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The Ethics of Electronic Information 2018: Competence, Confidentiality, and Other Ethical Conundrums


Speaker(s): Angela R. Vicari, Gail L. Gottehrer, Ronald J. Hedges
Recorded on: Oct. 19, 2018
PLI Program #: 220668

Angela R. Vicari has considerable experience in product liability and mass tort defense and complex litigation. Her work and growing presence in the industry has been widely recognized.

In her product liability and mass tort practice, Ms. Vicari has defended product manufacturers in lawsuits in state and federal courts, including the coordination of the nationwide defense and multidistrict litigation proceedings of hundreds of cases involving medical devices, pharmaceutical products and consumer products, among others.

In her commercial litigation practice, Ms. Vicari has represented global financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies and hedge funds in disputes in state and federal court, as well as in adversary proceedings in the bankruptcy courts. Her experience is varied and has included breach of contract, fraud and securities matters.

Complex Commercial Litigation Experience

  • Low-cost Indian airline in an arbitration in the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
  • Large pharmaceutical manufacturer in an action brought by venture capitalists alleging breach of a merger agreement.
  • Australian court-appointed liquidators of Octaviar Administration Pty Limited in an action before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund, Fortress Investment Group and certain of their affiliates. The action sought damages of approximately US$350 million and involved various claims under New York law and Australian law.
  • Major financial institution in lawsuits seeking recovery for breaches of interest rate swap agreements.

Product Liability and Mass Tort Experience

  • Irving Oil, Canada's largest refinery, in a suit brought by the State of Vermont seeking statewide remediation of groundwater.
  • Boston Scientific Corporation in litigation involving coronary stents. Won dismissal of several suits on federal preemption grounds, and served as counsel in coordinated proceedings in Massachusetts state court. (Named an Impact Case of the Year: Product Liability by LMG Life Sciences in 2014.)
  • Pfizer in litigation regarding a prescription contraceptive injection.
  • Pfizer in litigation involving a prescription antibiotic.
  • Pfizer in asbestos litigation.
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals and Qualitest Pharmaceuticals in the defense of lawsuits relating to a recall of several oral contraceptive products.
  • Rawlings, a sports equipment manufacturer, in two lawsuits arising from professional baseball. One case, involving a professional player who suffered a head injury after being struck by a pitch, was resolved without any finding of liability. The other matter was brought by a spectator at a New York Mets game when he was hit by a broken bat that flew into the stands. That case was dismissed without prejudice.

Education

  • JD, Columbia Law School, 2004
  • BA, Politics and History, New York University, 2001, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • New York
  • US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Recognition

  • The Legal 500 US
    "Next Generation Lawyer" – Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes (2017-2018)
  • Benchmark Litigation
    “Future Star” (2015)
  • Chambers
    Women in Law Awards "Future Leader (Private Practice)" Shortlist (2015)
  • Law360
    "Product Liability Rising Star” (2012, 2017)
  • Legal Media Group
    Americas Women in Business Law "Rising Star in Litigation” Shortlist (2013 and 2014)
  • New York Law Journal
    "Lawyer Who Leads By Example" (2012)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, City Bar Association E-Discovery Task Force
  • Chair, Young Lawyers Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2011-2014)
  • Intern, Women's Sports Foundation
  • Member, NYU Athletics Hall of Fame Committee

 


Gail L. Gottehrer is the Co-Chair of the Privacy, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies team at Akerman LLP.  Her practice focuses on technology-related litigation and counseling, including autonomous vehicle regulation, data privacy, and cybersecurity.  She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury. 

Gail is a frequent speaker on the implications of technology for the law and business operations, including data ownership and privacy, autonomous vehicles, biometrics, the Internet of Things, the GDPR, eDiscovery and electronic evidence, robotics, smart buildings and wearable technology. She teaches Law for Knowledge Innovation and Practices at Columbia University and is a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School. 

Gail was appointed to the State of Connecticut’s Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles, the New York State Bar Association’s Transportation Committee, Law360’s Transportation Editorial Advisory Board, and the New York State Bar Association's Technology and the Legal Profession Committee. 

Gail is the New York Regional Co-Chair for the ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Co-Chair of the Programming Committee of the ABA’s Woman Advocate Committee, a member of the ABA-TIPS Automobile Litigation Committee, Co-Chair of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ IP & Technology Affinity Group, and a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on eDiscovery Cooperation and Training (WG-1).  She was selected as one the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2017 Women Worth Watching in STEM and one of the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2016 Women of Innovation. 

Gail is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a former Law Clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, and is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.


Ronald J. Hedges 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 2017. He is the chair of the Advisory Board of Digital Discovery & e-Evidence, a Bloomberg BNA publication, and is the principal author of the just-released third edition of Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2017).