Ronald is a member of Dentons' LitigationandDisputeResolutionpractice 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," LawWeekColorado, 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
Life Sciences and Health Care
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Privacy and Cybersecurity
Georgetown University Law Center, 1977, JD
Admissions and qualifications
District of Columbia
Debbie Reynolds is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Data Privacy Officer of Debbie Reynolds Consulting LLC. Debbie Reynolds, “The Data Diva,” is a world-renowned technologist, thought-leader, and advisor to Multinational Corporations for handling global Data Privacy, Cyber Data Breach response, and complex cross-functional data-driven projects. Ms. Reynolds is an internationally published author, highly sought speaker, and top media presence about global Data Privacy, Data Protection, and Emerging Technology issues. Ms. Reynolds has also been recognized as a Technology Visionary and as a top leader in the Data Privacy industry worldwide.
Ms. Reynolds is the author of works in books, The GDPR Challenge: Privacy, Technology, and Compliance In An Age of Accelerating Change, and eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel; She is the author of works in publications like The International Journal for the Data Protection Officer, Privacy Officer, and Privacy Counsel, Bloomberg Law, Thomson Reuters West, Westlaw Journal, Today’s General Counsel Magazine (TGC), Law360 and the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA); She has been interviewed and quoted in media outlets, Tycoon Magazine, Bloomberg Big Law Business, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Digiday, LegalTech News, Law.com, Law360, The Recorder, High Performance Counsel (HPC), Legal Business World, Toyo Keizai Japan, StartPage, CMSWire, and American Lawyer.
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.
Dr. Mechie Nkengla is the Chief Data Strategist at Data Products LLC (www.dataproducts.io), a Data Science consultancy and R&D firm that partners with organizations to deliver expertise in data science, data strategy, machine learning, artificial intelligence and analytics. Prior to Data Products, she was a leader at EY Analytics Center of Excellence and has a career that spans academia, research, startups and large corporations. She enjoys hiking, dancing, and eating seafood, not necessarily in that order.