E-discovery in United States

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

The e-discovery group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is truly global in scope, and the specialist partners in its multiple US and EU offices collaborate to provide a comprehensive service to multinational clients. Highly skilled in all areas of discovery, the firms antitrust expertise stands out; working alongside it’s market-leading competition practice, the team advises some of the world’s most recognisable clients on highly scrutinized merger reviews. Though based in Brussels, European lead Natascha Gerlach is a ‘subject matter expert on the interplay between US discovery rules and the impact of GDPR‘, regularly assisting with cross-border discovery for EU clients in the context of US litigation, regulatory inquiries and  internal investigations. Washington DC is the home of US practice head Christian Mahoney, who works with clients on information governance issues in addition to litigation, assisting with the development of data retention, collection and review policies.

Practice head(s):

Christian Mahoney; Natascha Gerlach

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bohner; Leah Brannon; Nowell Bamberger


‘I work with dozens of different eDiscovery groups and Cleary’s is the most sophisticated, especially in its adoption of advanced analytics.’

‘Cleary advances the use of complex algorithms and data models to perform work than most other firms continue to accomplish through brute force manual attorney review.’

‘Cleary is the most sophisticated firm I’ve seen in advanced in applying TAR for both responsiveness and identification of legal privilege. Christian Mahoney, in particular, possesses a level of knowledge in analytics that I have not seen anywhere else.’

‘Christian (CJ) Mahoney leads the industry in his knowledge of analytics, particularly relating to application of TAR for responsiveness and leveraging innovative data models to identify privilege and other sensitive data.’

‘I was impressed by Cleary’s ability to develop a quick understanding of a large organisation’s IT systems and architecture for storing data, and subsequently to leverage that understanding to cut right to the heart of the matter at hand.’

‘Natascha Gerlach was personable, knowledgeable, and unflinching in her efforts to leave no stone unturned in the completion of the assignment’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a major technology company with obtaining approval from the European Commission to employ a unique AI workflow.
  • Advised a transport company on negotiating directly with the DOJ and Canadian authorities.
  • Representing an automotive company in litigation proceedings.

King & Spalding LLP

Few firms on the market have as much experience as King & Spalding LLP, which has been providing information governance and e-discovery services for over 25 years. The firm is highly capable in all areas of practice, and its extensive team, which includes attorneys, project management professionals and technologists is sought-after to advise on high-stakes litigation proceedings, investigations and crisis management. Ronni Solomon has been a leading light in the e-discovery space since the sector was in its nonage, and continues to maintain long-term relationships with companies such as UPS Equifax and the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies. Rose Jones and John Tucker, who co-lead the Atlanta-based team alongside Solomon, are also key names; the former is currently assisting Google in an antitrust investigation by the US House Judiciary Committee, while the latter focuses on the strategic planning aspect of the practice area.

Practice head(s):

Ronni Solomon; Rose Jones; John Tucker

Other key lawyers:

Michael Shortnacy


‘Strong collaboration with client. Grasp of cultural differences to provide seamless international work and support.’

‘Top notch lawyers and cutting edge technology.’

‘Great understanding of pain points of clients and effectively working to reduce.’

Key clients

United Parcel Service of America, Inc.

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Equifax Inc.

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies

Google LLC

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Handled discovery coordination in Toyota’s product liability litigation and responses to governmental investigations.
  • Advised UPS on e-discovery issues for the past 12 years.
  • Handled all e-discovery issues related to a cybersecurity breach which involved over 240 multiple lawsuits and government investigations filed/served by the United States Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the SEC, most state attorney generals and plaintiffs in consumer and securities class actions.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

The e-discovery group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is truly polymathic, able to offer ‘a seamless blend of traditional document review services with e-discovery legal counsel’. The group’s expertise spans all areas of e-discovery and information governance, including trade secrets, document preservation, data breaches and fraud. Active across numerous industry sectors, it is the firm’s work in the healthcare and life science field that stands out; Heyward Bonyata acts as discovery counsel to Eli Lilly in litigation proceedings relating to insulin pricing and medication side effects. Practice head John Martin is another key name, and uses his background as a litigator to aid clients in data collection in relation to court proceedings and government investigations. Though most of the team operate from Columbia, SC, the department also has a presence in Charlotte, NC through Rob Lindholm, who advises on white-collar and class action defence.

Practice head(s):

John Martin

Other key lawyers:

Heyward Bonyata; Julie Flaming; Lucie Cohen; Rob Lindholm


Efficient and timely experts on e-discovery matters.

‘Nelson Mullins’s e-discovery practice provides a seamless blend of traditional document review services with e-discovery legal counsel. Nelson Mullins leverages their extensive experience and technological resources to provide creative workflows and solutions to meet deadlines while also managing risk.’

‘The combination of the firm’s e-discovery advocacy, general litigation experience across the country, document collection, management, and review experience, in-house technological capabilities, and the firm’s resources that enable the practice to scale appropriately has served us well.’

‘The firm respects and advocates for our goals and standard practices rather than trying to change our goals and standard practices.’

‘Heyward Bonyata stands out amongst other attorneys as she practices law with a “client first”, mentality operating seamlessly with our standard processes and company culture.’

‘Heyward Bonyata’s positive and confident attitude is contagious among our team.’

‘Heyward Bonyata is a wonderful leader and teammate.’

Work highlights

  • Served as discovery counsel for Eli Lilly and Company in the In Re: Viagra and Cialis MDL Products Liability Litigation
  • Serving as discovery counsel for Eli Lilly and Company in response to several litigations relating to insulin pricing.
  • Representing Santee Cooper in responding to subpoenas from federal regulators, defending multiple civil litigations, and responding to federal third-party subpoenas.

Redgrave LLP

One of the few firms in the US to focus exclusively on information law, Redgrave LLP is uniquely placed to provide a truly comprehensive e-discovery service, in addition to advising on complementary areas such as data privacy. The group, which includes business and technical advisors in addition to lawyers, is often consulted to assist with high-stakes, discovery-intensive litigation proceedings, often in relation to antitrust and product liability. Beyond contentious work, the firm works with premier international clients such as Volkswagen and McDonalds to provide ongoing guidance on information governance initiatives, as well as data migration and retention and privacy advice. Name partner Jonathan Redgrave is one of the most experienced names in the market and is venerated by both clients and peers for his history of thought leadership and innovation in the space. In the wider team, Gareth Evans focuses on contentious matters from Los Angeles. 2021 saw a number of lateral arrives, with Martin Tully and Erica Zolner arriving from Actuate Law and Kirkland & Ellis LLP respectively. With regards to departures, Christine Payne departed for Gunster Law Firm, while Daniel Nichols joined Harris Berne Christensen.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Redgrave

Other key lawyers:

Christopher King; Mathea Bulander; Gareth Evans; Martin Tully; Erica Zolner

Key clients

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Sutter Health

Volkswagen AG

State Farm Mutual Insurance Company

DISH Network LLC

McDonald’s Corporation

Norfolk Southern

Highmark Health Services Inc.

Health Care Service Corporation

Blue Shield of California

Work highlights

  • Representing Endo Pharmaceuticals with respect to certain discovery issues in opioid-related litigation then pending in state court in Tennessee.
  • Serving as special discovery counsel for Sutter Health in high-stakes healthcare antitrust and pricing litigation in San Francisco Superior Court.
  • Advising State Farm Mutual Insurance Company on e-discovery, information governance, and litigation issues, typically in multi-case and high-stakes matters.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP provides clients with a ‘top-notch‘ service which covers the whole gamut of e-discovery issues, including class action suits, multi-jurisdictional investigations, data breaches and potential data intrusion issues. The group, which is able to call upon the firm’s global network of litigation technology professionals, includes a number of multilingual practitioners, aiding it in its work with multinational clients on investigations, securities, antitrust and litigation proceedings relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Counsel Shannon Capone Kirk, considered by many to be a ‘ leader in the industry‘, heads up the team from Boston, and has a proven track record of advising on some of the most significant data breaches of recent years and spearheads the firm’s new cross-office task force monitoring the e-discovery risks of text and app-based messaging.

Practice head(s):

Shannon Capone Kirk


‘Ropes & Gray offers top-notch client service and an extremely robust and well-developed team.’

‘The team is particularly adept at identifying and actioning innovative uses of technology to reduce data volumes or find relevant data more quickly. This is extremely valuable when dealing with large data sets in US litigation and government investigation work.’

‘Shannon Capone Kirk, counsel and the group’s leader is a standout in e-discovery. She is nationally recognized for her experience with data breach and data security incidents and is a sought after partner in these kinds of emergency situations. As her occasional co-counsel, I have seen Shannon’s talents in action and consider her one of the best practitioners in the country.’

‘Shannon Capone Kirk is a leader in the industry widely recognized for her creative and practical approaches to solving e-discovery issues.’

‘Shannon Capone Kirk is an incredible speaker and writer on e-discovery issues. We have collaborated on writing projects (reviewing and critiquing each other’s articles) and spoken on panels together. She’s really focused, organized and open to new ways of addressing e-discovery issues.’

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP‘s data and discovery strategies department includes, in addition to lawyers, analysts, project managers and technology experts which enables it to provide a full-service e-discovery and information governance product. Patrick Oot and Denise Talbert jointly lead the team from Washington DC and Kansas City respectively.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Oot; Denise Talbert

Work highlights

    Winston & Strawn LLP

    In the words of one client, Winston & Strawn LLP is home to ‘one of the most impressive e-discovery practices in the world’. The group, which includes an extensive technical staff in addition to lawyers, uses innovative tools such as artificial intelligence (AI) engines to advise on issues including big-ticket litigation, M&A transactions, information governance and investigations. The ‘very knowledgeable’ John Rosenthal heads up the practice from Washington DC and acts as national e-discovery counsel for a number of major corporations. Also in Washington DC, senior e-discovery attorney Jason Moore is well-versed in antitrust, complex commercial, healthcare, and product liability litigation, in addition to assisting with regulatory issues. Sheryl Falk co-chairs the firm’s global privacy and data security practice from the Houston office and has experience of helping clients with responding to data security incidents and investigating claims of trade secret theft.

    Practice head(s):

    John Rosenthal

    Other key lawyers:

    Sheryl Falk; Jason Moore; Matthew Poplawski


    ‘Very experienced e-discovery practice’

    ‘John Rosenthal is very knowledgeable about all e-discovery issues, and a forceful advocate.’

    ‘Winston has one of the most impressive e-discovery practices in the world. They have top tier e-discovery consulting and document/data review as well as one of the best e-discovery advocacy practices. They are very good at getting into the weeds of the technology at their clients and the discovery vendors.’

    ‘Jon Rosenthal is one of the best e-discovery lawyers in the US. One his great strengths is how good he is in the courtroom and before judges about e-discovery matters.’

    DLA Piper LLP (US)

    The ‘deep bench of knowledgeable personnel’ that make up DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s discovery practice represent international companies from the technology, aviation, pharmaceutical and retail sectors in litigation proceedings, investigations and information management reviews. Led by Jennifer Feldman and Leeanne Mancari, who operate from San Diego and Los Angeles respectively; the team is comprised of lawyers, records and information management (RIM) professionals and litigation support analysts which enables it to assist with overall company strategy in addition to the legal issues. The group is also able to call upon the experience of senior counsel Andrew Peck in the New York office. Considered by many to be ‘a true thought leader in the space’, Peck, who formerly served as a United States Magistrate Judge in New York, is uniquely well positioned to advise clients on litigation strategy and discovery issues, including those with a cross-border element.

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew Peck


    ‘With Judge Andrew Peck (ret.) joining the team at DLA Piper, they undoubtedly have one of the finest e-discovery and digital evidence practices in the country. Of course, Judge Peck joined an already stellar group of lawyers and allied professionals, and there are no legal matters in this space that I can think of that this team could not handle.’

    ‘Judge Andrew Peck (Ret.) – Judge Peck is a true thought leader in the space who can bring to clients his experience on the bench and in practice. Leeanne Mancari is extremely capable and thoughtful in how she approaches and addresses e-discovery issues.’

    ‘DLA Piper has terrific people and a deep bench of knowledgeable personnel. I would entrust any of their e-discovery counsel and partners with my litigation work.’

    ‘I would like to spotlight Leeanne Mancari and the Honorable Andrew Peck. Both of them have terrific knowledge, skills, practice experiences, and an excellent way of handling clients.’

    ‘Leeanne Mancari is an expert in the field. She is co-counsel on a major litigation and I have seen her in action in all aspects of the litigation. She knows the caselaw, the technology and strategy and is an excellent advocate and lawyer.’

    ‘DLA Piper has a substantial e-discovery team with a great deal of experience. They have a particular strength on TAR and have several thought leaders, including former judge Andrew Peck. DLA’s global foot print, gives them an advantage on cross border matters.’

    ‘Judge Peck has been a thought leader on e-discovery matters both on and off the bench. He has recently been working as an expert and has testified in several e-discovery disputes.’

    ‘DLA Piper has a deep bench in the e-discovery area. Their lawyers frequently speak on panels and are widely recognized as thought leaders in this space.’

    Key clients

    Zimmer Biomet





    Work highlights

    • Retained by Zimmer’s merits counsel to be special e-discovery counsel.
    • Advising Nike on the e-discovery elements of a trademark dispute.
    • Served as e-discovery expert witness for Boeing particularly regarding proposed Technology Assisted Review.

    Eversheds Sutherland

    Eversheds Sutherland is able to offer its major corporate clients a complete service due to its multidisciplinary team which includes litigators and IT experts. Many team members maintain practices which span multiple areas of law; Washington DC-based Matt Gatewood‘s crisis management work involves litigation and arbitration, cybersecurity, internal investigations and employment issues. In New York, Frank Nolan focuses on class actions and commercial litigation in the federal and state courts. The firm’s expertise in high-stakes litigation can be seen in its recent work with Oppenheimer, which involved defending the company in a dispute relating to breach of contract, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. Robert Owen led the practice until December 2021 when he departed the firm to become an independent practitioner.

    Other key lawyers:

    Matt Gatewood; Greg Kaufman; Frank Nolan

    Key clients

    CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Oppenheimer & Co.

    Work highlights

    • Advising a leading insurer in responding to a data breach incident.
    • Representing a US-based global financial institution in a major, high-stakes litigation.

    K&L Gates

    K&L Gates‘ e-discovery analysis and technology group (e-DAT) is brought in by companies from numerous industries to act as national or special discovery counsel. In addition to representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings, the firm provides advise on litigation readiness, document production and pre-trial support. In Seattle, Julie Anne Halter advises on discovery issues in proceedings relating to IP, securities and banking, antitrust, products liability and real estate, in addition to assisting with government and internal investigations and public records act requests. Thomas Smith, who co-leads the group from Pittsburgh alongside Halter, is another seasoned litigator, and was responsible for establishing the e-DAT department in 2004.

    Practice head(s):

    Julie Anne Halter; Thomas Smith

    Key clients

    NEP Group, Inc.

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP takes a ‘proactive, creative and thoughtful’ approach to e-discovery, maintaining a multidisciplinary team that includes lawyers, legal design professionals and engineers which enables it to advise across the full range of issues. The firm has a number of large international clients in its portfolio, for which it serves as national e-discovery counsel and advises on litigation and investigation issues across all lines of business; Capital One is one such example. Key partners Tess Blair and Scott Milner are based in Philadelphia and serve as practice head and deputy head respectively; the former was responsible for founding the firm’s e-data practice and continues to innovate by developing products using AI, and machine learning technology. Karen Hourigan departed in March 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Tess Blair

    Other key lawyers:

    Tara Lawler; Jennifer Williams; Scott Milner


    ‘Scott Milner and Jennifer Williams have been very responsive to our questions and provide professional advice that is grounded in real-world practices.’

    ‘The e-discovery team is proactive, creative and thoughtful in their approaches. They partner with clients, are available for consulting on novel issues and interested in developing methodologies together.’

    ‘Tess Blair and Scott Milner are exceptional members of the Morgan Lewis team. They are thoughtful, knowledgeable, engaged, creative and great e-discovery advisors.’

    Key clients

    General Electric Company (GE)

    Merck & Co., Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Handling General Electric Company’s entire internal legal hold management process.
    • Serving as national discovery counsel for Cigna on all aspects of discovery across its entire litigation/investigation portfolio.
    • Acting as national discovery counsel for Capital One.

    Norton Rose Fulbright

    The ‘savvy team’ at Norton Rose Fulbright is best known for its information governance practice, with the firm able to assist clients with implementing risk management procedures prior to the litigation proceedings or investigations. Due to the firm’s global profile, multijurisdictional issues are a specialism; the team regularly assists multinational clients with non-US data privacy, data localization and state secret obligations. The US e-discovery practice is led by Andrea D’Ambra in New York, who assists with international data privacy, cybersecurity incidents and data retention for clients in the technology sector. David Kessler, also in New York, heads up the global group and is instructed by technology, finance, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies both at the pre-litigation stage and as special discovery counsel in complex proceedings.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrea D’Ambra; David Kessler

    Other key lawyers:

    Laura Hunt; Susana Medeiros


    ‘Savvy team with a definite point of view.’

    ‘Good at emphasizing the importance of good e-discovery practices.’

    Key clients

    GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”)

    Jiffy Lube International, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Representing GSK in strategic discovery matters that help it address discovery risk across its litigation and investigation portfolio.
    • Representing Jiffy Lube International, Inc. in antitrust litigation proceedings.

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    Over the last decade, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has been recognised as on of the most innovative firms in the US, and it uses its ‘practical, deep knowledge and expertise’ to advise multinational clients from the banking, technology, and telecoms sectors on the establishment of e-discovery programs and high-stakes litigation. Wendy Butler Curtis leads the department from Washington DC and is highly regarded across the market; pharmaceutical, product liability and class action litigation are areas of specialism, as is working alongside IT and risk management professionals to develop information management strategies. Curtis also leads the firm’s legal technology venture fund and is therefore at the forefront of innovation in the delivery of legal services. In Wheeling WV, Kelly Cullen defends companies in data-intensive class action suits.

    Practice head(s):

    Wendy Butler Curtis

    Other key lawyers:

    Kelly Cullen; Jeffrey McKenna; Jeremiah Weasenforth


    ‘Practical, deep knowledge and expertise.’

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP has one of the largest and most prolific e-discovery groups in the US, with a number of partners who dedicate their entire practices to information governance and discovery issues. Advising on discovery issues in the context of labor litigation is a particular specialism of the team, which often collaborates with member of the employment department to provide clients with a comprehensive service. Many members of the department have strong technical backgrounds; Scott Carlson, who leads the national practice from Chicago, has previous experience as a software engineer, while deputy head Jay Carle (also based in Chicago) has over a decade of experience in consulting on technology systems administration and security, knowledge management and legal software design. In San Francisco, Kathleen McConnell takes the lead on the firm’s use of data analytics in litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Scott Carlson

    Other key lawyers:

    Jason Priebe; Kathleen McConnell; Jay Carle; John Tomaszewski


    ‘Wealth of experience and how e-discovery overlaps with other practice areas so you can get proactive, effective advice.’

    ‘Scott Carlson has deep expertise in e-discovery, privacy, cybersecurity and other related areas so he is able to deliver strategic, proactive and effective advice.’

    ‘Scott Carlson’s diplomatic style works well with all levels of an organization, so you can trust him to deliver advice not just to the team but the executives and board. Finally, Scott is well connected to other experts and happy to loop them in so you can have a one-stop-shop with his practice.’

    ‘Seyfarth has key subject matter experts in every field that we require.’

    ‘While they are still mostly a national law firm with a small global footprint, I have found that they coordinate seamlessly with our foreign counsel and often have a good grasp of extraterritorial laws themselves. Their e-discovery/cyber, privacy, internal investigation, and employment & labor practices are specifically some of the best I’ve seen anywhere.’

    ‘Scott Carlson and John Tomaszewski are two of the most knowledgeable resources in their respective practice areas that can be found. Both of them is an absolute source of truth in their areas. They know exactly when to bring in team members when they are needed, but keep extra resources lean where they are able to, and always provide the work they bill for themselves.’

    ‘The Seyfarth e-discovery practice is responsive, extremely knowledgeable and have built in efficiencies in how they use analysts and attorneys.’

    ‘The Seyfarth team is great as a whole. Kathleen McConnell has jumped on last minute projects involving harvesting large amounts of data from both legacy and current systems and is extremely knowledgeable about data collection and and analysis.’

    Tadler Law LLP

    Established in 2019, Tadler Law LLP, founded by the ‘super-smart, commercial, down-to-earth’ Ariana Tadler, approaches e-discovery work from the perspective of the plaintiff, rather than the defendant which is more typical of larger firms. The women-owned and operated litigation boutique, certified by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council in 2020, provides discovery expertise to individuals, corporations and other law firms and has had particular success representing clients in class-action litigation proceedings relating to data breaches. The New York-based Tadler co-leads the practice alongside San Francisco practitioner A.J. de Bartolomeo, who has a reputation for advising on MDL class actions, mass torts, and bankruptcy proceedings. In Denver, Brian Morrison handles consumer and product liability disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Ariana Tadler; A.J. de Bartolomeo

    Other key lawyers:

    Brian Morrision


    ‘Pragmatic, personal, efficient, friendly, outcomes-oriented, fees are aligned to real value delivered not to timesheets.’

    ‘Ariana Tadler is a delight. Super smart, commercial, down-to-earth, creative, practical, caring yet tough when it comes to negotiating!’

    ‘Experts in the area of e-discovery and case management. They develop and implement successful litigation plans to achieve a favourable result for their clients.’

    ‘The professionals knowledge and experience make the firm and its lawyers the easy choice when considering which law firm to hire. They have the ability and experience to undertake the most difficult legal challenges and to efficiently undertake the case.’

    Key clients

    Hope Solo

    Oriana Cyprus

    J. B Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

    K2 Distribution Company, LP

    Work highlights

    • Represented multiple claimants in a class action relating to a data breach at Marriott International Inc.
    • Represented Stephen Adkins a class action representative in litigation proceedings against Facebook.
    • Represented many claimants in a class action against Apple.

    Dechert LLP

    Dechert LLP provides ‘outstanding legal guidance’ to corporate clients from various industries on the data and e-discovery issues involved in commercial disputes, corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense, antitrust and product liability litigation. Philadelphia-based Ben Barnett is the key name in the US and sits within the firm’s trials, investigations and securities team. As an international firm, the US group is also able to call on the expertise of its overseas offices and has collaborated with lawyers in the London, Paris and Munich offices to advise on cross-border issues. Counsel Matt Tate, also in Philadelphia, combines his e-discovery expertise with a data privacy practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Ben Barnett

    Other key lawyers:

    Matt Tate


    ‘True expertise and the experience to show it!’

    ‘Ben Barnett is a genius in this space – top of the game in every way. Richard Hodge is one to watch – a true rising star.’

    ‘Dechert’s e-discovery practice headed by Ben Barnett has provided outstanding legal guidance in defense of the company. They constantly evaluate and adapt to changing conditions on the ground and foster a collaborative environment for all the various partners and vendors.’

    ‘Ben Barnett is truly an expert in this field and is a true partner. He goes out of his way to understand all aspects and values input and feedback from all. He makes things run smoothly despite all the competing priorities and multiple law firms engaged. His legal recommendations are well grounded, sound, and provide a logical path forward.’

    Key clients

    Airbus SE


    Huawei Technologies

    Flo Health Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised Airbus on its coordinated settlement agreementwith the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, the French Parquet National Financier, the US Department of Justice and the US Department of State.
    • Representing of one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies in connection with criminal investigations and prosecutions by the DOJ and other agencies.
    • Serving as national counsel for GSK.


    Goodwin ‘leverages great technology and platforms to execute great results for its clients’, using its expertise in e-discovery technologies and data analytics to drive cost savings by developing workflows that can be applied to litigation. An example of this is the firm’s work for Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, which involved developing a discovery strategy for a manufacturing dispute. Litigation partner Michelle Treadwell Briggs, promoted to partner in October 2021, is ‘truly elite in her detailed understanding of e-discovery tools’ , and leads the team from Boston, which is also home to ‘standout star’ Danielle Panetta.

    Practice head(s):

    Michelle Treadwell Briggs

    Other key lawyers:

    Danielle Panetta


    ‘Goodwin leverages great technology and platforms to execute great results for its clients.’

    ‘Michelle Briggs in particular is a great partner in this work, a skilled and knowledgeable professional and just such a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Goodwin’s e-Discovery practice led by Michelle Briggs is, in my opinion, the best in the legal industry. The teams hands on understanding of e-discovery tools and litigation strategies and ability to integrate cutting edge analytics and artificial intelligence tools into the e-discovery process is exceptional.

    ‘Michelle Briggs in particular is truly elite in her detailed understanding of e-discovery tools. For someone working at the partner level, to have that granular and tactical understanding of e-discovery strategies combined with the ability to explain these to clients in a way that’s relatable and collegial, makes her an exceptional advisor on e-discovery issues.’

    ‘Goodwin has a very specialized e-discovery team that is my go to for any questions, regardless of what firm is actively handling a litigation.’

    ‘Michelle Briggs is a phenomenal lawyer and is always ready to explain complex technology to me and provide answers that make the e-discovery progress easier.’

    ‘They stay up to date on the latest technology and understand their area inside and out.’

    ‘Danielle Panetta is a standout star. She is responsive, thorough, savvy, and practical all in one.’

    Key clients

    PNMAC Capital Management

    Medidata Solutions


    Bank of America

    Ocwen Financial Corp

    John Hancock Financial Services

    Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

    Weiner Ventures LLC

    High Liner Foods Incorporated

    Brave Software

    UDP Labs

    Work highlights

    • Assisting  PNMAC Capital Management with developing a workflow for data collection.
    • Advising Medidata Solution on various e-discovery issues.
    • Advising Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. on discovery strategy.

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP is appreciated by peers and clients alike as it is ‘ very strong technically, thoroughly understands all things e-discovery, and is diligent, persistent and pays great attention to detail.’  Primarily advising on discovery strategy in the context of complex litigation, the firm also handles antitrust and regulatory responses, high-volume due diligence and data-intensive internal investigations. The ‘excellent’ Michelle Six chairs the firm’s electronic discovery committee from New York, and assists with data loss and records retention issues, in addition to challenges posed by emerging technologies. Vanessa Barsanti returned to the firm’s Chicago office from Redgrave LLP in January 2021, having departed six months earlier. Of counsel Amber Whipkey arrived in Washington DC from WilmerHale in May 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Michelle Six

    Other key lawyers:

    Vanessa Barsanti; Amber Whipkey; Dorothy Wood; Dan Raffle


    ‘Michelle Six is excellent’

    ‘The team is very strong technically, thoroughly understands all things e-discovery, and is diligent, persistent and pays great attention to detail. Their broad and deep experience allows them to quickly identify risks and mitigate them before they become issues. I would think a client would want to know that the team operates honestly, openly and with integrity.

    ‘Michelle Six really stands out from her competitors because she thoroughly understands e-discovery. She understands it can be messy at times, accepts that and diligently works through challenges on matters with clients, partners and adversaries openly and with integrity so favorable outcomes can always be achieved. Michelle also has such a depth of experience she is able to act as a client advocate and fiduciary appropriately managing the e-discovery process and its costs as if it was her own money she was spending.’

    ‘Dorothy Wood and Dan Raffle work closely with and are perfectly aligned with Michelle. They both possess great technical and project management skills and also operate with great integrity.’

    ‘The team at Kirkland & Ellis are world-class in terms of advising and managing clients with e-discovery needs. They are thorough, thoughtful, and provide expert advice. The mindset is never how will this affect them as a firm, but rather how can we do things better to positively impact the client.’

    ‘Michelle Six is a professional beyond words, with absolute expert’s eyes toward managing data. The team around her is client-focused, with the mindset of making complex issues manageable. Dorothy Wood, Dan Raffle, and the rest of the team are the best in the industry.’

    ‘The e-discovery practice at K&E is world class and the best I have ever worked with. They are professional and straight-forward, but they have immense experience in the e-discovery area and are always willing to lean in and offer great advice.’

    ‘K&E have incredible e-discovery knowledge in all aspects and have resources to get any answer you need. The level of collaboration and willingness to help, to find answers, and to improve our product is top notch.’

    Mayer Brown

    The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Mayer Brown advises large corporate clients from regulated industries such as pharmaceutical, chemical, financial services and automotive manufacturing on litigation readiness and risk management, in addition to acting as outside e-discovery counsel in disputes. Antitrust is one of the key focuses of the team; Washington duo Oral Pottinger and Michael Lackey (who co-lead the practice alongside Chicago litigator Ethan Hastert) both have extensive experience in complex cartel, and competition cases. Eric Evans departed the firm in September 2021 to join Perkins Coie LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Ethan Hastert; Oral Pottinger; Michael Lackey


    ‘Knowledgable and responsive. Great people who know our business and willing to partner with us on projects. Excellent diversity’

    Key clients

    American Insurance Association

    Veolia S.A.


    Foster Farms

    Work highlights

    • Representing Veolia S.A. putative class action and individual cases in federal and state courts in Michigan in connection with the Flint Water Crisis.
    • Acting as outside counsel to the American Insurance Association.
    • Representing Foster Farms in several putative antitrust class actions,

    Reed Smith LLP

    In addition to assisting with information governance procedures, Reed Smith LLP has a track record of developing innovative products to assist with discovery in a litigation context. ‘Subject matter expertDavid Cohen leads the team from Pittsburgh.

    Practice head(s):

    David Cohen

    Other key lawyers:

    Anthony Diana; Therese Craparo


    ‘Subject matter expertise, practical advice and insights into what peers are doing.’

    ‘Dave Cohen is clearly a recognized subject matter expert who is very responsive and possesses unusual insights into the practical issues we face as a company regarding e-discovery issues.’

    ‘Differentiated knowledge, deep expertise at the intersection of law and technology.’

    ‘Therese Crapraro and Anthony Diana are committed to client and project success, keep track of details, manage associate resources and deliver on time.’

    Troutman Pepper

    Alison Grounds is the founder and managing director of Troutman Pepper eMerge, a wholly owned subsidiary of the main firm, which focuses on providing integrated discovery services. The group includes both lawyers and technology experts, and assists with litigation readiness and data collection procedures.

    Practice head(s):

    Alison Grounds

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