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JOHN W. BURNETT is of counsel with the law firm of Janik L.L.P., focusing his practice on tort and professional liability matters. Mr. Burnett has practiced primarily in the fields of medical malpractice, personal injury, and complex litigation. He has tried dozens of cases and has represented hundreds of clients both as counsel for the plaintiff and for the defense. He is licensed to practice in Ohio and Illinois. Mr. Burnett received his B.A. degree from Knox College and his J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University.
TIMOTHY J. COUGHLIN is a partner with Thompson Hine LLP. He is a member of the firm's product liability and business litigation practice groups. Mr. Coughlin focuses his litigation practice on mass and class action toxic torts, product liability, and commercial litigation on a national basis. He is the lead counsel for a number of chemical companies and the industry trade association on national litigation involving chemical exposures. Mr. Coughlin is the past committee chair of the Defense Research Institute's Toxic Tort Environmental Law Committee and a former member of the Corporate Counsel Roundtable Steering Committee. He is a member of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Litigation & Environmental Section). Mr. Coughlin is also a U.S. Law Firm Group Litigation Section representative. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Central Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Mr. Coughlin earned his B.B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. degree, Order of the Coif, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
JARRETT J. NORTHUP is a partner with the Cleveland law firm Jeffries, Kube, Forrest & Monteleone Co., L.P.A. His state and federal civil litigation practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting a broad spectrum of plaintiffs’ personal injury and employment law cases. Mr. Northup particularly enjoys unusual and challenging matters such as civil RICO claims, complex construction arbitration, product liability claims, ERISA insurance subrogation defense, and catastrophic injury claims. He is a former trustee board member of the Ohio Association for Justice, an active member of the Cleveland Metropolitan and Lake County bar associations, and a member of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys. Mr. Northup earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Ohio University and his J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
DONALD A. WOCHNA is a Cleveland native with a very interesting legal career. After serving six years in the United States Navy, and completing three tours in Vietnam, first as a shipboard nuclear power plant operator and, thereafter, a law enforcement officer, Mr. Wochna was one of 12 named class action plaintiffs to prosecute an action in the United States Supreme Court and successfully recovery bonus money promised by the United States Navy. After leaving the Navy in December 1976, he obtained his bachelor degree from Cal State Long Beach, and then obtained his law degree from The Law School, University of Chicago in 1983. Mr. Wochna then returned to his home-town, Cleveland, and practiced civil litigation and business work-outs with Thompson Hine and later as a partner at Baker & Hostetler. In 1999, he decided that the integration of electronic data and evidence into the practice of law created significant business opportunities. Mr. Wochna obtained one of the first civilian licenses for computer forensic software, and began a business identifying, preserving, extracting, analyzing, and producing electronically stored information, including content, metadata, and artifacts. From 1999 to 2013, he served as an expert witness regarding computer forensics in civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts, and as chief legal officer with an Ohio computer forensic company. As chief legal officer, Mr. Wochna developed and taught his employees sophisticated protocols integrating legal objectives and strategies with computer forensic expertise. In June 2013, combining his 14 years experience as a computer forensic expert with his considerable legal expertise, Mr. Wochna formed the E-Data Law Group: a consortium of experts that design, build, and defend advanced technological solutions to legal challenges in litigation, healthcare, audit, privacy, and security issues. The vision of the E-Data Law Group is to use electronic data to make the practice of law proactive. Mr. Wochna has written hundreds of articles related to ediscovery, Big Data, analytics, and the challenges to the legal profession raised by electronic information systems. His books include E-discovery: Making the Computer Your Best Witness, published by Ohio State Bar Association; and he is a frequent and lively speaker regarding electronic data issues. Mr. Wochna has testified before the Advisory Committee on Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, and has been influential in shaping the process by which large sparse datasets are defensibly searched to produce relevant information without reliance upon agreed-upon search terms. His writings regarding the expert nature of searching unstructured data such as email have been cited in text books related to e-discovery; and his advocacy of advanced data analytics is regarded as defining the cutting edge of the integration of law and technology.