Why the Zebra?

Black & white simplicity.
In a complex market, full of over-engineered solutions.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

- Leonardo da Vinci

EDT is a privately owned software company founded in 2002 in Australia. Over two decades the company has expanded internationally, focussing on the development of robust, scalable software to manage eDiscovery, litigation and investigations. EDT headquarters are in New York City and our team 'hubs' are in the UK and Australia. We are proud to be one of the only international woman owned businesses in our sector.

The EDT team comprises lawyers, software engineers and forensic experts who are committed to a core software design philosophy; Simplicity.  This ensures our software is easy to use, avoiding complexity and over-engineering.  We collaborate with leading edge litigation support technologists, service provider partners, forensic experts and investigators from within our client base to ensure our solution continues to meet their evolving needs.

Over the last decade, EDT has grown to be trusted by an international blue-chip client base including regulators, law & accounting firms, corporations, government agencies, forensic experts and consulting service providers. We are experiencing considerable growth due to our unique value propositions - simplicity, adaptability and complete end-to-end functionality.  

Why the Zebra?

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We are often asked this question about, Mr Z, our corporate symbol.  The short answer is, well, we just like him.  Seriously though, we think eDiscovery has burdened the litigation process by becoming unnecessarily complicated. Prevailing software solutions are over-engineered, heavy and expensive and too many disputes involve runaway discovery costs and are fought as digital wars of attrition rather than on the merits.

We chose Mr Z because he symbolizes clarity, adaptability, differentiation and black and white simplicity.  These themes resonate for us because they are not only design tenets for our software, they are also attributes we think firms will need to succeed in the future and we are delighted to work with our clients to help them to do just that. 

Our leadership team has over 100 years of legal technology experience.

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Jo Sherman - Founder and CEO

Jo is the CEO and Founder of EDT, driving the strategy and product vision. Over the last 25 years, she has been at the forefront of technology and law innovation, engaging as a strategic technology advisor and consultant to courts, justice agencies and international law firms, while founding and directing 3 successful legal-tech companies.

In 2002 she founded EDT, with the aim to develop specialist software to re-engineer litigation and investigation processes, particularly in relation to e-discovery. Since then, many international clients including top tier law and accounting firms, corporations, government agencies, forensic experts and service providers have trusted EDT software for its simplicity, adaptability and complete end-to-end functionality.

A highly regarded advocate within the justice technology sphere, Jo has been engaged as a strategic advisor by many courts, and justice agencies, including the council of Chief Justices of Australia and New Zealand and the Canadian Judicial Council. She is also engaged regularly to speak about justice technology issues.

Jo received her law and computer science degrees from the University of Queensland. She has been a finalist in the Australian Telstra Business Women’s Awards and is passionate about the use of Artificial Intelligence in law. 

She enjoys endurance running and has a personal best marathon time of 3 hours. Jo has raised three children, and lives between New York City, France and Australia.


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Stefanie Hill - Chief Commercial Officer

Stefanie has been integral to EDT for over a decade and has been working with our CEO & Founder, Jo Sherman for nearly 20 years. She leads EDT’s Commercial team with a focus on business planning, finance and compliance and is the commercial lead for key clients. Stefanie executes our business and financial strategies, championing compliance and risk management.

Prior to EDT, Stefanie worked closely with the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General in both a project management and business analyst capacity. She was the program manager for the Future Courts Program and eTrial Business Analyst. While studying for her Bachelor of IT (Information Management) Stefanie became the “right hand person” to the Founder & CEO of Tucana Technologies and relocated to the USA for a period to assist balance the demands of a rapidly growing start-up.

Stefanie is an avid cyclist and runner. She enjoys nurturing her two children, who are both talented young athletes, and competing in sporting events with her triathlete husband.


2020_Michael_Mullen-crop-1Micheal Mullen - Chief Technology Officer

Michael oversees the engineering and development teams while setting the digital strategy for EDT globally.

Michael first joined EDT in 2007, helping to develop and maintain the EDT software platform with his development prowess. Since then he has taken various management roles in legal, tech and primary industries, leading the development and solution architecture for QuartileOne, Rio Tinto and Nu legal. Returning to EDT in 2019 as CTO, he works closely with stakeholders to understand their problems and deliver intuitive, simple and scalable solutions. 

Michael received a law degree prior to turning his attention towards computer science. He has been nominated for the Rio Tinto Terry Palmer Award for Innovation. He holds bachelors in computer science and law from QUT.

Michael is also an accomplished chef, which was his first career. During his spare time, he loves supporting his sons’ football teams and taking them on outback adventures.


Paul Hunter highres-2Dr Paul Hunter - Chief Data Scientist

As Chief Data Scientist at EDT, Dr Paul Hunter drives our product innovation, pushing the envelope towards best practice in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and Natural Language Processing. He provides thought leadership within the eDiscovery and regulatory investigation sectors and delivers strategic advisory services and expert evidence for EDT clients.

Working for two decades in commercial software development, Paul has applied his mathematical training to a wide variety of novel business problems. He is a PhD qualified mathematician and has worked across insurance price design, logistics, strategic workforce planning, and for much of the last decade eDiscovery.

Paul played a key role in the design, development, and popularisation of predictive coding in Australia and the US. He speaks frequently on the application of machine learning and AI in the law and was an expert advisor in the earliest reported applications of predictive coding in the Australian courts.

Paul has delivered numerous sessions on the application of machine learning and AI in eDiscovery, most recently at University of Technology Sydney, co-presenting with Beth Patterson, former Chief Legal and Technology Services Officer at Allens Linklaters and The Honourable Peter Vickery QC, former Judge in The Supreme Court of Victoria, and one of the first justices to endorse the use of predictive coding in Australia.

Paul originally studied astrophysics, completing his PhD investigating the absorption of solar oscillations by sunspots at Monash University and enjoys the occasional break from all things digital with traditional 35mm film photography.


Allison Stanfield no backgroundDr Allison Stanfield - Chief Legal & Operations Officer

Allison draws on her 26 years’ experience as a lawyer and in business in her role as Chief Legal and Operations Officer at EDT. She delivers workable solutions & strategic outcomes relating to EDT’s operations internationally. She also fills the role of General Counsel.

Allison has unique expertise in the field of electronic evidence, having published extensively on the topic. Her research culminated in her attaining a PhD in this field in 2015. Considered an expert in e.contracts, e.signatures and e.discovery, she has consulted extensively to courts and tribunals on the implementation of technology, within Australia and internationally.

At the turn of the millennium, Allison founded ‘e.law’, a niche e.litigation company, focusing on the implementation of e.courtrooms and later e.discovery. When e.law was acquired 2014, she established her own successful legal practice advising international clients in business and technology law.

Allison has been a finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards and is recognised as an Outstanding Alumni with Queensland University of Technology. 

Allison enjoys competing in triathlons and equestrian events, owns and runs a farm with her husband, with real cows, horses, chickens and peacocks, and is the proud mum of two teenage daughters.