CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 13, 2012) – Attorney Patrick S. Montoya, partner at the Coral Gables-based law firm Colson Hicks Eidson, recently spoke at the Association for Certified E-Discovery Specialists’ (ACEDS) electronic seminar on Friday, August 3. ACEDS helps professionals in various disciplines improve and certify their e-discovery knowledge and skills, and strives to advance their careers, and increase their contacts and overall competence in e-discovery and related fields.
The seminar, “What You Need to Know to Navigate Florida’s New E-Discovery Rules,” was designed to inform attorneys of the latest developments in Florida’s first-ever rules for discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) in civil courts taking effect on September 1. The rules are expected to cause a sea of change in legal procedures and put the responsibility on lawyers, judges, paralegals, litigation support, IT and others to learn the ropes of e-discovery.
Montoya, a trial lawyer with more than 10 years of experience, presented along with co-speakers Lawrence Kolin and Judge Richard A. Nielsen. The distinguished panelists provided their insight on how to handle new duties under these rules and discussed the penalties for mishandling electronic evidence.
Montoya focuses his practice on general personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, products liability, class action, wrongful death and aviation law. He has multiple multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements to his credit. He lectures nationally to attorneys and paralegals on a variety of legal issues and is a former adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law in the Legal Research and Writing program. He is a former president of the Miami Chapter of the American Inns of Court and a member of the Review Board for the Institute of Paralegal Education, a division of the National Business Institute that provides continuing legal education to paralegals, legal assistants and paralegal students across the U.S.
Montoya is a member of the American Association for Justice and Dade County and American Bar Associations, and previously served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida’s Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedures and the Executive Committee for the National Conference of Community and Justice (NCCJ), Greater Miami Region. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law.
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