2018 Annual Conference Agenda:

Start Finish Duration     Topic
7:15 8:00 0:45 Registration and Breakfast
8:00 9:30 1:30 AI Technologies –David McLeod, Cox Enterprises
9:30 10:30 1:00 e-Discovery - Robert Harden
10:30 11:30 1:00 Roundtable - Threat Assessment - Jason Morrow, Jason O’Dell, Mike Smola (Walmart)
11:30 12:30 1:00 Lunch
12:30 13:30 1:00 VW Case –Charles Miller esq., Heygood, Orr & Pearson
13:30 14:30 1:00 Ethics – Hon. Judge Green, Benton County
14:30 16:00 1:30 Data Forensics – Matthew Shelhorse, PricewaterhouseCoopers
16:00 16:30 0:30 Wrap-up and conclusions


David McLeod

David McLeod is vice president and chief information security officer for Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.


McLeod leads the information risk and cyber security services for Cox Enterprises and Cox Media Group.  His team drives the strategy and governance of security capabilities necessary to safeguard Cox information from cyber security threats.  In this role, he oversees IT Risk and Compliance Threat Management., Information Protections and Cyber Incident Response.

He joined Cox Enterprises in 2016, Price to Cox, McLeod held global leadership and consulting roles at VF Corporation, Walmart, Equifax and KPMG.

McLeod holds several security credentials, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).  He received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Clemson University and is a veteran of the US Army.


Charles Miller dsq., Heygood, Orr & Pearson

Charles Miller is an experienced litigator practicing in the areas of products liability, personal injury, wrongful death, class actions, consumer fraud, and complex commercial litigation.


Mr. Miller has successfully handled more than 200 pharmaceutical product liability cases involving deaths caused by defective Duragesic fentanyl patches. Fentanyl is a potent analgesic that is approximately 80 times stronger than morphine. Mr. Miller was trial counsel in two jury trials involving defective fentanyl patches manufactured by ALZA Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. Both trials resulted in multi-million dollar jury verdicts for the plaintiffs. Mr. Miller successfully litigated and settled the remainder of the Duragesic cases in state and federal courts across the United States.

Mr. Miller was counsel for plaintiffs in approximately 85 wrongful death cases involving defective Watson fentanyl patches. Mr. Miller successfully litigated and settled the Watson cases, which were part of a federal MDL and a California coordinated proceeding (JCCP). Mr. Miller Served as plaintiffs’ alternative lead counsel in JCCP No. 4717, a California coordinated proceeding comprised of all Watson fentanyl patch cases filed in California. (Orange County Superior Court, Judge Gail Andler.) Mr. Miller also served as plaintiffs’ alternative lead counsel in MDL No. 2372, an MDL comprised of all federal Watson fentanyl patch cases. (N.D. Ill., Judge Matthew Kennelly.)

Mr. Miller represented individual consumers and class members in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” diesel emissions litigation. Mr. Miller worked with Volkswagen PSC member Michael Heygood (another Heygood Orr & Pearson lawyer) and the other law firms on the PSC to review millions of documents, counsel class members, coordinate the MDL with parallel state proceedings, and help class members navigate the complexities of the class actions settlements. Mr. Miller also represents numerous clients who are pursuing individual claims against Volkswagen and serves as co-liaison counsel in JCCP No. 4848, a California coordinated proceeding comprised of Volkswagen and Audi diesel emissions cases in California state court.


Jason Morrow

Senior Director, Security Operations Center

Responsible for leading real time threat identification and remediation for Walmart, its subsidiaries’ and acquisitions’ networks.  Additional responsibilities include the creation of custom detection mechanisms, security automation and orchestration, as well as security data analytics for those global networks. 


  • 6+ years with Walmart in Information Security; 15+ as an engineer and technical leader
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Evangel University 
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster University 
  • Holds PMP, GSEC, GISP, GCIH, GMON, CISSP, Network+, A+, and former holder of CCNA and CCSP certifications
  • Presented cyber defense tactics at multiple universities, premier information security conferences, and at the National Cybersecurity Collegiate Defense Competition (NCCDC) 


Jason O'Dell

Jason is the Director of Incident Response and Cyber Hunt at Walmart. Jason is responsible for leading the team responsible for any security related incidents occurring on Walmart’s global network which includes 74 banners spanning 11,500+ locations in 27 countries with over 2.3 million employees.

Jason’s previous role was at financial services where he served as the Director of Security Operations and was responsible for all aspects of a top 50 world ranked MSSP including incident response, threat intelligence, penetration testing, and multiple geographically dispersed security operation centers. Jason holds multiple industry certifications, has spoken at numerous security conferences, and has been quoted in various national media outlets regarding his thoughts on information security.


Mike Smola

Senior Director Data Assurance and Cyber Intelligence-DACI

Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the operations and security field. He leads the Data Assurance team which is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and acting on the exfiltration or potential exfiltration of Walmart’s data as it relates to IT systems within the Walmart enterprise.  Additionally, he leads the Cyber Intelligence team which is responsible for monitoring the external global landscape for threats, vulnerabilities or exploits that may have an intersection point with the Walmart enterprise.


Within Walmart Mike has held security positions that encompassed physical security, insider threat and IT security.  Prior to joining Walmart, Mike served in various operational and security roles with companies such as Footlocker, Finish Line and Starbucks Coffee Company. 


Academically, Mike holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Oklahoma State University.


Robert Harden

eDiscovery Lead, Walmart

Robert Harden has been involved in Computer Forensics and eDiscovery since May 2006. During this timeframe, he has worked in both criminal investigations for law enforcement and eDiscovery for Walmart. He currently holds certifications as a CFCE, GCFE, ENCE, and EnCEP and is an eDiscovery Team Lead.


Hon. Judge Robin Green

Hon. Judge Robin Green is the Division 1 judge of the Nineteenth Circuit West of Arkansas. She was elected to the bench in 2008 for a term expiring in 2014. On May 20, 2014, she ran unopposed for and won re-election to the Nineteenth Circuit West. Her term will expire in 2020. Judge Green graduated from Hendrix College and obtained her JD from the University of Arkansas.

Before becoming a circuit judge, Green worked as a Benton County civil attorney and as a prosecuting attorney for Benton County. She also served as a special justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. She was admitted to the bar in 1993. While in law school, she was a clerk for William Wilson, now a senior federal judge. Her first job in law was during high school, when she worked after school and on weekends for a lawyer.


Matt Shelhorse

MATT SHELHORSE is a Partner in PwC's Forensic Services Practice. Matt has over twenty four years of forensic accounting, consulting and financial management experience and has led large complex engagements for multinational organizations in over twenty five different countries. Matt's range of experience includes providing assistance with respect to corporate investigations, misappropriation of assets and related misconduct, corporate intelligence and background research, regulatory inquiries/examinations, governance and compliance matters, allegations of bribery and corruption, conducting risk assessments, due diligence assignments, complex data analysis and targeted electronic discovery processes.


In connection with certain engagement matters, Matt has interacted with and/or been interviewed by representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission, the FBI and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Matt has provided deposition testimony and has served as an expert in a dispute involving a bankrupt financial institution. Matt has developed and instructed training courses and case studies on fraud and forensic accounting and has lectured groups on such topics at numerous corporations, universities and professional association events. In addition, Matt co-authored a chapter titled "Corporate Remediation" in "A Guide to Forensic Accounting Investigation" (second edition) and served as the editor of PwC's thought leadership piece titled "Cleaning Up Corruption: Why anti-corruption compliance is now on the C-Suite radar" and host for a related video series.

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