ACEDS Central Texas Chapter: COVID19 Employment Litigation & eDiscovery Challenges
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ACEDS Central Texas Chapter: COVID19 Employment Litigation & eDiscovery Challenges

When: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
2-3 PM CT
Where: United States
Contact: ACEDS Customer Service

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The Covid19 crisis has disrupted the economy, severely impacting employees at all levels, in most industries. Not surprisingly then, employment related litigation is already arising from this pandemic. What types of legal actions have been filed? What others are on the horizon? When employees scattered, using myriad new devices and software, new types of data began to be created, and stored in unusual places and ways. Data management and workflows suddenly were overturned. What challenges does this now create for the discovery as it relates to these labor law matters? Are we asking the right questions to find pertinent data? Can we collect and process that data with our current tools? Join this timely and thought-provoking event to learn how you can prepare for this emerging litigation. 


Brett TarrBrett Tarr
Senior Manager
Ernst & Young

Brett Tarr has spent the last 15+ years helping organizations develop capabilities and defensible workflows for e-discovery, information governance, legal operations, and data privacy. Brett recently joined Ernst & Young after spending the past 7 years as Chief Counsel, E-Discovery & Information Governance for Caesars Entertainment building their e-discovery, information governance, and privacy functions.

Mr. Tarr takes a holistic approach to legal and data challenges, leveraging innovative processes and emerging technologies to create new workflows, improve operating efficiencies, and optimize risk for law departments and organizations overall. He works to drive a proactive legal function that turns the Law Department into a business partner rather than a reactive cost center.

Mr. Tarr participates in numerous industry workgroups including CLOC, ACC, ARMA, AIIM, IGI, and Sedona Conference, as well as publishing content for ILTA, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and other national publications. He has authored numerous articles and speaks regularly on a range of topics including electronic discovery, computer forensics, legal analytics, information governance, data privacy, data security, and development of defensible processes.

Brett Tarr graduated from UCLA majoring in History, English, and psychology. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law, and also earned an MBA from Georgia State University with concentrations in information systems and marketing.

Amanda M. FielderAmanda M. Fielder
Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Amanda is Co-Chair of Warner's Employment Litigation Practice Group. Known for her no-nonsense approach and fierce advocacy, Amanda has established a reputation for defending employer interests in employment-related issues. Amanda’s practice covers all aspects of employment law and she has successfully defended employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge, as well as other statutory, contract and tort-related employment claims. Amanda also regularly defends clients against class and collective action cases involving various claims, including employment discrimination, wage and hour issues and consumer claims. Passionate about her clients’ business needs and goals, Amanda prides herself on being a critical resource, regularly counseling employers on current and relevant employee relation issues. Moreover, Amanda’s in-depth knowledge of her client’s business practices has allowed her to counsel and represent clients in antitrust investigations and proceedings. A client called Amanda a great employment law attorney, adding: “She makes an uncomfortable situation – trying an employment dispute in court – as comfortable as possible. She gives us peace of mind. On top of all that, she has educated our management team so that we can avoid potential issues in the future.” Amanda also regularly counsels and defends her clients in supply chain disputes, including, among other things, pricing disputes, breach of warranty claims and injunction actions. Amanda’s experience and expertise have earned her recognition as a “Rising Star” bySuper Lawyerfor the past four years. Sheis also a member of the firm's Management Committee.

Niloy RayNiloy Ray
Shareholder & eDiscovery Counsel
Littler Mendelson P.C.

Niloy litigates and counsels on a broad array of preservation, collection, review, production and admissibility issues. A member of Sedona Working Group 1 and EDRM, and faculty member/participant at such conferences as Arizona State University’s eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference, Georgetown University Law Center’s Advanced E-Discovery Institute, Today’s General Counsel’s “The Exchange” national seminar series and The Masters Conference circuit, Niloy speaks, writes and presents regularly on all topics ESI, from both litigation and information governance perspectives. He relies on his years as a database and software engineer when devising strategies for efficient and effective records management, defensible preservation, data harvesting, culling, and focused review. Niloy has litigated complex tort, antitrust, contract and employment class-action matters, represented energy utilities in regulatory proceedings and related litigation, and conducted internal investigations for Fortune 500 and academic clients. He has broad experience in all facets of trial practice, and has chaired trials in state and federal court. He is a native of India, a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, and a proud son of Macalester College, where he teaches trial advocacy and serves on the Alumni Board. When not staring at a screen and keyboard, Niloy enjoys spinning tales for his wife and children.

Nancy PattonNancy Patton
Senior Solutions Consultant

Nancy Patton, Esq. is a Senior Solutions Consultant for Exterro, supporting the organization’s sales process through expertise related to the use of technology for e-discovery. Nancy is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School and has been involved in electronic discovery since 2007. Nancy is a frequent speaker and trainer on topics related e-discovery technology and the business processes that are supported by the use of technology. Nancy’s clients benefit from her pre-legal career in Human Resources as well as working as an e-discovery litigation project manager for several years prior to her current role at Exterro.

Nancy is the secretary of the Portland, Oregon ACEDS chapter and has been a certified e-discovery specialist through ACEDS for three years.

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