Ronald 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”).
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Activities and Affiliations
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
Life Sciences and Health Care
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Privacy and Cybersecurity
Georgetown University Law Center, 1977, JD
Admissions and qualifications
District of Columbia
“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
David C. Shonka is the Acting General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission. He has served in that position twice previously (January - June 2009 and October 2012 – June 2013). The FTC’s General Counsel is the agency’s chief law officer and adviser. In that role, Mr. Shonka provides legal services to the Commission and its staff, represents the Commission in Federal and State courts, and advises the Commission and other agency officials and staff on questions of law and policy. This includes providing advice with respect to legislative matters, ethics, and energy policy. He is also responsible for the agency’s responses to intra- and intra-governmental, and international access requests and he oversees the agency’s FOIA program. Mr. Shonka is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, where he serves on the ACUS Committee on Judicial Review and the Council of Independent Regulatory Agencies; and he is an active member of the Sedona Conference, where he has served on the Steering Committee for Working Group 1 (e-discovery and electronic records), and participates in projects for Working Groups 6 (cross-border transfers of data) and 11 (privacy). In 2015, Mr. Shonka was awarded the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, which is one of the highest honors available to members of the Senior Executive Service.
He has been the agency’s Principal Deputy General Counsel since 2008; and has previously served as the agency’s Assistant General Counsel for Litigation. Before joining the FTC, Mr. Shonka was an associate in a Washington D.C. law firm and a litigator in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. During his FTC career, Mr. Shonka has advised the Commission on the full range of issues with which it deals, litigated competition and consumer protection cases in the federal district courts; tried cases in administrative proceedings, and represented the Commission in numerous appellate cases.
Mr. Shonka frequently speaks on consumer finance, competition, privacy, data security, and cross-border discovery and e-discovery topics at conferences both in the United States and abroad. He has also served as an instructor in various trial advocacy courses, and represented the Commission in several technical assistance missions abroad. He received his JD from the University of Maine School of Law in 1972; and his B.A. from the University of Nebraska, where he majored in English and economics.
Hon. Jed S. Rakoff
Senior United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Entered on duty, March 1, 1996. Born August 1, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA. B.A., Swarthmore College, 1964. M.Phil., Oxford Univ.,1966. J.D., Harvard Law School, 1969. LL.D. (Hon.), Swarthmore College, 2003. LL.D. (Hon.), St. Francis University, 2005.
Law Clerk to Hon. Abraham L. Freedman, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 1969-70.
Associate, Debevoise, Plimpton, et al., 1970-72. Asst. U.S. Attorney, S.D.N.Y. 1973-80 (Chief, Business & Securities Fraud Prosecutions, 1978-80). Litigation Partner, Mudge, Rose, et al., 1980-90; Litigation Partner, Fried, Frank, et al., 1990-96.
Co-author of five books; author of over 150 published articles, over 600 speeches, and over 1500 judicial opinions. Co-editor, Sand, et al., Modern Federal Jury Instructions. Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, 1988-present, teaching courses on white collar crime, class actions, interplay of civil and criminal litigation, and science and the courts.
Commissioner, National Commission on Forensic Science, 2014-present. Co-chair, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Scientific Approaches to Eyewitness Identification, 2013-present. Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013-present. Member, American Law Institute, 2011-present. Executive Committee, New York City Bar Assn., 2013-present (Chair, Honors Comm., 2006-09; Chair, Criminal Law Comm., 1986-89). Trustee, William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, 2009-present.
Board of Managers, Swarthmore College, 2004-2008. Governance Board, MacArthur Foundation Initiative on Law and Neuroscience, 2007-2010. Chair, Criminal Justice Advisory Board, SDNY, 1998-2011. Member, Committee on the Development of the Third Edition of the [Federal Judges’] Manual on Scientific Evidence, 2009=2011. Member, National Research Council Committee on Review of the Scientific Approaches Used During the FBI’s Investigation of the 2001 Anthrax Letters, 2009-2011.
Chair, SDNY Grievance Committee 2001-2012. Chair, Second Circuit Bankruptcy Committee, 2003-2011. Fellow (now Judicial Fellow), American College of Trial Lawyers, 1987-present (Chair, Downstate New York Chapter, 1993-94). Fellow (now Judicial Fellow), American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 1995-present.
Ignatius Grande is Senior Discovery Attorney at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. In his role at Hughes Hubbard, Mr. Grande advises case teams and clients on how to best leverage the latest technologies and e-discovery practices to efficiently guide matters from initial document preservation and collection through to review and production. By putting strategic processes in place, he helps clients manage their e-discovery obligations in the most efficient and cost effective manner. Mr. Grande also advises clients on the management of their social media presence and in the preservation and collection of social media information. Mr. Grande has represented companies in all areas of electronic discovery and information management, including advising clients on document retention policies, methods of collection, and representing clients at 26(f) conferences and in e-discovery court hearings.
Mr. Grande graduated from Yale College in 1996 and Georgetown University Law Center in 1999. He previously served as in-house counsel for a commodities company and as an e-discovery consultant for a national e-discovery vendor. Mr. Grande also worked for several years with another major international law firm. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable James M. Munley of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Grande is a frequent writer and speaker on topics relating to e-discovery and social media. He is an adjunct professor at St. John’s Law School, where he teaches a course on e-discovery. He serves as co-chair of the Social Media Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section and serves on the Executive Committee of NYSBA’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section. He also is a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production and a member of the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association Compliance & Legal Society.
Jeane A. Thomas is chair of the firm's E-Discovery & Information Management Group and a partner in Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group.
In her role with the E-Discovery practice, Ms. Thomas has managed many types of E-Discovery matters in both government investigations and civil litigation. She regularly counsels clients on Information Governance, including the development and application of effective information management policies, legal hold practices, and E-Discovery response plans. Ms. Thomas is a participating member of The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production and Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure. She is also a member of the Advisory Board and Faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Institute for E-Discovery. She regularly speaks and writes on U.S. and transnational E-Discovery issues, and is a certified Information Privacy Professional, with a focus on European regulation (CIPP/E).
Ms. Thomas is engaged in all types of antitrust representations, including mergers and joint ventures, class and other civil litigation, and civil and criminal government investigations. She also counsels clients on a broad range of antitrust issues, including intellectual property and licensing issues, trade association law, the Hart Scott Rodino Act, and pricing and distribution issues. She has focused extensively on the agricultural, telecommunications, technology, chemicals and healthcare/pharmaceuticals industries.
Currently, Ms. Thomas is involved in counseling clients on a broad range of merger control and joint venture issues. These representations include major transactions in the agricultural, biotechnology, telecommunications and chemicals, industries. She recently advised DuPont in the proposed acquisition of Pannar Seed by Pioneer in South Africa, which was ultimately approved by South Africa's Competition Appeal Court and the Supreme Court of South Africa.She played a principal role in Cingular Wireless' acquisition of AT&T Wireless, SBC's acquisition of AT&T, and AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth.
Throughout her career, Ms. Thomas has always maintained an active docket of pro bonorepresentations. In the past, she has litigated post-conviction death penalty cases in Texas and Virginia in state and federal courts, and she currently represents individuals in post-conviction proceedings in Mississippi and Florida.
Ms. Thomas has been recognized by clients and peers as a top lawyer in Chambers USA in Antitrust, and in Chambers USA and Chambers Global in E-Discovery.
Manfred J. Gabriel is a Principal in KPMG’s Forensic Technology Services practice, where he focuses on electronic discovery. He provides clients with a wide range of services from enterprise-level e-discovery management to delivery on large, complex e-discovery projects. Manfred has many years of experience advising leading companies on various key areas including:
As a former practicing antitrust attorney, Manfred has successfully assisted clients respond to large, fast-paced regulatory requests, such as Second Requests in merger investigations and CIDs. He has worked with Fortune 1000 companies in several industries, including high tech, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and financial services.
Function and specialization
Member of the Forensic Advisory practice and specializes in forensic technology and electronic discovery.
Education, licenses & certifications
Valerie A. Szczepanik is an Assistant Director in the Asset Management Unit of the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Prior to that, she was a Senior Trial Counsel at the SEC, responsible for litigating civil court actions and administrative proceedings, including the Galleon and certain expert network insider trading cases. She also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Szczepanik clerked for federal judges on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to clerking, she practiced patent law. Ms. Szczepanik received her JD from Georgetown University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Christine Ryall is a Chief Trial Attorney for the Division of Enforcement of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, DC. Since joining the CFTC in March 2000, Ms. Ryall has conducted and supervised investigations of potential violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission Regulations, including those involving fraud, price manipulation, and illegal trade practices in the retail, physical, futures, and swaps markets, and represents the CFTC in enforcement actions in federal district courts throughout the United States. Prior to joining the CFTC, Ms. Ryall served as Senior Counsel for the Florida Real Estate Commission in Orlando, Florida, where she represented the FREC in evidentiary hearings before ALJs and appellate proceedings before Florida District Courts of Appeal. Ms. Ryall also served as an Assistant Public Defender for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida in Tallahassee, Florida, where she was lead counsel in numerous jury trials, bench trials, hearings, and appeals in juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor, and felony cases. Ms. Ryall holds a JD from the University of Florida and an MBA from Clemson University.
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.
Ms. Morris serves as Deputy Enforcement Director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She is responsible for overseeing a team of attorneys handling exam support, investigations, and litigation. Prior to joining the Bureau, she served as Counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics, where she led high-profile congressional investigations and disciplinary proceedings. She previously spent several years at the Tax Division of the Department of Justice, where she worked primarily on civil tax and bankruptcy cases, including complex tax shelter litigation and Chapter 11 reorganizations. She also served as a judicial law clerk following her graduation from Notre Dame Law School.