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Litigating with Electronic Information in Civil Cases (Part 1)

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Course Information

Time 1h 32m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

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. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the nature of electronic information
  2. Appreciate when a duty to preserve electronic information might arise and the scope of that duty
  3. Develop a discovery plan to account for how electronic information may be reviewed and produced 

Credit Information

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Ronald Hedges


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.


Insurance Experience

  • Successfully serving as lead defense counsel in New Jersey and New York for a major property insurer in connection with numerous property and flood insurance coverage lawsuits in both state and federal court. Successfully achieved dismissal of several actions through motion practice on various grounds.
  • Representing a national life insurer in litigation against insurance agents arising out of fraudulent life insurance applications.
  • Provided claims counseling and served as coverage counsel to a domestic life insurance company in matters arising out of the denial of claims for benefits, involving allegations of breach of contract, unfair claims practices, and insurance fraud.
  • Through aggressive motion practice at the outset of the case, succeeded in securing an order in federal court reducing multi-million dollar damages sought against property insurer in coverage action to a fraction of the original demand.
  • Served as insurer-appointed defense counsel to a stucco sub-contractor in connection with a complex construction defect claim brought by a homeowners’ association against a developer.
  • Served as subrogation counsel to a foreign insurer in a matter involving multi-property fire losses.
  • Represented a state liquidation bureau in an ongoing proceeding involving a large number of major policyholder claims.

Other Representative Litigation Experience

  • Achieved dismissal of complaint against an out-of-state private equity firm for lack of personal jurisdiction in a lawsuit that alleged millions in contractual damages stemming from the purchase of a tobacco escrow fund.
  • Secured dismissal of complaint brought by a franchisee against a national restaurant franchise in connection with a transfer of ownership.
  • Secured dismissal on summary judgment of all but one count in multi-million dollar undue influence trusts and estates litigation.
  • Representing a biotechnology company in a complex commercial litigation arising out of its efforts to raise financing prior to its initial public offering.
  • Representing an information technology firm in a federal court litigation arising out of the alleged improper software conversion of certain healthcare data.
  • Represented a manufacturer of pharmaceutical drugs in a complex commercial litigation arising out of an alleged breach of a supply agreement and alleged noncompliance with current good manufacturing practices.
  • Served as pro bono counsel to a local community theater in a lawsuit brought by a patron.


    Honors and Awards

    • Selected by The Best Lawyers in America as "One to Watch", Commercial Litigation, 2021
    • Recognition as a “New Leader Of The Bar”, New Jersey Law Journal, 2018
    • Selected as the Dentons’ Pathfinder, Leadership Council for Legal Diversity, 2017
    • Distinguished Scholar Award, Seton Hall University School of Law, 2008-2011
    • Chancellors Scholar Award, Seton Hall University School of Law, 2008-2011
    • Best Brief Award, Kaufman Securities Moot Court Competition, Fordham Law School, 2011


    • Co-author, New Jersey State Senate advances insurance bad faith bill, Dentons Client Alert, June 2018
    • Author, "Lee v. Lampert: The Ninth Circuit Finds No Actual Innocence Exception to the One-year Statute of Limitations on an Original Habeas Petition," 7 Seton Hall Cir. Rev. 399, 2011
    • Author, "Seeking Accountability and Justice for Torture Victims: The Hurdle of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act in Suing Foreign Officials under the Torture Victims Protection Act," 6 Seton Hall Cir. Rev. 389, 2010
    • Author, "Legal Research and Writing in Law School," N.J. Law. Mag., Apr. 2009, 22

    Activities and Affiliations

    • Supreme Court of New Jersey Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law (re-appointed to three-year term beginning January 2018)
    • Member, Seton Hall Law School National Alumni Council; Co-Chair Alumni Annual Giving Committee
    • Seton Hall Law School Dean’s Diversity Council
    • North American South Asian Bar Association
    • New Jersey Law & Education Empowerment Project (NJLEEP)


    • Panelist, “Networking”, Seton Hall University School of Law, February 2018
    • Panelist, “Seton Hall Law: Who We Are,” Seton Hall University School of Law, New Student Orientation, August 2014
    • Panelist, “Professionalism: How to Network,” Seton Hall University School of Law, October 2013

    Prior and Present Employment

    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

    Admissions and Qualifications

    New Jersey

    New York

    US District Court for the District of New Jersey

    Sean Antone Hunt

    The Hunt Law Firm

    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!’"


    Sally W.

    I liked listening to all 3 presenters. This was informative and enjotable. The 90 minutes went by really quickly.

    Richard G. O.

    Excellent. Instructive and informative.

    Barbara W.

    Great overview of the topic. Looking forward to the second part next month.

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