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Environmental Litigation Strategies and Tactics – Early Case Assessment, Discovery, Depositions

Speaker(s): Ronald J. Hedges, Tami Lyn Azorsky
Recorded on: May. 31, 2019
PLI Program #: 274285

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

Nationally recognized for exceptional client service, Tami has earned a reputation for creative and highly-effective litigation strategies. Her clients have included large multinational defense, chemical, energy, and construction industry clients, among others. Her practice spans the areas of occupational and environmental exposure, environmental litigation, False Claims Act litigation, healthcare fraud litigation, and challenges to federal agency actions and regulations. She addresses issues involving constitutional, statutory, and regulatory disputes in federal and state courts, through arbitration, and before administrative agencies.

As a Washington, DC-based litigator working for clients in highly regulated industries that often need action from either the executive or legislative branch to conduct business or resolve disputes, Tami has developed extensive facility with the constitutional and statutory limits on executive and legislative authority.  She is highly experienced in developing multi- faceted strategies that bring together the U.S. and foreign constitutions, interstate compacts, and the statutes and common law governing the delegated authorities to and separation of powers among the branches of the federal government. Because she has decades of experience addressing issues with inherent public and media sensitivities, she is highly experienced in coordinating responses on behalf of her clients to calm the concerns of regulators, courts, stockholders, and other constituencies.

Ms. Azorsky serves as co-chair of the firm's US Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice.  She serves on the Board of Directors, and spearheaded the development and implementation of the firm's proprietary project management and budgeting software, designed to improve budget estimates, matter management, and efficient delivery of client service.

Ms. Azorsky is committed to diversity in the profession. She was the co-founder of the McKenna Long & Aldridge mentoring program for law students through the Georgetown University Women of Color Collective and a long term board member of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation.