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D. Britt Dove

Lieutenant D. Britt Dove is currently the supervisory agent for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) Computer Crime Center since 2008. Previous to SLED, Lt. Dove was an investigator with the West Columbia Police Department, handling cases involving child and elder abuse, sexual assaults, homicides, white collar and property crimes. Lt. Dove is an active part of the US Secret Service Electronic Taskforce, FBI Cyber Taskforce, and the SC Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC). Lt. Dove has attended various courses with the US Secret Service in Network Intrusion and is qualified to teach “Best Practices — Collection/Seizures of Mobile Devices for Investigators” through the National Domestic Communication Assistance Center (DOJ). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina.

John P. Gardner Jr.

John P. Gardner Jr., J.D., CITRMS is an attorney and one of the nation’s leading consultants on identity theft and data accuracy. He has consulted with various state and local governmental entities across the country, industry groups, and attorneys on identity theft, privacy and data protection legislation. He has helped to implement identity theft protection programs which today protect hundreds of thousands of Americans from data corruption and identity theft. Gardner is coauthor of If You are Me, Then Who am I? The Personal and Business Reality of Identity Theft a publication which quoted and used by the California Office of Privacy Protection and is on the Navy CIO’s Recommended Reading List. Gardner is a founding Partner of Accurate Data Partners, LLC and a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist. Previously, Mr. Gardner served four terms in the South Carolina General Assembly and four years as a Commissioner for the South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation where he Chaired the Highway Patrol Committee.

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Sharon D. Nelson, Esq.

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a digital forensics, information security and information technology 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 (fifteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security 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. She may be reached at

Jack Pringle

Jack Pringle joined Adams and Reese in 2013 as a Partner following the firm’s expansion into Columbia. Practicing law since 1996, Jack focuses on privacy, information security, and information governance; administrative and regulatory law; public utilities; securities; environmental law and land use litigation; and class action litigation. He is recognized by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator. Jack helps businesses protect, manage, and communicate information lawfully and effectively, and has received the Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”). He has litigated matters related to tax cases, securities investigations, certificate of need applications, procurement matters, environmental permitting cases, disadvantaged business enterprise applications and alcohol licensing applications. Jack has represented public utilities and transportation companies before the South Carolina Public Service Commission, and in other litigation and regulatory matters.

Karen Randall

Karen Randall is founder and chair of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice, co-chair of the Professional Liability practice and a senior trial counsel at Connell Foley. She represents clients in complex litigation and regulatory compliance and defense matters involving cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, social media and professional liability. Karen also has substantial experience with employment law, business litigation and insurance law. Her counsel and advocacy in federal and state courts for professionals and businesses spans a broad range of industries, including legal, health care, financial, retail and design. Karen has an extensive background developing proactive plans to reduce cyber-attack risks and conducting risk/security assessments for lawyers and law firms, health care professionals and institutions, financial entities and professionals, and retailers. She helps companies implement data security and information governance policies and procedures, security awareness training for employees, and incidence preparation and response. In addition, Karen offers strategic solutions related to post-breach matters, including statutory notification requirements, class action litigation, regulatory enforcement actions, forensics and crisis management. Karen also maintains a strong professional liability practice, working closely with law firms, health care and assisted living institutions, architects and engineers, directors and officers and accountants. In her complex litigation work, she handles premises liability matters for major retailers and substance abuse treatment centers as well as amusement parks, concert venues and bowling centers. She defends these entities against diverse claims, including significant sexual molestation and elder abuse matters. Often tapped for key state and national leadership positions in both cybersecurity and professional liability, Karen received ABA presidential appointments to serve on the Cybersecurity Task Force and the Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability. She was nominated to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and is founder and co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cyber Security Task Force. Karen was also appointed by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to serve on the state Board on Civil Trial Certification. Among other roles, she serves as vice chair of the Cyber Security and Data Privacy Group of USLAW Network Inc.; regional chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (including as a Member of the Cyber Liability and Cyber Summit Committees); and mentor for the National Association of Women Lawyers. Her accolades include listings for New Jersey’s Women Leaders in Law, Complex Litigation; National Finalist, CLM Litigation Management Professional of the Year; NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business; and Prominent Woman Among Women. Karen speaks and writes frequently on data security and privacy, business litigation, professional liability, director and officer issues, and social media use and ethics ranging from risk management to insurance defense and coverage. Prior to joining Connell Foley, she served as a legal clerk to Governor Richard W. Riley of South Carolina.

Thomas Scott

Thomas Scott (Tom) is the Executive Director of SC Cyber. With over 25 years of State Government experience in both Florida and South Carolina, Tom has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in protecting State critical infrastructure and cyber assets. He currently holds certifications in information security, information auditing, security leadership, and project management — he is also a recognized FEMA Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Practitioner. Tom is a member of the FBI’s InfraGard program and serves as an advisory board member for the Dutch Fork High School Cyber program. He has actively participated in the federal information security community by serving as a member of the MS-ISAC’s Education and Business Continuity workgroups. He was recently elected to the MS-ISAC’s Executive Committee and selected to serve on the Board of the SC Midlands Chapter of ISACA.

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John W. Simek

Mr. Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., an information technology, digital forensics and information security firm located in Fairfax, VA. 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 EnCE (EnCase Certified Examiner) certifications in addition to multiple other technical certifications. He currently provides information technology support to hundreds of Washington, DC area law firms, legal entities and corporations. He is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast Digital Detectives. He is a frequent author (fifteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence topics. He may be reached at