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Electronic Discovery Institute 2013: What Corporate and Outside Counsel Need to Know


Speaker(s): Ariana J. Tadler, Ashish Prasad, Brian C. Rocca, David J. Lender, Gary A. Adler, Gilbert S. Keteltas, Hon. David J. Waxse (Ret.), Hon. James C. Francis IV (Ret.), Jeffrey J. Fowler, John J. Rosenthal, Maura R. Grossman, Ronald J. Hedges, Stan Gibson, Steven C. Bennett, Thomas Y. Allman
Recorded on: Sep. 24, 2013
PLI Program #: 43132

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.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Steering Committee, In re Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation. Representing consumers in a class action accusing Target Corp. of failing to protect customers from a massive data breach during the holiday shopping season.
  • Interim Lead Counsel, Frito-Lay North America, Inc. “All Natural” Litigation, In re ConAgra Foods, Inc., Bevans v. General Mills, Inc., and In re Kellogg v. General Mills.Representing classes of consumers in a series of cases involving the alleged misrepresentation of GMO food products as “all natural”; the cases involve front-line legal issues, cutting-edge discovery negotiations and complex disputes and motions.
  • Lead Counsel, Ener1 v. PricewaterhouseCoopers. Recently represented an alternative energy company in its claims of negligence against one of the Big 4 accounting firms.Case settled on confidential terms.
  • Co-lead Counsel, Ironworkers District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity Retirement & Pension Plan v. Andreotti. Representing a pension fund in a stockholder derivative action brought on behalf of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company seeking relief due to the former and present members of DuPont’s board of directors’ and executive officers’ breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and corporate waste relating to its infringement of Monsanto’s patent, which resulted in a trial and $1 billion judgment and involved an order for sanctions.
  • Special Discovery Counsel, Republic of Colombia, et al. v. Diageo North America, Inc. Represented the government of Colombia, serving as Special Discovery Counsel, in its pursuit of claims alleging smuggling and illegal sales of alcohol by several international companies for violation of United States RICO statutes and other common law claims.Engagement encompassed identifying relevant information responsive to defendants’ requests, confirming and guiding preservation practices, and interviewing and collecting data from more than 100 custodians in 23 Colombian Departments (Colombia’s equivalent to our States in the U.S.).Team also reviewed and produced data in the ongoing litigation, and was tasked with ensuring compliance with the various privacy laws of Colombia and the United States with regard to personal data, controlled data and the transfer of sensitive information -- all hot topics in the area of E-Discovery today.
  • Plaintiffs Liaison Counsel (court-appointed), Lead Counsel and Executive Committee Member, Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation. Represented investors in 300+ securities class actions alleging a market manipulation scheme involving hundreds of initial public offerings and 55 prominent defendant investment banks.Through aggressive litigation, plaintiffs’ counsel obtained a settlement totaling $586 million.This case is notable for the unique strategies that were employed to manage this mammoth litigation.Milberg was at the forefront of dealing with complex discovery issues and crafted innovative tools to streamline the process.As a member of the court-appointed Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee and as a court-appointed liaison counsel, Ms. Tadler oversaw the efforts of approximately 60 plaintiffs’ firms in combating some of the most well-respected defense firms in the nation.The case was so large and included such extensive discovery that it required its own off-site headquarters, including approximately 100 personnel from various firms dedicated solely to the prosecution of the matter and supervised and managed, in substantial part, by Milberg personnel.
  • Lead Counsel, In re MicroStrategy Securities Litigation, one of three cases litigated in the Eastern District of Virginia (a/k/a the “Rocket Docket”) in less than four years. Negotiated settlements valued at more than $150 million.

HONORS & RECOGNITIONS

  • ALM:Women Leaders in the Law (2014)
  • AVENUE Insider Legal Elite New York City’s Top Women Securities Law Attorneys (2011-2012)
  • Benchmark Litigation:Star (2015-2016)
  • Benchmark Plaintiffs’ Litigation: New York Litigation Star (2011-2014)
  • Benchmark Top 250 Women Litigator (2014)
  • Chambers Global Guide:Leading Lawyers in E-Discovery (2015)
  • Chambers USA 2015:Nationwide, Litigation: E-Discovery (2015)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014)
  • Development School for Youth Honoree (2013)
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Lawdragon 500 (2009-13)
  • Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2008)
  • Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent (highest rating)
  • MFY, Partners in Justice Award (2010)
  • Super Lawyers (2010-15)
  • Super Lawyers “Top 50 Women Attorneys in New York Metro Area” (2014-2015)
  • Super Lawyers “Top 100 Overall Lawyer in New York City” (2015)
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (2012)
  • Women's Venture Fund Highest Leaf Award (2011)

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ENGAGEMENTS

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Bloomberg BNA, eDiscovery Board of Advisors
  • Cardozo Data Law Initiative, Executive Director
  • Federal Bar Council, Member
  • Fordham Law Small to Midsize Law Firm Advisory Council
  • Georgetown University Law Center Advanced E-Discovery Institute, Advisory Board and Planning Committee Member
  • MFY Legal Services Inc., Board Member and Past Chair (2008-2010)
  • Milberg Client Development and Marketing Committees, Chair
  • Milberg Hiring, Diversity, Technology, and Women’s Committees, Member
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates, Working Member
  • National Association of Women Lawyers, Member
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • New York Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Seventh Circuit, Electronic Discovery Pilot Program
  • Southern District of New York, Advisory Committee of the Judicial Improvements Committee
  • The New York Inn of Court, Vice President
  • The Sedona Conference® (the leading “think-tank” on e-discovery), Board of Directors; Chair Emeritus (and Past Chair, 2007-2012), Steering Committee for Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production
  • WomenToKnow, Advisory Board

Education:

B.A., Hamilton College, 1989

J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1992

Admitted:

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.


Brian Rocca is co-managing partner of Bingham McCutchen’s San Francisco office. He focuses his practice on antitrust and complex commercial litigation matters. Brian is recognized by Chambers USA and is noted for “quickly gaining a reputation as one to watch in the coming years across the antitrust and complex commercial litigation space.” He is also recognized by Super Lawyers magazine from 2009 to 2014 as a “Rising Star” in the antitrust area. In addition to his core antitrust and litigation work, Brian serves as the co-chair of Bingham’s eDiscovery practice.

In the antitrust field, Brian has worked on high-stakes litigation in both civil and criminal contexts, and in a wide range of industries, including microprocessors, networking equipment, electronic memory, mobile and wireless technology, freight forwarding, copier and printer sales and services, and medical products and staffing. Brian regularly advises clients in connection with governmental antitrust investigations and also provides counseling to a prominent trade association relating to alcohol distribution issues.

Brian has litigated numerous complex civil and appellate litigation matters, including class actions, breach of contract, fraud and other competition matters. Brian also handles a wide array of matters for beverage distributors related to brand rights, supplier disputes and regulatory compliance.

Brian has significant trial experience — he served as an assistant district attorney in the Trial Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in 2007-08 and as lead counsel in a federal civil rights trial in 2005. He also advises clients on cutting-edge electronic discovery and document retention issues, and has litigated several high-profile electronic discovery disputes. 

RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Co-author, “Cybersecurity Bill Stalls In Senate, Shifting Attention To Executive Order ,” Bingham alert (April 29, 2013)
  • “Early Case Assessment and the Rule 26(f) Conference, What Corporate and Outside Counsel Need to Know,” Practising Law Institute (Sept. 2012)
  • “Ninth Circuit En Banc Panel Raises Bar for Governmental Seizure of Electronic Data,” Financial Fraud Law Report (November/December 2010)
  • Co-author, “Zubulake Revisited: New E-Discovery Opinion Clarifies Preservation Obligations and Standards for Award of Sanctions,” Bingham alert (January 2010)
  • “Ninth Circuit En Banc Panel Adopts Safeguards For Subjects of Search Warrants Involving Electronically Stored Information,” Privacy & Data Security Law Journal (November 2009)
  • The Social Media Revolution, The Masters Conference, San Francisco (March 2014)
  • Technology Assisted Review, Predictive Coding and New Search Technologies, PLI’s Electronic Discovery Institute 2013: What Corporate and Outside Counsel Need to Know, New York (2013)
  • Privacy Concerns Facing Multi-National Corporations, The Masters Conference, San Francisco, Calif. (April 2013)
  • Cutting Edge E-Discovery Topics, High Tech Client Seminar, San Jose, Calif. (Jan. 2013)
  • Social Media: Update on Evolving Trends, The Masters Conference, San Francisco, Calif. (April 2012)
  • Social Media: The Intersection of Case Law, Data Privacy and Practical Discovery, The Masters Conference, San Francisco, Calif. (Sept. 2011, and Dec. 2011)
  • e-Discovery: Why to Care About It and How Not to Let It Ruin Your Life, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Francisco, Calif. (May 2011)


Dave Waxse is a retired United States Magistrate Judge from the United States District Court in Kansas City, Kansas. Judge Waxse received his B.A. degree from the University of Kansas in 1967 and his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1970.  He became a Magistrate Judge in 1999 and retired in 2017.

He is a Past-President of the Kansas Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association (Judicial Division), Judge Waxse is past Chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges of the Judicial Division of the ABA and past Chair of the Judicial Division of the ABA.    He also has been a co-chair of the Forensic Science in Criminal Justice Committee of the Judicial Division of the ABA.

He is also an Observer to The Sedona Conference Working Groups on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1)

In addition, prior to becoming a judge he was a member of the national boards of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the American Judicature Society.

 

 


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.


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 a Distinguished Lecturer at CUNY Law School, where he teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Constitutional Torts, and Electronic Discovery.  Previously, he was a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York from 1985 to 2017 and served as Chief Magistrate Judge from 1998 to 2000.  Judge Francis graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1974, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He received 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 in the same year.  Following graduation from law school, Judge Francis 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 until his appointment to the bench.  From 2003 until 2017, Judge Francis was an Adjunct Professor at the Fordham University School of Law.    He has served on the Legal Assistance, Federal Courts, Disability Rights, and Professional Responsibility Committees of the New York City Bar Association and the Federal Judiciary Committee of the New York State Bar Association.  Judge Francis lectures frequently on electronic discovery, employment litigation, constitutional torts, legal ethics, and pretrial practice.  


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.


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).


Steven C. Bennett is a partner at Scarola Zubatov Schaffzin PLLC in New York City, where he practices commercial litigation and arbitration.  Steve is former Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association E-Discovery Committee.  He co-founded the Sedona Conference Working Group on International Discovery.  He has taught E-Discovery Law at: Hofstra Law School, New York Law School and Rutgers Law School.  Steve is on the Commercial Arbitration and Mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association.  B.A., Macalester College; J.D., New York University School of Law.


Thomas Y. Allman is a retired General Counsel who currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law.    Prior to retirement from BASF Corporation, he was an early advocate of what became current Rule 37(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.   He is Chair Emeritus of Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Production and Retention (“WG 1”) and the Lawyers for Civil Justice E-Discovery Committee and has published and spoken widely on the topic of e-discovery, corporate compliance and state e-discovery rulemaking.    


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.


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.