May Tal Gongolevsky

Partner

New York
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Overview

May Tal Gongolevsky counsels clients on issues relating to electronic discovery, data privacy, software licensing, and general law and technology issues. As an attorney with a technical background as a computer programmer, she understands, advises and counsels clients on a myriad of legal and technical questions relating to the electronic discovery process, data mapping and technology licensing. Having practiced abroad, May Tal is sensitive to legal and cultural differences that arise during international transactions negotiations, U.S. proceedings involving foreign participants, and data protection and data privacy issues. A resourceful and client-focused advocate, she remains abreast of developments in the ever-changing fields of e-discovery and data privacy in order to understand and assist with the complex hurdles her clients face.

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  • Utilizing extensive knowledge of e-discovery strategies and processes, counsels clients and colleagues on evolving case law and technologies relating to the defensible management, preservation, collection, review, and production of electronic records and evidence, as well as every stage of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model regarding a wide spectrum of issues.
  • Counsels and represents clients in a broad range of domestic and international commercial transactions in the areas of software and patent licensing, contract manufacturing, copyright, privacy, Internet, e-commerce, semiconductor, information technology services, cloud computing, mobile computing, Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, SaaS and life sciences.
  • Advises clients on cutting-edge issues related to the collection, use, sharing, transferring securing and safeguarding of personal information and data. Experienced in U.S. and international privacy and data protection laws, incident response, cyber risk, and information lifecycle.
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Experience

  • Utilizing extensive knowledge of e-discovery strategies and processes, counsels clients and colleagues on evolving case law and technologies relating to the defensible management, preservation, collection, review, and production of electronic records and evidence, as well as every stage of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model regarding a wide spectrum of issues.
  • Counsels and represents clients in a broad range of domestic and international commercial transactions in the areas of software and patent licensing, contract manufacturing, copyright, privacy, Internet, e-commerce, semiconductor, information technology services, cloud computing, mobile computing, Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, SaaS and life sciences.
  • Advises clients on cutting-edge issues related to the collection, use, sharing, transferring securing and safeguarding of personal information and data. Experienced in U.S. and international privacy and data protection laws, incident response, cyber risk, and information lifecycle.
  • Advises clients on building privacy protections into their business practices, including connected products and services (Internet of Things), cloud-based and mobile services, and social media initiatives, and on managing the related “Big Data” implications.
  • Assists clients in evaluating and managing privacy risks in connection with strategic technology transactions, cyber incident response, IT outsourcing, and M&A due diligence.
  • Lead privacy and data counsel to publicly traded mining company, providing counsel on the development and execution of enterprise wide data strategy and technology transactions.
  • Lead technology counsel on $35 million front-of-the-house, timekeeping, HR and back office cloud services acquisition for national private equity-backed restaurant franchise company.
  • Developed and implemented numerous complex data transfers for large multinational corporations subject to data protection restrictions in connection with ongoing U.S. proceedings. Handled legal and technical aspects to ensure cost savings and a legally defensible process.
  • Member of the team that represented a major European post-trade services provider in litigation relating to efforts to recover on a default judgment against a foreign government. Handled discovery, technology and data protection issues.
  • Provided discovery and data privacy advice to multiple international entities in connection with criminal and civil investigations led by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Advised local and foreign clients regarding data, discovery and privacy considerations in connection with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Justice investigations into Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
  • Exclusively carried out the negotiation process over unique provisions and costs involved in technology licensing transactions for major telecommunications companies, billing providers, biotech and life sciences companies, and software developers. 
  • Member of the team that represented a leading communications company in a $200 million joint venture/outsourcing transaction with a large North American incumbent telecom company, enabling the companies to provide innovative services. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York Discovery Counsel Forum

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Military Service

  • Israeli Defense Force: Computer Programmer, Rank of Sergeant (1993 to 1995)

Admissions

  • New York, 2003
  • Israel, 2000

Education

  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2003, with distinction
  • LL.B., Tel Aviv University, The Buchmann Faculty of Law, 1999

Languages

  • Hebrew

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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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