Quarles & Brady Welcomes William Hamilton, Leading E-Discovery Expert, ACEDS Chairperson and A Founding Partner of Quarles & Brady's Tampa Office

Quarles & Brady recently welcomed attorney William ("Bill") Hamilton, a leading expert in the e-discovery field, into its ranks. Bill is a founding partner of the Firm's brand new Tampa, Florida office.

A seasoned litigator, Bill is Board Certified in Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida College of Law, teaching one of the nation's first full credit courses in electronic discovery and digital evidence. He teaches e-discovery at the Florida Advanced Judicial College and has participated in drafting e-discovery rules for state and federal courts. A featured speaker at American Arbitration Association University events on e-disclosure in the arbitral process, he is a frequent writer and speaker on electronic discovery, business litigation and evidence, and a member of both The Sedona Conference® Working Group 1 and the Electronic Discovery Reference Model.

Recently, Bill became the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the member organization for professionals in the private and public sector who work in the field of e-discovery. ACEDS is working to build a community of specialists that will serve as a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas, guidance and best practices while also providing training in the field. Its most important service will be a program that culminates in the awarding of the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) certification to qualified candidates -- both individuals and organizations -- who pass a rigorous examination. ACEDS's goal is to provide members with job tools and training and networking to help them meet e-discovery challenges, improve their job performance and effectiveness and advance their careers. ACEDS goal is to improve the collective competence of the legal system in matters of e-discovery, which will have the added benefit of streamlining the process, reducing the amount of discovery disputes and, especially, reducing the cost significantly for clients along the way.

Bill and ACEDS have teamed up with ALM, the leading provider of current legal news and information. As part of ALM's 22nd Annual General Counsel Conference on June 8-9th, 2010 at The New York Marriott Marquis, Bill introduced ACEDS and its mission to the audience. Among the many topics covered throughout the Conference was Reducing Cost from Electronic Discovery.

Bill looks forward to joining the E-Discovery Bytes blogging team and we look forward to his posts coming in the near future.