Edward J. Jacobs

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Overview

Ted Jacobs serves as BakerHostetler's E-Discovery Advocacy and Management (EDAM) team leader, a full-service discovery management team covering all aspects of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) framework, including preservation, collection, review, and presentation of electronic evidence. Ted is a litigator focusing on complex commercial and class action litigation after having managed some of the largest discovery-heavy multi-jurisdictional litigations in the world. Ted is a skilled negotiator in the discovery arena, helping clients navigate and minimize the risks, disruption to business and costs associated with litigation. Ted appears in court or in arbitrations arguing complex discovery and substantive legal issues on a regular basis. With the ability to see how critical discovery-related strategy might play out in litigation, trial or settlement discussions, he brings a practical focus to electronic discovery that recognizes not just the importance of disciplined litigation support, but also the role of focused advocacy in addressing the burdens, costs and opportunities of discovery in modern complex litigation. Ted oversees EDAM's national role providing e-discovery expertise to BakerHostetler's Chambers-ranked Privacy and Data Protection team.

As the national lead of BakerHostetler’s LGBTQ Affinity Group, pro bono coordinator for the New York Office, and member of the firmwide Diversity Council, Ted participates in numerous efforts to promote social justice causes. Ted recently led a team that, as co-counsel with the Human Rights Campaign, secured an injunction against enforcement of a 2020 United States Department of Health and Human Services rule that sought to deny protections against discrimination in the provision of health care to members of the trans community. Ted recently led a team that through litigation secured a significant change in policy on how New York State prison systems treat incarcerated individuals who identify as trans or gender non-conforming. Ted also sits on the Board of Directors of Urban Word NYC and Lawyers for Good Government.

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  • E-Discovery counsel to a Fortune 15 healthcare company assisting with the re-structuring and drafting substantive standard of practice policies covering all aspects their in-house e-Discovery policies, including staffing, use of technology, and re-negotiation of preferred vendor relationships.
  • Discovery lead for a class action litigation involving a cyberattack on a leading health care insurance provider.
  • Discovery Coordinator of the BakerHostetler legal team serving as court-appointed counsel to Irving H. Picard, the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS), responsible for the overall strategic and day-to-day execution of discovery across the hundreds of proceedings brought by the SIPA Trustee to recover billions of dollars of stolen funds.
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Experience

  • E-Discovery counsel to a Fortune 15 healthcare company assisting with the re-structuring and drafting substantive standard of practice policies covering all aspects their in-house e-Discovery policies, including staffing, use of technology, and re-negotiation of preferred vendor relationships.
  • Discovery lead for a class action litigation involving a cyberattack on a leading health care insurance provider.
  • Discovery Coordinator of the BakerHostetler legal team serving as court-appointed counsel to Irving H. Picard, the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS), responsible for the overall strategic and day-to-day execution of discovery across the hundreds of proceedings brought by the SIPA Trustee to recover billions of dollars of stolen funds.
  • Lead attorney on several BLMIS adversary proceedings involving feeder funds and financial institutions, including Picard v. Merkin, et al., Adv. Proc. No. 09-01182 (SMB), and Picard v. Katz, et al., 11-CV-03605 (JSR).
  • Trial counsel for a major food packaging producer in connection with a multidistrict commercial contract dispute with a supplier.
  • Discovery manager for a major aluminum can sheet producer in several long-term supply contract disputes with leading beverage makers.
  • Advisor to a major tax consulting firm in connection with the handling of third-party subpoenas and governmental requests.
  • Discovery manager for a leading Wall Street law firm in connection with claims brought by investors in In re Enron Securities Litigation.
  • Trial team member in a class action defense of an underwriting syndicate in In re Global Crossing Securities Litigation.
  • Discovery manager for a major Wall Street bank in connection with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Research Analyst Conflicts of Interest investigation.
  • Advisor to a major oil and gas valve producer with regard to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance and activities of overseas offices.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro "Super Lawyer" (2013 to 2018)

Memberships

  • Out Leadership: Leadership Committee
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Sedona Conference Working Group 1: Member
  • New York E-Discovery Roundtable

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Community

  • Urban Word NYC: Board Member

Pro Bono

  • Has an active pro bono practice and has demonstrated sustained leadership in the area of LGBT rights since working with the Legal Department of Gay Men's Health Crisis in 1999 prior to attending law school.
  • Represents the Human Rights Campaign in the writing of an amicus brief from leading child welfare associations who believe that transgendered students in public schools should be allowed to use the restroom of their gender identity. The brief will be filed in G. G. v. Gloucester County School Board, which is currently pending in the Supreme Court of the United States. 
  • Has successfully represented individuals from Guatemala, Cuba, Jamaica and Venezuela fleeing persecution in their home countries based on sexual orientation and HIV status in both administrative proceedings and in U.S. Immigration Court.
  • In 2010, participated on a team representing the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law by filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of employees' anti-discrimination rights in Straub v. Proctor Hospital, where the plaintiff alleged he was improperly discharged from his job due to his National Guard service in violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • Organized a diverse coalition of religious communities and clergy throughout New York state from 2005 to 2006 in order to submit an amicus brief to the New York Court of Appeals in support of marriage equality in that state.

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2002
  • M.T.S., Harvard University, 1998
  • B.A., Colgate University, 1996, magna cum laude

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Discovery Advocate
Adapting E-Discovery Workflows to a Remote Work Environment
By May Tal Gongolevsky, Edward J. Jacobs, Victoria M. Rutherfurd, Joshua A. Satter
May 21, 2020
As courts and litigants adapt to the new normal by instituting social distancing measures through remote hearings and depositions, how we preserve, collect and produce documents should not be an afterthought. While the practice of...
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