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Adam I. Cohen, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Telephone: 212 773 2778


Adam Cohen is a Principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s Forensics Technology and Discovery Services practice. He has more than 15 years of experience in law and technology, and routinely advises some of the world’s leading businesses on data management and electronic discovery compliance issues. Adam’s client engagements focus on large-scale investigations and litigations as well as proactive information management policies, procedures and technology. He is a well-known author and lecturer in the field of electronic discovery, and has served as a court-appointed expert on electronic discovery issues in Federal Court.
Adam was a partner in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he represented large corporate clients in complex litigation involving computer and Internet-related issues. He is co-author of the annually updated treatise Electronic Discovery: Law and Practice (Wolters Kluwer Publishers), which has been cited as authority in several landmark Federal Court opinions involving electronic discovery.

Adam is also co-author of the ESI Handbook: Sources, Technology and Process (Wolters Kluwer Publishers) and the primary author of the New York State Bar Association’s Best Practices in eDiscovery in New York State and Federal Courts, as well as many articles in national legal and technology publications. His next book, Managing Social Media Risk Through Corporate Policy, is scheduled for publication in January 2013.
An adjunct faculty member at Fordham and Pace Law Schools in New York, Adam teaches Electronic Discovery courses designed to prepare the next generation of attorneys for effective practice in this area. He serves as faculty as well as on the advisory board of Georgetown Law School’s Training Academy for Electronic Discovery and the Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute.
Adam is also a member of the Sedona Conference working group on electronic discovery and co-chairs the New York State Bar Association’s electronic discovery committee.

Investigations and Disputes

  • Leading computer forensics and data analysis teams in major professional sports league’s investigation of performance enhancing drug use.
  • Expert witness on eDiscovery in class action against major private equity funds alleging anticompetitive practices.
  • Managing data collection and analysis in Japan during investigation of multinational consumer electronics manufacturer.
  • Strategic advisor on eDiscovery spoliation issues to major semiconductor manufacturer in dispute with competitor.

Information Management & Compliance Advisory

  • Advising some of the largest private equity and hedge funds in establishing and documenting retention policies, litigation hold and collection policies, and computer use policies.
  • Writing electronic discovery process manuals for Fortune 500 corporations.
    Preparing RFP’s and requirements documents for the selection of enterprise content management solutions for a variety of international corporations.
  • Assisting law firms in the development of internal electronic discovery policies.
  • Assisting law firms and corporations in recruiting electronic discovery managers.


  • B.A. in Philosophy, Wesleyan University, 1990
  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1993
  • Professional Associations and Memberships American Bar Association New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Co-Chair Electronic Discovery Committee
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Defense Research Institute, Electronic Discovery Committee
  • Advisory Board, Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute and Georgetown eDiscovery Training Academy
  • Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Discovery and Document Retention
  • Duke Law NYC Alumni Association