Complex litigation often involves an enormous amount of data. Sorting and analyzing the mountain of data from numerous sources can be a colossal and convoluted task. This seminar will discuss various aspects of how to manage large data sets.

Join our panel of distinguished experts and attorneys as they provide an overview of data analytics in our general session. The panel will feature Vincent McKnight, Whistleblower & Qui Tam Practice Group Co-Chair at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, as well as Roberto Cavazos, Ph.D., from the University of Baltimore and Kyle Cheek, Ph.D., from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Panel speakers will also include Labor and Employment Economist and Principal of EmployStats, Dwight Steward, Ph.D. Attendees will then choose one of two breakout sessions with a more focused topic led by Dr. Cavazos and Dr. Cheek.

register now


  • Vince McKnight

    H. Vince McKnight is the Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s whistleblower practice. He represents whistleblowers in False Claims Act/Qui Tam suits under investigation by the government, as well as clients in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge cases. He was selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and honored as a “Top Lawyer in Maryland” by the Legal Network and as “top DC Lawyer” in Super Lawyers.

    Vince was co-lead counsel for a whistleblower who was the Government Contracting Director for Network Appliance (NetApp) in a matter that resulted in the then-largest GSA procurement fraud settlement in history. NetApp overcharged the government in violation of the GSA “Best Price” Clause, and ultimately settled for approximately $128M. Vince has served as faculty at the ABA’s Annual National Institute on the False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement and he has participated as a panelist at conferences hosted by Taxpayers Against Fraud and the Practicing Lawyers Institute focusing on issues under the False Claims Act.

    Mr. McKnight received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1975 and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.

    Roberto Cavazos, Ph.D.

    Roberto Cavazos has over 25 years experience as an applied economist. He has worked in projects in Europe, Australia, Latin America and the United States. For the U.S. government he has led projects for the Department of Labor, Department of Commerce and Housing and Urban Development in areas of data improvement, data analytics and innovation. He has performed analytic work for money center bank, top law firms, and multinational firms.

    Dr. Cavazos is a faculty member at the University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business in the Department of Decision Science and Information Systems. He teaches statistics and business analytics. He was previously a professor at Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College Public Policy Program, and Florida International University College of Policy and Management where he taught economics, public policy analysis, statistics, program evaluation, and strategy. He also served as an economist for the federal government and in the New York City office of the Comptroller.

    Roberto earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983 and MPA in 1995, and PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1998.

    Kyle Cheek, Ph.D.

    Kyle Cheek is Clinical Associate Professor in the Information and Decision Sciences Department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. In this role he provides instructional support to the MS- Business Analytics, MS-MIS, and MBA programs.

    Dr. Cheek also serves as Director of the Center for Research in Information Management (CRIM). He is responsible for promoting collaborative research opportunities between CRIM and business and government communities, both national and global. Works in progress include a prospective engagement with a major public-private initiative to innovate new analytic solutions that address the $250B healthcare fraud problem.

    Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Cheek served in various executive roles in the healthcare industry. His notable accomplishments include the development and implementation of an award-winning advanced-analytic healthcare fraud detection solution; he has also led the development and execution of advanced analytics business strategies.

    Dr. Cheek received a PhD in Political Economy from The University of Texas at Dallas in 1996.

    Dwight Steward, Ph.D.

    Dwight Steward is the Principal Economist at EmployStats, and serves as an expert in the economic and statistical analysis of labor and employment related issues. He has experience in class action wage and hour, misclassification, unpaid wages and other employment related issues.

    As an expert witness, he has authored hundreds of reports, been deposed in over 200 cases and testified in over 60 trials. He has also testified in hearings, arbitrations, city council meetings, and before the Texas State legislature.

    Dr. Steward writes regularly on employment related issues and frequently speaks to economic and legal professional groups. Dr. Steward’s research on the statistical analysis of police racial profiling has received national attention. Dr. Steward has also taught in the University of Texas in the Department of Economics and the Red McCombs School of Business and in the College of Business at Sam Houston State University. He has taught numerous courses in statistics, labor economics, corporate finance, business policies, and the economics of the firm.


    Check-In & Continental Breakfast 09:00 - 09:30

    General Session
    Overview of data analytics in a legal context presented by big data experts and attorneys
    09:30 - 10:45

    Break 10:45 - 11:00

    Breakout Sessions
    ● Data Analytics in Litigation
    ● Healthcare Litigation
    11:00 - 12:00

    Lunch Session 12:00 - 01:30