FTC Acting General Counsel David C. Shonka to speak at upcoming ACEDS eDiscovery conference

MIAMI — The Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) today announced the addition of David C. Shonka, acting general counsel for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to its lineup of speakers for the seventh annual eDiscovery conference. The conference will be held April 18-20, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.

During his session, Shonka will address the FTC’s stewardship of and approach to security and privacy, and the landmark Wyndham case. He will also speak to The Sedona Conference® 2015 paper on security and privacy. Shonka is active in The Sedona Conference® Working Group SeriesSM on eDiscovery and information governance, cross-border discovery, and privacy and data security. He has been the FTC’s principal deputy general counsel since 2008 and previously served as the agency’s assistant general counsel for litigation. He also served as the first chair of the FTC’s eDiscovery Steering Committee, and was a recipient of the 2015 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award.

“Security and privacy are top concerns of the eDiscovery community,” said ACEDS Executive Director, Mary Mack. “We’re excited to have a speaker of Mr. Shonka’s stature facilitate this dialogue with our conference participants.”

The ACEDS conference will bring together hundreds of eDiscovery professionals, along with top judges, industry leaders and service providers to explore and collaborate on trending eDiscovery topics. Shonka joins an exceptional line-up of speakers and panelists for the event including judges Honorable Xavier Rodriguez, Honorable James Francis, Honorable Matthew Sciarrino, Ret. Judge Honorable Ron Hedges; eDiscovery special master and trial attorney Craig Ball; EDRM founder George Socha; Chair and President, Legal Technology Professionals Institute Eric Mandel; and Discovery Counsel for Google Alex Ponce de Leon, among others.

Among the highlighted sessions will be the timely and relevant Tracking Terrorism in the Digital Age and its Lessons for eDiscovery, a session which addresses both technical and judicial aspects.

Visit eDiscovery Conference for more information on the event program. Special room pricing available for attendees and media until April 2. Media room and other accommodations provided. Interviews with ACEDS Executive Director, Mary Mack, speakers and panelists available upon request.


The ACEDS Professional Association, part of leading legal education provider BARBRI, is a membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence through training, education, and certification to organizations and individuals. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at Am Law 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Justice Department, and some of the largest corporations in the world.

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