managing eTERA Consulting’s Client Delivery System (CDS) team and all processes, procedures and reports necessary to ensure the handling of all client eDiscovery and data management projects. Mr. Haley brings his experience as Chief Technology Officer, directing both IT and litigation support in a nationally recognized consulting firm to the forefront. At eTERA, he regularly consults clients on how to plan a defensible electronic discovery and data retention strategies. Mr. Haley has over 16 years of information technology and litigation support experience. He brings a different perspective to the litigation support arena, applying the managed services, information governance and workflow protocols of the information technology arena to litigation support. He specializes in complex electronic discovery, information governance and data technology, including matters throughout the EDRM model. He is an Adjunct Professor on legal technology at Georgetown University and a frequent author and speaker on electronic discovery, litigation support and information technology. He was recently recognized by SmartCEO as a top CIO/CTO in the greater Washington area. As a 2013 SmartCEO Executive Management Award winner, Mr. Haley was recognized for his creative management vision, leadership philosophy, innovative strategy and undeniable work ethic. Full Bio

Maria Herrera

Global Managing Director, Information Technology & Operations

Maria Herrera serves as Global Managing Director, Information Technology & Operations for eTERA Consulting. In her capacity, Ms. Herrera provides management and technology expertise to assist law firms and corporations in the areas of global litigation, eDiscovery preparation, compliance, risk management, technology utilization, costs recovery, operational strategies and developing successful business road maps. Ms. Herrera has extensive technology consulting experience advising C-Level Executives, Executive Committees, Board of Directors and Fortune 500 companies from all verticals. She has also served as lead technical consultant for high profile cases in the financial, health care, and Homeland security sectors. Ms. Herrera has a proven track record bridging the communication gap between legal and IT while solving legal challenges, managing costs, and evaluating risks associated with electronic discovery, global security, and data management. Full Bio

Scott Holec

Founder/President

Scott Holec is the Founder and President of eTERA Consulting, a nationally recognized eDiscovery provider and litigation consulting firm specializing in global data management. Since launching eTERA Consulting in 2004, Mr. Holec has led the growth of the company in key lines of business including consulting, collections, processing and hosting. In addition, Mr. Holec has provided the strategy roadmap necessary to grow a stable base of corporate and law firm clients and expand geographically in the U.S. and abroad. Under his leadership, eTERA Consulting has received national recognition by the National Law Journal, named to the Inc. 500 list, recognized by Helios HR for employee development, and nominated for the National Capitol Business Ethics Awards. Full Bio

Joe Kanka

Vice President, Corporate Development

In his role as Vice President of Corporate Development, Joe Kanka oversees several areas of the company including recruiting, staffing, new hire onboarding, and training and education encompassing webinars and CLE programs. With more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Kanka’s areas of expertise include contract staffing, legal project management, managed review, paralegal management, regulatory support, and building and managing litigation support centers and corporate legal department support operations. Mr. Kanka was instrumental in the development and launch of Early Information Assessment® (EIA), a unique methodology to help clients better manage data and prepare for litigation, investigations and regulatory oversight. Full Bio

Sam Morgan

Global Managing Consultant, Discovery/EDRM

As Global Managing Consultant, Discovery/EDRM, Sam Morgan is responsible for advising corporate and law firm clients on managing complex litigation and investigations encompassing all aspects of electronic discovery including collections, processing and hosting solutions. Mr. Morgan also provides client training programs covering eDiscovery management best practices. Given his extensive background in litigation support, electronic discovery and trial support, Mr. Morgan has become a trusted advisor to several clients in key industries including insurance, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and manufacturing. Full Bio