National Docketing Association

Speaker Bios

Peter R. Marksteiner

Peter R. Marksteiner is the Circuit Executive and Clerk of Court for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to joining the Court in April of 2016, Mr. Marksteiner was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, where he most recently served as the Director of Civil Law and Litigation. In that capacity he led a team of 287 lawyers and para-professionals, working in 38 locations around the country, supporting a broad portfolio of judicial and administrative civil litigation practice areas.

During his 25 years as an Air Force Judge Advocate (“JAG”), Mr. Marksteiner served in multiple practice areas, including contracts, environmental, labor and employment, commercial space, torts and claims, fiscal, government ethics, Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, criminal prosecution and defense, and as a judge on the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.

Mr. Marksteiner holds a B.S. in Criminology, cum laude, from Florida State University, a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a J.D. with Honors from Florida State University, and an LL.M. with Distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, the ABA's Career Military Service Award, and distinction as the Air Force Association's Outstanding Career Military Attorney. Mr. Marksteiner has spoken and written extensively on the subject of Information Overload in knowledge-based organizations, and the organization he led as the Chief Information Officer for the Air Force’s legal team won the W. Edwards Deming Award for efficiently leveraging of technology to support the Air Force JAG Corps’ training program.

Hon. Alan Albright

Alan D Albright is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.  He was formerly a United States Magistrate Judge of the same court.  Alan earned his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Trinity University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.  He taught trial advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law for several years as an adjunct.  Before becoming a district judge, Alan was a partner in the Austin office of Bracewell LLP, where his practice focused on intellectual property law.  He was in private practice at other firms in Austin from 1999 to 2015.  

Eddie Andino

Eddie Andino is the current Chief Deputy for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Eddie received his undergraduate degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1992 and his J.D. degree in 2005 from New York Law School. He has been employed with the federal judiciary since 1999 where he served as a Pro Se Senior Case Manager for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Eddie began his employment with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in 2007 as an Intake Specialist and Case Administrator. He went on to become Courtroom Deputy for the Honorable Robert D. Drain in 2009 and Divisional Manager in 2012. Eddie spent 10 years as a community advocate prior to his employment with the federal judiciary.

Kristin Bigelow

Kristin Bigelow is the IP Docketing Administrator at Cesari and McKenna LLP in Boston. She has worked for the firm for nine years and has been in the docketing role for five. Kristin is experienced in of most areas of IP prosecution, including patents and trademarks both within the US and in foreign countries and is responsible for training all incoming staff on procedures and policies. She obtained her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in 2003.

JoAnn Buss

JoAnn Buss is the Director of Docketing Services at Sidley Austin LLP and is responsible for the litigation court services and docketing function for the Firm. She has over 40 years of litigation docketing experience with a focus on electronic court filing in both the State & Federal courts and docketing software implementation. In addition to her 14 years at Sidley, JoAnn worked at Skadden for 18 years as the Managing Clerk/Docket Manager for their Chicago office. JoAnn resides in Barrington Hills, IL with her husband, Lee and son, Tristan.

Randy J. Curato

Randy Curato currently serves as Vice President—Senior Loss Prevention Counsel at ALAS, Inc., a risk retention group insuring lawyers across the United States and abroad. In that role, he counsels and educates lawyers on ethics, professional responsibility, and avoiding malpractice. Prior to joining ALAS in 2005, Randy was a partner at Bell, Boyd, & Lloyd LLC in Chicago. While at Bell Boyd for 18 years. Randy handled litigation, arbitration and trial of commercial, real estate, environmental, probate, product liability, professional malpractice, and contract cases. Randy started his practice in 1984 with Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon where he handled litigation matters for three years. Randy earned his law degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1984 and served as Executive Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. He attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York and graduated with honors in 1981.

Chad Ennis

Chad Ennis, a registered patent attorney, focuses his practice on intellectual property. He litigates before federal district courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Federal Circuit. Chad, who primarily litigates disputes related to patents, also has experience litigating trade secret, trade dress, trademark and copyright claims. His litigation experience includes jury trials, arbitration panels, agency reviews and appeals, Markman and summary judgment proceedings, fact and expert discovery, and mediation and settlement negotiations. In addition, Chad helps clients to secure patents, copyrights, and trademarks before the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Copyright Office (USCO). Chad represents clients in the technology sector, as well as those involved in energy, chemistry, wireless communication, computer software and hardware, computer process manufacturing, wind turbine generators,pharmaceuticals, graphics processing, retail and consumer goods. After law school, Chad was selected to the Attorney General's Honors Program with the United States Department of Justice and assigned to the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Louisiana as an Assistant United States Attorney. Prior to law school, Chad worked as an engineer in the oil industry and managed production for more than 300 natural gas wells in south Texas.

Vito Genna

Vito Genna is the Clerk of Court for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and a Fellow at the American College of Bankruptcy. He assumed the duties of the Clerk of Court in February 2009. He began his career with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in 1990 as a Systems Administrator. In 1991, he became the Director of Information and Technology, and in December 2000, served as the Chief Deputy Clerk. Vito served on various committees for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. He was directly involved with the development and implementation of the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system since its inception in 1993. He has over 30 years of experience in the management and technology fields.

Lesli D. Harris

Lesli D. Harris recently joined Loyola University as Chief of Staff and Executive Counsel to the President. In that role, she assists the President of the University on a wide range of strategic issues and aids in ensuring progress on major University-wide initiatives. Lesli was a partner at the law firm of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC. Her legal practice focused on intellectual property counseling and litigation, employment law, class action defense, and general business litigation. Lesli currently serves as a board member of YaYa (Young Artists, Young Aspirations) and the New Orleans Film Society, participates on numerous bar association committees, taught for several years as an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School, and speaks frequently on litigation, cyber security, copyright, and trademark topics. She has been named to Louisiana Super Lawyers and recognized as a Leader in Law by New Orleans City Business, as a Top Lawyer by New Orleans magazine, and 40 under 40 by Gambit Weekly. Lesli earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1997 and her law degree, cum laude, from the Tulane University Law School in 2002. She received her LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law in 2008. She is a member of the bar in Louisiana and New York. Lesli is an Ohio native, but has called New Orleans home for almost two decades. She enjoys the food and culture of New Orleans, including traditional second lines in Central City, where she lives with her rescue dog, Calli.

Melissa Hughes

Melissa Hughes is a Management Analyst at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. She has held this position since June 1996. She is a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks. She has worked on many projects for the court including being a pilot court for the Electronic Self Representation (eSR) Project and NextGen CM/ECF. She graduated from Seton Hall University in 1994 where she received her degree in Criminal Justice. She earned her Masters of Public Administration from Seton Hall University in 1996 where her concentration was Court Administration.

Peter McGowan

Peter McGowan is the Managing Attorney at Sidley Austin LLP in New York. Mr. McGowan serves as the Secretary of the Managing Attorneys and Clerks Association (“MACA”) where he is a regular contributor to MACA’s bi-monthly newsletter writing on subjects related to New York Civil Practice and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. He most recently published a review of the Attorneys’ Guide to Civil Practice in the New York County Supreme Court in the New York Law Journal. Mr. McGowan graduated from Fordham University and received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Mary Louise Mitterhoff

Mary Louise Mitterhoff is the Chief of the AO’s Court Services Office, which supports the work of the appellate and circuit units as well as the district and bankruptcy clerks’ offices. Prior to her current position, Mary Louise served as the Chief of the Bankruptcy Court Administration Division, having previously served as Deputy Chief of the Division for six years. She received her J.D. from Rutgers University, where she served as an editor of the Rutgers Law Review. After graduating from law school, Mary Louise clerked for Chief Bankruptcy Judge Vincent J. Commisa in the District of New Jersey and then was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft. Mary Louise came to the AO in 1992, serving as a Bankruptcy Attorney Advisor in the former Court Programs Branch, and joined the Bankruptcy Court Administration Division at its creation in 1994.

Michael G. Nega, Sr.

Michael G. Nega Sr. is the Manager, Calendar Court Services Department at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He has 37 years of legal experience. He has held various senior legal administrative and docket positions at 3 law firms. In addition he was the Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison at the Law Bulletin Publishing Company and served as Chief Deputy Clerk in the various Circuit Courts of Cook County.

Jarrett B. Perlow

Jarrett B. Perlow was appointed Chief Deputy Clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in December 2016. As Chief Deputy Clerk, he oversees the daily operations of the court’s Clerk’s Office, which is responsible for managing the court’s cases and calendar; maintaining the court’s records; issuing court orders and opinions; and handling all communications with litigants, the bar, and the public. Mr. Perlow began his career in the federal judiciary in 2004 as a law clerk and then staff attorney at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before coming to the Federal Circuit, he was a staff attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, followed by seven years with the Clerk’s Office of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland first as legal advisor and then Chief Deputy Clerk. Mr. Perlow was previously an adjunct lecturer for ten years at the American University Washington College of Law. Mr. Perlow received his law degree with honors from the American University Washington College of Law, where he was Editor in Chief of the Administrative Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from American University.

Thomas B. Plunkett, III Colonel (Ret)

Tom Plunkett has been the Chief Deputy for the Fifth Circuit since September 27, 2010. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University and later was awarded a Master of Science in Health Care Administration and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies. Prior to joining the judiciary, Tom served for thirty years in the United States Army, including combat tours in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and Combat Infantryman Badge. He is also the recipient of the Legionnaire and Centurion Award of the Order of St. Maurice (National Infantry Association) and the Order of St. George (National Armor and Cavalry Association).

Autumn Porter

Autumn Porter began her career with the United States Federal Courts in 2001 at the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis, TN. After fifteen years of work in Information Technology, she transferred to the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan as Court Strategist and Information Technology Officer. Autumn has been an integral part in the research and implementation of many projects for the Court, including national projects sponsored by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts as well as ideas brought forth from other courts throughout the country. Autumn strives to help the Courts move forward with efficiency and innovation.

William D. Raman

Bill Raman is a partner in the firm of Fleckman & McGlynn, PLLC. His practice involves all aspects of intellectual property matters except patent prosecution with an emphasis on trademark, trade dress, and copyright counseling, prosecution and litigation. He has represented a wide range of clients in various industries. He is a member of the Panel of Neutrals for the International Trademark Association. Mr. Raman has spoken at meetings of the ABA, INTA, PLI, AIPLA, LEI, and numerous other organizations on trademark and trade dress issues. He has also authored numerous papers and articles in the field. Mr. Raman is a past president of the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association and is an active member of the International Trademark Association. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Raman is listed in Who’s Who Legal – Trademarks; has been named by World Trademark Review as one of the “Trademarks Experts’ Experts” in the United States; has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property for several years; has been selected for inclusion in the “Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Practitioners;” and is listed among the Best Lawyers In America. Mr. Raman graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with honors. He received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Nicole Reeber

Nicole Reeber is currently the Docketing Manager for Buckley Sandler LLP. She is based in the Washington, DC home office, where she created the firm-wide Docket Department in 2014. She has 25 years of docketing experience, which includes implementing new docketing software, maintaining a calendar of all litigation and administrative law deadlines, tracking attorney state / federal bar information, as well as consulting on the formatting and completing the court filing of papers both electronically and in paper format in a vast variety of state and federal jurisdictions. She also serves as Co-Chair for the Washington, DC Local Chapter of the National Docketing Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Hope Shimabuku

As the Director of the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Hope Shimabuku carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Texas regional office. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Shimabuku ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders. She is a past chair of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section, served as past president of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, chaired the Dallas Diversity Task Force and served as a facilitator for the DFW Women in Intellectual Property group. Hope has also served on the board of the Dallas Bar Association and has been a member of the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas – District 6. Ms. Shimabuku received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and graduated cum laude with a J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston, Texas. She currently lives in Flower Mound, Texas, with her husband and two daughters

Rose Walsh

Rosaleen (Rose) Walsh is the Senior Patent Administration Manager for Foley Hoag, LLP, where she manages the patent filing and docketing staff responsible for completing all U.S., PCT and foreign patent filings. Rose is a registered patent agent and has over 20 years of patent filing and patent support staff management experience. Rose has held positions ranging from a patent secretary at an IP boutique firm to an IP paralegal manager across offices for an international law firm. In 2014, Rose shared her accumulated patent expertise in a book entitled "U.S. Patent Prosecution for Support Staff - A Desk Reference". Her book is designed as a practical reference guide designed to promote ongoing learning and job proficiency for paralegals and secretaries assisting patent practitioners in submitting compliant patent filings to the USPTO. Rose’s book is available to order on

Sarah L. Wood

Sarah Wood is Senior Docketing Specialist for the Litigation and Business groups at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle, WA. After working at the Superior Court in Santa Cruz, CA and then earning her law degree, she began her docketing career in 2010 as a Docket Assistant at Cooley, LLP in San Francisco, CA. At Cooley, Sarah was involved with the San Francisco Docket Association (now the SF/Bay Area Chapter of the NDA). After several years, Sarah moved on to become Managing Law Clerk at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in their Palo Alto office. Now, back “home” in Washington, she is excited to bring her enthusiasm for docketing to the Pacific Northwest

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