Our Advisory Committee is comprised of several industry professionals from various walks of life that all have come together with one goal in common.
Each Advisor brings experience in social responsibility. Collectively working closely with our Board of Directors, the committee members will be instrumental in helping Life Preservers Project guide our strategy for 2020 and beyond.
Gabe Gross is a Client Manager for Ipro Tech with over 20 years of experience in the legal industry.
Gabe lives in Astoria with his wife and daughter where he has been actively engaged with local arts, food & cultural organizations. His experience in the non-profit sector includes running the Parent Teacher Organization at his daughter’s school. While at the head of the PTO, Gabe focused on strategic partnerships, community engagement, leveraging technology and increasing fundraising capabilities.
As a member of the Advisory Committee, Gabe hopes his experience can help LPP’s mission of preventing and supporting victims of human trafficking.
Lou Mancuso is the Global Recruiting Director at eDiscovery Service Provider, Consilio based out of New York. With over 10 years of recruiting and sales experience in the eDiscovery industry, Lou developed and spearheads Consilio’s global recruitment department where his focus includes IT, Business Development, Finance, Operations, Human Resources, and Client Services.
Prior to Consilio, Lou was a Director of eDiscovery at Epiq Systems and a Managing Director at PeterSan Legal Staffing.
During his free time, Lou is the lead vocalist for the alternative rock tribute band, Jet City. Lou has been involved with Life Preservers Project since its inception in 2009 consulting on fundraising activities and providing music entertainment at events.
Johanny has over 15 years of experience in the legal industry. He began his career in eDiscovery at Merrill Lynch where was a Director and co-head of the Discovery and Regulatory Response Team (DARRT). Following his role at Merrill Lynch, Johanny joined a large staffing agency in 2009 to launch the managed review division. In 2014, he joined the fastest growing legal staffing agency to launch the managed review division. He has trained project management teams and supervised hundreds of document reviews while also serving in a business development role. He is currently a Regional Director focusing on business development at Consilio specializing in complex eDiscovery solutions for international corporations and their outside counsel.
As a member of the Advisory Committee, Johanny hopes to raise more awareness in the legal services community around human trafficking and the work LPP is doing.
April Pish, Esq. sits at the helm of Update Legal as Chief Executive Officer. Pish is the first woman to hold the office. In 2018, Update successfully transitioned under the umbrella of Driven, Inc., giving one of the largest staffing providers in the United States additional functionality while keeping Update true to its legal staffing roots. April joined the New York City headquartered company in 2006 and has held various management positions, including Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Update, April worked as in-house counsel for the largest mall-based retail provider KB Toys.
As a member of the Advisory Committee, April hopes to use her professional expertise, insights, and experience to drive strategic dialogue that will help shape LPP’s mission and reach.
Jessie Torres is Berger Singerman’s Discovery Team Manager based in its Miami office. Jessie
is a proven, creative eDiscovery professional with more than seven years of eDiscovery and
managed review experience. At Berger Singerman, he designs and implements eDiscovery best
practices and policies regarding staffing, collections, hosting, culling, ESI protocols, document review, privilege logs, and productions. He also works on searches, quality control, deposition preparation and other matter-related items daily using both Relativity and iPro Eclipse. He has authored several Florida Bar-approved CLEs on eDiscovery.
Prior to joining the firm, he worked as Director of Review Management and Site Director for several services providers leading countless eDiscovery projects managing teams from four people to over 250 people across multiple states including remote teams. He coached attorneys, trained review managers, and interacted with clients daily.