Gail Gottehrer is the Founder of the Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC. Her practice focuses on emerging technologies, including autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and biometrics, and the privacy laws, cybersecurity requirements and ethical issues associated with the data these technologies collect and use. 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 has taught Law for Knowledge Innovation at Columbia University, and is a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School. She has given technology-related presentations for judges through the National Judicial College and the New York State Judicial Institute, and recently gave a talk on Emerging Technologies and Evolving Legal Issues: Biometrics, Facial Recognition Technology, Drones and Autonomous Vehicles at Syracuse University Law School.
Gail Co-Chairs the New York State Bar Association’s Technology and the Legal Profession Committee, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Transportation Law Committee. She Chairs the American Bar Association’s TIPS Automobile Litigation Committee, and Co-Chairs the National Association of Women Lawyers’ IP & Technology Affinity Group. She is a Member of the IEEE P7014™ Working Group that is developing a Standard for Ethical Considerations in Emulated Empathy in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and the State of Connecticut’s Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles. Gail Co-Chaired the Regulatory, Safety, Law and Policy Subcommittee of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles and the Law.
An internationally recognized thought leader, Gail served as a peer reviewer for Interpol’s Framework for Responding to a Drone Incident and presented a session on data privacy and security at Interpol’s Car Cyber Threats Expert Group Meeting in London in September 2019. A member of the Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy’s AI4People 2020 Automotive Committee, she co-authored a paper entitled AI4People: Ethical Guidelines for the Automotive Sector – Fundamental Requirements and Practical Recommendationsthat was published in the International Journal of Technoethics (Volume 12, Issue 1, January-June 2021). She is also a member of the ITU’s Focus Group on AI for Autonomous and Assisted Driving.
Gail’s other recent publications in the autonomous vehicles space include an article published by Bloomberg titled, Mobilizing “Digital First Responders”: Level 4 Autonomous Vehicles, and two articles published by the American Bar Association titled, Can States Steer Clear of Liability for Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicle Technology?, and The Intersection of the Fourth Amendment and Level 5 Vehicle Autonomy.
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.
The Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York from 1995 until her retirement in September, 2020. She sat in the Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse in White Plains. From 2006-2008 she served as the Chief Magistrate Judge for the SDNY.
Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Smith was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (1987-1995). Before becoming an AUSA she served as a Kings County (NY) Assistant District Attorney from 1980-1985, rising to Supervising Senior ADA in the Appeals Bureau, following service in several other bureaus. From 1985-1986 Judge Smith was an Assistant Attorney General in the Appeals and Opinions Division of the New York State Department of Law, located in Albany. She represented the State of New York on appeals in state and federal courts throughout New York, and she co-authored an amicuscuriae brief on behalf of the National Association of State Attorneys General filed in the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1986 Judge Smith re-joined the Kings County District Attorney’s Office as a Supervising Senior ADA. She remained there until 1987, when she became an AUSA for the Southern District of New York.
Judge Smith has served the Westchester Women's Bar Association (WWBA) for many years, as co-chair of the Outreach Committee, a Local Elected Director, a Vice-President, President-Elect, and most recently as President during the 2020-2021 year. WWBA held 50 substantive programs during Judge Smith's year as President, notwithstanding the pandemic. Essentially all of the programs were presented remotely.
She is also active in the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Bar Association, for which she has served as a Circuit Vice President, and JALBCA. In 2014 Judge Smith was honored to receive the Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award from the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York; in 2018 Judge Smith was also honored to receive the Kay Crawford Murray Award from the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Women in the Law. Judge Smith was nominated for both awards by the WWBA.
Judge Smith has been an Adjunct Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (formerly Pace Law School) since 2006, where she has taught Evidence and Federal Courts, and co-teaches Civil Procedure with Professor Michael B. Mushlin. Judge Smith frequently lectures at CLE and Bar Association programs, with a particular focus on e-discovery and evidence. She is a regular participant in events which educate children about the courts, including Take Your Children To Work Day, an annual program of the WWBA, as well as visits to the Courthouse by school and scout groups, and she advises the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial Team.
Judge Smith earned her BA degree, with honors in political science, from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 1977, and her JD degree from Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina in 1980, where she was a member of the Moot Court Board. She is a member of the Boards of Editors of the Federal Courts Law Review, an on-line and print journal of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, and of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly.
Judge Smith published an article, co-authored with Professor Mushlin, entitled "The Professor and the Judge: Introducing First-Year Students to the Law in Context." The article appears in the Journal of Legal Education, Volume 63, number 3 (February 2014). Judge Smith also wrote an article entitled "Top Ten Things You Probably Never Knew About Magistrate Judges," published in The Federal Lawyer in May, 2014. She has also contributed numerous articles to the Federal Bar Council Quarterly.