From Silicon Valley’s bench to a seat at the table at Facebook, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal surprised many. Judge Grewal handled several high profile intellectual property cases between technology giants, including the Apple-Samsung patent battle and the copyright clash between Google and Oracle. But some attorneys say one of his most interesting opinions took place in a galaxy far, far away.
Attorneys who know Judge Grewal’s work agree he has been a great ambassador for the legal profession. For example, at last year’s panel discussion at the San Diego Comic-Con, “Tattooine Law: Legal Lessons from Star Wars” Grewal wowed geeks and lawyers alike with his ability to make complex legal issues compelling. “The audience was asking excellent questions, including a child who asked about droid liability,” says Joshua Gilliland, a co-panelist and author of The Legal Geeks blog. “Judge Grewal was able to talk about the issue in the context of product liability laws in a way a six-year-old could understand but was also interesting for the adults in the room.”
Other attorneys note that Judge Grewal has been a successful jurist thanks to a strong work ethic and ability to understand and explain complex technical issues. “I know that in a recent case, he had a jury trial at 4:00 pm and didn’t begin hearing our matter until 6:00 so that he could hear everything on the calendar,” says Lael Andara, a partner with Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley in Redwood City. “He is just so smart and hardworking; it is a real loss for the profession.”
Of course, Grewal was not only able to explore the intricacies of property ownership of R2-D2 and C-3PO or Han Solo’s legal justification to shoot first. Andara, who has been in Grewal’s courtroom on several matters says that Grewal’s technical savvy and legal reasoning allowed him to deliver clear and potent legal opinions. “You might not agree with him in his opinion, but he explained his reasoning clearly, without hiding the ball, so that you knew where he was coming from,” he says.
Andara believes Grewal will be an excellent lawyer for Facebook, but as to how Grewal’s experience will aid the social media giant in its legal battles, he says are few clues to work from. “He will be a great opposing counsel because he understands cooperation and how to resolve issues,” says Andara. “But I have no idea what his own theories of law are. The ultimate sign that he was a great jurist is that he was always neutral and his personal leanings were not apparent in any way.”
“Having a respected jurist with a love for justice and technology go in-house at such a ubiquitous and influential platform is a very hopeful event,” said Mary Mack, Executive Director of ACEDS.
MORE E-DISCOVERY CAREER MOVES
CEDS on the Move
Suzanne Clark, vice president of the ACEDS Jacksonville Chapter, has recently accepted a position as Associate Attorney with Jimerson & Cobb, P.A.
In her role with the Jacksonville Chapter, Suzanne has helped organize events including e-Discovery Week, in which the chapter pulled together a weeklong series of events, speeches, dinners, and get-togethers. “This is my dream job.” she says. “I am grateful to Charlie Jimerson and to the other partners for this opportunity, as well as to the ACEDS members who have helped me to achieve the goal of practicing as a litigator in a firm that aims to utilize best practices in e-discovery.”
A University of Florida graduate, Clark has practiced law in Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida. She is also on the board of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association (JWLA), a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Atlanta and Charlotte Chapters of Women in E-Discovery (WiE). Suzanne has earned the CEDS designation from ACEDS, and was awarded the Outstanding Local Leader Award by ACEDS in 2015. “As co-founder of ACEDS Jacksonville, Suzanne was instrumental in bringing together professionals in Jacksonville from across the IT and Legal communities to promote best practices in the field of e-discovery,” says Chris Dix, chapter President and a litigator from the law firm of Smith, Hulsey, & Busey. “We wish her continued success in her new opportunity at the Jimerson & Cobb firm.”
BDO Beefs Up Cyber Insurance Practice
When ACEDS caught up with Judy Selby, she was driving back from a symposium at MIT where she continues to expand her technical and practical understanding of the risks businesses face in the modern, networked world. After practicing law for 25 years, including long, complicated e-discovery matters, Selby has taken a new role at BDO Consulting where she will focus on information governance, technology, and cyber insurance practices.
Judy Selby joined BDO Consulting from BakerHostetler to build up the company’s cybersecurity and cyber-insurance practice. As a managing director of technology advisory services for BDO Consulting, Selby will help companies address cybersecurity risks and transfer those risks through insurance. “I found that I really enjoy working with companies on how to make use of data; how to make the right decisions with their data,” she says. “The goal is to maximize the value of data. I am not one of those people who says delete, delete, delete because there is real value in data.”
Selby says that moving to a consulting organization allows her to continue to help clients with the same issues, but offer a more proactive, holistic solution to cybersecurity and cyber-risk issues. “A lot of people think about calling a lawyer after they are in trouble,” she says. “I want to be on the front end, getting ahead of trouble and helping manage legal risks.”
Conrad Jacoby accepted a position this month as Acting Deputy Associate Solicitor, Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services with the United States Department of Labor. In that role, Jacoby will serve as one of two Deputies to advise and support the Associate Solicitor for the Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services. He will oversee the FOIA Appeals practice area as well as the Litigation Support and Legal Technology Units within the Office of the Solicitor. Previously, Jacoby has served as a senior attorney with Winston and Strawn and co-founded the e-discovery consultancy Seventh Samurai.
ACEDS New Ace
Sometimes a new hire makes so much sense it is impossible to question. ACEDS’ new Sales Director, Kaylee Walstad is one of those hires.
Most recently as a Sales Director with ZyLAB, the former home of ACEDS’ Executive Director, Mary Mack, Walstad worked with Ricoh and has long standing ties to the e-discovery community. She is the Midwest Regional Director of Women in eDiscovery and a former director of the Minneapolis chapter, one of the largest in the country. As a CEDS Certified e-discovery specialist, Walstad has been a believer in the Association’s mission. Kaylee’s will collaborate on new programs, outreach, work with affiliates, sponsors, and meet with large national accounts to educate staff on e-discovery. “I took this job because I am in love with e-discovery and education,” she says. “Having worked with Mary at ZyLAB, I know that she’s got the vision to help advance the practice of e-discovery, and I want to be part of that.”
This was originally published on ACEDS on May 19, 2016.