Stan Gibson is an experienced trial lawyer, who has focused on high-stakes cases involving complicated technology and mission-critical cases in the entertainment industry. He is the Chairman of JMBM's Patent Litigation Group and the publisher of the Patent Lawyer Blog. The media frequently calls upon Stan to explain the significance of court decisions, and he has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Thompson Reuters, American Lawyer, National Law Journal, ABA Journal, Los Angeles Daily Journal and other publications.
Stan obtained a $16.7 million arbitration award after a six-month arbitration that involved the engineering and design of direct broadcast satellites and satellite launch vehicles.
Stan tried to a jury Intraspace v. Lockheed Martin/Loral in San Jose and obtained a $8.5 million verdict for our client. With an aptitude for technology and patents, Stan went on to handle complex cases involving technology in the fields of LCDs, semiconductors, computerized telescopes, automotive design, Internet search engines, exercise equipment and medical devices, among others.
Stan was one of the principal trial lawyers in Medtronic v. Michelson, in which his client Dr. Gary Michelson won $570 million after a multi-month jury trial in Memphis, Tennessee. The case was resolved as part of a $1.35 billion dollar acquisition of the Michelson patent portfolio, which the Los Angeles Times reported as the largest acquisition of patents in history.
"From the time I was seven years old, I knew I wanted to be a trial attorney. That’s when I watched my father cross examine the plaintiff in a maritime trial. In law school, I took advantage of the third year practice rule to work on trials at the District Attorney's office, even spending my spring break on misdemeanor bench trials, with multiple trials each day. That experience allowed me to second chair trials as a junior associate at the firm and then first chair many trials as a partner. My more than 25 trials include those on the list below."
“Working for consumers and investors who have suffered a financial loss or wrong has been very appealing to me. Doing what I can to rectify some of the inequities in the lives of individuals or groups of people is gratifying, particularly in very large, complex cases. . . . I also enjoy cases that are not just about the recovery of monies lost but that also play a role in changing practices that companies engage in that are unfair to consumers and investors.” —Ariana J. Tadler, Lawdragon 500
In the often opaque and self-interested world of corporate decision-making, Ariana J. Tadler is an antidote—a “leading light” helping individual consumers and institutional investors expose corporate misconduct and secure multimillion- and multibillion-dollar recoveries. A nationally recognized member of the plaintiffs’ bar, Ariana has 20+ years of experience litigating and managing the full spectrum of complex securities and consumer class actions, including high-profile, fast–paced cases.
Ariana is also renowned for being one of the nation’s leading authorities on electronic discovery in plaintiffs’ litigation—an area she and Milberg helped pioneer. She chairs Milberg’s E-Discovery Practice Group, has authored numerous publications on E-Discovery, and is regularly invited to speak on a variety of litigation- and discovery–related topics to educate the bench and bar. Ariana is actively involved in the development of the law and best practices, including amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and various pilot programs.
An AV® Preeminent rated (Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating) lawyer, Ariana has been recognized by several prominent legal industry rating organizations, including 2014 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as “a leading light in the plaintiffs’ Bar” and a “fearless and tenacious” advocate who wins praise for her in-depth e-discovery knowledge and efficient approach. Clients also praise her ability to “navigate all the e-discovery issues.” For four years in a row, Lawdragon included her in its select list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America, describing her as “one of the nation’s most talented plaintiff-side securities litigators” and crediting her with building Milberg’s “team of lawyers and technologists armed with the necessary hardware and software to provide a solid and reliable service.” Benchmark Litigation has also included her in its 2014 Top 250 Women Litigators in the U.S. and she was named in Super Lawyers 2014 “Top 50: Women Lawyers” in the New York Metro-area.
HONORS & RECOGNITIONS
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ENGAGEMENTS
B.A., Hamilton College, 1989
J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1992
New Jersey, 1992
New York, 1993
“A leading light in the plaintiff’s Bar”
—Chambers USA 2014
Ashish S. Prasad is the Vice President and General Counsel of eTERA Consulting, an electronic discovery, document review and technology consulting company headquartered in Washington, D.C. and with capabilities throughout the United States.
Ashish is widely regarded as among the leading experts on discovery in the United States. He has served, among other things, as Litigation Partner, Founder and Chair of the Mayer Brown LLP Electronic Discovery and Records Management Practice, Founder and CEO of Discovery Services LLC, Executive Editor of The Sedona Principles: Best Practices Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production (2004), Co-Editor in Chief of the Practicing Law Institute treatise Electronic Discovery Deskbook: Law and Practice (2009), and Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University Law School.
In addition to having extensive experience in managing all aspects of discovery in litigation and investigations, and developing policies and procedures for electronic discovery, records management and legacy data management for corporations and law firms, Ashish has defended discovery compliance procedures before numerous courts and regulators. Over the past decade, Ashish has authored over two dozen articles, and given over 100 legal education seminars, on topics of electronic discovery before judges, practicing lawyers and industry groups in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Ashish is active in a wide variety of charitable organizations related to children’s health and education, including serving as a Board Member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago, and Pratham USA. Ashish graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Member of the Law Review, and the University of Michigan Honors College, where he graduated with High Honors and High Distinction. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three children.
David J. Lender is Co-Chair of Weil’s global Litigation Department and has more than 25 years of experience trying and litigating complex international commercial disputes in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations.
Mr. Lender’s practice encompasses matters involving RICO, patent, antitrust, consumer fraud, and contracts issues, among others, including in the class action context. He has tried more than 20 cases to verdict – many of which have resulted in his clients obtaining, or avoiding, hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. His longstanding clients include General Electric, Eli Lilly, ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, Nuance Communications, WL Ross, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and eBay.
Mr. Lender is a recognized expert on electronic discovery issues. He is the co-author of the leading treatise on the subject, Electronic Discovery: Law and Practice, originally published by Aspen in 2003, author of Privilege Issues in the Age of Electronic Discovery, originally published by BNA in 2008, and Head of Weil’s E-Discovery Task Force.
He is regularly recognized as a preeminent trial lawyer and litigator by leading industry publications, including Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Legal 500, and The National Law Journal.
Mr. Lender is on the Executive Board of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and regularly works with NYLPI on a wide range of pro bono projects, including on behalf of special education students, the disabled, and veterans.
Mr. Lender received his J.D. degree with High Honors, Order of the Coif from Duke University School of Law in 1993, and his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Duke University in 1990. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke University School of Law.
Hon. Stewart D. Aaron was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on December 1, 2017. Before joining the Court, he was a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, where he served as the Managing Partner of the New York Office (2012-2015) and the Administrative Partner of the New York Office (2005-2012). Judge Aaron had litigated commercial and civil rights cases in federal and state court, as well as other tribunals, for over 30 years. He is a past President of the New York County Lawyers Association, and currently serves as President of the New York American Inn of Court. Judge Aaron also has served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society. He was graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, and received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
Jeffrey Fowler is a litigation partner of O’Melveny & Myers and chair of the Firm’s Electronic Discovery and Document Retention Practice Group. Founded by Jeff in 2005, the group comprises several full-time associates, 35 staff attorneys, and 12 technologists--all dedicated to handling e-discovery issues. Jeff serves as eDiscovery counsel for a broad spectrum of clients and appears as the lead lawyer responsible for e-discovery issues in complex litigations and investigations, including many not otherwise handled by his firm. Jeff has argued both sides of several evidence spoliation matters and other e-discovery issues of first impression. He is a regular speaker at PLI and is the coauthor of the BNA practice guide, Preserving Electronic Information: A Practical Approach.
John J. Rosenthal is an antitrust and commercial litigation partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office who represents clients around the globe in an array of complex antitrust and commercial litigation matters.
Mr. Rosenthal is also the chair of the firm's eDiscovery & Information Governance Practice Group, a full service e-discovery consulting operation. Mr. Rosenthal is one of five individuals ranked domestically and globally by Chambers in the field of e-discovery. With this background, he counsels a wide variety of companies on e-discovery, information governance, data security and privacy.
He is a former member of the Steering Committee of Working Group 1 of the Sedona Conference on Best Practices for Electronic Discovery and Records Management. Mr. Rosenthal is also an Advisory Board Member of the Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education E-Discovery Institute, where he is also on the faculty to the Institute and Academy programs. He has served as an advisory board member to various e-discovery companies.
Gary A. Adler focuses on commercial litigation and represents both domestic and foreign companies in complex commercial law suits involving, antitrust, intellectual property, commercial tort, product liability, product warranty, and franchise claims in proceedings before state and federal courts throughout the United States, and before both domestic and international regulatory agencies and commercial arbitration panels. Gary also provides guidance to firm clients on a variety of issues relating to electronic discovery. Gary acts as outside general counsel to numerous companies, providing regulatory guidance on a broad range of commercial matters, and as regulatory counsel, providing guidance on compliance with both federal and state product safety laws and regulations. Gary also speaks and writes regularly on electronic discovery topics.
James C. Francis IV is an arbitrator, mediator, and special master with JAMS. From 2017 through 2019, he was a Distinguished Lecturer at the CUNY School of Law, where he taught Electronic Discovery, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Federal Courts, and Constitutional Torts. From 1985 until 2017, he served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York. Judge Francis received his B.A. from Yale College in 1974, his juris doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 1978, and a masters degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, also in 1978. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter in the Southern District of New York. He then joined the Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid Society where he conducted impact litigation in the areas of housing and education and served as director of the Disability Rights Unit. For more than a decade, Judge Francis taught Constitutional Torts as an Adjunct Professor at the Fordham University School of Law.
In the field of electronic data and the law, Judge Francis is the author of:
Judge Francis is co-author of “Limits on Limiting Inherent Authority: Rule 37(e) and the Power to Sanction,” 17 Sedona Conf. J. 613 (2016). He speaks frequently on electronic discovery and is a member of the Steering Committee of Sedona Conference Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure; the Advisory Committee of the Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute; the Advisory Board of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative; and the Global Advisory Council of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM).
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), https://www.fjc.gov/content/323370/managing-discovery-electronic-information-third-edition. He is also the Co-Senior Editor of The Sedona Conference Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary, Third Edition, https://thesedonaconference.org/sites/default/files/Judicial%20Resources%20publication%20announcement.pdf. His full biography is available at https://www.dentons.com/en/ronald-hedges.
Tess Blair is a litigator and legal entrepreneur who has practiced at the intersection of law, technology, and design for more than two decades. Tess is the founder and leader of Morgan Lewis’s eData practice, a data-driven practice that combines great lawyering with technology and design to enhance the delivery of legal services.
A practicing litigator, Tess serves as national discovery counsel to some of the world’s largest organizations. She counsels a host of Fortune 500 companies, conducting risk assessments and guiding her clients as they develop internal information governance policies and controls to address privacy, security, retention, and disposition of information and data. She also helps her clients develop defensible models for responding to requests for information in litigation or investigations and marshals resources for such contingencies to assist her clients in satisfying their discovery obligations.
For clients in litigation, Tess frequently serves as discovery counsel alongside her client’s trial counsel, as a core member of the litigation team, develops, and executes all aspects of the client’s discovery strategy as well as optimizing her client’s evidence gathering, analysis, and presentation. Her role as discovery counsel includes negotiating the scope and conduct of discovery, developing ESI protocols, protective orders, and specialized procedures for cross-border transfer of data subject to privacy laws. She takes and defends record custodian and discovery-related depositions, handles all discovery-related motion practice, and drives all managed review, analysis, and production.
As leader of eData, Tess works with her team, her colleagues, and clients to design and develop tools and techniques to improve the delivery of legal services. Tess built the eData practice into a multidisciplinary team of lawyers, technologists, business professionals, designers, developers, and data scientists who design and deliver legal products and services to enhance the Morgan Lewis client experience across the firm’s practices, industries, and disciplines. The eData team uses process design, automation, UX, product design, application development, machine learning, and augmented intelligence tools to develop technology, process, and service solutions built to meet our clients’ needs. A Six Sigma Green Belt, Tess invests heavily in training the entire eData team in Legal Project Management, Six Sigma and Legal Design.
Tess lectures regularly on civil procedure, eDiscovery, and data privacy—including cross-border discovery and data minimization—and writes frequently on eDiscovery, information governance, and data privacy for a variety of legal publications. She is the lead author of the eData Deskbook, currently in its third edition. Tess also serves as Special Discovery Master to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She has been Chambers ranked nationally for nine years and globally for seven years in electronic discovery. In 2019, Tess was named one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Lawyers in North America by the Financial Times. Tess holds a Master of Professional Studies on Law Firm Management and studied industrial design at the Philadelphia College of Art before completing an undergraduate degree in philosophy at Ursinus College. Bringing entrepreneurial experience to her clients, Tess started and operated a small business before entering law school.
The Honorable Andrew J. Peck served for 23 years as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York, including a term as Chief Magistrate Judge from 2004 to 2005. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Peck was in private practice for 17 years, focusing on commercial and entertainment litigation, including copyright and trademark matters, with extensive trial experience.
At DLA Piper, Judge Peck advises on innovative and efficient solutions to the challenges of information management, both within and outside the litigation context. He frequently speaks at conferences concerning eDiscovery issues. Since joining DLA Piper, Judge Peck has been retained to serve as special discovery counsel to clients and law firms, and to submit expert reports in state court cases. Judge Peck is ranked by Chambers as "Recognized Practitioner" for "Litigation: E-Discovery in USA- Nationwide."
Judge Peck also is available to serve as an arbitrator, mediator, Special Master, and ediscovery expert witness. In addition to serving directly through DLA Piper, Judge Peck is on the arbitration and mediation rosters of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Federal Arbitration, Inc., National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM), and Resolute Systems, LLC. He also is on the International Trademark Association (INTA) Panel of Trademark Mediators.
Judge Peck is recognized internationally for bringing electronic discovery competency to the attention of both the judiciary and bar. Indeed, he is widely described as the first judge to tackle the subject of e-discovery head on, most notably in the influential 1995 decision Anti-Monopoly v. Hasbro, in which Judge Peck found that "it is black letter law that computerized data is discoverable if relevant." Also among his legacy rulings is the 2012 employment class action Monique Da Silva Moore, et. al. v. Publicis Groupe & MSL Group, the first judicial decision approving the use of technology-assisted review. By 2015, Judge Peck declared in Rio Tinto v. Valle that it was black-letter law that if the responding party wished to use TAR, courts would allow it. In March 2018, the New York Law Journal called Judge Peck "one of e-discovery's most influential figures."Among the honors he has received, American Lawyer named him to its list of the Top 50 Innovators of the Last 50 Years as its Judicial E-Discovery Innovator.
The chair of BakerHostetler’s Commercial Litigation practice team, Gil Keteltas is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience litigating complex commercial, tort and government enforcement disputes on behalf of national and international corporations. Recognized by the National Law Journal as a 2016 Litigation Trailblazer for innovative trial advocacy, Gil’s experience spans practice areas and industries. He has advocated in courtrooms across the country on behalf of manufacturers, engineers, hospitality companies, agricultural cooperatives and farmers, and has served as trial counsel in jury and bench trials.
Gil also is experienced in coordinating and leading the defense of multi-jurisdictional, multi-party disputes – including disputes involving a mix of government and private plaintiffs – and in developing and implementing litigation risk-reduction strategies before litigation is filed.
Gil’s national trial practice benefits from his experience in electronic discovery. He brings a practical approach to e-discovery that recognizes the importance of focused advocacy in addressing the burdens, costs and opportunities of discovery in modern complex litigation. Gil is ranked by Chambers USA in E-Discovery and clients and peers recognize Gil as “a notable electronic discovery expert with significant trial experience” (Chambers USA 2018).Gil is the author of numerous publications concerning e-discovery, has been active in The Sedona Conference, has served on the Advisory Board, Planning Committee and Faculty of Georgetown Law's Advanced E-Discovery Institute and has served on the faculty of PLI on a range of electronic discovery topics.
The Honorable J. Michelle Childs was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in August 2010. She holds a B.S. in Management from the University of South Florida Honors College, a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, a Masters in Personnel and Employment Relations from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, and a Masters of Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law.
Prior to the federal court, she served as an At-Large Circuit Court Judge, including having responsibilities as the Chief Administrative Judge for General Sessions and Business Court for the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Richland and Kershaw Counties. Judge Childs also had the distinct honor of gubernatorial appointments as a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner (2002-06) and as the Deputy Director for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Division of Labor (2000-02), overseeing programs for Wages and Child Labor, OSHA, OSHA Voluntary Programs, Elevators and Amusement Rides, Migrant Labor, and Labor-Management Mediation. Judge Childs was formerly a partner with the law firm of Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard, LLP, in Columbia, South Carolina, where she practiced in the areas of employment and labor law and general litigation. Judge Childs is very active with various local, state and national bar organizations, as well as community organizations. She is a member of the American Law Institute and served as an Advisor to the Restatement (Third) of Employment Law, the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division, and a member of the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, and the Secretary of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section.
She has, as a practicing lawyer and as a judge, lectured and served frequently on panels for topics regarding litigation and trial techniques, courtroom practices and procedures, discovery, expert witnesses, evidence, and various topics for new lawyers.
Maura R. Grossman is a Research Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, as well as an eDiscovery attorney and consultant in New York. Previously, Maura was of counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where for 17 years, she represented Fortune 100 companies and major financial services institutions in corporate and securities litigation, including civil actions and white collar criminal and regulatory investigations, and advised lawyers and clients on legal, technical, and strategic issues involving eDiscovery and information governance, both domestically and abroad.
Maura is a well-known and influential eDiscovery lawyer. She is described in Who’s Who Litigation 2015 E-Discovery Analysis as “‘sensational’ according to her peers and . . . a ‘go-to’ in the area.” Chambers & Partners USA 2015 Litigation: E-Discovery described her as “the best-known person in the area of technology-assisted review; a superstar among superstars.” Maura’s scholarly work on TAR, most notably, Technology-Assisted Review in E-Discovery Can Be More Effective and More Efficient Than Exhaustive Manual Review, published in the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology in 2011, has been widely cited in case law, both in the U.S. and elsewhere. Her longstanding contributions to eDiscovery technology and process, including her multiple patents relating to TAR, were featured in the February 2016 issue of The American Lawyer.
Since 2010, Maura has served as co-chair of the eDiscovery Working Group advising the New York State Unified Court System. She has been a court-appointed special master, neutral/mediator, and eDiscovery expert to the court in multiple high-profile federal cases. Maura has provided eDiscovery training to federal and state court judges, by invitation of the court, and has testified, on several occasions, before the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules, at their invitation. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches courses on eDiscovery. Previously, Maura taught at Rutgers Law School–Newark and Pace Law School.
Since 2012, Maura has been a member of the Steering Committee of The Sedona Conference® Working Group 1 on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention and Production. Since 2008, she has been involved in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Text Retrieval Conference (“TREC”); in 2010 and 2011, as coordinator of the Legal Track, and since 2015, as coordinator of the Total Recall Track. Maura serves on the Advisory Boards of Bloomberg BNA’s Digital Discovery & e-Evidence Report, the Georgetown University Law Center’s Advanced eDiscovery Institute, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Cardozo Data Law Initiative, and the Annual Arizona State University (“ASU”)-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference.
Maura graduated with an A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown University. She earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical/School Psychology from the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Maura served as Executive Notes and Comments Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.