2012 Legal Tech EDI Dinner - The Social Side of E-Discovery

Patrick Burke

Yes, Legal Tech New York 2012 is all about innovation, expertise, and, at times, competition. But one of the nicest aspects of the e-discovery industry is that it has maintained a culture that encourages a sense of camaraderie and, frankly, a sense of humor. Case in point – the E-Discovery Institute’s (http://www.ediscoveryinstitute.org/) annual dinner at Legal Tech, held this year at Lidia Bastianich’s famed Becco on Restaurant Row in NYC. The event was kicked off by an in-person greeting from Lidia Bastianich herself – who declared “Tonight, no e-discovery!” Of course neither delicious food nor wine could keep this voluble group from talking a bunch of shop.

The E-Discovery Institute – brainchild of Patrick Oot and Anne Kershaw – is a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to identification of effective legal technologies and processes and teaching lawyers and judges about their use. No wonder so many judges were among the revelers: US Magistrate Judges Andrew Peck, David Waxse, Frank Maas, and Jay Francis. Look one way and you find yourself talking to some of the very best law firm practitioners including John Rosenthal of Winston Strawn, Amor Esteban of Shook Hardy, Anthony Diana of Mayer Brown, Maura Grossman of Wachtel Lipton and Jay Brudz of Williams Mullen as well as e-discovery gurus such as Ashish Prasad, George Rudoy and Chris Dale. Turn another way and you’re meeting many of the very best in-house e-discovery practitioners including Anthony Knappen of Chevron (co-author of an excellent white paper on Data Breach & Cybersecurity distributed at the dinner), Christian Zeunert of Swiss Re, Glenn O’Brien of Liberty Mutual, Farrah Pepper of GE, Andrew Drake of Nationwide, Dawson Horn of Tyco and Jennifer Hamilton of John Deere and two score others.

Congratulations to the E-Discovery Institute on bringing together such an esteemed collection of e-discovery thought leaders for an evening of camaraderie and good cheer.

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