The Cowen Group is the premier provider of staffing and recruiting for eDiscovery, Legal Technology, Litigation Support, and Information Governance professionals. Our clients nationwide and throughout Europe include 85 of the AmLaw 200 as well as 125 Fortune 500 companies and some of the most prominent vendors and providers in the legal services industry.
To support our clients in their personal and professional growth, The Cowen Group hosts over 50 executive peer micro-events nationally. These thought leadership workshops are designed to bring together Legalists, Technologists, Consultants and Executives in a roundtable environment to accelerate their advancement in this rapidly evolving space. Networking and collaborating with the right peers and professionals elevates the careers of the talent we represent and offers The Cowen Group unparalleled insight into the trends and market forces that are shaping our industry.
David Cowen is the President and Managing Director of The Cowen Group, the premier staffing and recruiting firm focusing exclusively on eDiscovery, Legal Technology, Litigation Support, and Information Governance professionals. To support his clients in their personal and professional growth, David facilitates and moderates over 50 thought leadership micro-events and roundtables on evolving trends in eDiscovery, Information Governance, and career advancement.
More than a recruiter, David thinks and writes extensively on managing and developing careers, "the war for talent," and the motivations behind investment in people, process, and technology in this rapidly evolving space. David serves in an advisory role to many clients, consulting with law firms and corporations on optimal organizational structures, maturity of leadership, and right-sizing depth of talent for their litigation technology and eDiscovery functions.
Prior to founding The Cowen Group in 2003, David was a subject matter expert in building critical legal support and technology teams, with over 20 years of successful experience at the forefront of this industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Miami University in Ohio.
Maribel Rivera is The Cowen Group's Vice President. Her responsibilities include planning and executing the events and marketing strategy for TCG including Leadership Breakfasts, Signature Dinners, Executive Communities, industry conferences and corporate retreats. She is also responsible for creating and overseeing production for TCG marketing and branding strategies, as well as developing sponsorship opportunities for existing and potential new clients.
Prior to joining The Cowen Group, Maribel has spent over 15 years working in various administrative support roles. Most recently, Maribel worked at Merrill Corporation as an executive level administrative assistant serving the SVP of Sales and a sales force of 50. Her additional job responsibilities included coordinating client and internal events, preparing presentations and reports, processing expense reports, and reviewing invoices to provide to clients. She was also responsible for keeping current with CLE accreditation rules and regulations, obtaining CLE approval for all appropriate programs, and issuing CLE certificates to attendees. Previously, Maribel spent nearly a decade at Nortel Networks as a Senior Sales Administrator. Within this role, she acted as a liaison between the Sales Operations department and various other functions within the organization including involvement in the Mergers & Acquisitions Team and ISO9000 integration. She worked to develop databases and metrics to increase efficiency within the Sales Operations Department and was highly involved in the training process for new and existing staff.
Maribel is known throughout the industry as a consummate professional always willing to go the extra mile for both her colleagues and clients alike. She invests heavily in developing personal relationships and customer service is always a leading priority. Her attention to detail is second only to her work ethics which are both of the utmost degree. She is an active member of the NYC chapter of Women in eDiscovery and is currently on the board as the NYC Meetings Director. She also enjoys volunteering her time for charities close to her heart. Maribel attended the University of Phoenix and holds an Executive Assistant program certification from Katherine Gibbs.
Jennifer Schwartz. Senior Director Market Research and Advisory Services
Jennifer has more than ten years of experience in people management, process development, and supporting technology in the context of complex litigation. Her experience in electronic information management and discovery methodologies, project management, and strategic client and vendor relations allow her to work cooperatively with law firms to define their business needs and achieve internal and client-based goals. She utilizes her research skills to evaluate motivators and influencers that frame the conversation around future state options.
Prior to joining The Cowen Group, Jennifer spent five years as a consultant and client relationship manager at Baker Robbins & Company, focusing on the litigation support/eDiscovery, discovery preparedness and corporate records management practice groups. Jennifer practiced as a commercial litigation associate in Illinois for a large, international law firm, and began her career in the legal services industry as a the Business Development Director for an international attorney staffing provider.
Jennifer earned her JD and MPA from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She was the co-founder of Women in Chicago Litigation and Practice Support, the co-chairwoman for the group's Board of Directors from 2006 through 2008, and is currently a member of Women in eDiscovery.