Ronald J. Hedges has extensive experience in e-discovery and in management of complex civil litigation matters.
Ron was appointed in 1986 as a United States magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, where he served as the compliance judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member and reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges.
He has also been an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law since 1993 and at Georgetown University Law Center since 2006.
Ron is a member of the American Law Institute, American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society and the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Ron was a judicial advisor to the Association of the Federal Bar of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Ron is a member of The Sedona Conference Advisory Board; The Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access; and The Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention & Production.
He is also a member of the National Law Alumni Board and E-Discovery Advisory Board of Georgetown University Law Center, and a member of the CPR E-Discovery Committee.
Managing Discovery of Electronic Information; A Pocket Guide for Judges. (co-author), (Federal Judicial Center: 2007)
Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (2007)
“Juries and Punitive Damage Awards,” BNA Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 48, (November 2006)
“The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practices Addressing Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access in Civil Cases” (rev. April 2005 public comment draft), (co-editor)
“A View from the Bench and the Trenches: A Critical Appraisal of Some Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” 227 F.R.D. 123 (2005)
“Proposed Rule 37(f); Safe Harbor or Unchartered Minefield?” Digital Discovery & e-Evidence, Vol. 5, No. 7, (July 2005)
“Introduction to the Sedona Guidelines: Best Practices Addressing Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access in Civil Cases,” Business Torts Journal, Vol. 13, No. 1, (Fall 2005)
“A Critical Appraisal of Proposed Amendment to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(5)(B),” Vol. 5, No. 2, Digital Discovery & e-Evidence (Mar. 2005)
“Striving for Judicial Balance During the War on Terrorism,” Vol. 32, Issue 1, New Jersey Reporter, 52 (Dec. 2002–Jan. 2003)
Author, Outlines on Arbitration, Digital Discovery, Management of Complex Civil Cases, Mediation and Punitive Damages, published in ALI-ABA course materials.