2017 Summit: The Role of Electronic Discovery in Environmental Investigations and Litigation

Friday, March 10, 10:30am, Weinmann Hall, Room TBD

This panel will discuss current trends and hot topics in the handling of electronic discovery within the framework of federal and state environmental investigations and civil environmental litigation.

The Honorable Karen Wells Roby, S. Magistrate Judge

krobyJudge Roby is a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District for the Eastern District of Louisiana and has served on the court for over seventeen (17) years where she handles criminal and civil matters and also serves as a mediator. She is the Co-Chair of the ABA Litigation Sections, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and formerly Co-Chair of the Section’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

In 2012, Judge Roby served as President of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association (“FMJA”) a national organization of over 600 U.S. Magistrate Judges across the country. While President she enhanced the organizations communications, ushered in a new web presence with historical information about the association and worked diligently to protect the interest of all magistrate judges through its pay litigation which resulted in increased salaries for all U.S. Magistrate Judges. She currently serves on the association’s legislative committee.

Judge Roby is a frequent speaker on various legal topics and she has had over one hundred speaking engagements throughout the United States during her career. She is also published in the areas of social media and ethics, settlement and ethics and attorney’s fees. Judge Roby serves as an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University Law School where she teaches a course on E-Discovery and Digital Evidence.

She is a graduate of Tulane University Law School and Xavier University of New Orleans. She has received numerous recognitions for her service to the profession and the community.


Lynn Luker, J.S., LL.M. in Admiralty, LL.M. Energy and Environmental Law, Tulane Law School

Lynn Luker 2014 headshot photo.jpgLynn Luker holds a J.D., LL.M. in Admiralty (with distinction), and an LL.M. in Energy and Environment from Tulane Law School, and was inducted into the Order of Barristers. She has served as Professor and Co-Director of the Trial Advocacy Program since 1992 and is Co-Director of Tulane’s Civil Litigation Pre-Trial Boot Camp. Along with Judge Karen Wells Roby, she co-teaches the first course on eDiscovery and Evidence at Tulane Law School. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Teaching Award at commencement. In 2015, she received the Distinguished Alumna Award at the annual Tulane Environmental Summit. Her practice areas are complex litigation involving business, including toxic tort, maritime, unfair trade practices, environmental, and product liability law. Ms. Luker has served as national, regional, and local trial counsel in asbestos, benzene, lead paint, noise, and other toxic tort cases for over 30 years. Ms. Luker is the Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association Section of Civil Law & Litigation. Ms. Luker has been named as a “Super Lawyer” each year since 2007, a “Leader in Law” by New Orleans CityBusiness, a “Top Lawyer”, and as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2009. She holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She was featured as the cover story of the 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyer magazine. Ms. Luker was appointed Judge Pro Tempore in Division “H” of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans in 2014 for a six month term. Building on her many years of experience as a litigator and her experience as Judge Pro Tempore, Ms. Luker joined Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions in 2015, adding mediation and arbitration to her areas of practice.

Andrew R. Lee, Jones Walker LLP

lee-andrewANDREW R. LEE is a litigation and compliance partner with Jones Walker LLP, where he serves as co-leader of the Cybersecurity Law team.  Mr. Lee has long had an active litigation practice in the areas of business and commercial disputes, corporate and securities litigation, land use litigation, appellate litigation, and fiduciary and officer liability litigation, and guides clients in various industries in corporate compliance and data security.  Mr. Lee has served as lead counsel representing:  multinational companies in disputes with former officers; venture capital funds in prosecuting fiduciary duty claims against officers of underlying investments; companies and financial institutions in pursuit of multi-million dollar trade secrets violations; software companies in trade secrets and related actions; and other high-stakes litigation and regulatory actions.  Mr. Lee is a frequent CLE speaker on subjects related to trial and appellate practice, professionalism, corporate compliance, cybersecurity, and electronic discovery.  He received his B.A. from Tulane University and his J.D. from Washington & Lee University.  After graduation from law school, he clerked for Chief Judge John R. Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Mr. Lee has been recognized by Super Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America®, New Orleans Magazine, and New Orleans CityBusiness.  Mr. Lee has served in various volunteer and board capacities with the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, the Bureau of Governmental Research, and other local, regional, and national nonprofits.