Here we recognise 68 e-discovery lawyers who rank highly for their leading expertise in the collection, management, preservation and destruction of documents, and cross-border data transfer proceedings.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Gareth Evans is a “smart and talented” practitioners note market commentators who single him out as one of the US’s leading e-discovery experts.
Christopher King is a “very competent and hard-working” e-discovery lawyer, recognised for his profound understanding of securities and shareholder litigation along with cross-border data transfer proceedings.
Jonathan Redgrave is a well-established figure in the US market, sought out for his impressive experience in complex litigation in both state and federal courts.
Nan Nolan ranks highly among peers who consider her a go-to name in the US market for complex litigation and electronic discovery proceedings.
The “impressive” Lauren Schwartzreich is highly recommended by respondents who praise her in-depth knowledge of all aspects of electronic discovery, including initial preservation obligations.
Peers praise Paul Weiner as someone who “stands out above the rest” thanks to his “encyclopaedic knowledge of law of e-discovery”.
Denise Backhouse draws high praise from market commentators who state she is she “highly knowledgeable” on information governance and electronic discovery matters.
Other leading individuals
Maura Grossman at University of Waterloo is “probably the leading name in e-discovery” applaud sources, adding she is a “future-thinker, bringing innovative thinking to the practice”.
McCarthy Tétrault’s Susan Wortzman stands out as “one of the most experienced and knowledgeable practitioners in the country” when it comes to e-discovery, information governance and digital information management.
David Outerbridge at Torys is distinguished among peers as “one of the most qualified and recognised e-discovery lawyers in Canada” and an “a pioneer in the field”.
At Blake Cassels & Graydon, Anne Glover is a “knowledgeable practitioner” who excels when it comes to document preservation, the management and defensible destruction of documents.
Crystal O’Donnell at Heuristica Discovery Counsel is warmly endorsed by peers who commend her “innovative and entrepreneurial” style when advising clients on the software aspects of e-discovery.
DMG Advocates’ Kathryn Manning impresses peers with her counsel to clients on information management, discovery planning and e-discovery principles.
Martin Tully at Actuate Law is “very knowledgeable”, remark peers who compliment his “excellent judgement” and work on electronic discovery, information governance and data security.
Tadler Law’s Ariana Tadler is recognised as a leading e-discovery specialist in the US market by peers who consider her to “stand out above the rest”.
At Ropes & Gray, Shannon Capone Kirk draws praise from market commentators as “great and highly thought of” for her deep understanding of e-discovery matters.
David Kessler at Norton Rose Fulbright is a “smart and talented” lawyer who focuses his practice on global discovery across multiple industries such as technology, pharmaceuticals and finance.
Andrea D’Ambra is held in high esteem by sources who consider her “knowledgeable” and capable of “articulating well the basis of her approach” in e-discovery proceedings.
Patrick Oot at Shook Hardy & Bacon is a “prominent” practitioner, highly sought after for his experience handling complex issues involving technology and electronically stored information in state, federal district court and multidistrict litigation.
At Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, Kelly Warner is “very well-known in e-discovery” according to respondents and excels when it comes to e-discovery and information risk in litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Crowell & Moring’s Jeane Thomas is a “excellent” and “effective” e-discovery lawyer who is held in high regard by peers who say she is “highly knowledgeable” on key issues.
Jason Baron at Faegre Drinker is hailed as a “visionary thinker” and “stands out” in the US market when it comes to advising clients on electronic document preservation.
Robert Owen at Eversheds Sutherland is a recognised authority in e-discovery, where he enjoys a strong reputation as a go-to name for managing the costs and risks of e-discovery.
At Jackson Lewis, Ralph Losey is “very bright guy and highly capable practitioner” in the e-discovery space, where peers note his expertise on predicative coding and document review.
Wendy Butler Curtis at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe ranks highly among peers thanks to her adept handling of complex e-discovery and information management matters.