Nearly 800 attorneys strong, Wilson Elser serves clients of all sizes, across multiple industries. Wilson Elser has 37 strategically located offices in the United States and another in London. This depth and scale has made Wilson Elser one of the nation’s most influential law firms, ranked in the Am Law 200 and 53rd among the National Law Journal 500. Wilson Elser provides clients with full-service, first-class legal services, spanning the spectrum of litigation and related areas. Wilson Elser applies the discipline and diligence of effective litigation to virtually all areas of the law, drawing on a comprehensive roster of legal services to create multidisciplinary teams that give each client matter the best of the firm’s collective intelligence and capabilities.
Reasonable Discovery® is a professional services firm that quickly and reliably finds documents needed for investigation, compliance, records management or e-discovery – with professionals from Reasonable Discovery® explaining the process used to find the documents and defending the results. With the advent of sophisticated analytics software and lawyers skilled in using this software - who have an understanding of the case – Reasonable Discovery® can find relevant documents for a fraction of the cost of traditional document review. Leveraging the cost savings provided by elastic cloud computing, better internet bandwidth, and screen-sharing meetings, Reasonable Discovery® provides services that, without a long-term contract or maintenance agreement, will collect, process, de-dupe, de-Nist, thread, index, cluster and produce documents at cost, allowing for significant savings on professional services that eclipse any need for traditional, expensive, document review.
John Y. Benford is an attorney in the Orlando office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP. John devotes his practice to litigation and trials in both state and federal courts, and concentrates in the area of commercial and business litigation. John has been litigating and trying cases throughout Florida for 24 years, and has represented parties in a range of commercial and business lawsuits, including business torts, unfair competition, shareholder disputes, securities litigation, commercial real estate disputes, professional liability, breach of contract, and D&O liability. John has maintained an “AV” rating in skill and ethics in Martindale Hubbell since 2003, and has been selected for, among other things, Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite”.
John is a member of Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit Court’s Professional Panel and an active member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee, having served as the Committee’s Chair, Vice Chair and Law School Sub-Committee Chair. John frequently speaks at seminars on topics relating to trial practice and professionalism in the law. John received his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Washington and Lee University in 1987; his MBA, with honors, from University of Miami in 1991; and his law degree, with honors, from University of Miami School of Law in 1994, where he was a member of the Business Law Review.
Anne Kershaw’s company, Reasonable Discovery, LLC, offers next generation e-discovery and data investigation services, finding, explaining and defending whatever needs to be found for e-discovery, compliance and information governance purposes. Ms. Kershaw’s previous consulting practice, A. Kershaw, PC//Attorneys & Consultants, offered expertise in the areas of legacy data management and disposition and the development of sensible, cost-effective business records management programs that actually work. Reasonable Discovery, LLC, under Anne’s leadership, provides strategists who use litigation expertise and mastery of current technologies to provide clients with flexible, powerful solutions for collecting, interrogating and managing data. Anne also serves as a testifying and consulting expert, defending or challenging e-discovery processes and dispositions of accumulated legacy data. As an attorney and a nationally recognized data, litigation, and business records consultant, Anne provides independent analysis and innovative recommendations for the management and e-discovery of legacy and active data, including backup tapes, file shares, email and archives. She has provided advice and solutions for managing discovery, saving her clients millions of dollars in some of the nation’s largest litigations, including the tobacco litigation, repetitive stress litigation, securities fraud litigations, product liability MDLs, wage and hours class actions, anti-trust investigations/litigations, insurance antitrust MDLs, and investment fraud claims.
Anne Kershaw has been involved with high tech litigation management since 1993, taking management roles on national coordinating and trial counsel teams defending volume, multi-state, product liability claims. Ms. Kershaw is also co-founder of the non-profit E-Discovery Institute, where she served as President from 2006-2012. In addition, Ms. Kershaw is a Faculty Member of Columbia University's Executive Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy, was a faculty member of Georgetown University’s E-Discovery Academy and is currently an Advisory Board Member of Georgetown University Law Center's Advanced E-Discovery Institute. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Data Law Initiative at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is a Fellow of the eDiscovery & Legal Analytics Program at the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Arizona State University Law School. Ms. Kershaw is a frequent lecturer and in March 2007, she joined Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Harvard Law Professor Arthur Miller at Georgetown’s Thought Leadership Summit. In 2010, 2011 and 2014 she conducted workshops on electronic discovery at the Federal Judicial Center’s conferences for U.S. Magistrate Judges. In 2010, Ms. Kershaw published the Judge’s Guide to Cost-Effective E-Discovery, with a forward by the Hon. James C. Francis IV, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York. She is also the author of numerous published articles, all posted on the articles page of Reasonable Discovery, LLC’s website, and is a member of the Sedona Conference® Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention and Production, the Association of Records Management, and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Ms. Kershaw is also a member of the ABA Woman Advocate Committee and co-chairs the ABA’s E-Discovery and Litigation Technology Committee for the Corporate Counsel Litigation Section Committee.
Ms. Kershaw is a 1987 graduate, cum laude, of New York Law School (evening division) and a 1982 graduate of Bard College. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, United States Supreme Court, and all New York State Courts. Ms. Kershaw has an AV+ rating in Martindale Hubbell.