Donna Payne

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Donna Payne is a recognized expert in IT, with specialization in legal software and technology. Payne speaks about privacy concerns, metadata, STEM and leadership. She has keynoted at conferences, spoken to Congress, and presented for government and security agencies worldwide. Donna authored and co-authored on 13 books on technology and is currently working on her first non-computer related book.

Donna founded PayneGroup nearly twenty-five years ago and has worked with clients around the world throughout her time with the company. She is the recent recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award (2019) from the International Legal Technology Association and had previous won Thought Leader of the Year (2013) from ILTA. Payne also received the first Lex Proficio award recipient for lifetime achievement (ABA Tech Show) and Law Technology News magazine’s inaugural Consultant of the Year. 

Before starting PayneGroup, Donna worked in government, telecom, Fortune 500 and even did a stint as a rock and roll singer. She served as the inagural ILTA Partner Advisory Council (PAC) Co-chairperson from 2017-2020 and serves on the ILTA Awards committee.

Honors and Awards

Best Collaboration Tools - Bronze
Law Technology News (LTN)

Consultant of the Year
Law Technology News (LTN)

Distinguished Peer Award: Vendor Thought Leader of the Year
International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)

Donna Payne Recognized as “Fastcase 50” Legal Innovator

Lex Proficio - Lifetime Service ADvancement of Legal Software and Publishing
American Bar Association - TechShow Annual Dinner (ABA)

Lifetime Achievement Award
International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)

Microsoft MVP
Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft)

Stevie Award - Woman of the Year - Technology, Bronze