Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 60 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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In 2013 every virtually all of our individuals and businesses use computers and the Internet to send emails, participate in Social Media, and conduct business. As a result the proliferation of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) will undoubtedly continue to grow in the future. With the social changes brought about by the evolution of Social Media more sources of ESI have become part of the evidence in litigation throughout the world. This paper will provide advice about ESI and admissibility at trial.
I. WHAT IS ELECTRONICALLY STORED INFORMATION (ESI)?
With the advent of ESI in litigation a group called the Sedona Conference was founded in 2002. (https://thesedonaconference.org/) Since then has been provided a wealth of information about ESI. Of course much of the impetus for courts to get a handle on ESI was the incredible volume of ESI and its ubiquitous nature, not to mention that a number of US District Judges issued significant Order for the destruction of ESI which penalized many litigants. As a result of much discussion and public vetting the in 2006 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended specifically to deal with ESI. Since the US District Courts hear both criminal and civil matters it seems pretty clear that the impact on the federal judiciary will never be the same.
One of the benefits we have today is that in 2012 the Federal Judicial Center published “Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Second Edition” (the “Pocket Guide”) (http://www.fjc.gov/public/pdf.nsf/lookup/eldscpkt2d_eb.pdf/$file/eldscpkt2d_eb.pdf)
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