Founding Director and Chairman
Jon Mills is the Chairman of the Board at Social Evidence, LLC. He is currently Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law, and Director of the Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He served as Dean of the College from 1999 to 2003. He teaches classes on Privacy, Constitutional Law and legislative drafting. He also serves Of Counsel to Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP.
Jon has appeared in courts across the country on matters including constitutional issues, privacy issues, voting rights, and defamation. His experience also includes appellate practice, cybersecurity, and privacy issues, and he has represented clients in the Florida Supreme Court more than 30 times
He has litigated issues involving international jurisdiction and constitutional issues involving presidential budget cutbacks, laws protecting victim’s privacy, a governor’s gaming compact with Indians, Florida reapportionment plans, and proposed constitutional initiatives. Jon has been counsel in high-profile litigation, including protecting privacy rights of the families of Dale Earnhardt, Giannni Versace, Dawn Brancheau (the trainer who died in an accident at SeaWorld), and others. His work included serving as counsel to the CEO of a major corporation in a case that successfully prevented disclosure of sensitive information. He has a history of success dealing with complex and critical legal problems.
Jon is a recognized international expert on privacy and cybersecurity who has written multiple books and articles on privacy and security including: “Privacy in the New Media Age” and “Privacy the Lost Right” (Oxford University Press). He has taught privacy to judges and lawyers worldwide, lectured in Latin America as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Speakers Program, and presented continuing legal education courses on privacy and security to corporate leadership and general counsel. He has been called upon as an expert by multiple media sources including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, PBS, CBS, BBC, The Guardian, and many others.
Mr. Mills served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1978 to 1988 and as Speaker of the House from 1987-88
Director and Vice Chairman
Michael McGovern was the Chairman of TSI Inc., and The Teacher Resource Network. He was the Vice Chairman of L2C, a data management and analysis company. Michael and TransUnion were the two largest shareholders of L2C. TransUnion acquired L2C in 2014. He is a former practicing tax attorney, CPA, and Registered Investment Advisor for over 20 years to public and private corporations and high net-worth individuals on tax-related matters and estate planning. He has served on the boards of five public corporations in the banking and pharmaceutical industries.
Michael is one of the founders of Community and Southern Bank, a five year-old bank with approximately $4.4 billion in assets. He was a founder of First Southern Bank, a successful minority bank which was acquired by Citizens Trust Bank. Michael was a co-founder of Suburban Lodges of America, which was acquired by InTown Suites, and the co-founder of The Institute of America’s Health, a public foundation whose mission was to advance the health of our children through public policy, research and education. That foundation received major support from The Walmart Foundation and provides critical assistance for The First Lady, Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity campaign. He served on the Economic Advisory Board for four Prime Ministers of Ireland.
Michael has a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting and a JD from the University of Illinois and taught accounting while he attended law school. He served for three years with the 101st Airborne Division. Michael was born in Ireland, came to New York when he was ten years old, and has resided in Atlanta, Georgia for over 40 years.
Chief Information Officer
Prior to working with Social Evidence, LLC, Mr. Adkins was the Chief Information Officer of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. He was also the founder and director of the Legal Technology Institute at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is a nationally recognized pioneer in legal technology and over a span of 25 years, has provided independent consulting services to more than 350 law firms, government entities, and law schools.
He is also a Trustee in the College of Law Practice Management, inducted as a Fellow in 2005. He has authored several books including The Lawyer’s Guide to Practice Management Systems Software, published by the ABA Law Practice Division. He created and co-taught a class in Law Practice Management at the University of Florida Levin College of Law for eight years.
Mr. Adkins was the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2000 and 2001 and the co-chair of LegalTech Conferences 2000-2007. He frequently writes and publishes articles in legal periodicals and is a frequent speaker on topics of law firm technology.
He has received several honors throughout his career including a profile in the ABA/Law Practice Magazine. In 2004, Mr. Adkins was awarded the Lex Proficio Award for his Lifetime Service Advancement of Legal Technology and in 1999 he received the Judge Earle Zehmer Memorial Outstanding Service Award.
In his spare time, he is an avid photographer and a World War II historian including writing You Can’t Get Much Closer Than This: Combat with Company H, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division published by Casemate Publishers.
Mr. Adkins received a BSEE from the University of Florida in 1982 and his Masters in Engineering in 1989, also from the University of Florida.
Martha Barnett has a distinguished career of service both to the public and to the legal profession. Her primary areas of practice are administrative, governmental law and public policy. She has practiced law for 40 years.
Mrs. Barnett recently served as Chief Privacy Officer at the innovative technology firm TLO that specializes in fraud, risk and investigatory technology tools. She is a retired partner in the law firm Holland & Knight, a former president of the American Bar Association (ABA), and was recently named to the Advisory Board of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS).
Mrs. Barnett was elected president of the American Bar Association in 2000, only the second woman to head the ABA in its history. She also served alongside first lady Hillary Clinton on the inaugural ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, which has produced leading research on women in the legal profession. Considered a groundbreaker for her work championing minorities, Martha was a member of the legal team that negotiated a legislative settlement for survivors of the 1923 Rosewood massacre.
Mrs. Barnett has been appointed to several constitutional commissions including the Constitution Revision Commission by Gov. Lawton Chiles and the Taxation & Budget Reform Commission by Gov. Bob Martinez and Gov. Charlie Crist. In 2004, Florida Trend named Mrs. Barnett one of the “Most Influential Floridians.” In 2006, she was named by the National Law Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” and is consistently named to America’s best lawyer’s list. Mrs. Barnett’s honors also include two recognitions from the University of Florida. She was named an “Alumna of Outstanding Achievement” in 1997 and a “Distinguished Alumnus” in 2006.
Ms. Barnett received her BA in American Studies from Tulane University in 1969 and her Juris Doctorate in 1973 from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Bill Hamilton is a veteran 30-year litigator and trial attorney whose practice focused on software and technology disputes, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent and trade secrets law), e-commerce, data security, telecommunications, trade regulation, unfair trade practices, and internal investigations. Prior to devoting himself to electronic discovery, Mr. Hamilton was Board Certified in in Intellectual Property Law and Business Litigation. He is recently retired from Quarles & Brady LLP, where he was the firm’s National E-Discovery Partner. Before joining Quarles & Brady, he was the Technology Partner with Holland & Knight LLP where he worked with Martha Barnett.
Mr. Hamilton has taught a pioneering electronic discovery and evidence course at the University of Florida Levin College of Law since 2007. Mr. Hamilton is also the Executive Director of the UF E-Discovery Project at the University of Florida that engages in a wide range activities including an acclaimed annual E-discovery conference, sponsoring guest distinguished lecturers, and engaging in collaborative projects with other University of Florida departments related to data and information retrieval.
Additionally, Mr. Hamilton is the Vice Chancellor of Bryan University and guided the university’s online electronic discovery project management graduate certificate program and its Associate of Arts degree offering in Litigation Paralegal Studies. http://bryanuniversity.edu/.
Mr. Hamilton is a featured speaker and writer on business litigation, electronic discovery and evidence and the co-author of the definitive Florida electronic discovery book, LexisNexis Practice Guide: Florida e-Discovery and Evidence first published in 2012 and updated annually. Mr. Hamilton has taught E-discovery at the Florida Judicial College and at various events sponsored by The Sedona Conference®, EDRM®, ARMA®, and Ing3nious® and The e-Discovery Retreats®.
Mr. Hamilton’s educational credentials include a BA cum laude in Philosophy from Lehigh University in 1970, an MA in Philosophy from Washington University in Saint Louis in 1974 and finally, a JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (cum laude, 1983).
Glenn W. Sturm
Glenn W. Sturm practices corporate law and technology law, and has experience in mergers and acquisitions and securities law and focuses on the representation of investment banks, electronic commerce companies, private equity funds and emerging growth companies. He is one of the founders of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and has been the Chairman of its Corporate Group and served on its Executive Committee.
Mr. Sturm has also been active in senior management, serving as the Chief Executive Officer in a number of companies in which he was involved. Mr. Sturm founded Netzee, Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1999-2000. He also served as a Trustee of the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Mr. Sturm is a member of the American Bar Association and its Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities and the 33 Securities Act Subcommittee, and the Atlanta Bar Association. He served as Business Advisor of Iconic Therapeutics, Inc. He is a Director at Rockwell Collins Satellite Communications Systems, Inc. Mr. Sturm also served on the Corporate Boards of Directors for Fidelity Integrated Financial Solutions and WebMD, Inc. He also served as a Director of ClearStory Systems, Inc.
In 1985, he earned a JD, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law where Mr. Sturm was named to the Order of the Coif. During law school, he served as a fellowship instructor of legal research and writing and as executive managing editor of the Florida International Law Journal. Mr. Sturm was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Florida Blue Key, and Phi Kappa Phi. He earned a Master of Arts in Management from Pepperdine University in 1978 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1976.
Dr. Arnold Heggestad
Dr. Arnold Heggestad is Professor Emeritus in Finance and Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He taught at the University of Florida for 35 years before retiring in 2010. His research interests include venture capital, banking, and economic development.
Dr. Heggestad served in many positions during his tenure at the University including the Chairman, Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; Associate Dean College of Business Administration from 1977 until 1986; Director of the Center for Financial Institutions; Executive Director, University of Florida Research Foundation; Associate Vice President of the University of Florida for Research and Technology; and the Director of the Division of Entrepreneurial Programs in the Office of Research. As the Associate Vice President, he was responsible for technology transfer, research administration, and economic development. He has also served as an expert witness in issues involving finance, banking practices, and antitrust.
He was the Founder and Chairman of North Florida Technology Innovation Corporation. In his private activities, Dr. Heggestad has participated in the formation of a number of start-up companies. In 2000, he founded the UF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Dr. Heggestad has served on a number of state and federal boards including Enterprise Florida Finance, Chair of the Government Accountability to the People, chair of a number of local economic development boards and two terms as a Board Member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta-Jacksonville Branch.
He was also the first Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Senior Economist with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington. He is currently serving on the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee for Intrepid Capital, a publicly traded wealth management firm.
He has several published works including The Structure of American Industry, (MacMillan, 1989) and Public Policy Toward Corporations, (University of Florida Press, 1988).
Dr. Heggestad received his undergrad from the University of Maryland in 1965, his MA from Michigan State University in 1970 and his Ph.D., also from the Michigan State University in 1973.
Kevin Miller is a registered patent attorney and technology law attorney focusing on innovative technologies in software and computer engineering, cybersecurity, data privacy, algorithm law, and other cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law and technology. Mr. Miller is the managing attorney of Labyrinth Law PLLC.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Miller spent 20 years working as a software engineer, software architect, product designer, and technology executive. He worked for Microsoft as a principal technology specialist and software engineer, directing high profile technology projects for Intel, Honeywell, American Express, and the University of Phoenix.
At the University of Phoenix, he was the chief architect of UOP Online, one of the first ventures into online learning technologies and now the organization’s key product offering. The groundbreaking systems architecture was later used to advance the development of Microsoft’s Site Server product. At American Express he designed a system to provide customers with online access to customer investment transaction data utilizing cryptographic certificates for security, a fairly new technology at the time. The resulting architecture was one of the first examples of a very large system implementing layers of scaled tiers (later known as n-tiered architecture) in a web service environment. His book, Professional NT Services (Wiley/Wrox 1998), was for many years considered a standard reference text for the implementation of highly scalable multi-tiered systems in the Microsoft environment.
At Intel, as Enterprise Strategy Manager, he was responsible for advising Intel’s senior executives on knowledge management strategies and began a number of initiatives, including intranet collaboration tools and the data mining of process control data from manufacturing plants. Mr. Miller was also the senior architect and project manager of the Honeywell Industrial Store, the company’s first Internet presence and one of the first database-driven online stores.
Mr. Miller has a BA in Philosophy and Computer Science from Hampden-Sydney College and an MBA with a concentration in Technology Management.