We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin has been appointed to The Sedona Conference Working Group Series Leadership Council after serving for the past three years on the Steering Committee of Working Group 1, the Electronic Document Retention and Production group.
The Sedona Conference Working Group Series, launched in 2002, represents the evolution of The Sedona Conference from a forum for advanced dialogue to an open think-tank confronting some of the most challenging issues facing our legal system today. The first Working Group (WG1) was established with the dedication to the development of guidelines for electronic document retention and production.
The impact of its first publication – The Sedona Principles Best Practices Recommendations and Principles Addressing Electronic Document Production – was immediate and substantial. The Principles was cited in the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules Discovery Subcommittee Report on Electronic Discovery less than a month after publication of the first draft, and was cited in a seminal e-discovery decision in the Southern District of New York less than a month after that. As noted in the June 2003 issue of Pike & Fischer’s Digital Discovery and E-Evidence, “The Principles’…influence is already becoming evident.” The rest, including enactment of the federal rules on e-discovery in 2006, is, as they say, history. There are now a total of twelve Working Groups in the Series.
The Conference noted that Annika made very substantial contributions to Working Group 1 and helped guide it through some significant successes during her tenure on the Steering Committee.
About the Sedona Conference
The Sedona Conference is a nonprofit research and educational institute dedicated to the advanced study of law and policy in the areas of antitrust law, complex litigation, and intellectual property rights. The mission of TSC is to drive the reasoned and just advancement of law and policy by stimulating ongoing dialogue amongst leaders of the bench and bar to achieve consensus on tipping point issues. TSC brings together the brightest minds in a dialogue based, think-tank setting with the goal of creating practical solutions and recommendations of immediate benefit to the bench and bar.
About Annika K. Martin
A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Annika K. Martin represents plaintiffs in class action and mass tort litigation concerning consumer fraud, environmental issues, and products liability. In April 2018, Annika was named Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in the national consumer fraud class action MDL against General Motors Company on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased certain GM vehicles equipped with an allegedly defective air conditioning system. Annika is also currently representing women who were sexually abused by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D., in a class action against Tyndall and the University of Southern California.
Annika represented individuals, property owners, and business owners across the Gulf Coast in class action litigation against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and other companies responsible for the 2010 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig which resulted in the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Annika was deeply involved in negotiating, implementing, and gaining court approval for the economic and medical class action settlements with BP that are compensating hundreds of thousands of victims of the tragedy.
Annika has also represented plaintiffs with physical and economic injuries arising from GM vehicles with defective ignition switches, and patients nationwide suffering from the widespread outbreak of meningitis and other serious maladies caused by contaminated medication. Annika is the current co-chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group.