Attorneys & Consultants

Anne Kershaw — Founder, Senior Attorney & Consultant

Anne Kershaw has been involved with high tech litigation management since 1993, taking management roles on national coordinating and trial counsel teams defending volume, multi-state, product liability claims. Ms. Kershaw continually tracks and tests new technological developments and applications. Combining her legal experience with thorough situation analysis and management techniques, Ms. Kershaw's specialty is in finding cost-effective strategies and solutions for the unique efficiency and cost management challenges inherent in volume litigation. In addition, Ms. Kershaw is an expert on reducing costs associated with accumulated legacy data and she provides opinions and recommendations for the management of legacy data.

Ms. Kershaw is a Faculty Member of Columbia University's Executive Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy, is on the Advisory Board and faculty for the Georgetown E-Discovery Training Academy, and is an Advisory Board Member of the Georgetown University Law Center's Advanced E-Discovery Institute. She also co-chairs the ABA's E-Discovery and Litigation Technology Committee for the Corporate Cousel Litigation Section Committee.

Ms. Kershaw is a founding sponsor of the E-Discovery Institute, a non-profit organization that conducts studies regarding electronic discovery processes and technologies. Ms. Kershaw is also the founder of Reasonable Discovery, LLC, a short-term Special Master service for establishing electronic discovery plans. Ms. Kershaw is involved in federal civil rules reform to address electronic discovery issues and provided electronic discovery survey data and testimony before the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee. She is the author of numerous articles, is a member of The Sedona Conference®, and teaches workshops on e-discovery at the Federal Judicial Center's conferences for U.S. Magistrate Judges.

Anne Kershaw has an AV+ rating in Martindale Hubbell.

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Annette M. Fabrizi —Senior Legal Analyst

As A. Kershaw, P.C.'s Senior Legal Analyst, Annette M. Fabrizi brings wide-ranging experience from a litigation perspective arising from her work as a case manager on a high profile national tobacco litigation at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and as a Senior Legal Analyst at Philip Morris USA, where she managed and coordinated in-house document collection and review for use in current and ongoing litigation. Mrs. Fabrizi experience includes work on all phases of corporate litigation defense practices from the inception of a case to trial.

Annette Fabrizi earned her B.A. in Psychology in 1995 from Manhattan College. Mrs. Fabrizi is also a graduate of The Philadelphia Institute of Paralegals where she specialized in Corporate Finance and Business Law. In addition, she completed her MBA in 2001 at Manhattan College's Masters of Business Administration Program with a specialty in Finance and Management.

Ryan P. Schmelz — Attorney & Consultant

Ryan P. Schmelz was the Founder and Managing Partner of a successful IT management consultancy, whose services include extensive outsourcing facilitation work. He has more than 25 years of experience in Information Services, Technology and Financial Services, serving clients in multiple industries. He's experienced in leading varied functions, including Systems Development and Operations, Marketing, Sales, Administration, Human Resources, Finance and Legal. His management consulting experience encompasses Strategy, Outsourcing, IT Effectiveness, Program Management, Management Contracts, and Business Process Reengineering.

He also has senior executive experience in information services and software vendors and he has experience in Intellectual Property and business contracts law... Mr. Schmelz is the co-founder of Reasonable Discovery LLC, a research and services organization focused on improving performance in electronic data discovery. Mr. Schmelz led Merrill Lynch Capital Markets' Computer Services Group; served as the Officer leading Freddie Mac’s Business Process Reengineering initiatives; was VP of Systems Development for A.C. Nielsen; and SVP and General Counsel for Remote Computing Corporation, a national information processing services provider.

Consulting clients include Airlines Reporting Corporation, Sears, Amdahl, CSS Industries, Fiduciary Trust, Golden Books, Honeywell, ING, Intuit, Legato Systems, PMI, Towers Perrin, Transamerica and Tsumura International. Mr. Schmelz holds a JD from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law, MBA from San Jose State University and BA in Political Science from the University of South Dakota. He's a member of the Capital Area Chapter of the Society for Information Management and the California State Bar.