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Gareth T. Evans, Partner at Redgrave LLP, is one of the nation’s leading eDiscovery litigators and advisors. As a seasoned attorney, he has made hundreds of court appearances and taken and defended hundreds of depositions. Gareth enjoys being at the “tip of the spear,” representing clients in contentious and high-stakes disputes. He has represented clients in numerous industries, including financial services, accounting, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, insurance, energy, gaming, manufacturing, and technology. Gareth is passionate about eDiscovery and information law, tenacious in the courtroom, and enjoys helping his clients identify and obtain the best outcomes inside and outside the courthouse.
Gareth’s work not only includes serving as eDiscovery counsel in highly contested and high-profile litigations, but it also focuses on advising clients on defensible disposition, data remediation and records retention policies and practices, appropriately scoping legal holds, and evaluating and implementing legal hold technology solutions. He is skilled in assisting clients with developing strategies for expedited and cost-effective search and review of large document populations, and finding key facts early in investigations and litigation, using technology assisted review and other methodologies.
Prior to joining Redgrave LLP, Gareth was a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP focusing on eDiscovery, information law, complex business litigation, and governmental investigations. He was a founder and chair of the firm’s eDiscovery and Information Law Practice. Following law school, Gareth served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gordon Thompson, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
Featured Professional Memberships
•Member, Steering Committee, The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production Working Group 1
•Member, The Sedona Conference® Working Group on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery, and Disclosure Working Group 6
•Member, The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Group 11
•Board Member, Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society
•“A Tale of Two Cases: TAR Trouble Arises From ESI Protocol” (Legaltech News January 2021) (The Legal Intelligencer 2021 E-Discovery Special Section March 2021)
•“6th Circ. Opioid Opinion On Federal Rules Helps Cos. In MDLs” (Law360, May 11, 2020) (co-author: Nick Snavely)
•“The Sedona Conference® Primer on Social Media—Second Edition” (August 2018) (Public Comment Edition) (drafting team member and Working Group 1 Steering Committee Liaison)
•“Unfinished Business: A Wish List for New FRCP Amendments” (Legaltech News, December 2017) (co-authors: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Philip Favro, Driven)
•“The Sedona Conference®, Tar Case Law Primer A Project of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production” (Wg1), 18 Sedona Conf. J. 1 (August 2017) (Senior Contributing Editor (primary drafter))
Recent Speaking Engagements
•Presenter, “California Roundtable – A Discussion of the 2020 changes to handling eDiscovery under California law,” San Diego Paralegal Association and ACEDS Orange County Chapter’s eDiscovery Summer Refresher 2.0 Virtual Conference (August 2021)
•Panelist, “Working Group 1 Virtual Town Hall on Technology Assisted Review (“TAR”),” The Sedona Conference® Virtual Town Hall (March 2, 2021)
•Panelist, “AI and Privilege Review Today—and Tomorrow,” Corporate Counsel Business Journal CLE Webinar Panel (February 24, 2021)
•Panelist, “Demystifying AI - Robotic Process Automation (“RPA”) – Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Neural Networks and Natural Language Processing (“NLP”),” Corporate Counsel Business Journal Inner Circle E-Discovery Event (December 9, 2020)
•Panelist, “Ephemeral Messaging – Navigating Risk Amid Increasing Adoption,” Redgrave LLP Webinar (January 2019)
•Panelist, “Legal Holds 2.0 – Modernizing Your Legal Holds,” Redgrave LLP Webinar (December 2019)
•Moderator, “Litigating at the Intersection of Sedona Principle 6 and Cooperation and Transparency: Guidance on How to Find the Right Balance,” The Sedona Conference® Working Group 1 Annual Meeting (Los Angeles, California; October 25, 2018)
•Panelist, “eDiscovery Trends and Recent Developments: What You Need to Know,” Redgrave LLP Webinar (October 23, 2018)
•Panelist, “Sedona: IG Pros Can Be Proportionality Super Heroes!” ARMA Live! 2018 Conference (Anaheim, California; October 22, 2018)
•Speaker, “Authentication and Admissibility of Social Media Evidence,” Webinar, The Sedona Conference® Social Media Primer—Second Edition (August 8, 2018)
•Moderator, “Guidance from In-House Lawyers to Law Firms and Other Legal Service Providers,” The Sedona Conference® Working Group 1 Mid-Year Meeting (Nashville, Tennessee; May 3-4, 2018)
Client Work Highlights
•Gareth was the primary author of briefs in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court regarding whether courts may compel production of documents hitting search terms without further review, resulting in the production of documents beyond the permitted scope of discovery under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1) (relevant to the claims and defenses and proportional to the needs of the case).
•Gareth has served in a lead role in handling eDiscovery and privilege issues in high-stakes healthcare antitrust and alleged fraudulent billing litigation matters, including briefing and arguing motions challenging privilege logs, overseeing sealing work and handling motions to seal, leading meet and confer matters, correspondence and meetings with opposing counsel, and developing sampling procedures for structured data on healthcare and financial information systems.
•Gareth has acted as eDiscovery liaison in technology trade secrets litigation in federal court, handling legal hold, scope of preservation, scope of discovery, and meet and confer matters.
•Gareth has served as eDiscovery counsel in litigation in the gaming industry, including investigation, preservation, and collection of relevant ESI, formulating technology assisted review strategies, defending client’s review and production processes in court proceedings, and challenging the adequacy of the opposing party’s processes.
•Gareth has handled electronic document discovery and discovery disputes in securities litigation involving numerous custodians on behalf of one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers.
•Gareth has pursued spoliation claims and took depositions of the opposing parties’ key executives and expert in a healthcare fraud case in which his client obtained a $34 million jury verdict at trial.
New York University School of Law
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University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts
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