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
Arbitration Communications Digital Media E-Discovery Energy Energy Litigation Environmental Litigation Health Care Information Governance Life Sciences Life Sciences and Health Care Litigation and Dispute Resolution Media Regulation Mediation Privacy and Cybersecurity Technology
Georgetown University Law Center, 1977, JD
Admissions and qualifications
District of Columbia New Jersey New York Texas
Currently General Counsel and Co-Founder of SafeGuardvPrivacy, a SaaS privacy compliance company, Previously, from 2012-2018, Managing Director UBS AG Senior legal officer accountable for the collection, transfer, processing, review and analysis of data for all significant Legal, Investigations, Privacy and Compliance matters for the bank globally, including eDiscovery, Information Governance, Data Privacy and Cyber Security. From 2007-2012 he was an Equity Partner and Group Head at Pillsbury Winthrop for the Information Law and Electronic Discovery Practice Group and co-Head Partner for the Privacy Law Practice Group. Each practice group was ranked by Chambers & Partners as among the world’s leading practices and he was singularly recognized by Chambers & Partners as one of the world’s best lawyers in each practice.
Honor and Awards: Chambers and Partners | Privacy & Data Security: eDiscovery—Global USA (First Tier); Chambers and Partners | Litigation: eDiscovery—National (First Tier); Boris Kostelanetz President's Medal, New York County Lawyers Association, for dedication and service to the legal profession; Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing, The Burton Foundation (Library of Congress); Steering Committee, Sedona Conference Working Group 6, International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure;
Faculty, Sedona Conference Working Group 11-Data Privacy and Security; Faculty, Sedona Conference Working Group 1—Electronic Document Retention and Production; Faculty, Sedona Conference Working Group 6—International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure; The Legal 500 | Technology: Data Protection and Privacy, US
Ken is the Deputy Executive Director of The Sedona Conference and its Corporate Secretary. Since 1989, he has published several widely-distributed papers on electronic discovery, hosted a popular website on electronic discovery and electronic records management issues, and given presentations at more than 300 conferences and workshops for legal, records management, and industry audiences. His most recent publications are Ephemeral Data and the Duty to Preserve Discoverable Electronically Stored Information in the University of Baltimore Law Review (2008); Living Daily with Weekley Homes in the Texas State Bar Advocate (Summer 2010); and Risk Aversion, Risk Management, and the Overpreservation Problem in Electronic Discovery in the South Carolina Law Review (2013). From 1999 through 2005, he was a Senior Education Attorney at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington D.C., where he developed Internet-based distance learning programs for the federal judiciary concentrating on issues of technology and the administration of justice. Ken also contributed to several well-known FJC publications, including the Manual for Complex Litigation, Fourth Edition (2004), Effective Use of Courtroom Technology (2001), and the Civil Litigation Management Manual (2001).