“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
Ashish Prasad is the Founder and CEO of Discovery Services LLC, a document review and electronic discovery company headquartered in Chicago and with capabilities throughout the United States.
Ashish is widely regarded as among the leading experts on discovery in the United States. He has served, among other things, as Litigation Partner, Founder and Chair of the Mayer Brown LLP Electronic Discovery and Records Management Practice, Executive Editor of The Sedona Principles: Best Practices Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production (2004), Co-Editor in Chief of the Practicing Law Institute treatise Electronic Discovery Deskbook: Law and Practice (2009), and Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University Law School.
In addition to having extensive experience in managing all aspects of discovery in litigation and investigations, and developing policies and procedures for electronic discovery, records management and legacy data management for corporations and law firms, Ashish has defended discovery compliance procedures before numerous courts and regulators. Over the past decade, Ashish has authored over two dozen articles, and given over 100 legal education seminars, on topics of electronic discovery before judges, practicing lawyers and industry groups in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Ashish is active in a wide variety of charitable organizations related to children’s health and education, including serving as a Board Member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago, and Pratham USA. Ashish graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Member of the Law Review, and the University of Michigan Honors College, where he graduated with High Honors and High Distinction. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three children.
Brian Rocca is co-managing partner of Bingham McCutchen’s San Francisco office. He focuses his practice on antitrust and complex commercial litigation matters. Brian is recognized by Chambers USA and is noted for “quickly gaining a reputation as one to watch in the coming years across the antitrust and complex commercial litigation space.” He is also recognized by Super Lawyers magazine from 2009 to 2014 as a “Rising Star” in the antitrust area. In addition to his core antitrust and litigation work, Brian serves as the co-chair of Bingham’s eDiscovery practice.
In the antitrust field, Brian has worked on high-stakes litigation in both civil and criminal contexts, and in a wide range of industries, including microprocessors, networking equipment, electronic memory, mobile and wireless technology, freight forwarding, copier and printer sales and services, and medical products and staffing. Brian regularly advises clients in connection with governmental antitrust investigations and also provides counseling to a prominent trade association relating to alcohol distribution issues.
Brian has litigated numerous complex civil and appellate litigation matters, including class actions, breach of contract, fraud and other competition matters. Brian also handles a wide array of matters for beverage distributors related to brand rights, supplier disputes and regulatory compliance.
Brian has significant trial experience — he served as an assistant district attorney in the Trial Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in 2007-08 and as lead counsel in a federal civil rights trial in 2005. He also advises clients on cutting-edge electronic discovery and document retention issues, and has litigated several high-profile electronic discovery disputes.
RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Dave Waxse is a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court in Kansas City, Kansas having been appointed in 1999 and reappointed in 2007. Judge Waxse received his B.A. degree from the University of Kansas in 1967 and his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1970.
He is a Past-President of the Kansas Bar Association and as a KBA delegate to the ABA House of Delegates was a member of the Board of Governors of the KBA from 1988 -2008. He is a member of the Earl E. O’Connor Inn of Court and is a Past-President of the Inn. He is also a member of the American Bar Association (Judicial Division), Johnson County Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Wyandotte County Bar Association and Federal Magistrate Judge’s Association. Judge Waxse is past Chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges of the Judicial Division of the ABA and a member of the ethics committee of the Judicial Division. He is currently the Chair of the Judicial Division of the ABA. He is also a fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.
He is also an Observer to The Sedona Conference Working Groups on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1) and International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure (WG6). He has been a lecturer in law at the University of Kansas School of Law and has made presentations on electronic discovery and other topics in programs presented by the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Defense Research Institute, the Federal Judicial Center, the Practising Law Institute, the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Washburn Law School, Georgetown Law School, and various other organizations. His is the author of "Do I Really Have To Do That? Rule 26(a)(1) Disclosures and Electronic Information‚"10 Rich .J.L. & Tech. 50 (2004)‚ “Cooperation--What is it and Why Do It? 18 Rich. J.L. & Tech. 8 (2012), “Experts on Computer-Assisted-Review: Why Federal Rule of Evidence 702 Should Apply to Their Use” 52 Washburn L.J. 207 (2013), “Advancing The Goals of a ‘Just, Speedy and Inexpensive’ Determination of Every Action: The Recent Changes to The District of Kansas Guidelines for Cases Involving Electronically Stored Information,” 26 Regent U. L. Rev. 111 (2013), “Clawback Orders” American Journal of Trial Advocacy, 37 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 567 ( 2014)
In addition, prior to becoming a judge he was a member of the national boards of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the American Judicature Society. He is currently a member of the Judicial Conduct Advisory Committee of AJS and a member of the board of directors of the Kansas Humanities Council.
David Lender is a partner and commercial litigator in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and co-chair of Weil’s global, 400-lawyer Litigation Department. Over the past several years, he has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict, including a $170 million jury verdict for GE in a patent infringement case against Mitsubishi, a complete defense jury verdict for ESPN in a $231 million lawsuit brought by Modi Entertainment Network and a $416.88 million plaintiff jury verdict for ExxonMobil against Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).
Mr. Lender is a nationally recognized expert in electronic discovery. He is the co-author of a book on the subject entitled Electronic Discovery: Law and Practice (Aspen Publishing, 2013), which has been cited in numerous landmark electronic discovery cases by federal courts; author of the book Privilege Issues In The Age of Electronic Discovery (BNA, 2013); and is a frequent lecturer and author on the subject. He is also the head of his firm’s E-discovery Task Force.
Mr. Lender is a member of the Executive Committee for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. He received his J.D. degree with High Honors, Order of the Coif, from the Duke University School of Law in 1993, and his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Duke University in 1990.
Jeffrey Fowler is a partner in the Litigation Department of O’Melveny & Myers and a founder of the Firm’s Electronic Discovery and Document Retention Practice. Having handled his first eDiscovery assignment in 1998, Jeff is recognized as one of the country’s longest-serving eDiscovery litigators. Jeff is also one of the few whose practice is entirely dedicated to resolving and litigating eDiscovery issues.
Jeff serves as eDiscovery counsel for a broad spectrum of clients, including Fortune 500 companies in the food, healthcare, and financial industries, and appears as the lead lawyer responsible for eDiscovery issues in complex litigations, including many not otherwise handled by his firm. Jeff successfully limits the scope and cost of discovery by negotiating favorable document preservation and production agreements while also managing defensible and cost-efficient data collection and review processes. Jeff routinely appears before judges and magistrates to litigate cutting-edge eDiscovery issues, and has litigated both sides of evidence spoliation claims.
Jeff is a regular speaker and panelist on eDiscovery issues, including at PLI, and is the coauthor of the practice guide Preserving Electronic Information: A Practical Approach, BNA Books (2009).
Maura R. Grossman is Of Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Ms. Grossman has represented Fortune 100 companies and major financial services institutions in corporate and securities litigation, including civil actions and white collar criminal and regulatory investigations. Her practice presently focuses on advising lawyers and clients on legal, technical, and strategic issues involving electronic discovery and information management, both domestically and abroad.
Ms. Grossman was appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau to serve as co-chair of the E-Discovery Working Group advising the New York State Unified Court System, and by District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin to serve as a member of the Attorney Advisory Group to the Judicial Improvements Committee of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Grossman is involved in various initiatives to provide training on e-discovery to federal and state court judges, and has served as a court-appointed e discovery expert and mediator. Ms. Grossman also is a member of the Steering Committee of The Sedona Conference® Working Group 1 on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention and Production, and a member of Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery, and Disclosure. In 2010 and 2012, she served as a coordinator of the Legal Track of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Text Retrieval Conference (“TREC”), a joint government/industry/academic research project studying the application of automated information retrieval technologies to e-discovery. Ms. Grossman is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches courses on e discovery. She previously taught at Rutgers Law School–Newark and Pace Law School.
Ms. Grossman speaks and writes frequently on e-discovery and legal ethics. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Bloomberg BNA’s Digital Discovery & e-Evidence Report, as well as the Georgetown University Law Center’s Advanced E-Discovery Institute. She was co chair of the 2013 Institute and is on the faculty of the Law Center's week-long E-Discovery Training Academy.
Ms. Grossman graduated with an A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown University. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. 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, Ms. Grossman served as Executive Notes and Comments Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.
Ms. Grossman is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and has served on its Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics; a member of the New York State Bar Association, where she serves on the E-Discovery Committee; and also a member of the American Bar Association.
Stan Gibson is an experienced trial lawyer, who has focused on high-stakes cases involving complicated technology and bet-the-company cases in the entertainment industry. He is the Chairman of JMBM's Patent Litigation Group and the publisher of the Patent Lawyer Blog. The media frequently calls upon Stan to explain the significance of court decisions, and he has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Thompson Reuters, American Lawyer, National Law Journal, ABA Journal, Los Angeles Daily Journal and other publications.
Stan obtained a $16.7 million arbitration award after a six-month arbitration that involved the engineering and design of direct broadcast satellites and satellite launch vehicles.
Stan tried to a jury Intraspace v. Lockheed Martin/Loral in San Jose and obtained a $8.5 million verdict for our client. With an aptitude for technology and patents, Stan went on to handle complex cases involving technology in the fields of computerized telescopes, automotive design, Internet search engines, exercise equipment and medical devices, among others.
Stan was one of the principal trial lawyers in Medtronic v. Michelson, in which his client Dr. Gary Michelson won $570 million after a multi-month jury trial in Memphis, Tennessee. The case was resolved as part of a $1.35 billion dollar acquisition of the Michelson patent portfolio, which the Los Angeles Times reported as the largest acquisition of patents in history.
Tom Allman is a retired General Counsel who currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law. Prior to retirement from BASF Corporation, he was an early advocate of what became Rule 37(e) of the 2006 Amendments, a topic he continues to follow in its “second wave” of federal and state rulemaking. He is Chair Emeritus of Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Production and Retention (“WG 1”) and the Lawyers for Civil Justice E-Discovery Committee and publishes and speaks widely on the topic of e-discovery and corporate compliance.
As stated in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Paul "litigates cases involving hi-tech electronic, software and internet-related patents." Chambers USA added that he is “an expert in cybersecurity.” His clients include industry leaders in e-commerce, IT, financial services and telecom.
Paul, according to Chambers USA, is "a zealous advocate for his clients," "praised as a great negotiator” and “a strong strategist,” “renowned for his work in the technology arena" and "extraordinarily accessible." He is also listed as a notable lawyer in "SuperLawyers" and in IAM’s "World's Leading Patent Practitioners."
He regularly handles intellectual property litigation (including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases), as well as commercial litigation (including cybersecurity, licensing, outsourcing and indemnity cases).
He is currently or has recently been lead counsel in litigations pending in Federal District Courts in California, Delaware, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. He also counsels clients throughout the United States on a variety of technology law matters. Further biographical information about Paul can be found in Who’s Who in the World.
Gil Keteltas is a partner at Baker Hostetler in Washington, D.C., where he serves as Co-National Lead of the firm’s e-discovery practice. Gil acts as an e-discovery advocate in significant and complex litigation and advises global companies on the creation and deployment of discovery response programs. Gil is editor of, and a regular contributor to, Baker Hostetler’s Discovery Advocate blog. Gil is active in The Sedona Conference, serves on the Advisory Board of Georgetown Law’s Advanced E-Discovery Institute, Planning Committee and faculty and regularly teaches seminars on electronic discovery and electronic evidence. His publications include chapters in Electronic Evidence: Law and Practice (“Discovery of Electronic Evidence,” ABA Section of Litigation, 2d Ed. 2008), E-Discovery and Data Privacy: A Practical Guide (“U.S. E-Discovery,” Kluwer Law Int’l 2011) and Calculating and Proving Damages (“Damages and Discovery,” Law Jrnl. Press 2011). He received his degrees from Cornell and Georgetown University Law Center.
James C. Francis IV has been a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York since October 1985 and served as Chief Magistrate Judge from 1998 to 2000. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1974, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his juris doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 1978 and a masters degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the same year.
Following graduation from law school, Judge Francis clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He then joined the Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid Society where he conducted impact litigation in the areas of housing and education and served as director of the Disability Rights Unit. He continued in this capacity until his appointment to the bench.
Judge Francis is an Adjunct Professor at the Fordham University School of Law where he teaches Constitutional Torts. He also provides instruction in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School and in the ALI-ABA program on Civil Practice and Litigation. He lectures frequently on topics including legal ethics, employment discrimination, and electronic discovery. Judge Francis has served on the Legal Assistance, Federal Courts, Disability Rights, and Professional Responsibility Committees of the New York City Bar Association and the Federal Judiciary Committee of the New York State Bar Association.
Steven C. Bennett's practice at Park Jensen Bennett LLP (New York City) focuses on complex domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration, including bankruptcy, construction, corporate governance, data security, energy, privacy, real estate and other matters. Mr. Bennett gained extensive trial experience during six years at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief of the Tax and Bankruptcy Unit, and nearly twenty years as a partner in a major international law firm.