Dan Braude, co-chair of Wilson Elser’s e-Discovery practice and a member of the firm's Information Governance Leadership Committee, focuses on complex litigation involving product liability and commercial disputes, with an emphasis on related electronic discovery and document preservation issues. Dan counsels clients in the area of information governance including challenges associated with changing technology, cloud computing, and related data privacy and information security issues. In addition, Dan is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and he serves as an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law where he teaches a course on e-discovery.
Areas of Focus
In the product liability field, Dan represents manufacturers, including those in the transportation and recreational products industries, in federal and state courts. His notable experience includes case management and coordination of defense efforts in pattern litigation and appearing as coordinating counsel at depositions around the country. Dan’s practice frequently involves conferring and consulting with engineers on technical issues related to product design, development and manufacturing.
Commercial Litigation & Counseling
Dan represents clients in commercial disputes, as either plaintiffs or defendants, often in matters involving subcontractors and component suppliers. He has demonstrated an ability to meet client objectives not only in the courtroom but also through arbitration and mediation proceedings. In addition, Dan frequently counsels contractors in the public procurement arena with regard to responding to requests for proposals and related procurement issues.
As co-chair of the firm’s e-Discovery practice, Dan serves as a resource within the firm and for clients on a wide range of topics relating to electronically stored information (ESI). In his e-discovery work, Dan manages electronic document review efforts, evaluates and employs methods of technology-assisted review, and supervises teams of contract attorneys on large-scale review projects. Additionally, Dan counsels clients on electronic document retention issues and designs legal hold procedures to assist clients with defensible and cost-effective ESI preservation. He routinely serves as discovery counsel in commercial and product liability matters, frequently on behalf of manufacturers engaged in pattern litigation, and represents Wilson Elser as its designated e-Discovery liaison for large firm clients.
Dan has the strategic mindset to help organizations effectively manage and organize their information assets and the requisite knowledge to help contain costs and minimize related organizational risks. He performs auditing, assessment and investigation of current information governance practices and employee adherence to existing policies. Dan guides clients toward their information governance objectives by drafting document-retention plans, social media guidelines, cloud computing policies, permissible use policies and “bring your own device” policies. At the same time, he counsels clients on related data security issues and litigation readiness concerns, including the evaluation of legacy data retention and disposal. Dan routinely engages with clients’ IT employees, records managers and additional key stakeholders to train employees and monitor compliance with information governance policies.