Assembling the Dream

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

Meet Our Team

Our eDiscovery consultants and data management experts are every bit as important as the technology they use. We have built a passionate, consultative team of experienced technologists and non-practicing lawyers who bring relevant backgrounds in law firms, consulting firms, corporations and other litigation support companies to their roles as experienced project managers and data analysts. Our teams are trained to efficiently guide law firms and legal departments through every kind of data management challenge.

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.

Find out who we are. Meet Team Cognicion.

Leadership Team

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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Matthew Ronk, Director of Business Development

Matt has over fifteen years of eDiscovery and advisory consulting experience supporting his clients in preparation for and resolution of their legal and regulatory challenges. At Cognicion, Matt leads a business development team focused on driving strategic initiatives that will deliver innovative and cost effective solutions to our clients. Prior to joining Cognicion in 2018, he spent eight years at Deloitte helping corporations strategically manage their eDiscovery and information governance programs.

Matt is originally from Ohio, where he graduated from Miami University. After 14 years in Chicago, he recently moved his family to Nashville.

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Management Team

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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Jennifer Schettler, eDiscovery Services Manager

Jennifer has nine years’ experience managing all aspects of eDiscovery including data processing and hosting, managed review, quality control, and production services, with expertise in IP litigation. Jennifer frequently works with global teams to ensure successful completion of project goals and timely delivery of client-centered work product. Prior to joining Cognicion in 2017, she managed the eDiscovery program for a multinational life sciences client at UnitedLex.

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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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