Vice President

As Vice President, Debora plays an essential role on the company’s executive team by collaborating around new markets, and bringing a customer-centric and pragmatic approach to achieving corporate and customer goals. She is responsible for building out a robust team of legal and technology experts in the eastern US, driving forward partnerships focused on delighting clients, and expanding the company’s brand through thought leadership events and new relationships. Debora’s background as a litigator and buyer, as well as her vast client-facing and operational experience will enable Lighthouse to provide the high-caliber, consultative client experience, the company is known for.

Debora has been with Lighthouse since 2009 and has made a significant impact on the company’s growth and business strategy during her tenure. With a background in litigation from practicing at law firms in both Washington D.C and Washington State, her expertise and deep understanding of complex ediscovery matters enabled her to create a resonating brand and architect the innovative products and services that keep Lighthouse at the forefront of the ediscovery market. She led the execution and implementation of the company’s rebranding in 2012 and developed the marketing department from the ground up. In addition, she has been instrumental in spearheading the company’s strategic technology partnerships, driving the formation of Lighthouse’s product strategy, and the evolution of Lighthouse’s SmartSeries. She also instituted and continues to maintain a client advisory board to ensure strong alignment with market demands. Finally, in 2015, Debora lead the company’s expansion to the eastern seaboard by managing the development the New York office and team, as well as expanding upon the company’s current set of services and clientele.

Prior to joining Lighthouse, Debora was a Complex Commercial Litigation Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Washington, D.C. where she worked on matters such as the WorldCom and Enron bankruptcies. Her practice also included multi-million-dollar commercial and securities litigation, and internal investigations. While at Weil, Debora was recognized three times for her dedication to pro bono service. Debora also practiced as a litigation Associate at McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC. Her practice included commercial, employment, and securities litigation, as well as legal malpractice defense.

Debora received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington where she graduated magna cum laude. She received her law degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. She is admitted to practice law in New York State, the District of Columbia (inactive membership), and Washington State. Debora is Level II Pragmatic Marketing Certified. Debora is actively involved in the legal community as the former Director of Women in eDiscovery, as a mentor with Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle, as an Advisory Board Member for the Organization of Legal Professionals, as the former Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)'s New to In-House Committee, and as a former board member of the Washington Women Lawyers (WWL). Debora was also recognized for her contribution to the ACC and was named 2012 WWL Board Member of the Year. Debora is a frequent speaker on eDiscovery strategy, a former instructor for the Organization of Legal Professionals, and a regular Lighthouse blog contributor.

The Financial Services Market and eDiscovery – Part Two: Cybersecurity

Published Tue, December 29, 2015 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) held a Compliance and Legal Society Regional Seminar in New York this past November. The event was well attended by some of the industry’s most influential leaders and it left me with a few key takeaways that I would like to share in part two of this blog series.

The Financial Services Market and eDiscovery – Part One: Compliance

Published Mon, December 21, 2015 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

Labaton Sucharow LLP released a survey of the US and UK financial services industry in May 2015.  This survey was a follow up to a benchmark study released in 2012. Since that initial report, new regulations have been implemented in both the US and UK. The aim of the 2015 study was to determine if, and how, those regulations have impacted wrongdoing in the financial services sector. In part one of this blog series, I would like to walk you through the survey results, what concerns an ediscovery professional should have, and what you can do...

Changing Your Perspective to Gain a Better Understanding

Published Mon, September 28, 2015 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

Recently, I delivered a networking address at the Information Governance Exchange where I discussed how innovation, growth, and success are all achieved by taking a look at the bigger picture and proceeding with a well-rounded goal in mind. Leading into the networking session, I asked folks to take a few minutes to reflect upon how they could make the most of their time at the conference. Since most attendees come to these conferences to learn and make connections, I encouraged them to spend the evening and the next few days being even more...

RFPs and Security – Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Published Thu, August 20, 2015 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

Co-authored by Marc Menninger

Industry expert Ari Kaplan recently delivered a keynote speech during the Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the launch of Lighthouse’s New York office. Ari gave a wonderful presentation that encompassed the changing world of ediscovery and raised a specific point that caught our attention. In presenting his recent survey results, Ari shared that only 52% of corporations who responded asked about law firm security when choosing a law firm. That got us thinking about the security landscape and...

How to Find Top Talent in the Ever-Expanding World of eDiscovery

Published Mon, July 20, 2015 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

eDiscovery talent is tough to find. Given that I have been focused on recruiting for Lighthouse’s new office, I have had many recent conversations with corporate ediscovery professionals about how tough it is to find top talent. As the ediscovery industry continues to expand and develop, the search for new hires continues to become more difficult. In order to ease this process, I have used a few simple guidelines to find the right candidates for Lighthouse.

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