2018 Seminar Agenda & Speakers

TBPA and its Seminar Committee are pleased to present the following continuing education topics and speakers for our upcoming 2018 Seminar: "A Paralegal's Guide to Technology in 2018"which is scheduled to be held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Hilton Carillon Park Hotel in St. Petersburg!  

For TBPA’s 2018 annual seminar, we are proud to offer speakers presenting technology information and updates.  Our presentations will cover a variety of topics, including evidence in criminal cases, human trafficking, admissibility of electronic evidence, and ethical issues in obtaining that electronic evidence.  Please join us and learn about security countermeasures in the corporate world, and leveraging technology in the courtroom and in your daily practice. 


The day includes 7 CLE credits, including at least 1 ethic's credit.



Early Bird Registration available through 8/15/18 for $125.00*.

Member Registration - $140.00*

Non-Member Registration - $160.00*

Payment May be Made Online or Mailed to:

Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 2840, Tampa, FL 33601


Registrations must be received by September 28, 2018 to ensure availability.  




*A cancellation fee of $20.00 will apply to all refunds.




8:00 am-8:30 am: Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibitors Hall

8:30 am -8:40 am: Opening Remarks

8:40 am -9:35 am: Making the Most of Cell Phone, Text and Social Media Evidence in Criminal Cases - Kevin Hayslett, Esquire

9:35 am -10:30 am: The Role of Social Media Platforms in Connection with Human Trafficking and Counteractions Taken by Law Enforcement Agencies - Professor Stevie Swanson

10:30 am -10:40 am: Break & Exhibitors Hall

10:40 am -11:50 am: Admissibility of Electronic Evidence - Jason Stearns, Esquire

11:50 am - 12:50 pm: LUNCHEON (Exhibitors Hall)

12:50 pm -1:45 pmTechnical Security Countermeasures (in relation to corporate spying) - Tim O’Rourke, ComSec

1:45 pm - 2:40 pmEthical Issues in Obtaining and Retaining Social Media and Electronic Evidence - Richard Maselli, Esquire and John Henley, Esquire

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm: Break & Exhibitors Hall

3:00 pm - 3:55 pmLeveraging Technology in the Courtroom, Advantages and Limitations in Jury Trials - Kristin Gonzalez, Esquire

3:55pm - 4:50 pm: Utilizing Technology and Social Media in Insurance Claims and your Daily Practice - Nicole Vinson, Esquire

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm: Final Door Prizes Awarded & Closing Remarks

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Social Networking Hour Sponsored by SLK Investigations


Already registered but unable to attend? Upon request, TBPA will send you a seminar DVD with video and materials, approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the seminar, so that you may still receive your CLE credits.


TBPA reserves the right to cancel this event for any unforeseeable circumstance, change speakers, topics or schedule without notice.

NOTE: TBPA has secured eighteen (18) vendors who will be exhibiting at the Seminar! Be sure to register so you can network with these vendors and learn what they have that's new and exciting as these business partners continue to support TBPA and the paralegal profession!


Making the Most of Cell Phone, Text and Social Media Evidence in Criminal Cases

Speaker:   Kevin Hayslett, Esquire

J. Kevin Hayslett is a graduate of Clearwater High School; J.D. Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama (1987) and B.S. Policitcal Science Furman University, Greenveille, South Carolina. 

Mr. Hayslett is a partner in the law firm of Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett, P.A. which has offices in Clearwater, New Port Richey, Spring Hill and Bradenton.  The firm practices in the areas of Workers Compensation, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability and Criminal Defense.   Mr. Hayslett primarily practices in the area of DUI and criminal law defense.

In 1988 Mr. Hayslett was admitted to the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, and in 1995 admitted to the United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit.  

Mr. Hayslett is currently a Board Member of the YMCA Suncoast and has previously served on various associations including Clearwater Bar Association, Barney Masterson Inn of Court, Mote Marine Scientific Labs, Pinellas County Trial Lawyers’ Association, Festival of Trees Gala Ball and Tampa Bay Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


On previous occasions Mr. Hayslett has taught classes at the Criminal Justice Institute, St. Petersburg Junior College and appeared as a speaker at community organizations.  He regularly appears once a month on WWBA 820-AM, a local radio show offering free legal advice during the “Ask the Lawyer” segment.  He also hosts his own radio show on Radio IO once a week.

Member AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Highest rating on AVVO

The Role of Social Media Platforms in Connection with Human Trafficking and Counteractions Taken by Law Enforcement Agencies

Speaker:  Professor Stevie Swanson

Stevie J. Swanson is an Auxiliary Dean of Leadership and Professional Development and a Tenured Professor of Law at WMU Cooley Law School in Riverview. Dean Swanson received her B.A. in African and African-American Studies from Yale University and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She teaches Slavery & Human Trafficking which is an elective course combining a detailed analysis of the Atlantic Slave Trade and the evolution of civil rights law in the United States with an exploration of modern day human trafficking and the various legal means for combating modern day slavery.  Her most recent published article on human trafficking is in the Florida A & M Law Review (2015) and is entitled  Slavery Then and Now: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Modern Day Human Trafficking: What Can We Learn from Our Past. Dean Swanson was awarded the 2018 Professor of the Year Award by the Black Law Students Association at the Tampa Bay Campus of WMU Cooley Law School.

Admissibility of Electronic Evidence

Speaker:   Jason Stearns, Esquire

Jason is a Partner in the Tampa office and member the Litigation Practice Group.

Jason practices in the area of complex commercial litigation. He has litigated several patent, copyright and trademark infringement claims in federal courts throughout the country. In addition, he also represents clients in various industries with regard to contract, fraud, tradesecret and other business disputes. 

Prior to joining Freeborn, Jason worked at Phelps Dunbar LLP. He also clerked for a federal judge and served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear propulsion plant operator. 

Practice areas:  Litigation and Intellectual Property

Education: J.D., Stetson University College of Law, cum laude, Stetson Law Review; Moot Court Board; Edward D. Foreman Most Distinguished Student Award; National Order of Barristers; B.A., Valdosta State University

State Bar Admissions: Florida

Federal Bar Admissions: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; Supreme Court of the United States

Clerkships: Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Teaching Experience: Adjunct Professor, Stetson University College of Law (Electronic Discovery, Federal Pre-Trial Practice)

Technical Security Countermeasures (in relation to corporate spying)

Speaker:  Tim O’Rourke, ComSec

Tim O’Rourke is the president of ComSec a Florida firm specializing in Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM).  ComSec uses state of the art equipment to discover illegally placed electronic audio and video surveillance devices. Often these operations are referred to as a “Bug Sweep” and are becoming more common.   In the US alone more then 500 billion dollars of surveillance equipment is purchased annually.

For the past three decades Mr. O’Rourke has been active in the protective and investigative fields. He has served both national and multi-national organizations as well as individuals worldwide.  His practice areas include major fraud investigations, internet crimes, financial crimes, product counterfeiting and technical security.  Serving a wide range of industries spanning automotive, consumer goods. finance, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and retail.

Tim was appointed by the Florida Commissioner Charles Bronson, to serve two 4 year terms on the state regulatory board PIRSAC for licensed security and investigative professionals.  He also served as the President of the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI) from 2010-16.  In that time he doubled the size of the association by his last term making FALI the second largest statewide association in the US.

Ethical Issues in Obtaining and Retaining Social Media and Electronic Evidence


Speakers:  Richard Maselli, Esquire and John Henley, Esquire

Richard Maselli is a partner with the law firm of Ogden & Sullivan, P.A. in Tampa, Florida where he practices life, health and disability litigation.  He practices throughout Florida, including the Southern, Middle and Northern Federal District Courts, as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Maselli is a frequent presenter on a wide range of topics designed to assist claims professionals in their day to day handling of insurance claims.

Certifications: Certified Civil Circuit Court Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court


  • Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 1994)
  • Emory University (B.A., 1991)

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Selected Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Ferguson White Inn of Court
  • Defense Research Institute (Member, Trial Tactics Steering Committee)
  • Speaker on Electronic Discovery at the International Claims Association Conference in Boca Raton , Florida (September 2005)
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life

John Henley is an associate in the firm’s Tampa office.  His practice focuses primarily on insurance defense, including first party property claims, third party liability claims, and coverage disputes.  Prior to joining Ogden & Sullivan, Mr. Henley was a litigator with a national insurance defense firm.    

Mr. Henley graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 2012. While attending law school, Mr. Henley was an active member of Stetson’s Moot Court Board, competing in regional, national, and international competitions. While competing on the Moot Court Board, Mr. Henley was selected as an Honorable Mention Best Oralist in the 2011 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria, and was selected to serve as the student coach for the Vis team the following year. He was also a Best Brief Award winner from the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition held in Washington, D.C. Mr. Henley also participated as a student-member of the Ferguson-White Inn of Court and as an intern for the Honorable Judge Robert Morris at the Second District Court of Appeal. Upon graduation, Mr. Henley was selected as the recipient of the Stephanie A. Vaughan Award for Excellence in Advocacy.  

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Henley owned and operated a pizzeria in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. 


  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2012
  • B.A., University of West Florida, 2009 (History)


  • Florida 

Leveraging Technology in the Courtroom, Advantages and Limitations in Jury Trials

Speaker:  Kristin Gonzalez, Esquire

Kristin attended Stetson University College of Law where she received her J..D. with a concentration in advocacy. She proud alumna of Stetson’s nationally renowned trial team. After graduating from Stetson, Kristin went into practice as an Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit. She spent 4 years at the State Attorney’s office, where she prosecuted everything from drug possession to child abuse. During her time at the State, Kristin prosecuted over 30 jury and non-jury trials. In 2017, Kristin resigned from the State Attorney’s office and accepted a position at Banker Lopez Gassler, P.A. in St. Petersburg. Kristin now practices insurance defense where she specializes in insurance fraud, automobile negligence, personal injury protection, and property damage litigation.  


Kristin is married and has a 2 year old daughter.

Utilizing Technology and Social Media in Insurance Claims and in your Daily Practice


Speaker:  Nicole Vinson, Esquire

Nicole C. Vinson is an attorney with Merlin Law Group. A graduate Florida Coastal School of Law and Albion College. Nicole has been admitted to the Florida Bar since 2007, and expanded her practice to North Carolina in 2012 and Georgia in 2014.  Nicole works in multiple states to helping policyholders with first party property insurance and extra-contractual claims.  The claims she handles involve hurricanes, fire, water, theft, hail, and other catastrophic property damage issues that were not properly adjusted.   Nicole publishes frequent insurance articles on the firm's blog: www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com. 

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