Symposium 2022 Speakers 

Clare Garvie

Senior Associate, Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law

Clare Garvie is a senior associate with the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law. She was lead author on three of the Center’s reports on face recognition, including: The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America in 2016; and Garbage In, Garbage Out: Face Recognition on Flawed Data and America Under Watch: Face Surveillance in the United States in 2019. In 2019 she also testified before the House Oversight Committee about police use of face recognition. Her commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and she serves as an expert resource to both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and state legislatures. Her current research focuses on the use of face recognition-derived evidence in criminal cases and the ways activists, public defenders, and policymakers can ensure the technology is under control. Previously, she worked in human rights and international criminal law with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). She received her J.D. from Georgetown Law and her B.A. from Barnard College in political science, human rights, and psychology.

Evan Kielar

Attorney and Analyst, Thomson Reuters Special Services

Evan Kielar is an attorney and analyst at Thomson Reuters Special Services. Born in New Jersey, Evan attended the University of Maryland College Park, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy. After graduating, Evan went to Georgetown Law where he focused on compliance law. While in law school, Evan worked at an international development consulting firm, providing research and guidance on domestic and international financial regulations for development projects.

At TRSS, Evan works with multiple different stakeholders in the company. While working on a team performing due diligence investigations and developing new clients, Evan has founded the cryptocurrency working group, assisted the general counsel in contract review, and wrote articles for business development on the Corporate Transparency Act and on cryptocurrency disclosure regulations.

Sofya Bakradze

Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Sofya Bakradze is an associate in the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Prior to this position, she earned an LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law and her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the American University Business Law Review. While in the LL.M program, Ms. Bakradze discovered her interest in tax policy and its impact on taxpayer behaviors, particularly when it comes to adoption of cryptocurrency.

Sharon D. Nelson

President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., is a nationally-known digital forensics, managed information technology provider and managed cybersecurity firm in Fairfax, Virginia.    

Ms. Nelson is the author of the noted electronic evidence blog, Ride the Lightning and is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast series called “The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology” as well as “Digital Detectives.”

She is a frequent author (eighteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, cybersecurity and electronic evidence topics. She was the President of the Virginia State Bar June 2013 – June 2014 and a past President of the Fairfax Law Foundation, and the Fairfax Bar Association. 

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John W. Simek

Vice President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Mr. Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., is a nationally-known digital forensics, managed information technology provider and managed cybersecurity firm located in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mr. Simek has a national reputation as a digital forensics technologist and has testified as an expert witness throughout the United States. He holds a degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA in finance from Saint Joseph’s University.

Mr. Simek holds the prestigious CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certifications in addition to multiple other technical certifications. He is a past chair of ABA TECHSHOW and a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast Digital Detectives. He is a frequent author (eighteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, cybersecurity and electronic evidence topics.

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Tara Sklar

Professor and Director, Health Law & Policy Program at Arizona Law

Professor Tara Sklar is the Director of the Health Law & Policy Program at Arizona Law. She also holds appointments as the Faculty Senior Advisor in Telehealth Law & Policy at the Arizona Telemedicine Program, College of Medicine-Tucson and at Innovations in Healthy Aging with University of Arizona Health Sciences.

Professor Sklar’s scholarly research examines legal, regulatory, and ethical issues that arise in adapting to a diverse aging population, with a particular focus on the integration of health technology. Her work has appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals: New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and American Journal of Law & Medicine, among others.

At Arizona Law, Professor Sklar launched and oversees a portfolio of over 40 multidisciplinary, online health law courses developed in collaboration across seven UA Colleges and with global companies. She teaches courses on aging law & policy and advanced health law research.

Sunny J. Levine

Associate, Foley & Lardner LLP

Sunny J. Levine is a health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, and member of the firm’s Telemedicine & Digital Health and Health Care Industry Teams working with hospitals and health systems, physician practice groups and technology companies across the country. Sunny’s practice focuses on federal and state regulatory compliance and business issues in the health care industry. She also works with companies offering highly regulated consumer products, such as medical marijuana and alcohol beverages. 

Sunny’s practice includes regulatory compliance issues associated with telemedicine, digital health and health innovation. She helps emerging companies and entrepreneurs navigate state and federal laws governing virtual care offerings across multi-state footprints. Her work involves the intersection of medical practice rules, business structures and the corporate practice of medicine, professional licensure, telemedicine prescribing and informed consent.

Dr. Vimal Mishra

Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Dr. Vimal Mishra is an associate professor of medicine and health administration at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, specializing in internal medicine and health informatics. As a physician providing hospital-based medical care, his work lies at the intersection of delivering high-quality clinical care and leading innovative clinical and digital transformation. He serves as the medical director at VCU Health and is responsible for providing the vision, strategy, thought, and clinical leadership to enterprise-wide virtual and digital health efforts. He provides subject matter expertise in integrating the practice of medicine with computer/information science and business settings. He guides designing, planning, implementation, adoption, optimization of the electronic medical record and clinical decision tools to enable high quality, safe, effective and efficient patient care. He has led the team in development of the virtual health ecosystem at VCU Health, which includes Virtual Clinics (direct to consumer), Ambulatory Telemedicine Clinics, Acute Care Telehealth services, Project ECHO (tele-education), Remote Patient Monitoring programs for population health and chronic disease management, Tele-ICU, Tele-stroke, Mobile Health, e-Consults, asynchronous & synchronous digital services. 

Dr. Mishra serves as Director of Digital Health for the American Medical Association (AMA). In this role, he provides clinical and strategic leadership for AMA national programs focused on development, implementation, EHR optimization, and adoption of evidence-based digital health solutions. He serves as a clinical lead for programs like Physician Innovation Network (PIN), a collaborative focused on establishing best practices for mhealth apps (Xcertia), health tech accelerator relationships, and provide research leadership to advance the AMA digital health research agenda.

Owen Larter

Director, Public Policy for the Office of Responsible AI at Microsoft

Owen Larter is the Director of Public Policy for the Office of Responsible AI at Microsoft. His career at Microsoft has spanned more than seven years with various roles in the company’s Government Affairs division where he focused on data protection and cybersecurity policy issues. He is a Co-founder of the NextGeneration Network at the Aspen Institute and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He received his bachelor’s in Politics and Policy from the University of Liverpool, and his Master’s in International Relations from the London School of Economics. 

Josh Kubicki

Assistant Professor and Director, University of Richmond School of Law’s Legal Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

Professor Josh Kubicki is the director of the School of Law’s new Legal Innovation and Entrepreneurship program and is an Assistant Professor of Law. He researches, teaches, and speaks at the intersection of innovation, the practice of law, and the business of law. Over the last 20 years, Josh has merged his experience in fields of design, management science, and strategy execution to build services and products for business and legal teams large and small. He is a former Chief Strategy Officer for an AmLaw 100 law firm, worked in Verizon’s general counsel office, and has served as an adviser to CEOs of leading alternative legal service providers and legal startups. He recently co-founded and built the first business design studio focused on the legal market.

Professor Kubicki received his B.A. with honors in Political Science and minor in Sociology from Niagara University and his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University. He maintains his active license in DC.

Stephen Gardner

Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel at Zero Hash

Stephen Gardner is Zero Hash Holdings Ltd.’s (“Zero Hash” ) Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer and is responsible for Zero Hash’s global legal strategy and compliance efforts. Zero Hash is a B2B embedded infrastructure platform that allows any platform to integrate digital assets natively into their own customer experience quickly and easily (a matter of API endpoints).  The company powers neo-banks, broker-dealers, and payment groups to offer digital asset trading and custody, crypto-backed rewards, and round-ups programs, as well as the ability to earn crypto through staking and DeFi. Clients include MoneyLion, Transak, Deserve, Wirex, MoonPay, tastyworks. Zero Hash is backed by investors, including Point72 Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, and NYCA.

Prior to his current positions, Mr. Gardner served as Zero Hashs Deputy Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel from July 2018 to December 2019. As DCO, he led several compliance efforts, including the creation and implementation of AML/KYC, GDPR, GLB, and broker-dealer compliance policies and procedures. Prior, Stephen was a Senior Associate in KPMG US’s compliance risk group consulting financial institutions on compliance program activities relating to retail banking and broker-dealer business lines. From 2012 to 2017, Stephen worked in private practice focusing on regulatory compliance and financial services law at Ulmer & Berne LLP and BuckleySandler LLP. His legal practice included assisting in regulatory actions brought by the CFPB, FDIC, SEC, FINRA and various state regulators relating to retail banking and broker-dealer activities. He also represented leading financial firms in securities litigation matters.

Stephen received his B.S. degree in Business and Economics from Winthrop University and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. As a law student, Stephen worked as a legal clerk for Morgan Stanley assisting with FINRA filings and FINRA arbitration matters.