Overview

Bennett Borden conducts defensive and offensive electronic discovery in complex litigation, and counsels clients on establishing information-governance and records-management policies. He also advises multinational clients regarding data privacy, security and regulatory compliance. Bennett supports the firm’s Energy Procurement Optimization team with Big Data acquisition and analytics. As the chief data scientist, he is responsible for the firm’s data analytics strategy.

Among the World’s First Lawyer/Data Scientists

Harnessing the power of data is essential for helping clients drive value in their business operations and for telling their side of the story in litigation. Bennett advises the firm and its clients on the development and use of analytics models that enable insight, data storytelling and economic value generation. Bennett’s ground-breaking research into the use of machine-based learning and unstructured data for organizational insight is now being put to work in data-driven early-warning systems for clients to detect and prevent corporate fraud and other misconduct.

Bennett also builds machine-based learning models to transform and improve legal outcomes in key corporate events, including mergers and acquisitions, information-governance program development and enforcement, litigation, and investigations and business intelligence. Bennett is a member of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (NCLS) of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and is a frequent speaker, author and guest lecturer at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Virginia Law School, Temple University Law School and the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.

Representative Experience

  • Led investigation of whistleblower allegations for major worldwide company. Brought advanced analytical technology to bear to analyze 4 million documents in 10 days to refute allegations and head off regulatory investigation.
  • Used advanced analytics to analyze a target company’s information systems post-acquisition to prove that it overstated its valuation and obtained 25 percent purchase price reimbursement for acquirer.
  • Led investigation of whistleblower allegations for major software company, using advanced analytics to analyze email and transaction data to refute allegations and disprove FCPA violation within two weeks of allegations.
  • Led legal and technical advisory team for a worldwide consulting company’s migration of e-mail systems to a cloud environment.
  • Led legal and technological advisory team for major worldwide retailer in remediating 10TB of email in an archive system.
  • Lead e-discovery counsel defending a nationwide wage and hour class action.
  • Lead e-discovery counsel for significant government contractor in a qui tam case alleging a False Claims Act violation which threatened the continued existence of the contractor.
  • Negotiated complex phased discovery protocol that focused on quickly determining the contractor's position and developing facts to prove it.
  • Case lead and discovery manager for plaintiff in case against leading search engine company for trademark infringement for use of trademarks in sponsored links. Negotiated complex discovery protocols seeking electronic data concerning online user behavior. Developed proportional, targeted and iterative discovery protocols.
  • Discovery manager and case co-lead for securities class action and accounting malpractice action involving $19 billion in class damages and $2 billion claimed in malpractice damages. Work on this case included, managing 250 million documents produced among more than 25 parties and third parties; managing document preservation, identification, review and production from the inception of investigations by the SEC, DOJ and PCAOB through private litigation; developing Rule 26 disclosures and plans for conferences among the parties; negotiating extensive protocols for document review and production; evaluating and hiring vendors providing document review and production platforms; preparing fact witness for more than 350 depositions; preparing IT personnel for 30(b)(6) depositions; and engaging in extensive discovery motions practice.
  • Discovery Manager for three-year monitorship of worldwide corporation and its subsidiaries. Scope of work included, collecting and overseeing the review of documents from 18 countries in the European Union, Asia, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and North and South America; evaluating, hiring and monitoring document collection and review vendor; designing and implementing data security systems to comply with European Union data security laws; and negotiating and implementing collection and review protocols with foreign government.

Personal Interests

In his free time, Bennett enjoys hiking and camping, and especially enjoys traveling to historic sites.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Maryland

Education

New York University
M.S. in Business Analytics

Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. cum laude, Legal Writing Fellow

George Mason University
B.A. with highest honors

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Throughout his career, Bennett has fought to protect the civil rights of numerous pro bono clients, especially regarding police misconduct. He has successfully brought suit against several major police departments regarding unconstitutional practices. Bennett has won a Pro Bono Award every year he has been in practice.

Professional Associations

  • National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (NCLS) of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science
  • The Sedona Conference
  • Chair, Cloud Computing Committee, American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Big Data Committee, American Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • American Civil Liberties Union

Honors

  • Chambers Global— E-Discovery & Information Governance - USA, 2017-20
  • Chambers USA — Nationwide, E-Discovery & Information Governance, 2015-20
  • National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (NCLS) of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, 2016

Awards Methodology

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