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Ethical Concerns Involving Attorney Use of Social Media: New New York State Bar Association Guidelines

Speaker(s): Edward J. Reich, Ronald J. Hedges
Recorded on: Jul. 20, 2017
PLI Program #: 218507

Ronald is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and in the management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”).


In the Media

  • Quoted, "Confusion Lingers Around Preservation and FRCP Changes for Corporate Counsel," Corporate Counsel, September 13, 2016


  • Co-author, "Rules of Professional Conduct Enter Era of Electronically Stored Information," Law Week Colorado, p. 16, September 2016
  • Author, "Confidentiality Order Standards," Federal Magistrate Judges Association Bulletin, September 2016
  • Co-Author, “Competence with Electronically Stored Information: What Does It Mean in the Context of Litigation and How Can Attorneys Achieve it,” 15 DDEE 135 (2015)
  • International Extradition: A Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2014)
  • Co-Senior Editor, The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary (The Sedona Conference®: 2014, 2012 & 2011)
  • Co-Author, Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2012 & 2007)
  • Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA: 2007)
  • Editing Team Member, The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practices Addressing Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access in Civil Cases (The Sedona Conference®: 2007)
  • “Case Management and E-Discovery: Perfect Together,” 9 DDEE 220 (2009)
  • “Rule 26(f): The Most Important E-Discovery Rule,” New Jersey L. J. (May 18, 2009)
  • “A View from the Bench and the Trenches: A Critical Appraisal of Some Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” 227 F.R.D. 123 (2005)

Activities and Affiliations

  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Historical Society
  • Member, Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Member, The Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board
  • Member, The Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access
  • Member, The Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention and Production
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Advanced E-Discovery Institute of Georgetown University Law Center.

Prior and Present Employment

Ron Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges.

Ron was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law—Newark. He taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence at both these schools. Ron was a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12. He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Areas of focus

Digital Media
Energy Litigation
Environmental Litigation
Health Care
Information Governance
Life Sciences
Life Sciences and Health Care
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Media Regulation
Privacy and Cybersecurity


Georgetown University Law Center, 1977, JD

Admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia
New Jersey
New York

Eddie Reich is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. He has handled all phases of matters in courts and alternative dispute resolution forums across the country and has tried cases and argued appeals in both state and federal courts.

Eddie serves as Dentons' US General Counsel. He also is a chair of the firm's legacy Lawyers' Professional Liability practice, which represents lawyers and law firms on a wide variety of legal and ethical issues. He has substantial experience in law firm risk management, ethics compliance and law firm insurance issues, and represents lawyers and law firms in litigation matters and other disputes.

His practice otherwise consists of diverse civil and commercial matters, including insurance litigation, employment litigation and trade secrets litigation, business and contractual disputes and ERISA.

He also speaks widely on a variety of topics, including legal ethics, attorney-client privilege and e-discovery.


Eddie serves as coordinating counsel for the Prudential Insurance Company of America in connection with the enforcement of the class action settlement in In re The Prudential Insurance Company of America Sales Practices Litigation, entered in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey. He supervises attorneys throughout the country and has enjoined dozens of class members from violating the class settlement. He has argued successfully in the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in defense of the class settlement. He defends Prudential against allegations of improper life insurance sales practices.

Eddie represented former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather in his litigation against CBS Corporation and others.

Eddie represented Royal Indemnity Company in the highly publicized property insurance coverage dispute arising from the destruction of the World Trade Center, in which Royal prevailed against Silverstein Properties with respect to a significant portion of its coverage. He served as co-trial counsel in two federal trials and played a key role in the valuation phase of the dispute.

Eddie successfully defended a prestigious law firm in a federal court action alleging violations of ERISA and other claims.


Activities and Affiliations

Prior and Present Employment

Prior to joining Dentons, Eddie was associated with Cooperman Levitt Winikoff Lester and Newman, P.C.