In this episode of the Expert Perspectives podcast, sponsored by Lex Machina and hosted on, we’ll hear highlights from the June 11th presentation titled, How to Gain a Competitive Edge in Environmental Law with Legal Analytics. As environmental litigation evolves, and a potential crop of new legal issues arise with global climate change becoming more present, litigators need every edge they can find to formulate a winning case strategy. Carla Rydholm, Director or Product Development at Lex Machina, Deborah Sivas, Professor of Environmental Law at Stanford University and Michael C. Davis, Partner at Venable explore how applying legal analytics to environmental law can help you win more cases, land more clients and predict the behavior or judges, parties and opposing counsel.

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Carla Rydholm | Director of Product Management | Lex Machina

As Director of Product Management, Carla leads Lex Machina’s efforts to analyze and curate the highest quality case and docket data.

Carla previously practiced public interest law at the First Amendment Project, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting access to information. She earned a J.D. from Duke University, where she co-founded the Duke Journal for Law & Social Change. She also earned a Ph.D. from Duke in genetics & genomics and microbial evolution and a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia.

Deborah Sivas | Professor of Environmental Law | Stanford

A leading environmental litigator, Deborah A. Sivas, JD ’87, is director of the highly regarded Environmental Law Clinic, in which students provide legal counsel to dozens of national, regional and grassroots nonprofit organizations on a variety of environmental issues. Professor Sivas’s litigation successes include challenging the Bush administration’s gas mileage standards for SUVs and light trucks and holding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accountable for regulating the discharge of invasive species in ship ballast water. Her current research is focused on the interaction of law and science in the arena of climate change and coastal/marine policy and the ability of the public to hold policymakers accountable. She is a frequent speaker on these topics.

Prior to assuming the clinic directorship in 1997, Professor Sivas was a partner at Gunther, Sivas & Walthall, an attorney with Earthjustice (formerly Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund), an associate in the environmental practice group at Heller Ehrman and a law clerk to Judge Judith N. Keep of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. She currently serves as chair for the board of directors for the Turtle Island Restoration Network. In recognition of her work on behalf of the environment, California Lawyer magazine named Professor Sivas one of its 2008 Attorneys of the Year.

Michael C. Davis | Partner | Venable

Mike Davis represents government agencies, developers, lenders, and others in complex litigation and business transactions involving a variety of issues, including construction, insurance, transportation, and environmental. He has been involved in some of the most significant redevelopment projects in the country, including New York’s World Trade Center, Washington, DC’s Poplar Point redevelopment project, and the redevelopment of Long Island City, New York.

Mike counsels clients representing a diverse range of industries, including insurance, environmental, construction, government contracting, manufacturing, urban redevelopment, finance, transportation, pharmaceuticals, risk transfer, and financial services.

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