Geoff Black, Prudential Financial’s High Tech Investigations Director, Joins ACEDS Advisory Board

Geoff Black, Director of High Tech Investigations at Prudential Financial in New York, has joined the ACEDS Advisory Board.
June 27, 2011 - PRLog -- Miami – Geoff Black, Director of High Tech Investigations at Prudential Financial in New York, has joined the ACEDS Advisory Board. He joins a diverse, select group of 17 experts from various fields who are e-discovery practitioners or lend a unique expertise and background toward guiding ACEDS.

Black leads a diverse unit of e-discovery and digital forensics experts at Prudential. He supervises collection and processing efforts, develops electronic discovery policy, consults with internal and external counsel as a subject matter specialist, and presides over digital investigations. He is also a recognized expert on using statistical validation techniques in e-discovery. Prior to joining Prudential, Black worked with AmLaw 100 firms and Fortune 1000 companies as a principal with a software service provider overseeing collection, processing, and compliance efforts of data custodians.

“A glance at Geoff’s background shows his expertise in the digital forensics arena, an increasingly important component of e-discovery in both civil and criminal realms” said Gregory Calpakis, ACEDS Executive Director. “Geoff’s talent, experience and knowledge will be of great value in guiding ACEDS in its undertakings."  
 
Black began his career managing the Louisiana Department of Justice’s computer forensics team, followed by service as a computer forensics examiner at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Cyber Division.

ACEDS Advisory Board includes diverse, seasoned experts

Black joins a diverse group of experts on the ACEDS Advisory Board, including former American Bar Association president, Martha Barnett, who is chief privacy officer at TLO; Hogan Lovells partner Alvin Lindsay, CEDS, an expert on cross-border e-discovery; Scott Cohen, CEDS, director of e-discovery litigation support services at Winston & Strawn; past chair of the ABA's National E-Discovery Institute, John Barkett, partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon; IRS Criminal Investigation e-discovery manager Wallace Drueck; former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Arthur England, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig; plaintiffs’ lawyer Ervin Gonzalez, partner at Colson Hicks; the Hess Corporation’s manager of litigation support, Charlotte Riser Harris; Helen Bergman Moure, CEDS, litigating attorney, e-discovery consultant and principal at Lex Aperta; Carolyn Southerland, attorney and managing director at Huron Consulting Group; Carnival Corporation general counsel Arnaldo Perez; Michael Quartararo, CEDS, director of litigation support at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan; Deloitte principal Anthony Reid; Ronni D. Solomon, CEDS, member of the E-Discovery Practice Group at King & Spalding. The Advisory Board is chaired by William Hamilton, CEDS, partner at Quarles & Brady and pioneer e-discovery legal educator. Full information on the Advisory Board is found at aceds.org.

About ACEDS

ACEDS is a membership organization for persons in law, litigation support, technology and records management who face e-discovery in their work responsibilities. ACEDS extends the Certified E-discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential to candidates who pass a rigorous, proctored examination that is administered at some 600 ACEDS-Kryterion Testing Centers worldwide. ACEDS also offers training, specialized information and community-building to its members.

ACEDS E-Discovery Conference, April 2-4, 2012

The 2012 Annual ACEDS will E-Discovery Conference, providing invaluable and actionable practical knowledge and guidance, networking and materials, will be held on April 2-4, 2012, at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, FL. Register now and take advantage of super early bird rates at http://www.aceds.org/conference.

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The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, is for professionals who work in the field of e-discovery. ACEDS builds a community of e-discovery specialists for the exchange of ideas, training, best practices, and offers e-discovery certification.
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