Adam Cohen provides a unique blend of technical and legal expertise. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and former litigator who for more than 20 years has advised clients on the intersection of technology and law at the business enterprise. His work encompasses the spectrum of proactive and reactive disciplines involved in data governance, compliance, and security, including areas such as cyber security, digital forensics and electronic discovery, data privacy, information governance, and records management.
Typically, Mr. Cohen’s engagements are not public, but rather highly confidential, attorney-client privileged consulting. However, his career highlights include being appointed by former U.S. District Court Judge Hon. Shira Scheindlin to serve as neutral eDiscovery expert in Floyd et al. v. City of New York et al. (the NYPD “stop and frisk” case), as well as leading forensic technology teams in Major League Baseball’s investigation, by former Senator George Mitchell, of performance enhancing drug use.
As a litigator, Mr. Cohen was a partner at one of the world’s top law firms, where he represented global business enterprises in complex litigation involving technology issues, primarily intellectual property disputes. In 2006, with the electronic discovery industry poised for rapid growth triggered by amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, he left law practice for technology consulting.
In addition to being an experienced advisor, Mr. Cohen is a prolific author and teacher whose work has been cited in landmark federal court opinions. He is coauthor of the two-volume legal treatise Electronic Discovery: Law and Practice (cited in seminal federal court opinions such as Zubulake v. UBS Warburg, Lorraine v. Markel, and others, including a Circuit Court of Appeals opinion on data privacy), which has been annually updated since its publication in 2004.
For more than ten years (and since 2010 at Fordham Law School in New York), Mr. Cohen has taught law school classes covering information governance, electronic discovery, data privacy, and electronic evidence.
B.A., Philosophy, 1990
Ernst & Young
2011 - 2015
Senior managing director
2006 - 2011
Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP
1997 - 2006
BRG experts led the investigation for and advised a for-profit educational entity with response to governmental investigation and U.S. Senate Committee Document Request; and performed initial scoping, forensic preservation, processing, review, and production of electronically stored information in investigative matters for schools involved in litigation.
News & Insights
- Inside CounselJanuary 19, 2016
- Corporate Counselor 30(9)December 2015
- Inside CounselDecember 1, 2015
- Inside CounselOctober 15, 2015
- Inside CounselSeptember 15, 2015
- Inside CounselAugust 7, 2015
- Inside CounselJune 29, 2015
- Legaltech NewsMay 19, 2015
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- May 11-12, 2017
- December 8-9, 2016
- November 10-11, 2016
- October 19-23, 2016
- September 21-23, 2016
- April 11-13, 2016
- January 22, 2016
- January 6, 2016
- November 19-20, 2015
- June 29, 2015
- June 10, 2015
News & Commentary
- ABA JournalMarch 24, 2017
- BRG press releaseDecember 16, 2015
New York State Bar Association
Chair Emeritus, E-Discovery Committee
Georgetown Law Cyber Security and Advanced E-Discovery Institute
Sedona Conference Working Groups 6 and 11
Defense Research Institute
Data Security and Management Committee
American Bar Association
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts