April 2016 Monthly Chapter Meeting


Please Join Us on Thursday

April 21st, 2016 @ 2pm

At Bricker & Eckler, LLP
100 South Third Street
Columbus, OH, 43215
(parking information for Bricker & Eckler)

Mock Trial III:
Records Management Nightmares!

On the Waterfront …

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On February 1, 2016, John D. Smith (plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against the City of Clarity Falls alleging that city inappropriately destroyed several records in violation of state law. Mr Smith also obtained an order from the court directing the City Water Department to release any and all emails in its possession regarding its 2015 decision to source water from the FullaCahCah Creek as opposed to Lake Erie. Mr. Smith had originally asked for any and all project records, EPA submissions and emails regarding the project 6 months earlier due to his concern that a water contamination incident similar to Flint Michigan was occurring in Ohio.

CRM Chat starts at 2pm
Meeting starts at 2:30pm
Discussion & Networking Session at 4pm
2 Hours of CLE Credit approved (see Martin Susec for information)

Speaker Bios

StephenFergusonStephen Ferguson is an Associate Vice President and the Corporate Records Officer at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Steve was part of a team that created the Nationwide Records & Information Management Department in 2006 and has led the department since its inception. In his current role, Steve is focused on the intersection of information management compliance and practical business solutions which enable his business clients to achieve their objectives. A lawyer by training, Steve joined Nationwide in 1997 and has served in a variety of legal roles prior to his current position. A graduate of the University of New Orleans and Rutgers Law School, Steve is also a Certified Records Manager and holds his Series 6 securities registration.

Steve has spoken at numerous industry conferences and events and was recognized as a Nationwide CEO award winner in 2012. He has two teenage children and lives with his wife of 25 years in Columbus Ohio.

Martin Susec HeadshotMartin Susec works within the Discovery Management Unit (DMU) of the Litigation Employment Department (LED) of Nationwide where he advises and supports fellow attorneys and business units, including the Records & Information Management Unit (RIM), on the proper management of information within the enterprise. In that capacity, he handles a variety of electronic discovery and information management matters and proactively assists in reducing corporate litigation costs and risks. Martin researches and consults on new and proposed laws, standards, or regulatory trends within the field of information management and also identifies risks presented by proposed actions of the business. Upon request, Martin also advises, drafts, and negotiates agreements between Nationwide and its vendors regarding information management.

Mr. Susec graduated from The Ohio State University College of Business with a Bachelors degree in Marketing and International Business in 1992 and the University of Akron School of Law in 1996. While attending law school, Martin earned a Masters of Business Administration in Finance at Akron’s College of Business. After law school, Martin worked for ten years at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office where he specialized in public records law.

Mr. Susec is a Certified Record Manager (CRM) and has given several presentations before national conferences within the information management industry. Martin is admitted to practice law in Ohio, the U.S. Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Northern and Southern U.S. District Courts of Ohio. Martin is also an active member of ARMA International.

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