Mr. Hedges is the Principal of Ronald J. Hedges, LLC. He has extensive experience in eDiscovery and in the management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of Electronically Stored Information (ESI).
Mr.Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007.While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, 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.
Mr.Hedges was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law—Newark. He taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence at both these schools. He was a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Mr.Hedges is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York and Texas, as well as various courts of the United States.
Mr. Hedges’ many publications include “Competence with Electronically Stored Information: What Does It Mean in the Context of Litigation and How Can Attorneys Achieve it,” 15 DDEE 135 (2015) (co-author), International Extradition: A Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2014), The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary (The Sedona Conference®: 2014, 2012 & 2011) (co-senior editor), Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2012 & 2007) (co-author), Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA: 2007), The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practices Addressing Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access in Civil Cases (The Sedona Conference®: 2007) (editing team member), “Case Management and E-Discovery: Perfect Together,” 9 DDEE 220 (2009), “Rule 26(f): The Most Important E-Discovery Rule,” New Jersey L. J. (May 18, 2009), and “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).
Mr. Hedges is also the editor of Representative Federal and State Court Decisions and Other Materials Involving ESI in Criminal Actions (The Sedona Conference®: Feb. 2014) and of Representative Federal and State Judicial Decisions and Other Materials Involving Protective Orders, Confidentiality and Public Access in Civil and Criminal Actions (Feb. 2014) and the supplements thereto.
Among other things, Mr.Hedges is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. He is a member of the Historical Society and the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; The Sedona Conference Advisory Board; The Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access; The Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention & Production; and a member of the advisory board of the Advanced eDiscovery Institute of Georgetown University Law Center.