Sharon D. Nelson

Sharon D. Nelson

Host of Digital Detectives and The Digital Edge

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. is president of the digital forensics, managed information technology and cybersecurity firm Sensei Enterprises. Ms. Nelson was the President of the Virginia State Bar June 2013-June 2014, and is a Past President of the Fairfax Law Foundation, and a Past President of the Fairfax Bar Association. Sharon has lectured throughout North America and has been interviewed by TIME, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Reuters, many newspapers and even Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine. She is the co-author of eighteen books published by the American Bar Association and hundreds of articles.

Recent Episodes
September 29, 2022

ILTACON Roars Back in 2022 – Here’s What You Missed

ILTACON’s peer-driven approach strives to provide a unique experience for the legal industry with its heavy focus on education and attendee involvement. Sharon Nelson and John Simek welcome Doug Austin to debrief...

September 22, 2022

Law Firms Stunned by Cyber Insurance Premiums, Security Requirements, and Exclusions

In August, Lloyds of London announced that beginning in 2023 all of its insurer groups will exclude “catastrophic” state-backed attacks from their cyber insurance policies. And, unfortunately, this is just one of...

August 25, 2022

Your Law Firm Cookbook: How and Why

Why does your law firm need documented standard operating procedures? Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway find out with guest Catherine Sanders Reach. Catherine outlines the common problems that arise when operating procedures...

August 18, 2022

Ripped From the Headlines: Alex Jones and Inadvertent Waiver

In the midst of Alex Jones’ defamation trial, the whole world found out that an almost unthinkable blunder had been committed by his attorneys, resulting in an inadvertent waiver of privilege that...

July 28, 2022

Advice for Law Firms from a Data Breach/Privacy Lawyer

Studies show that over 70% of people haven’t the foggiest idea who to call first when they discover a data breach. If you’ve just realized you’re one of them, tune in! John...

July 21, 2022

What’s New in Law Practice Management Software?

Many law practice management software vendors have been working to provide one-stop shop platforms that meet all the basic needs of a law firm, thereby streamlining processes formerly served by multiple vendors....

June 23, 2022

How Secure is Your Law Firm’s Data?

Unfortunately, data breaches are becoming a ‘when’, not ‘if’, scenario, but a proactive data protection strategy will definitely help! Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk with Peter Baumann about what businesses should...

June 16, 2022

Professor Kenton Brice on Training the Next Generation of Lawyers and the Future of Legal Tech

Today’s law students grew up side by side with technology and typically view it as an integral part of their lives and futures as lawyers. As such, today’s law schools are working...

May 26, 2022

Cyber Insurance for Law Firms: Skyrocketing Prices and Less Coverage

If you’ve struggled to afford cyber insurance, you’re not alone. In the past year, prices rose by 30 to 40 percent, and some law firms, especially solos and smalls, were forced to...

May 19, 2022

Revealing Stats from the 8th Annual BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report

Avoiding a data breach should be amongst your top priorities, and understanding threats and causes helps you improve your preventative measures. Sharon Nelson and John Simek welcome back Craig Hoffman to unpack...

April 28, 2022

How to Build a Successful Solo Law Practice

When starting your own law firm, you don’t know what you don’t know! Thankfully, those who have gone before have plenty of tips for avoiding common mistakes. One such lawyer, Mark Bassingthwaighte,...

April 21, 2022

Russia’s Digital Iron Curtain

The online space for Russia’s civil society has been slowly closing for nearly a decade, but after the invasion in Ukraine, governmental powers quickly seized control of internet freedoms—banning and blocking at...

March 24, 2022

What Do Women Lawyers Really Want from Their Law Firms?

Is there potential for a mass exodus of women from the legal profession? Multiple studies have shown that the pandemic was harder on women, with increased home responsibilities falling disproportionately upon them...

March 17, 2022

Cybersecurity: A Lawyer’s Ethical Duty to Read the News

Lucian Pera shares insights on the ethical considerations involved in ensuring leading-edge law firm cybersecurity.

February 24, 2022

ABA TECHSHOW 2022: An Interview with Co-Chairs Brooke Moore and Ivan Hemmans

Brooke and Ivan give an inside look at the exciting tracks and sessions available for TECHSHOW 2022 attendees.

February 17, 2022

ITRC’s 2021 Data Breach Report: Sobering Stats

James E. Lee discusses data breach trends and prevention tactics.

January 27, 2022

2022: What’s White Hot in Cybersecurity?

David G. Ries discusses the current trends in cybersecurity and offers tips for protecting your data from the latest threats.

January 20, 2022

Remote Litigation Tips: A View From the Bench with Judge John Tran

Judge John Tran offers his tips for lawyers for becoming competent and comfortable with technology in remote proceedings.

December 23, 2021

The Future of Digital Court Reporting

Tony Sirna gives an overview of the evolution of digital court reporting and the improvement it has brought about in court proceedings.

December 16, 2021

Law Firms, Take Notice: The US is Cracking Down on Ransomware Gangs

Ariel Parnes offers insights on the government’s efforts to fight back against ransomware and cybercrime.

November 24, 2021

‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2021

Merry Tech Toys season! Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson share their top wishlist picks for the holidays.

November 18, 2021

Why are Businesses, Including Law Firms, So Vulnerable to Ransomware?

David White offers tailored tips for lawyers based on Axio’s 2021 State of Ransomware Preparedness Report.

October 28, 2021

A Conversation with LawPay’s CEO – and Introducing ClientCredit

Dru Armstrong offers insights on how payment platforms make life easier for attorneys.

October 21, 2021

The SANS Institute and Cybersecurity Careers

Rob Lee offers insights on trends in the cybersecurity world and how to pursue a career in this exciting field.

September 30, 2021

New Horizons for the ABA Journal

Judge Herbert Dixon discusses plans for the future of the ABA Journal.

September 28, 2021

Planning Your Cybersecurity Budget for 2022

Sherri Davidoff discusses current cyber threats and offers insights on how to plan and budget for effective security technology and training.

August 26, 2021

The Rise of Re-Regulation in the Legal Industry

Jordan Furlong explains current legal re-regulation trends and offers guidance for legal professionals as they navigate this new wave of industry changes.

August 20, 2021

Ten Tips for Better ESI Expert Reports from Craig Ball

Craig Ball shares insights on the dos and don’ts of effective ESI expert reports.

July 29, 2021

Overcoming Trust Account Management Challenges

Nota CEO Paul Garibian talks through best practices for managing IOLTA accounts.

July 27, 2021

Top 10 Tips: Effective Cybersecurity Awareness Training for Law Firm Employees

Beloved hosts and cybersecurity experts Sharon Nelson and John Simek share wisdom on equipping your staff with the necessary skills for guarding against cyber attack.

June 24, 2021

The Southern Poverty Law Center: A View From the Inside

Natalie Kelly shares insights on the important work of the Southern Poverty Law Center and her role in modernizing its legal operations.

June 17, 2021

Why Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Law Firms Get a Failing Grade in Cybersecurity

Tom Lambotte shares valuable tips for small-firm attorneys on how to adequately guard against cyber attacks.

May 27, 2021

10 Features of Microsoft 365 That Lawyers Love

Ben Schorr digs into 10 features of Microsoft 365 that lawyers find particularly well-suited to the unique needs of legal practice.

May 20, 2021

Startling Stats from the BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report

Digital risk advisor Craig Hoffman talks through the uptick in ransomware attacks and other data security incidents found by BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report.

April 22, 2021

Managing Your Law Firm Through Change

Mary Vandenack shares how her firm navigated pandemic-era changes and her tips for shifting your business model to accommodate the needs of your clients.

April 14, 2021

Is This How the World Ends? Artificial Intelligence and American Security

Brigadier General Patrick Huston discusses common myths about AI and its role in our national security and military.

March 25, 2021

Clio’s 2021 Legal Trends for Solo Law Firms

Jack Newton shares insights on Clio’s first solo-focused trends report and offers tips for how to stay competitive in the midst of pandemic-era changes in solo practice.

March 18, 2021

Cybersecurity Priorities for President Biden

Lawyer and cybersecurity expert Stewart Baker examines the president’s current plans for our nation’s most pressing cyber concerns.

March 11, 2021

ABA Techshow 2021: Creating an Ethical AI Playbook

A U.S. Army general and law firm partner offer their global business and national security perspectives on using AI legally and ethically.

February 25, 2021

How to Win Clients Online for Free!

Nothing in life is free… or is it? Gyi Tsakalakis shares no-cost methods for improving your online presence to gain more clients.

February 18, 2021

Occam’s Razor — A SolarWinds Perspective for Law Firms

Jeffrey Wells explains the SolarWinds hack and cybersecurity questions law firms should be asking in the wake of this massive attack.

January 28, 2021

2021 Update: Security Assessments and Penetration Testing for Law Firms

Sharon Nelson and John Simek offer insights into which types of security evaluations lawyers should consider for their law firms.

January 26, 2021

ABA TECHSHOW 2021 Goes Virtual!

ABA TECHSHOW co-chairs Allan Mackenzie and Roberta Tepper offer a sneak peek at the content and events coming to this year’s fully online conference.

December 24, 2020

What’s on the Horizon for Law Firms in 2021?

Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson give their take on which of the many pandemic-related changes will most likely impact the future of the legal profession.

December 17, 2020

Clio’s Legal Trends Report 2020: A Look Into the Future of Law

Clio COO George Psiharis talks through this year’s trends and the sweeping transformative effect COVID-19 has had on the legal profession.

November 23, 2020

‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2020

Tech Toys are back! Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson share their favorite wishlist picks for the 2020 holiday season.

November 19, 2020

Ransomware Surges: What Law Firms Need to Know

Attorney and cybersecurity expert Ted Kobus addresses the rapid increase in ransomware incidents in 2020 and explains what law firms should do in the event of an attack.

October 22, 2020

Arizona First State to Approve Non-Lawyer Ownership of Law Firms

Arizona Vice Chief Justice Ann Timmer gives an overview of the state’s reforms allowing lawyers and non-lawyers to share fees.

October 15, 2020

“Zooming” Into 2021 with Audio/Video Discovery

Doug Austin and Brett Burney give best practice tips for audio and video discovery.

September 28, 2020

Supreme Court of Virginia’s Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative: A Rousing Success!

Margaret Ogden, wellness coordinator at the Supreme Court of Virginia, shares insights into new initiatives focused on attorney mental health and wellbeing.