Keeping Up: Recent & Anticipated Legal Developments in the eDiscovery World

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This is a complimentary program sponsored by Nuix.


Game-changing eDiscovery advancements may not be coming every day anymore, but the risks, rules, and expectations of the field have all increased as eDiscovery has become a standard practice. It is critical that buyers of these platforms, and attorneys making use of them, understand the rules as well as stay abreast of new advancements.

Join us for this complimentary 60-minute program to discuss recent and anticipated legal changes to the eDiscovery process. Our panelists will also discuss where the eDiscovery industry is going and where technology stands in light of the discussed legal changes.

Educational Objectives:
• Gain an understanding of the recent changes to the eDiscovery process
• Learn of potential developments and how to manage them
• Obtain practical advice for ensuring that their eDiscovery process is up-to-date

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
In-house and general counsel, particularly those who manage litigation; litigation support staff; partners and attorneys focused on litigation and eDiscovery.


Hon. Frank Maas, United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York

Honorable Frank Maas was sworn into office on June 1, 1999.  Formerly, he litigated with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and was later appointed an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he served in the Criminal Division until 1986.  From 1986 to 1995, Judge Maas was an associate and then a partner in the New York City office of Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber, a Buffalo-based law firm.  In 1995 Judge Maas was appointed Deputy Commissioner, and in 1996, First Deputy Commissioner, of the New York City Department of Investigation, while also serving as Deputy Commissioner and Special Counsel of the New York City Department of Business Services.  As First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Investigation, Judge Maas was responsible for the day-to-day operations of an internal affairs agency with nearly 400 employees, including attorneys, police officers, and investigators.

Judge Maas earned a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics, and a B.A. from Harpur College of the State University of New York at Binghamton.  From 1976 to 1978, Judge Maas served as a law clerk to the late Henry F. Werker, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Jeffrey C. Sharer, Partner, Co-Chair, Data Law Practice, Akerman LLP

Mr. Jeffrey Sharer is co-chair of Akerman’s Data Law Practice.  He concentrates his practice in the increasingly business-critical area of information law.  His practice encompasses information governance, electronic discovery, and privacy and data protection.  Mr. Sharer advises and advocates for clients at all stages of the discovery lifecycle, from preservation through production, in litigation and regulatory matters, and internal and governmental investigations.  He has significant experience with design, implementation, negotiation, and litigation of eDiscovery best practices.  He is at the forefront of using predictive coding and other analytic technologies in discovery to help clients save time and costs, and improve defensibility of process.

Mr. Sharer also helps clients mitigate risk, reduce cost, and create business value outside the dispute context through sound, end-to-end governance of enterprise data.  His deep understanding of both law and technology helps clients proactively meet the legal, compliance, and other challenges associated with the “digital deluge.”  Mr. Sharer advises clients on the development and implementation of records retention policies and schedules, litigation preparedness and discovery strategy, defensible disposition of email and other electronic and hard copy information, and “e-policies” such as “bring your own device,” social media, information classification, and data privacy.  He represents clients across a broad range of industries, including insurance, telecommunications, retail, financial services, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, consumer products, professional services, and energy.

Mr. Sharer is admitted to practice in Illinois.  He earned his J.D. with High Honors from the University of Chicago Law School and his A.B. with High Distinction from the University of Michigan.

Roxanna Friedrich, Director of Client Services, Nuix

Ms. Roxanna Friedrich has over twenty years of legal, management and consulting experience.  At Nuix, Ms. Friedrich is responsible for supporting and managing sales and post-sales engagements across the Nuix portfolio of deployments.

Prior to joining Nuix, Ms. Friedrich served as the Managing Director of Client Advisory Services for Merrill Corporation, where she advised clients on best practices and strategies for managing complex discovery issues in large litigations.  She has consulted with corporations and law firms on developing Preservation and Data Acquisition Plans, Discovery Response Plans, and discovery workflow, while defining and deploying cost-effective solutions. 

James Arnold, Managing Director, U.S. Forensic Technology Services, KPMG

Mr. Jim Arnold is a managing director in the St. Louis, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois offices of KMPG’s U.S. Forensic Technology Services (FTS) practice.  His legal and business skills bring effective results in matters relating to Digital Evidence Recovery, Defensible Deletion and eDiscovery.  Specifically, Mr. Arnold helps clients identify and respond to investigations and litigation and proactively develop Defensible Deletion programs.

Mr. Arnold has over 25 years of practical business and legal experience, including over 15 years of private practice, in-house legal, and forensic consulting experience.  His industry experience includes manufacturing, financial services, power & utilities, real estate management, and consumer products.  Mr. Arnold has in-depth experience providing and/or supporting the following: reactive assistance in complying with court and agency issued investigation, document preservation, and discovery orders; project management of investigation, computer forensic, Defensible Deletion, and eDiscovery matters; proactive assessment, design, and implementation of Defensible Deletion programs and control; proactive assessment, design, and implementation of Litigation Hold and Discovery Production programs and controls; strategically identifying, gathering, and analyzing relevant facts, including conducting focused interviews; and assess effectiveness of existing systems and conduct gap analyses.