2020 Data Discovery Legal Year in Review
2020 was a big year for the law of data discovery. The U.S. Supreme Court considered the limits of what you can do on your work computer under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). A federal judge raised legal ethics concerns about self-collection of data in e-discovery. European data privacy issues reared their heads. And the voters of California approved the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). And that's only the beginning.
In our sixth annual review of the legal developments in data discovery, we address these topics, how the pandemic affected the year in the law, and more.
Honorable Gary R. Jones
U.S. Magistrate Judge
CEO and Founder
Principal, ESI Attorneys
Prof. William Hamilton
University of Florida
Discovery Counsel and Legal Education Director
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U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Jones (N.D. Fla.): With over two decades of federal judicial experience, Judge Jones has served as United States magistrate judge in the Middle District of Florida and for the past 10 years in the Northern District of Florida. Judge Jones expertise in e-discovery matters comes not only from his service on the bench, but from 18 years as a commercial litigator in Miami where he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and litigated what—at the time was—the largest antitrust verdict in the history of the Southern District of Florida. He holds a B.A. from Boston University, his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and an LL.M. in International Law from New York University School of Law.
Amie Taal: As the founder of Strategem Tech Solutions Limited, a United Kingdom-based technology and data privacy company, Amie Taal is a consultant specializing in digital forensics, cyber security technology risk, artificial intelligence, and data privacy. A researcher and frequent conference speaker and former vice president at Deutsche Bank, head of a digital forensics group at Grant Thornton, and consultant at EY, she advises leading international corporations on the collection, processing, storage, security, and maintenance of electronic data in compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.
Professor William Hamilton: As Senior Legal Skills Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Professor Hamilton teaches electronic discovery, data analytics, and complex litigation. In addition, he leads the UF Law E-Discovery Project, a multidisciplinary endeavor enhancing litigation and e-discovery competence through courses, research, skills training, and public conferences, including the annual University of Florida Law E-Discovery Conference. Prior to joining the University of Florida faculty, Professor Hamilton served as electronic discovery partner at a national firm. He is the author of numerous name dispute decisions, and He has been recognized in Chambers USA, Florida Legal Elite, Best Lawyers in America, and Florida Super Lawyers.
Kelly Twigger: Recognized by Corporate eDiscovery in 2018 as one of the voices driving the conversation in e-discovery, Kelly Twigger is a practicing attorney, software developer, blogger, author, and speaker on issues in electronic discovery and legal technology. She serves as Principal at ESI attorneys, a boutique e-discovery and information law firm, and Founder of eDiscovery Assistant, an online resource for case law, rules, checklists, forms and learning in electronic discovery. For her development of eDiscovery Assistant, the Wisconsin State Bar named her a Legal Innovator for 2014. Her blogs on e-discovery have been published by Above the Law, and one of the co-authors of Electronic Discovery and Records and Information Management, published by West.
David Horrigan: An attorney, law school guest lecturer, former industry analyst, and award-winning journalist, David Horrigan serves as Discovery Counsel and Legal Education Director at Relativity. Prior to joining Relativity in 2015, he served as Analyst and Counsel at 451 Research and Counsel for Technology and Intellectual Property Policy at the Entertainment Software Association. He is the author of over 500 articles, reports, and blog posts on the law, and he serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) and the Faculty and Planning Committee of the University of Florida E-Discovery Conference. He is the author of the annual Data Discovery Legal Year in Review, and he was First Runner-Up for Best Legal Analysis in the 2019