A litigator with more than 25 years of experience, Tom Gricks is one of only a handful of attorneys across the country to successfully advocate and implement predictive coding at trial. A former chemical engineer with software development experience, he is an avid proponent of the use of technology throughout the litigation process.
As chair of the Firm’s e-Discovery Practice Group, Mr. Gricks regularly counsels clients across the entire electronic discovery spectrum, from preservation, to collection, processing, review and production. He consults on various issues specific to technology-assisted review and predictive coding, including the development of appropriate internal and negotiated workflows and protocols, meet and confer obligations, vendor and technology selection, process implementation, progress monitoring, and validation.
He is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention and Production, as well as Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure. He has also been selected as an e-Discovery Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Throughout his legal career, Mr. Gricks has represented numerous corporate clients in complex commercial litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on technology, environmental and construction law. On the technology side, Mr. Gricks has successfully utilized cutting-edge litigation technology to advance his clients’ positions, and has effectively litigated on the merits of technology disputes as well. His environmental experience includes the defense of cost recovery and contribution actions, as well as counseling on the environmental aspects of acquisitions and divestitures. As a construction litigator, Mr. Gricks has extensive experience representing owners, contractors and subcontractors in negligence claims, delay claims, payment disputes, and performance and payment bond matters.
Mr. Gricks is a frequent speaker and an author. He has lectured on the subject of technology-assisted review at the Georgetown Advanced e-Discovery Institute and the Carmel Valley e-Discovery Retreat, as well as the University of Pittsburgh. In the environmental context, he has also lectured on the management of Natural Resource Damages under the Oil Pollution Act.
Prior to joining Schnader, he served as in-house environmental counsel with a Pittsburgh-based Fortune 100 corporation, where he was also intimately involved in the development of litigation-related technologies.