In this episode of the Expert Perspectives podcast, sponsored by Relativity and hosted on, we’re bringing you highlights from Relativity’s presentation on important data discovery legal developments in 2018, titled “Data Discovery Legal Year in Review. The discussion featured The Honorable Patricia D. Barksdale, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida; the Honorable James Francis, retired U.S. Magistrate Judge and Distinguished lecturer at the City University of New York School of Law; and David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel and Legal Education Director at Relativity.

This podcast is excerpted from the December 13th (2018) webcast of the same name, which can be found here in its entirety:

About The Honorable Patricia D. Barksdale:

Judge Barksdale has served as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida since 2013.  Before beginning her judicial service, Judge Barksdale’s legal career included experience in both the private and public sectors.  After serving as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Judge Barksdale was an associate at McGuireWoods, and she gained corporate experience as counsel for CSX Transportation. Her public service includes her work as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, where she was Senior Litigation Counsel from 2011 to 2013.  A magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, graduate of the University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law, Judge Barksdale a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame and is the Past Chair of The Florida Bar’s Federal Court Practice Committee.

About The Honorable James Francis:

James C. Francis IV is a distinguished lecturer at CUNY Law School. Previously, he was a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York from 1985 to 2017 and served as Chief Magistrate Judge from 1998 to 2000. Judge Francis graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1974, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his juris doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 1978 and a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the same year. Following graduation from law school, Judge Francis clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter in the Southern District of New York. He then joined the Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid Society where he conducted impact litigation in the areas of housing and education and served as director of the Disability Rights Unit until his appointment to the bench. From 2003 until 2017, Judge Francis was an adjunct professor at the Fordham University School of Law where he taught Constitutional Torts. He has served on the Legal Assistance, Federal Courts, Disability Rights, and Professional Responsibility Committees of the New York City Bar Association and the Federal Judiciary Committee of the New York State Bar Association. Judge Francis lectures frequently on electronic discovery, employment litigation, constitutional torts, legal ethics, and pretrial practice.

About David Horrigan:

David Horrigan is discovery counsel and legal education director at Relativity.  An attorney, award-winning journalist, and former legal technology industry analyst, David has served as counsel at the Entertainment Software Association, reporter and assistant editor at The National Law Journal, and analyst and counsel at 451 Research.  A law school guest lecturer and legal media contributor, David has been cited in The American Lawyer, American Public Media, Bloomberg BNA, Corporate Counsel, JUVE (Germany), The Wall Street Journal CIO Journal, The Washington Examiner, among others, and he has been cited in law reviews and journals of Emory University, Northwestern University, Yale University, and others.  David serves on the Data Law Board of Advisors at Cardozo Law School and the Editorial Advisory Board of Legaltech News. He holds a juris doctor from the University of Florida, studied international law at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands, and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia. He serves also as host of Relativity’s Uncivil Procedure podcast.

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