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David G. Ries

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Pittsburgh
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219

David G. Ries focuses his practice in the areas of environmental, commercial and technology litigation. He has used computers in his practice since the early 1980s and chairs the firm's E-Discovery and Records Management Group. Dave more than 35 years of experience in these areas and has frequently lectured and written concerning them for legal, educational, and professional groups. He has recently addressed in his practice and teaching such current issues as information security and privacy, environmental site remediation, challenges to penalties, admissibility of expert opinions, e-discovery and environmental forensics.

Education

  • J.D., Boston College, 1974
    Cum Laude
    Member, Boston College Industrial and Commercial Law Review
  • B.A., Boston College, 1971
    Magna Cum Laude

Professional / Civic Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Past President and Trustee, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation­
  • Member, Marcellus Shale Coalition
  • Member, International Society of Environmental Forensics
  • Member, Editorial Board, Environmental Forensics (a peer reviewed journal)
  • Member, ASTM Committee E5O (Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Collective Action)
  • Member, Air and Waste Management Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, InfraGard, Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Member, Information Systems Security Association
  • Hearing Committee Chair and Member, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1997-2003)

Bar / Court Admissions

  • ­Commonwealth of Pennsylvania­
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan­
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan­
  • E-Discovery Special Master, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association (Past Chair, Technology Utilization Committee, Past Chair, Environmental Law Section; Member, Civil Litigation and Federal Court Sections)
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association (Member, Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law and Civil Litigation Sections)­
  • Member, American Bar Association (Law Practice Management Section Council; ABA TECHSHOW Board (2005 - 2008); Member: Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Litigation Section, Science and Technology Law Section, e-Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee, and Information Security Committee)

Publications / Presentations

  • Panelist, “Locked Down: Security for Cloud Services and Mobile Devices," American Bar Association CLE, Dallas, February 2013.
  • Presenter, "Emerging Legal Standards for Data Protection," Pittsburgh Chapter of ISACA, October 2012.
  • Speaker, "Locked Down: How Security for Mobile Devices Helps Avoid Ethical Dilemmas," ABA Webinar, May 2012.
  • Speaker, “Anatomy of a Law Firm Security Breach” (Advanced IT Track) and “Top 5 Technologies in Advanced E-Discovery” (E-Discovery / Advanced Topics Track), ABA TECHSHOW, Chicago, March 2012.
  • Presenter, “Information Security Law Update 2012,” Pittsburgh Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, March 2012.
  • Speaker on ethics panels on Confidentiality Obligations for Lawyers and E-Discovery Obligations for Lawyers at the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s Thirty-Second Annual Institute, May, 2011 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA.
  • Contributing author, Information Security & Privacy: A Practical Guide for Global Executives, Lawyers and Technologists (American Bar Association 2011).
  • Spoke on Experts and Work Product at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Environmental Law Forum in Harrisburg, PA in April 2011.
  • Speaker, ”Ethics in Leasing in the Marcellus Shale,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Development Issues in the Major Shale Plays, Pittsburgh, December 2010.
  • Speaker, “Evidence Issues in Climate Change Cases” at the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s Climate Change Short Course, West Virginia University Law School, August 2010.
  • Speaker and Course Planner, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Identity Theft program, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, May 2010.
  • Speaker and Course Planner, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Digital Detectives program, Pittsburgh, May 2010.
  • Speaker, “Techno Ethics: Proceed With Caution!” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation's 31st Annual Institute, Amelia Island, Florida, May 2010.
  • Co-author, “Expert Opinions in Environmental Litigation: a Daubert Update,” in the proceedings of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s Thirty-First Annual Institute, May 2010.
  • Gave an “Information Security Law Update,” Pittsburgh Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, May 2009.
  • Speaker and Course Planner for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s E-Discovery program, Pittsburgh, December 2009.
  • Speaker and Course Planner for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s E-Commerce program, Pittsburgh, December 2009.
  • Participated in a demonstration direct and cross-examination of a computer forensics examiner for Evidence in the Information Age, presented by the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Law and Forensic Science, Duquesne University, October 2009.
  • Presenter, “Ethics Session: Attorneys and Clients in Conflict,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s 34th Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, October 2009.
  • Speaker, “The Top 10 Developments in Privacy & Security” and “Case Studies: Corporate Response to Privacy & Security Breaches” at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Privacy & Security program in Pittsburgh in June 2009.
  • Spoke on “E-Discovery Ethics: Staying Out of the Briar Patch,” Energy & Mineral Foundation’s 30th Annual Institute, Hilton Head Island, SC, May 2009.
  • Spoke on “Anatomy of a Law Firm Data Breach – the Threat is Real” for the International Legal Technology Association in Pittsburgh, PA in April 2009.
  • Spoke on “E-Discovery Ethics – An Ounce of Prevention” and “Techno Ethics – Be Safe Not Sorry” at the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW 2009, Chicago, IL, April 2009.
  • Gave a presentation on “Current Issues in Information Security Law” for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association in March 2009.
  • Spoke on “The World Has Changed – Dealing With Electronic Discovery in IP Litigation” at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Intellectual Property Law Institute in Philadelphia, PA in March 2009.
  • Presenter, "Litigation Holds: Understanding the Duty to Preserve Electronic Records," Thorp Reed & Armstrong Webcast, February 24, 2009.
  • Editor and author of two chapters, “What’s It All About?” and “Professional Responsibility Considerations,” in eDiscovery published by PBI Press, November 2008.
  • Co-Chair and speaker, "The Best of Legal Technology” (T-BOLT) seminar, November 2008.
  • Gave an ethics presentation on “Multijurisdictional Practice: Lawyering Here, There, or Anywhere” at the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s 29th Annual Institute in Lake Buena Vista, FL in May 2008.
  • Spoke on “Demonstrative Evidence and Related Evidentiary Issues” at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Environmental Law Forum in Harrisburg, PA in April 2008.
  • Presenter, "Pennsylvania Environmental Law Considerations for Contractors and Developers," Thorp Reed & Armstrong Webcast, March 26, 2008.
  • Board member and speaker at the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW 2008, Chicago, IL, March 2008. Spoke on “Anatomy of a Law Firm Data Breach,” “Ethics in E-Discovery,” and “Securing Your Client’s Data While on the Road.”
  • Gave an “Information Security Law Update” for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, March 2008.
  • Spoke on “Records Management: Current Issues in Retention, Disposition and E-Discovery” at the ISACA/ISSA Security Forum, December 2007.
  • Course planner and speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s “E-Commerce: Legal & Practical Issues” Program, December 2007. Spoke on records management and information security law.
  • Served as a course planner and speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s “E-Discovery” Program, November 2007.
  • Wrote “Records Management: Current Issues in Retention, Destruction and E-Discovery,” Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly, November 2007.
  • Spoke on "Demonstrative Evidence and Related Evidentiary Issues," at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Environmental Law Forum in Harrisburg, Pa, April 2007.
  • Board Member and Speaker at the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW 2007, Chicago, IL, March 2007. Gave presentations on "Safe Inside and Out – Building a More Secure Network" and "Technology Inside the Courthouse Door."
  • Spoke on "Liability for Security Breaches – Myth or Reality," for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, March 2007.
  • Organized and participated in “State vs. Acme Manufacturing Co., a Demonstration Daubert Hearing,” involving expert opinions on hydrogeology and risk assessment, National Ground Water Association’s Ground Water and Environmental Law Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2006, the American Academy of Forensics 59th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 2007, and the Association of Environmental Health and Sciences 17th Annual West Coast Conference on Soils, Sediments and Water, San Diego, CA, March 2007.
  • Gave a presentation on "Information Security Law: An Overview," for the Pittsburgh Chapter of ISACA, February 2007.
  • Published "Information Security for Attorneys: An Ethical Obligation," in the Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly, January 2007.
  • Spoke on "E–Discovery & Records Retention after Zubulake" for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel in Philadelphia, PA, December 2006.
  • Course planner and speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s "E-Discovery: The New Federal Rules" in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA, October 2006
  • Spoke on "Security and Privacy in an Unsecure World" at the Pacific Legal Technology Conference in Vancouver, B.C. in October 2006, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Law Society of British Columbia.
  • Presentation on "The New Federal E-Discovery Rules-Professional Responsibility Issues (Ethics)" at the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation’s 31st Mineral Law Conference in Lexington, KY, October 2006.
  • Spoke on "Information Security for Lawyers and Law Firms" at the American Bar Association’s National Legal Malpractice Conference in Chicago, IL, September 2006.
  • Course planner and speaker, “Liability for Security Breaches – Myth or Reality” and “Identity Theft – Today’s Epidemic,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Technology Law Forum in Philadelphia, PA, August 2006.
  • Speaker, “Information Security for Attorneys – An Ethical Obligation,” Energy and Mineral Law Foundation’s 27th Annual Institute in Williamsburg, VA, May 2006.
  • Contributing author, Information Security for Lawyers and Law Firms, American Bar Association, 2006.
  • Board Member and Speaker, American Bar Association TECHSHOW 2006, Chicago, IL, April 2006. Spoke on “Information Security for Lawyers and Law Firms” and “Law and Technology: The Year in Review and the Year Ahead.”
  • Course planner and speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute E-Discovery programs held in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, March 2006.
  • Spoke on “Information Security - Legal Issues” for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, January 2006.
  • Lectured on “Records Management in Today’s Electronic Workplace” and “Identity Theft - Today’s Epidemic” at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Business Lawyer’s Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in October 2005.
  • Published “Expert Opinions in Environmental Litigation: Gatekeeping Twelve Years after Daubert” in the September 2005 edition of Environmental Forensics.
  • Course planner, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Technology Law Forum in Philadelphia in 2005; spoke on "E-Discovery 101," "E-Discovery 201," and “Courtroom Technology in Today’s Trial Strategy.”
  • Spoke on “Expert Opinions in Environmental Litigation: Current Developments” and served as a moderator at the National Ground Water Association’s 2005 Ground Water and Environmental Law Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in July 2005.
  • Spoke on “Attorneys and Technology – Ethical Issues and Beyond” at the Allegheny County Bar Association’s T-BOLT conference in April 2005.
  • Gave presentations on “Cyber Self-Defense” and “Hot Issues in Information Security” at the ABA TECHSHOW 2005 in Chicago, IL.
  • Lectured on “Expert Opinions in Environmental Litigation – Practical Considerations” at the 20th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments and Water at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in October 2004; also presented "Expert Opinions in Environmental Litigation - Gatekeeping 10 Years After Daubert," for the 19th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments and Water in October 2003.
  • Spoke on “Records Management – Professional Responsibility Considerations” for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s 29th Mineral Law Conference in Lexington, Kentucky in October 2004 (program is posted on the WestLegalEd Center for on-line viewing); at the same conference, also spoke on “Records Management in Today’s Electronic Workplace” at a joint session with the Kentucky Coal Association.
  • Course planner, PBI’s Technology Law Forum, held in Philadelphia in August, 2004; spoke on "E-Contracting" and "Attorneys and Technology: Ethical Considerations and Beyond."
  • "The Patriot Act: Its Impact on the Conduct of Business," TEQ Magazine, June/July 2004 edition.
  • Spoke on "Advanced Discovery 201 – Cutting Edge Electronic Discovery for Geeks and Like-Minded Attorneys" at the Allegheny County Bar Association’s "The Encyclopedia of Electronic Discovery" in May 2004.
  • Served on the steering committee and as defense counsel in a moot court prosecution of a computer intruder for "Protecting Business From Cyber Crime," a program presented by Duquesne University School of Law and co-sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and InfraGard in May 2004.
  • Spoke on "Expert Opinions in Environmental Litigation After Daubert and the New Federal Rule 702" for the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering’s course "Environmental Litigation: Advanced Forensics and Litigation Strategies" in April 2001, and also at the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation’s 26th Mineral Law Conference in Lexington, Kentucky in October 2001, and published a paper in its proceedings.
  • Organized and participated in a panel presentation on "Reporting Client Misconduct: Whistleblowing and Going Up the Corporate Ladder After Enron" at the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation’s 24th Annual Institute in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in June 2003. Program is posted on the WestLegalEd Center for online viewing.­
  • Spoke on "Records Management - Current Issues in Retention, Destruction and E-Discovery," for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in 2002 and 2003, and for the University of Pittsburgh Law School and Duquesne University Law School in 2003, 2004 and 2005.­
  • Lectured on "Attorneys and Technology - Ethical Considerations and Beyond" for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Allegheny County Bar Association in 2002 and 2003.
  • Spoke on "Attorneys and Electronic Communications - Ethical Considerations and Beyond" at the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation’s 25th Annual Institute in Hot Springs, Virginia in May 2004, and also at their Winter Energy Workshops in Sanibel Island, Florida in February 2002.
  • Spoke at a multistate televised continuing legal education program, "E-mail Breakdowns and Misuse of Personal Information Online - Distractions or Causes of Action?" which was satellite broadcast from Dallas, Texas in July 2001. Prepared course materials which were published in The Cyberspace Lawyer in September, 2001.­
  • Lectured on "Computer Presentations for Lawyers," a program focusing on courtroom technology, for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in 2002, and for the University of Pittsburgh Law School and Duquesne University Law School in 2003 and 2004.
  • Gave presentations on "Legal Issues in Information Security" for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in 2003, 2004 and 2005.­
  • Wrote "A Looming Deadline for Lawyers: How Federal Law May Require You to Take Steps to Protect the Security of Client Financial Information" for The Pennsylvania Lawyer, March-April 2003.
  • Spoke on Internet Security at Carnegie Mellon University’s Interface 2001 technology conference in March 2001.
  • Addressed the government’s role in technology at Carnegie Mellon University’s inaugural T3 Conference, Tomorrow’s Technology Today 2000.
  • Spoke on "Airports and the Environment" at the American Association of Airport Executive’s 72nd Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Delivered a presentation, "The Carrot, the Stick and the Hamnmer: Criminal Enforcement of Federal Environmental Laws," for the Twentieth Annual Institute of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation in Washington, D.C. and published a paper in its proceedings.
  • Served as a course planner and speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s courses, "E-Commerce: Legal and Practical Issues," in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004; "Environmental Practice in an Electronic Era" in 2001; and "Hot Topics in Privacy" in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Prepared course materials, including Protecting Consumer Online Privacy - An Overview.