Seyfarth Shaw LLP, one of America’s leading full-service law firms, announced today that Jason Lichter has joined the firm’s New York office as of counsel in the eDiscovery practice group. He arrives from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Lichter advises clients on all major electronic discovery issues, both during and outside of litigation, including document preservation and retention policies, efficient approaches to document review, forensic collections, backup tape strategies, cost shifting, vendor selection, and cloud computing initiatives. He has given presentations and published articles on a variety of timely electronic discovery and legal technology topics.
“Jason is an excellent addition to our firm and our nationally recognized eDiscovery practice group,” said Scott A. Carlson, chair of the firm’s eDiscovery practice group. “Jason has extensive technical and legal experience advising clients in a wide array of industries. Jason fits nicely with Seyfarth’s approach of ensuring eDiscovery group attorneys have the right balance of technical skills, litigation savvy and most importantly the ability to provide practical advice to our clients.”
Seyfarth Shaw’s eDiscovery practice group assists companies in shaping data preservation, document retention and e-mail usage policies concerning privacy issues, information security, spoliation and data collection issues. Additional services provided by the group include customized training on eDiscovery issues, coordinating computer forensic and other technology-related experts and managing outside vendor relationships and costs.
“I am very impressed with the size and sophistication of the eDiscovery practice at Seyfarth. Seyfarth continues to lead the marketplace in recognizing the need to dedicate substantial resources to this increasingly critical area,” Lichter said. “Joining Seyfarth provides me with the platform on which to best advise clients on how to mitigate the risks associated with eDiscovery without breaking the bank.”
In addition to his eDiscovery work, Lichter is also known for his commitment to pro bono services. Lichter received the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award in both 2006 and 2009 and was honored with the New York State Bar Association’s 2008 Empire State Counsel Award. In 2009, Lichter was named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.
Lichter received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from Harvard University. He is admitted to practice law in the state of New York, the Eastern District New York, and the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, Lichter worked as a Software Engineer for Sapient Corporation, an international IT consulting company.
“We are extremely pleased that Jason has chosen to join Seyfarth,” said Lorie E. Almon, co-managing partner of the firm’s New York office. “Given the surge of complex class action litigation being handled by our firm, Jason was a natural addition to the team.”
Seyfarth Shaw first opened its New York office in 1979 with seven attorneys. Today, the office is home to over 100 attorneys, many of whom are also admitted to practice in New Jersey and Connecticut. Practices represented in the New York office include: Bankruptcy, Workouts & Business Reorganization; Commercial Class Action Defense; Commercial Litigation; Corporate; eDiscovery; Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation; Labor & Employment; Real Estate; Securities & Financial Litigation; Structured & Real Estate Finance; Tax; and Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud, & Non-Competes.