Jay Brudz builds and manages world class e-discovery operations, internal compliance and FCPA investigations and develops enterprise-level information governance best practices. He is co-chair of the Information Governance and eDiscovery Group. In that capacity he acts as e-discovery counsel on major complex litigation matters. Using his technical experience in digital forensics and network security, Jay assists clients with information security counselling, including breach response, policy development and cyber risk evaluations. In addition, Jay supports the firm's Energy Procurement Optimization team with big data acquisition and analytics. He also serves as executive managing director of the firm’s e-discovery subsidiary, Tritura Information Governance LLC, which provides state of the art e-discovery technology and services to the firm's clients.
Jay previously served in several roles focusing on the intersection of applied technology and law, including as senior counsel for legal technology at General Electric where he created and led their corporate e-discovery center supporting more than 1,200 attorneys. In this role he was also responsible for all corporate technology initiatives within GE’s legal operation, including the successful implementation of legal hold, e-billing, insider trading compliance, intranet, and patent docketing systems.
Jay also previously served as president and senior forensic consultant of Verabit, where he conducted computer forensic investigations and provided expert consultation and testimony in cases ranging from employee misappropriation of trade secrets to FCPA investigations. He also taught computer crime and network security at the University of New Haven. Prior to that, he was a system architect and lead developer for a database backed Web-based development company specializing in creating customized systems for corporate legal operations. Jay is an accomplished Java, PHP, VisualBasic and PL-SQL programmer and has experience with many other technologies. He is a U.S. Army veteran.
Jay’s experience in commercial litigation includes the following representative matters:
- Lead counsel for acquisition of privately held electrical manufacturer.
- Managed due diligence, contract drafting and closing of $70 million acquisition.
- Managing counsel for complex commercial matter arising from an alleged breach of a Strategic Alliance Agreement in which the plaintiff sought damages of more than $30 million.
The following are samples of Jay’s work in information governance and e-discovery:
- Lead in-house counsel for very long-running antitrust defense arising out of trade association activity. Oversaw review and production of millions of pages of documents, both hard copy and digital.
- E-discovery counsel for a very large product liability consumer class action matter.
- Served as Litigation and Transactions counsel for GE Industrial Systems, where he managed a diverse portfolio of cases and M&A transactions for a $4.5 billion division of General Electric.
- Inventor, “Tactical Lighting Unit with Synchronized Eye Protection,” US Patent No. 9,519,158 2016.
Chambers USA, Nationwide, Litigation: E-Discovery (2019)
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"The legal system has yet to sort out who is responsible for damages in the case of a breach. In the case of routers, 'is it the fault of the guy who made the router, or the guy who stole the information (from customers)? If somebody breaks into your house, can you sue the guy who made the lock?'"
Jay Brudz is recognized as an 'incredibly talented and driven' attorney by commentators. He has cultivated a strong reputation for his development of e-discovery strategies and best practice for a diverse client base. He adeptly handles product liability litigation, contractual breaches and wider commercial disputes, and the associated e-discovery efforts.Chambers USA (2019)
– Jay Brudz, “The IoT Liability Jumble” 2016
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- District of Columbia
- University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D.
- University of Connecticut, B.A., cum laude
- Connecticut Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association