May Tal Gongolevsky

Counsel

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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  • Effectively advised clients on every stage of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model regarding a wide spectrum of issues such as implementing legal holds, laying the groundwork for defensible preservation, mapping data, facilitating collection, setting up review projects, drafting electronically stored information protocols, 26(f) conferences and drafting arguments in support of discovery-related motions. 
  • 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.
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Experience

  • Effectively advised clients on every stage of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model regarding a wide spectrum of issues such as implementing legal holds, laying the groundwork for defensible preservation, mapping data, facilitating collection, setting up review projects, drafting electronically stored information protocols, 26(f) conferences and drafting arguments in support of discovery-related motions. 
  • 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

Blog

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Discovery Advocate
Attorneys’ Professional Duty of Care When Representing Clients in Litigation or an Investigation Requires Higher Technological Literacy
By May Tal Gongolevsky
June 14, 2017
The legal practice and technology go hand in hand, and a solid understanding of technology is crucial to satisfy the ethical duties owed by attorneys to their clients. In an opinion published on Feb. 21, the New York County Lawyers...
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