Magazine article Information Management

Judge, Considered an E-Discovery Visionary, Retires from Bench

Magazine article Information Management

Judge, Considered an E-Discovery Visionary, Retires from Bench

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck of the Southern District of New York (SDNY), author of some of the most significant opinions on e-discovery, has retired from the bench after 23 years of service, according to a March 5 article on the New York Law Journal page of Law. com.

In the article, Ian Lopez writes that Peck is "recognized internationally for bringing e-discovery competency to the attention of both the judiciary and bar."

Retired SDNY District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who in her own right is noted for the influential Zubulake ruling, considers Peck to be perhaps the first judge to tackle the subject of e-discovery head on: "He's been a giant in the field of e-discovery. He was in the field first and last . . . [he issued] one of his earliest opinions before any of us were in [the field]."

According to the Law.com article, the opinion Scheindlin referenced was 1995's Anti-Monopoly v Hasbro, in which Peck said "computerized data is discoverable if relevant."

Kenneth Withers, deputy executive director at The Sedona Conference®, refers to Peck as "the first judge to actually identify e-discovery as a unique phenomenon. …

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