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The Ethics of Electronic Information 2021: Competence, Confidentiality, and Other Ethical Conundrums

Speaker(s): Amy Walker Wagner, Conway Ekpo, Daniel Mateo, Hon. Leo M. Gordon, Lori B. Leskin, Ronald J. Hedges
Recorded on: Oct. 1, 2021
PLI Program #: 306262

Judge Leo M. Gordon has served as a judge of the United States Court of International Trade since March 2006. Judge Gordon is responsible for resolving judicial disputes involving challenges to the administration and enforcement of the federal customs and international trade laws by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and Labor, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and other Executive Branch Agencies. In addition to his judicial duties, Judge Gordon has chaired, at different  times, the Court’s Rules, Budget, Public Affairs/Education, and Strategic Planning Committees. Judge Gordon began his career in 1977 as Assistant Counsel at the Subcommittee on Monopolies and Commercial Law, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives. In that capacity, Judge Gordon was the principal attorney responsible for the Customs Courts Act of 1980 that created the U.S. Court of International Trade. He also had responsibilities involving a wide range of antitrust and other commercial law legislative projects. 

Judge Gordon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Judges Association (“FJA”), serves on its Executive Committee, and co-chairs the Association’s Pay & Benefits Committee. 

Judge Gordon is a Director of the Academia de Intercambio y Estudios Judiciales (“AIEJ”) (The Academy for the Interchange and Study of Judicial Matters) based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For the past 10 years, he has conducted various judicial training programs for AIEJ in the United States and Argentina, as well as playing a principal role in the development of AIEJ’s overall training program. Judge Gordon is a Fellow (Miembro de Numero) of the International Customs Law Academy (“ICLA”), having given a principal address at two of its annual meetings in the last decade. He also serves on the planning committees for and has spoken at a variety of CLE programs focused on customs and international trade law, cybersecurity, and ethics, recently focusing on issues of working in a virtual environment. Judge Gordon is the co-author, along with Daniel B. Garrie, of “Cybersecurity & the Courthouse–Safeguarding the Judicial Process” published by Wolters Kluwer. 

Judge Gordon attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He received a J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law. 

Lori B. Leskin is valued by her clients for her ability to successfully assess, strategize and implement unique solutions to their unique problems.

Ms. Leskin handles all aspects of litigation strategy for complex mass tort and class action litigations involving a variety of pharmaceutical and consumer products.  Among Ms. Leskin’s current matters, she serves as national counsel for Pfizer Inc. in its Viagra® and talc product liability litigations, and for Bayer in its Avelox and Cipro product liability litigations. 

Ms. Leskin is a frequent speaker on matters relating to all aspects of litigation, including ESI and social media, as well as substantive issues relating to products liability and class action litigation.  

Amy Walker Wagner is Assistant General Counsel in the Litigation, Labor & Employment group at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey where she is responsible for handling pre-litigation and litigation matters and the legal hold and e-discovery initiative. 

Previously in private practice, Ms. Wagner concentrated her practice on whistleblower, complex commercial and intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts.  She has counseled clients on complex matters dealing with contractual, employment, constitutional, legislative and white-collar criminal issues. 

Ms. Wagner is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Third and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  She is on the Board of Trustees for the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, and she has been a member of the American Bar Association as well as the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  She has also been a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1). 

Ms. Wagner is a Master in the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court, an association dedicated to fostering and developing the practice of intellectual property law and federal litigation.  She has presented seminars on federal practice, ethics and e-discovery, and whistleblower litigation topics, and her articles on ethics and electronically-stored information have appeared in The Bencher and other professional publications.

Ms. Wagner received her B.A. from Loyola University and her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, where she was the Lead State Constitutional Law Editor for the Rutgers Law Journal.  She was a law clerk to the Honorable Jack M. Sabatino, Superior Court of New Jersey, and the Honorable Jose L. Linares, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Conway Ekpo is a Director and Associate General Counsel at Brex, a unicorn B2B fintech startup that uses innovative technology to provide corporate credit cards and expense tracking software to tens of thousands of other venture-backed startups and small businesses. In addition, he is also an adjunct law professor at Rutgers School of Law. Prior to joining the fintech industry, Conway had a successful career on Wall Street as in-house counsel to Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch where, as a certified data privacy and data protection professional, he specialized in providing legal advice regarding digital wealth management products and services. He is also a cryptocurrency investor and blockchain technology enthusiast.

Combining his Wall Street background with his passion for diversity, equity and inclusion ("DEI"), Conway co-founded a venture capital fund which invests in minority owned fintech startups, and he sits on the Advisory Board for Invest Sou Sou, an innovative Black female owned B2B fintech startup. A firm believer in creating opportunities for others, Conway has founded a number of DEI-focused organizations including the Black BigLaw Pipeline, Inc., a non-profit which provides substantive and soft skills training and support to Black law students and BigLaw associates, and 1844, a group of 60 Black male lawyers practicing primarily in BigLaw and in-house legal departments in New York.

Conway is the recipient of numerous awards for his leadership within the legal community and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge. He was also selected as a 2016 Fellow in the Council of Urban Professionals. Conway earned his B.S. in architectural engineering at the University of Kansas and his J.D. at Rutgers School of Law where he was Managing Editor of the Rutgers Law Review. He and his wife reside in Manhattan with their two children.

Daniel Mateo is an experienced litigation and business disputes attorney whose work spans many industries, including pharmaceuticals and other life sciences companies, financial services, telecommunications, oil and gas, software and consumer products.

Clients turn to Mr. Mateo for representation on matters ranging from complex breach of contract disputes, commercial real estate and leasing disputes, consumer class action claims, trademark disputes and non-compete litigation.

With nearly 25 years of litigation and arbitration experience, Mr. Mateo is a skilled and confident advocate. He recognizes that successful outcomes require a strategy that is informed by the nature of the dispute, the amount in controversy, the client's objectives and risk tolerance, the adversary, and the venue. When trying a case is part of the strategy, Mr. Mateo has both first- and second-chair trial experience.

As a native Spanish speaker of Puerto Rican descent, an active and engaged member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Mr. Mateo regularly mentors young lawyers and strongly supports bar association diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Mr. Mateo has substantial experience practicing in New Jersey state and federal courts. He has been an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and has served on a number of committees focused on increasing diversity within the State Bar.

Ronald J. Hedges, J.D., is a Senior Counsel with Dentons US LLP. He served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. Mr. Hedges is a frequent writer and speaker on various topics related to, among other things, electronic information and is the lead author of Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Third Edition (Federal Judicial Center: 2017), He is also the Co-Senior Editor of The Sedona Conference Cooperation Proclamation:  Resources for the Judiciary, Third Edition, His full biography is available at