Jason Lichter is the director of discovery services and litigation support at Pepper Hamilton LLP. In this capacity, Mr. Lichter develops and implements strategies to ensure that the firm’s clients receive the highest quality discovery and litigation support services in a cost-effective and defensible manner. Mr. Lichter advises colleagues and clients on how to leverage the latest technologies and e-discovery best practices to efficiently guide matters from initial document preservation and collection through to production and eventual presentation at trial. An area of particular emphasis is document review, for which Mr. Lichter applies well-developed protocols and procedures in staffing, training, project and vendor management, quality control, privilege review, knowledge transfer, and increasingly statistical analysis to promote efficiency, mitigate risk, and gather metrics for use in preparing accurate budget estimates.
Mr. Lichter has counseled clients and colleagues on such varied topics as the implementation of e-discovery readiness action plans, vendor requests for proposal, defensible approaches to preservation, forensic and reasonably tailored data collections, cloud-based and structured data considerations, efficient and cost-effective document filtering and review strategies (including technology-assisted review), and quality control techniques.
Mr. Lichter’s strong technical background includes substantial computer science coursework while an undergraduate at Yale University, followed thereafter by work experience as a software engineer for Sapient, a leading technology services consultancy.
A litigator by training, Mr. Lichter has represented clients on a wide variety of complex commercial, labor and employment, and intellectual property disputes in state and federal courts and in a broad array of industries, including media, finance, insurance, maritime, hospitality, real estate, telecommunications and construction. Mr. Lichter also has achieved very favorable results for several pro bono clients. In 2009, he represented a former inmate as co-lead counsel in a week-long excessive-use-of-force trial in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Lichter obtained a complete plaintiff’s verdict and a $750,000 damages award. Mr. Lichter also argued a criminal appeal before the New York Appellate Division, obtained a favorable settlement for a film editor seeking unpaid wages and editing credit on a Sundance award-winning documentary, and recovered a domain name from a cybersquatter on behalf of Save the Children. In recognition of his dedication to providing pro bono services, Mr. Lichter received the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award in both 2006 and 2009 and was honored with the New York State Bar Association’s 2008 Empire State Counsel Award. While at Harvard Law School, Mr. Lichter worked at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he contributed to an amicus brief addressing novel copyright issues that was submitted at the request of the court.