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Litigation 2016: E-discovery Analysis

Following the introduction of an e-discovery chapter to WWL: Litigation for the first time last year, we have built on the research to create an expanded list of the world’s leading e-discovery lawyers for this year's edition.

We single out over 50 leading practitioners who advise clients across the entire discovery and disclosure process. This may include creating appropriate tools and techniques to preserve and collect electronically stored data, providing processing and hosting services, and creating corporate e-discovery strategies. They will work closely with legal professionals to assist clients reduce time, expense and risks associated with the e-discovery process. 

From Shook Hardy & Bacon Patrick Oot is commended as “a big player in the market with considerable experience.” His practice includes working on both government investigations and civil litigation for clients. He is joined by the “knowledgeable” John Barkett in Miami who is described as an “absolute scholar” in e-discovery matters.

Redgrave boasts the “A-list” Jonathan Redgrave who has “bags of experience” and is described as a “grandee of the e-discovery market”. He has acted for a range of prominent clients, including Fortune 100 companies, on e-discovery strategy and also represents them in litigation matters. Kevin Brady is “really good and very knowledgeable” in the field. He has broad experience providing advice and counsel on e-discovery compliance as well as a host of other data privacy issues.

At DLA Piper Amor Esteban is a well-known name in the market, assisting US and international clients with a range of information and electronic data law work. The Toronto-based Kelly Friedman is an “innovative thinker and an industry leader”, who advises a range of industry bodies and committees on e-discovery issues, and also represents clients in complex litigation.

King & Spalding is home to the “fantastic” Ronni Solomon who is head of the firm’s e-discovery practice. She focuses her work on the management of major discovery matters. Dan Willoughby focuses his practice on discovery matters and is regarded as one of the most experienced practitioners in the area.

From Reed Smith the “technically proficient” David Cohen serves as special e-discovery counsel, representing companies in complex litigation and advising clients on strategy and data management issues. Anthony Diana is a “very knowledgeable guy” who has a reputation for being a leader in e-discovery and information governance. He counts pharmaceutical companies and financial institutions among his clients.

At Borden Ladner Gervais, clients describe Martin Felsky as a “definite player” in e-discovery matters. He has significant experience as an adviser to the courts in the area and has also assisted clients in commercial and class-action litigation. Alongside him Robert Deane is praised for his “practical advice” and “common-sense solutions” in relation to e-discovery issues.

Seyfarth Shaw is home to Patrick Burke who expertly counsels clients on an array of privacy matters, including e-discovery. Scott Carlson is highlighted by sources for his technical skills and experience. He concentrates his practice on litigating and advising on e-discovery and information governance matters.

Further standout individuals include Ariana Tadler from Milberg who impresses sources as “one of the best” and “a class act in plaintiff-side litigation.” She is regarded as a leading authority on e-discovery issues and regularly counsels clients as well as the courts on related matters.

John Rosenthal at Winston & Strawn acts as national e-discovery counsel for numerous major corporations and is widely regarded as for his “extensive knowledge base”.

From Norton Rose Fulbright David Kessler impresses commentators as a “well-respected grandee” who is “able to provide answers to hard technical questions”. His practice comprises representing companies in all areas of electronic discovery and advising clients on e-discovery portfolio management as well as data governance. 

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