With rapid growth in corporate data, increasing regulations and an ever-tightening budget, corporate counsel face a tough balancing act. On the one hand, they must work closely with and support outside counsel. On the other hand, they must find new and better ways to manage the discovery process, both to reduce costs and minimize corporate risk.
Big Law Business, in partnership with Catalyst, is hosting an afternoon program which will bring together perspectives from leading corporate counsel and outside practitioners to examine their evolving relationship, with a special emphasis on how advanced litigation technology can help them meet the twin goals of efficiency and effectiveness, and ultimately do more with less.
Date & Time:
Thursday, July 21, 2016
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Reception to Follow
731 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY
3:00 pm Registration
3:30 pm Opening Remarks
Scott Mozarsky, President, Cross-Platform Businesses, Bloomberg BNA
John Tredennick, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst
3:40 pm Corporate Counsel Roundtable: Using Advanced Technology to Better Partner with Outside Counsel
Corporate counsel from leading companies will share their approaches to managing costs in complex cases. They will discuss initiatives within their own companies and outline their expectations for outside counsel, for both litigation and regulatory investigations. In particular, they will discuss how they and their outside counsel are using technology-assisted review, machine learning and other advanced technologies to make sense of large document populations and reduce review costs.
Ronald J. Hedges, Senior Counsel, Dentons
John M. Greifzu, Jr., Associate General Counsel, Frontier Communications
Pamela Labaj, Senior Legal Counsel, Panasonic Corporation of North America
Coleman T. Lechner, Senior Counsel – Litigation, Wyndham Worldwide
4:35 pm Litigation Technology: Meeting the Changing Landscape
Our panel of trial lawyers and law firm leaders will give their reactions to the Corporate Counsel Roundtable and discuss their views on the essential role advanced technology plays in managing complex litigation and regulatory investigations. Our speakers will focus on the latest analytical tools, how these technologies can be effective for traditional eDiscovery review as well as other aspects of the litigation process, and why they are critical for meeting ever-tighter budgets and deadlines.
Thomas C. Gricks III, Managing Director, Catalyst
Maura Grossman, Research Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Scott Reents, Senior Attorney, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Thomas Seymour, Senior Advisor, Redgrave LLP
5:30 pm Keynote Interview with Magistrate Judge Peck
Join us for this interview with Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck, who wrote the seminal opinion approving and endorsing TAR, to discuss his perspectives on how the recently amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will affect eDiscovery management, cooperation, proportionality, disclosures and the use of TAR to expedite document review.
Ronald J. Hedges, Senior Counsel, Dentons
The Honorable Andrew J. Peck, United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District Of New York, New York, NY
6:00 pm Reception - Meet the Speakers
7:00 pm Event Concludes
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John Greifzu is an Associate General Counsel at Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, and leader in providing communications services to urban, suburban, and rural customers in 29 states. At Frontier, John oversees corporate litigation matters, as well as the company’s compliance function. Prior to joining Frontier, John spent eight years as a litigator in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and most recently with Shearman & Sterling LLP. At those firms, John handled complex commercial disputes and global white collar criminal and regulatory enforcement investigations. Through those matters, John developed an expertise in e-discovery that he applies at Frontier. John received his JD from The Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was the class of 2007 valedictorian and elected Order of the Coif, and his BA from Tulane University.
Thomas Gricks is a Managing Director at Catalyst and a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has been an active general commercial litigator for the past 23 years. He has practiced before both federal and state courts across the United States, and is currently admitted to practice in Pennsylvania as well as a number of federal jurisdictions, including the United States Supreme Court. For the past several years, Mr. Gricks has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to e-discovery, with a particular emphasis on technology-assisted review. He argued the Global Aerospace case before the Circuit Court in Loudoun County, Virginia, which is the first case to permit the use of technology-assisted review over the objection of the opposing party. Thomas is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group One, and is a frequent speaker on e-discovery and technology-assisted review topics. He has presented at continuing legal education seminars across the country, including the Sedona Conference Institute and the Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute. He has also published a number of articles on e-discovery topics, including coauthoring The Implications of Rule 26(g) on the Use of Technology-Assisted Review, 7 FED. CTS. L. REV. 239 (2013).
Maura R. Grossman is a Research Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, as well as an eDiscovery attorney and consultant in New York City. Previously, Maura was of counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York, where for 17 years, she represented Fortune 100 companies and major financial services institutions in corporate and securities litigation and white-collar criminal and regulatory investigations, and advised the firm’s 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. Her scholarly work on technology-assisted review, 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. Maura has served as a court-appointed special master, neutral/mediator, and eDiscovery expert to the court in multiple high-profile federal cases, and has taught Electronic Discovery at Columbia Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center, Pace Law School, and Rutgers Law School–Newark. In addition to her J.D. from Georgetown, Maura also holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Psychological Studies at Adelphi University.
Ronald Hedges is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice 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”). Mr. 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 also 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.
Pamela Labaj was a Judicial Law Clerk for the New Jersey Superior Court immediately after law school. She then began a career as a trial attorney spending twelve years with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle, defending corporations in various types of litigation. Ms. Labaj went in-house with Fireman’s Fund insurance handling coverage litigation. Thereafter, she served as Assistant General Counsel in a start-up entity, Integro, and built a new US legal department for GEA, a German company. Most recently, Ms. Labaj joined Panasonic as the sole attorney for a US Panasonic sales affiliate, which then merged into Panasonic Corporation of North America, where she presently manages litigation, in addition to healthcare and product compliance. Ms. Labaj serves on both the litigation and healthcare leadership committees of the National Association of Corporate Counsel.
Coleman T. Lechner is Senior Counsel – Litigation for Wyndham Worldwide. He focuses primarily on defending the company and its business units against lawsuits, claims, disputes, and investigations, including general commercial, consumer class actions, regulatory, franchise, and tort matters. As part of his responsibilities, Coleman handles e-discovery issues including document hold notices, and the management, preservation, and review of electronically stored information. He currently serves as the Secretary and the Pro Bono Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Litigation Committee. Coleman has spoken on various litigation defense topics at CLE programming, seminars and events for the ACC, the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the International Franchise Association. Previously, he was a litigation attorney in New York City (Kelley Drye & Warren LLP) and Denver (Beatty & Wozniak, P.C.) where his practice centered on complex civil litigation, internal investigations, and criminal defense matters. Coleman received his BA from the University of Notre Dame (2002) and JD from the Notre Dame Law School (2005).
Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York on February 27, 1995, and served as Chief Magistrate Judge in 2004-2005. Judge Peck is co-chair of the S.D.N.Y.-E.D.N.Y. Local Rules Committee, and a member of the Second Circuit Federal-State Judicial Council. Judge Peck graduated with honors from Cornell University in 1974 and from Duke University School of Law in 1977, where he was an Editor of the Duke Law Journal. Judge Peck is a member of the Duke Law School Board of Visitors (2012 to Present). Judge Peck served as law clerk to Judge Paul Roney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh (then-Fifth) Circuit, during the 1977-1978 term. Judge Peck was a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1978-1995. Judge Peck is a frequent lecturer on issues relating to electronic discovery and is a member of the Sedona Conference and the Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board. Judge Peck also is a judicial observer to the Legal Tech Educational Advisory Board (2015 to present). He was awarded the Champion of Technology Award for 2011 by Law Technology News, the 2013 Judicial Leadership Award by the Electronic Discovery Institute ("EDI"), and honored by the American Lawyer as a Judicial EDiscovery Innovator (in Top 50 Innovators of the Last 50 Years). Judge Peck's key e-discovery opinions: Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., 14 Civ. 3042, 2015 WL 4367250 (S.D.N.Y. July 15, 2015) (appointing TAR Special Master); Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., 306 F.R.D. 125 (S.D.N.Y. 2015) (black letter law that producing party can use TAR); Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe, 287 F.R.D. 182 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (first judical decision approving use of predictive coding), aff'd, 2012 WL 1446534 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 26, 2012); William A. Gross Constr. Assocs., Inc. v. Am. Mfrs. Mut. Ins. Co., 256 F.R.D. 134 (S.D.N.Y. 2009) (keyword search); In re NTL, Inc. Sec. Litig., 244 F.R.D. 179 (S.D.N.Y. 2007) (spoliation & adverse inference instruction), aff'd, 2007 WL 1518632 (S.D.N.Y. May 17, 2007); Anti-Monopoly, Inc. v. Hasbro, Inc., 94 Civ. 2120, 1995 WL 649934 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 3, 1995). In his spare time, Judge Peck is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and other Sherlock Holmes societies. Judge Peck also has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Executive Vice President of the Mystery Writers of America, Inc. ("MWA"), which awards the Edgar® Award each year for the best works in the mystery field, and currently is a member of the MWA New York Chapter Board of Directors.
Scott Reents is a senior attorney based in the New York office. Mr. Reents specializes in e-discovery, litigating e-discovery issues and planning and supervising e-discovery for various litigation, arbitration, and enforcement matters. Mr. Reents has advised numerous Fortune 100 companies and major financial institutions clients on e-discovery issues in securities litigations, shareholder class actions, bankruptcy-related litigation, and other complex commercial disputes in various federal and state courts. He has worked extensively on e-discovery issues for internal investigations and regulatory enforcement matters, including matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Attorney General, and various foreign regulators. Mr. Reents was counsel to Vale in Rio Tinto v. Vale, in which he litigated a number of important issues related to the parties’ predictive coding protocol before Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck in the Southern District of New York. Among other discovery victories, Vale successfully sought an order appointing a special master to consider issues regarding the adequacy of Rio Tinto’s predictive coding process. While those issues were under consideration, Vale prevailed in the lawsuit on a motion to dismiss. He received a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. In 2008, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Reents is a member of the Bar in New York and is admitted to practice before the United Stated District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. His native language is English, and he speaks conversational German.
Thomas Seymour brings more than 14 years of experience to his role as a Senior Advisor at Redgrave LLP. He is a seasoned information governance professional and has extensive experience with eDiscovery project management, data collection, and computer forensics, working with both corporate and law firm clients on complex issues. Tom’s unique understanding of the significance technology plays in information governance and eDiscovery makes him an invaluable addition to cross-functional teams at Redgrave LLP. Tom holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. He is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and ARMA International. Prior to joining Redgrave LLP, Tom worked with UnitedLex Corporation as their Managing Director of eDiscovery Professional Services, Huron Consulting Group as an Associate and Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner LLP as an Analyst. He received a BA from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Management Information Systems (MMIS) from Friends University.
John Tredennick is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst. A nationally known trial lawyer and longtime litigation partner at Holland & Hart, John founded Catalyst in 2000 and is responsible for its overall direction, voice and vision. Well before founding Catalyst, John was a pioneer in the field of legal technology. He was editor-in-chief of the best-selling, multi-author, two-book series, Winning with Computers: Trial Practice in the Twenty-First Century (ABA Press 1990, 1991). At the same time, he wrote, How to Prepare for Take and Use a Deposition at Trial (James Publishing 1990), which he and his co-author continued to supplement for several years. He also wrote Lawyer’s Guide to Spreadsheets (Glasser Publishing 2000), and Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Excel 2007 (ABA Press 2009). John has been widely honored for his achievements. In 2013, he was named by The American Lawyer as one of the top six “E-Discovery Trailblazers” in their special issue on the “Top Fifty Big Law Innovators” in the past 50 years. In 2012, he was named to the FastCase 50, which recognizes the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders in the law. London’s CityTech magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Global Technology Leaders.” In 2009, he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology in the Rocky Mountain Region. Also in 2009, he was named the Top Technology Entrepreneur by the Colorado Software and Internet Association. John is the former chair of the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section. For many years, he was editor-in-chief of the ABA’s Law Practice Management magazine. For over two decades, John has written scores of articles on legal technology and spoken on legal technology to audiences on four of the five continents.
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