“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.
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
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 around the country, as well as in arbitration proceedings.
Mr. Lender’s multi-disciplinary practice encompasses matters involving RICO, patent, antitrust, consumer fraud, and contracts issues, among others, including in the class action context. He has tried numerous 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, Credit Suisse, ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, Nuance Communications, WL Ross, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and eBay.
Mr. Lender is a recognized expert, author and frequent lecturer on electronic discovery issues. He is the co-author of the leading treatise on the subject, entitled Electronic Discovery: Law and Practice, originally published by Aspen Publishers in 2003, author of Privilege Issues in the Age of Electronic Discovery, originally published by BNA in 2008, and head of the Firm’s E-Discovery Task Force.
He is regularly recognized as a preeminent trial lawyer and litigator by leading industry publications. In 2018, Chambers USA again recognized him as among the top commercial litigators in New York. Clients in Chambers highlight his “keen intellect” and ability to “think through the evidence and trial strategy with clarity and efficiency,” and remark that he “consistently delivers winning results at extremely efficient cost.” Mr. Lender also was recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, and in the 2018 edition of BTI Consulting’s law firm industry report as a Client Service All-Star. In 2017, Legal 500 again named him among the leading trial lawyers nationwide.
Mr. Lender is on the Executive Board of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and recently won a jury verdict in the Southern District of New York for a prisoner in a §1983 lawsuit.
Mr. Lender received his J.D. degree with High Honors, Order of the Coif from the 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.
James C. Francis IV is a Distinguished Lecturer at CUNY Law School. 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 where he taught Constitutional Torts. 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 J. Fowler, Chair of O’Melveny’s Electronic Discovery and Document Retention Practice, is a Chambers–ranked litigation partner specializing in the high-stakes intersection of e-discovery, information management, cybersecurity, and privacy law. In an age when a company’s obligation to hand over millions of sensitive emails and documents in discovery is arguably its most common data security breach, clients entrust Jeff to protect them from the real-world risks associated with this increasingly specialized and intrusive exercise. A seasoned general litigator, Jeff’s clients engage him to serve as coordinating discovery counsel in complex, multi-front litigations and government investigations. In this role, Jeff is the sole discovery spokesperson for his clients, communicating a consistent message across a portfolio of litigation matters, coordinating discovery strategy from one case to the next, and ensuring compliance with national and international privacy laws. He is one of the country’s few practitioners with deep, hands-on experience litigating evidence spoliation and other e-discovery issues of first impression. Clients not only enlist Jeff to handle cases from the start; they tap him to parachute into existing matters, relying on his expertise to defend sanctions motions, quell accusations of discovery abuse, and provide behind-the-scenes strategic advice.
Jeff is a regular speaker on e-discovery and information technology issues, and over the past decade has given more than 60 presentations at conferences sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, Stafford Teleconferences, and LegalTech New York and West Coast, among others. He is also the co-author of the BNA publication “Preserving Electronically Stored Information: A Practical Approach.”
In addition to founding the E-Discovery and Document Retention practice group, Jeff is an active member of the Products Liability, Healthcare, and Data Security and Privacy practice groups. All told, Jeff has lent his expertise to more than 300 litigation matters, including consumer class actions, antitrust lawsuits and investigations, products liability matters, qui tam actions arising from the False Claims Act, labor class actions, and investigations by the DOJ, SEC, and various other state, national, and international authorities.
Stan Gibson is an experienced trial lawyer, who has focused on high-stakes cases involving complicated technology and bet-the-company 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 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.
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.
As stated in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Paul "litigates cases involving hi-tech electronic, software and internet-related patents." Chambers USA added that he is “an expert in cybersecurity.” His clients include industry leaders in e-commerce, IT, financial services and telecom.
Paul, according to Chambers USA, is "a zealous advocate for his clients," "praised as a great negotiator” and “a strong strategist,” “renowned for his work in the technology arena" and "extraordinarily accessible." He is also listed as a notable lawyer in Super Lawyers and in IAM’s "World's Leading Patent Practitioners."
He regularly handles intellectual property litigation (including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases), as well as commercial litigation (including cybersecurity, licensing, outsourcing and indemnity cases).
He is currently or has recently been lead counsel in Federal District Court actions and arbitrations pending in California, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. He also counsels clients throughout the United States on a variety of technology law matters.
Further biographical information about Paul can be found in Who’s Who in the World.
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, agricultural cooperatives and farmers, and has served as trial counsel in jury and bench trials.
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 national ranked in e-discovery by Chambers USA, has authored of numerous publications concerning litigation and e-discovery; is active in The Sedona Conference; served on the Advisory Board, Planning Committee and faculty of Georgetown Law’s Advanced E-Discovery Institute; and regularly teaches seminars on electronic discovery and electronic evidence.
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.
Steven C. Bennett's practice at Park Jensen Bennett LLP (New York City) focuses on complex domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration, including bankruptcy, construction, corporate governance, data security, energy, privacy, real estate and other matters. Mr. Bennett gained extensive trial experience during six years at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief of the Tax and Bankruptcy Unit, and nearly twenty years as a partner in a major international law firm.