Electronic information is now a common feature throughout civil litigation. In order to competently litigate in federal and state courts, attorneys should understand when and how that information should be preserved, how electronic information features in developing plans to litigate a particular case, and how that information might be reviewed and produced. This webinar will provide a brief introduction to electronic information and then do a deep dive into best practices for the use of this information at trial.
This first of two programs, taught by Ronald Hedges and Erika Lopes-McLeman, is essential for civil litigators in state or federal court.
Ronald is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He has an extensive experience in e-discovery and in management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information ("ESI").
Ron Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges.
Ron was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law— Newark. He taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence at both these schools. Ron was a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12. He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.
Erika M. Lopes-McLeman is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and the firm’s Insurance sector group. Erika is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s US Associates Committee and is the Associate Liaison to the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Erika counsels and represents clients in an array of complex commercial disputes, including insurer-side coverage litigations and arbitrations. Erika’s insurance coverage practice includes representing insurers in matters including complex insurance coverage litigations, reinsurance arbitrations, and counseling insurers on complex claims. In the commercial litigation space, Erika has successfully represented clients as diverse as an international pharmaceutical company, a private equity firm, an IT company, and a national restaurant franchise, in an array of disputes.
Erika was born and raised in Mumbai, India and grew up traveling the world aboard merchant marine trade vessels. Erika remains an avid international traveler, and brings to every client relationship an innate ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds. Erika is fluent in Hindi and has completed coursework in Marathi, Italian and Arabic.
Prior to beginning her career in private practice, Erika served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stuart J. Rabner, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Based in Dentons’ New Jersey office, Erika is a member in good standing of the bars of New Jersey and New York.
Prior to joining Dentons, Erica practiced at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP and also at Patton Boggs LLP.
Seton Hall University School of Law, 2011, JD, cum laude, Senior Articles Editor, Seton Hall Circuit Review, Member, Interscholastic Moot Court Board
Trinity College, 2006, BA, (Hons.), Political Science
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Sean Antone Hunt is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tennessee State University. He was admitted to practice law in Tennessee in 1993, in Georgia in 1994 and in Mississippi in 2005. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation including Section 1983 Defense, Construction related Litigation, Workers' Compensation, Premises Liability, Negligence, Products Liability and Insurance Defense. He is a member of the Memphis Bar Association where he is a former member of the Board, a former member of the executive committee, the past co-chair of the publication committee which publishes the Memphis Lawyer magazine and the current chair of the Technology Section. He is also the immediate past chair of the Solo/Small Firm Section. He is also a member of the National Bar Association, Ben Jones chapter, the Tennessee Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the Mississippi Bar. For the Tennessee Bar Association, he is a former chair and a past editor for the newsletter for the Construction Law Section. He is also a member/commissioner of the Access to Justice Commission of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He recently completed his Rule 31 Mediator’s Training at Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management and is a Rule 31 Listed Mediator with the Tennessee Supreme Court.
He is also active in the community and in service to the public. He was the recipient of the 2007 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award given by Memphis Area Legal Services and the Memphis Bar Association. He was the recipient of the 2016 AA Latting Legal Services Award given by the Ben F Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association and recipient of the 2016 Memphis Bar Association’s President’s Award. He is also listed by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers in workers’ compensation. He is a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. He is also a member of the board of the Memphis Area Legal Services and, currently, the immediate past president of the board. He teaches workers’ compensation, technology, and construction courses to both lawyers and laypersons. In the past, he has been an active member of many different associations including the following: Chattanooga Bar Association, SL Hutchins Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, Napier Looby Bar Association, Harry Phillips American Inns of Court, American Society of Civil Engineers and more.
He has formerly worked as a civil engineer doing bridge design for the Tennessee Department of Transportation and as a highway engineer and bridge design engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He was a pilot candidate in the U.S. Air Force and attended college on an U.S. Air Force scholarship. Although he was released from the U.S. Air Force before commissioning due to a reduction in force, he continued his career path after graduation from the undergraduate school of engineering at Tennessee State University, as an engineer before seeking his law degree. During that time, he obtained his Engineer-In-Training certification which is the first step in becoming a professional engineer and obtaining the Professional Engineer’s license.
He is admitted to practice before all Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi trial and appellate courts, the United States District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court.
He has practiced in nearly every part of the state of Tennessee, having started his practice in Chattanooga and the surrounding counties and later moving to Nashville and finally to Memphis.
On a more personal note, he has been a volunteer basketball coach and soccer coach and is currently a fifth and six grade Sunday school teacher for Christ the King Lutheran Church where he and his family are members of the congregation and he serves as an elder.
He is an avid runner and triathlete, having completed over 20 marathons, two ultra-marathons and numerous other running, swimming and biking events. He has also completed several half Ironman triathlons and one full Ironman triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run) after competing in more than four triathlons per year over the past ten years.
Other than swimming, biking and running, his hobbies also include flying where he holds his private pilot’s license with an instrument rating and is working toward his commercial pilot’s license.
He is a native of Memphis and a graduate of Fairley High School where he was salutatorian out of a class of 318. During high school, he was captain of the rifle team and superior cadet three years in a row in the Army ROTC. In his senior year, he was battalion commander of the Army ROTC unit. He’s qualified as an expert with both the smallbore rifle and the Air Force M 15 handgun. In the past, he has studied martial arts including three styles of karate (Tae Kwon Do, Nisei Goju Ryu & San Shin Kai) and two styles of kung fu (Wing Chung & Gong Fu).
He is also a self-taught programmer learning machine language, C+, basic and Visual Basic and previously programming in all of the above.
He and his family continue to live life to the fullest utilizing the blessings that God gave them. They all live within the blessings that God has provided and believe that God wants us to live life fully and blessedly within His family. As a result, Sean has adopted the motto that “Life is not a journey to the grave with the thought of arriving in a well pressed body; but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up and loudly proclaiming ‘WOW! What a ride!’"