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Adam I. Cohen

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Overview

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.

Education

Duke University
J.D., 1993

Wesleyan University
B.A., Philosophy, 1990

Employment History

Ernst & Young
Principal
2011 - 2015

FTI Consulting
Senior managing director
2006 - 2011

Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP
Partner
1997 - 2006

Engagements

Representative Engagements

News & Insights

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

New York State Bar Association
Chair Emeritus, E-Discovery Committee 

Georgetown Law Cyber Security and Advanced E-Discovery Institute
Advisory Board

Sedona Conference Working Groups 6 and 11

Defense Research Institute
Data Security and Management Committee

American Bar Association

Credentials

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Community/Civic Activities

Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts 
Board member