James A. Sherer is a partner in BakerHostetler’s New York office, chairs the Information Governance practice team, and serves as part of the eDiscovery and Management and Privacy and Data Protection groups. James assists with oversight of discovery and Electronically Stored Information issues for firm clients. He is also tasked with “deep dive” technological and case law-related assignments for omnibus motions and case strategy. James’s work and scholarship focuses on litigation; discovery management processes; enterprise risk; records and information governance; data privacy, security, and bank secrecy; technology integration issues; artificial intelligence; and related merger and acquisition diligence.
James holds an MBA, his CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, and FIP data privacy professional credentials, the CIP and IGP information governance designations, and the CEDS and eDPC eDiscovery specialist credentials. James is Chambers® Ranked for eDiscovery, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and serves as a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Groups One, Six, and Eleven. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association eDiscovery Committee as well as the New York eDiscovery Counsel Roundtable. James serves as an elected board member for the New York Chapter of ACEDS, the Stecher & Horowitz Foundation, and the Michigan-based Cleveland Manor Community. He is admitted to practice in New York, Washington DC, and Michigan.
Lauri Sawyer is a trial lawyer with experience litigating complex disputes in federal and state courts, as well as in domestic and international arbitral forums. Lauri has litigated cases involving complex financial products, derivatives, collateralized debt obligations, securities, shareholders claims, insurance coverage, project finance, executive compensation and advertising claims. In addition to being comfortable in the courtroom, Lauri also advises and assists clients in resolving disputes prior to trial through negotiation and mediation. Recently, Lauri was derivatives counsel to Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. and its affiliated debtors and tried the first derivatives cases in the Lehman bankruptcy.
Lauri regularly litigates in the international arena, particularly in disputes arising from financial products and foreign investments. She has participated in foreign court proceedings and appeals, as well as worldwide discovery and enforcement efforts. Lauri's international arbitration experience includes arbitrations pursuant to the AAA, ICC, and UNCITRAL rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. Lauri is experienced in the enforcement of arbitration awards and collateral proceedings designed to protect arbitration clauses. Prior to joining Jones Day, Lauri prosecuted several significant bilateral investment treaty disputes on behalf of foreign investors.
Lauri is also well-versed in disputes arising under the Lanham Act, particularly claims of false advertising. She has successfully prosecuted and defended actions in federal court and before the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Better Business Bureau. Moreover, Lauri regularly advises clients on marketing strategies, product launches and compliance issues.
Lauri is strongly committed to pro bono service, especially for clients with matrimonial and immigration issues. Lauri regularly lectures and teaches on ediscovery issues. She also serves on several advisory and nonprofit boards, including the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Marla Crawford is a graduate of Duke University and a magna cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. Marla is currently a Vice President, Associate General Counsel in the Litigation Group of the Legal Department at Goldman Sachs where she has diverse responsibilities, including managing the Firm’s global e-discovery efforts, managing civil litigation and regulatory matters, and advising on issues of law and technology. She practiced law at Jones Day for 25 years, specializing in the discovery phase of litigation. She has worked on securities law, product liability, commercial, bankruptcy and employment law cases concentrating on electronic discovery issues. Marla's expertise involves counseling corporations with respect to the preservation, collection, review and production of electronic information. Marla is a regular speaker on electronic discovery issues.