Assembling the Dream

Experience, passion and conviction come built in. Introducing Team Cognicion.

There Is No ‘I’ In Team

But there is an ‘E’. And in the world of eDiscovery, Team Cognicion is your choice when you want to win.

Each of us brings excellent skills and a dedication to our clients, both as character-driven individuals and consummate professionals. Many of us have worked together for 10 years or more, so we know how to bring our best game to your work. Beyond our expertise, we are individuals who are members of our community, enjoy sports, photography, travel, good food and working out. In short, real people, just like our clients. So when your team needs digital discovery prowess we hope you’ll consider Team Cognicion. A great group of individuals, an even better team.

“I’ve always been inspired by Henry Ford’s quote: ‘Coming together is a beginning. Staying together is progress and working together is success.”

—Spencer Cosper

Chris McDaniel, President and CEO

A native Floridian, Chris lived in Los Angeles, the Bahamas, Belgium and Australia before settling back in Florida prior to starting a family.  Chris’s 22-year career has centered on automated litigation support and eDiscovery.   His career includes legal software development and sales, and more recently, with Deloitte Discovery and Huron Consulting, providing professional and consulting services to corporate legal departments and law firms.  His practice included numerous significant HSR Second Requests and large, national DOJ investigations with experience in the medical device, commercial paper, pharma, petroleum, transportation, healthcare and other industries.

Chris joins Cognicion as the President and CEO with multiple goals of helping the overall operations to execute soundly, growing the existing client base significantly and finding new revenue streams that are adjacent to our core data-centric competencies.

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Lorraine Venesky, Chief Operating Officer

Lorraine is the Chief Operating Office of Cognicion LLC. Lorraine assists corporate clients and law firms to leverage best practices to manage and conduct electronic discovery in litigation matters, internal investigations, and governmental inquiries and she specializes in the design and implementation of discovery compliance processes and protocols. Prior to Cognicion, Lorraine was a Senior Manager at Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP and was a leader in the Document Review Services practice within Deloitte Discovery. There, Lorraine assisted corporate clients and law firms in managing large-scale document review project teams domestically and globally.   Lorraine has provided consulting services on all phases of eDiscovery in litigation and investigations to public and private companies in various industries including energy and natural resources, financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, the pharmaceutical sector, and heavy manufacturing.   Lorraine is a New Jersey certified attorney.

Lorraine enjoys running, yoga, and skiing.

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Natalie Harris, Sr. Engagement Manager, J.D.

Natalie is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, and a licensed member of the Virginia State Bar.  Natalie has more than nine years’ experience in eDiscovery with experience managing and supervising document reviews, participating in document collections and review in the U.S. and abroad, and preparing privilege logs.  In addition to her experience in eDiscovery, Natalie also has experience in merits-based litigation through her service as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond; an Assistant Attorney General for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, Antitrust and Consumer Litigation Section; and as a law firm litigation associate.  She is a member of Women in eDiscovery, Richmond, Virginia, Chapter.  She is also the Co-City Lead for Richmond, Virginia, for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (“LCLD”) Success in Law School Mentoring Program for diverse first-year law students.  In her free time, Natalie enjoys serving at her church, reading, and traveling.

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Michael Perkins, eDiscovery Operations Manager

Michael (Mike) is a Virginia transplant from Eastern North Carolina. He has worked at some of the largest AmLAW 200 firms in the world. Mike has more than a decade worth of trial support and hot seating experience from coast to coast in state and federal courts. In addition to trial support, Mike is also Cognicion’s graphics guru and web editor. Prior to joining Cognicion, Mike also assisted in other aspects of litigation support such as discovery database management, project management, and IT training and support. Mike also is a frequent speaker on utilizing Trial Technology to help win your case. In his free time, Mike enjoys hiking in Virginia’s beautiful state parks with his wife and two dogs.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

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Yuka Ito-Currin, eDiscovery Operations Manager

Yuka has many years of experience training teams of attorneys and managing multiple phases of review for high volume electronic discovery projects. Her eDiscovery background includes supervising reviews for intellectual property, financial services, pharmaceutical, environmental, employment, and product liability matters, as well as internal and regulatory investigations.
In her spare time, Yuka enjoys traveling to new places, camping, baking cookies, and cheering for her North Carolina Tar Heels.

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Alex Luong, eDiscovery Technology Manager

Alex has over fourteen years of eDiscovery experience specializing in solutions for complex problems.  Prior to eDiscovery, he has over fifteen years of experience in technology and a Computer Science background.  He has identified and implemented various technology solutions within the organization in order to maintain and ensure high availability of the existing infrastructure and systems.  Alex has a proven record of accomplishment in strategic visioning, leadership, and management of diverse technology platforms.

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Lea Ann Reynolds, Sr. Administrator

Lea Ann has over 15 years working in a legal setting to manage staff and attorneys during document review projects. She also has a strong technical background to include most litigation software tools in which she has obtained certifications. Her main focus is to ensure Cognicion customers are satisfied and pleased with the results of the team in order to keep them coming back. When not working, Lea Ann’s passion for photography and horses led her to work with autistic children in therapeutic horsemanship and capturing memories for the families of the children.

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