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Dan P. Sedor

Partner
DSedor@JMBM.com
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Tel: (310) 201-3554
Fax: (310) 712-8554

1900 Avenue of the Stars
7th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067
USA

Assistant
Dianne Nicholson Shorte
310.203.8080 Ext: 6460
DN2@JMBM.com

Dan Sedor's practice focuses on litigation across a broad spectrum of business disputes, including the prosecution and defense of complex contractual disputes, business torts, fraud and securities fraud claims, trade secret and unfair competition claims, hotel management disputes, and partnership and corporate disagreements and dissolutions. He also specializes in electronic discovery and data management, counseling clients on retention requirements and policies for electronically stored information before or in anticipation of litigation, the discovery of that information after the inception of litigation, and the use and management of that information throughout litigation and at trial.

Dan is a co-chair of JMBM's Discovery Technology Group and a member of the Global Hospitality Group®.

Representative Experience: 

  • Represented a consumer electronics manufacturer in a breach of contract and trade libel dispute with a distributor in which the manufacturer was awarded $2.5 million in damages plus attorneys' fees after trial. 
  • Led the electronic discovery team in Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Inc. v. Michelson, a complex patent case involving the discovery of nearly 50 million pages of electronic documents, in which JMBM used cutting edge review software to control costs and sift the mountain of data for key documents that led to a jury trial verdict of $570 million. (See Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Inc. v. Michelson, 229 F.R.D. 550 (W.D. Tenn. 2004) for one of the e-discovery orders issued in that case.)
  • In a hotel management dispute, directed the expedited capture, review and production of large amounts of electronically stored information of the hotel ownership group from locations and disparate computing environments located across the United States and successfully defended the ownership group against a request for sanctions based on alleged spoliation of emails.
  • In a dispute between a hotel owner and a labor union, directed e-discovery involving expedited review and production of large amounts of client data through the use of sophisticated review tools and successfully opposed the efforts of a third party hotel management company to shift substantial e-discovery costs to the hotel owner.
  • In an employment class action, directed the secret simultaneous capture and preservation of a retail cosmetics client's data from point of sale computers located in multiple retail locations across California. 
  • Represented a consumer electronics manufacturer and distributor in a class action alleging failures to pay rebates and another consumer electronics manufacturer in a class action alleging failures to honor warranties, both of which settled on terms favorable to the clients. 
  • Represented the majority shareholders in a successful defense of a minority shareholder freezeout action for breach of fiduciary duty and obtained an appellate ruling that minority shareholders are not entitled to a jury trial in such actions. Interactive Multimedia Artists, Inc. v. Allstate Insurance Co., 62 Cal. App. 4th 1546 (1998).

Education

J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Order of the Coif , 1988
magna cum laude

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1982

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Courts, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Associations

The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, and The Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access
Member

ARMA International
Member

Discovery Technology Group™ Bio

Dan Sedor's practice focuses on litigation involving electronic discovery and data management across a broad spectrum of business disputes, including the prosecution and defense of complex contractual disputes, business torts, fraud claims, trade secret and unfair competition claims, and partnership and corporate disagreements and dissolutions.

He counsels clients on retention requirements and policies for electronically stored information before or in anticipation of litigation, the discovery of that information after the inception of litigation, and the use and management of that information throughout litigation and at trial.

His clients benefit from his extensive experience in gathering electronic evidence aggressively and cost-effectively, utilizing the latest advances in litigation technology, and selecting and managing forensic evidence experts and e-discovery vendors.

Dan is a co-chair of JMBM's Discovery Technology Group.

Representative Experience: 

  • Led the electronic discovery team in Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Inc. v. Michelson, a complex patent case involving the discovery of nearly 50 million pages of electronic documents, in which JMBM used cutting edge review software to control costs and sift the mountain of data for key documents that led to a jury trial verdict of $570 million. (See Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Inc. v. Michelson, 229 F.R.D. 550 (W.D. Tenn. 2004) for one of the e-discovery orders issued in that case.) 
  • Acted as e-discovery consultant to family law attorneys in a high profile marital dissolution case involving disputes over forensic imaging, access to data on shared computers and databases, assertions of privilege and confidentiality, and clawback agreements. In another hotly contested marital dissolution case, successfully defended third party companies owned by the husband against the wife's demand that her forensic expert be allowed direct access to the companies' computers.
  • In a hotel management dispute, directed the expedited capture, review and production of large amounts of electronically stored information of the hotel ownership group from locations and disparate computing environments located across the United States and successfully defended the ownership group against a request for sanctions based on alleged spoliation of emails.
  • In a dispute between a hotel owner and a labor union, directed e-discovery involving expedited review and production of large amounts of client data through the use of sophisticated review tools and successfully opposed the efforts of a third party hotel management company to shift substantial e-discovery costs to the hotel owner.
  • In an employment class action, directed the secret simultaneous capture and preservation of a retail cosmetics client's data from point of sale computers located in multiple retail locations across California. 
  • Represented a consumer electronics manufacturer and distributor in a class action alleging failures to pay rebates and another consumer electronics manufacturer in a class action alleging failures to honor warranties, both of which settled on terms favorable to the clients. 
  • Represented a consumer electronics manufacturer in a breach of contract and trade libel dispute with a distributor in which the manufacturer was awarded $2.5 million in damages plus attorneys' fees after trial. 
  • Represented the majority shareholders in a successful defense of a minority shareholder freezeout action for breach of fiduciary duty and obtained an appellate ruling that minority shareholders are not entitled to a jury trial in such actions. Interactive Multimedia Artists, Inc. v. Allstate Insurance Co., 62 Cal. App. 4th 1546 (1998).