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Chip-Off Forensics: What Lawyers Need to Know


Speaker(s): Gail Gottehrer, Ronald J. Hedges, Steve Watson
Recorded on: May. 21, 2020
PLI Program #: 300378

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”).

Recognition

In the Media

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

Insights

  • 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

Arbitration
Communications
Digital Media
E-Discovery
Energy
Energy Litigation
Environmental Litigation
Health Care
Information Governance
Life Sciences
Life Sciences and Health Care
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Media Regulation
Mediation
Privacy and Cybersecurity
Technology

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, 1977, JD

Admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia
New Jersey
New York
Texas


After practicing law at law firms for over 20 years, Gail recently founded her own firm, where her practice focuses on emerging technologies-related litigation and counseling, including autonomous vehicle regulation, drones, robots, artificial intelligence, AI ethics, biometrics, facial recognition, the IoT, 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 teaches Law for Knowledge Innovation at Columbia University, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Rutgers University’s Leading Disruptive Innovation Program, and a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School.

In addition to being appointed to the State of Connecticut’s Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles, Gail serves as Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Technology and the Legal Profession Committee, and is a member of NYSBA’s Transportation Committee.  She 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, Vice-Chair of the ABA-TIPS Automobile Litigation Committee, Co-Chair of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ IP & Technology Affinity Group, Editor of the ABA’s Pretrial Practice and Discovery Newsletter, and a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1.

Gail 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.  She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.  Gail is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.


Watson is a technologist focused in the areas of data recovery, forensics, risk and compliance. His career spans two decades and a variety of technology environments from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the ground-breaking technology startup, VTO Labs. 

Watson is the Principal Investigator for two U.S. government scientific programs focused on digital forensics. His research in the area of data recovery and digital forensics is focused on new and emerging technologies and extremely damaged devices. Watson’s expertise lies in getting data off of electronic devices that are challenging for others - damaged devices, old devices, new devices and unsupported devices. He brings a full research portfolio that has assisted his corporate, government and law enforcement connections around the world. 

He is a member of the Digital Evidence subcommittee of the NIST, Organization of Scientific Area Committees, where he serves as the Task Group Chair for mobile device forensics. He also serves as the Chair of the Forensics Committee on the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) representing expertise in mobile devices, emerging technologies and damaged devices. Watson is also the founder of the recently announced International Consortium on Digital Forensics for the Internet of Things.  In July of 2019, Watson became acting chair for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC).