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Clark Hill Attorneys Thomas M.J. Hathaway and Brian M. Ziff to Present at Midwest Technology Leaders Conference June 5

May 29, 2008


Clark Hill attorneys Thomas M.J. Hathaway and Brain Ziff will participate in “CIOs As First Responders In E-Discovery” panel discussion during Midwest Technology Leaders Conference.

The conference will be held June 5


at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit, MI.

Other panel participants include Heidi Maher of EMC, Scott Wrobel of Stout Risuis Ross, and panel moderator Matt Roush, Editor of WWJ’s Great Lakes IT Report.

Hathaway and Ziff are the leaders of Clark Hill’s e-discovery program, Digital Risk Management, and Ziff recently returned from a trip to Europe where he presented on this topic to international law firms.

This aspect of the law has gained increased exposure over the past few months as several companies have been thrust into the limelight with regard to their internal policies treating electronically stored information.

Ziff has worked with a number of companies to develop policies before there is an issue.

“Every company should have policies in place to deal with the storage and retention of electronic data,” Ziff said.

“The burden of e-discovery – to manage and preserve data – must now be addressed before an investigation or litigation commences.

These are key points that we plan to highlight during our panel discussion at the Midwest Technology Leaders Conference.

We deal with these types of situations regularly, and the old adage is true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure, so to speak.”

For registration and more information on Midwest Technology Leaders please visit


Nationally known as a premier lawyer displaying “superb skills and an excellent trial demeanor” (“Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business”)

Thomas M.J. Hathaway

is Member in Clark Hill’s Labor & Employment Practice Group where he specializes in representing public and private sector management and executives in labor and business litigation, including employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, trade secret and non-compete matters and counseling on business and personnel matters. Prior to joining Clark Hill, Hathaway was a founding partner and President of Brady Hathaway Brady & Bretz, P.C.

Hathaway has over 30 years experience drafting policies and contracts, advising and defending employers in a wide range of employment, corporate, business and admiralty litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts and before numerous administrative tribunals, as well as advising clients on traditional labor matters, collective bargaining negotiations and interest arbitrations.

Hathaway’s experience includes trials, litigation, appeals and counseling under various state and federal civil rights statutes, the FMLA, the FLSA, the PERA, the WARN, the Michigan Sales Representatives Commissions Act, various Whistleblower, Constitutional, tort, breach of contract, Wage and Hour, trade secret, confidentiality and non-compete agreement claims.

Hathaway has successfully represented employers, school districts, municipalities and businesses before the U.S. and Michigan Supreme Court, various state and federal trial and appellate courts around the U.S., including Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado, as well as federal and state administrative agencies, including the EEOC, the NLRB, the MERC, the MESC and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

In addition to his litigation and client counseling experience,

Hathaway has been selected as the sole Arbitrator of employment and business litigation, as a Defense Arbitrator and Mediator in Panel Arbitration/Mediation and as a Facilitator for Alternate Dispute Resolution facilitation.

Hathaway has served as the Chair of the Michigan State Bar Character and Fitness Committee, Wayne District, since 2004.

Hathaway is a 1969 Bachelor of Arts graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and a 1972 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law. After receiving his law degree, he practiced at and became a partner with the Detroit firm of Riley and Roumell, P.C. before co-founding Brady Hathaway, P.C. in 1989.

Mr. Hathaway has been recognized as follows:

·  Mr. Hathaway is “AV” rated, the highest rating available by Martindale-Hubbell Law Firm Directory.

·  “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” lists Mr. Hathaway as one of the top 20 Management employment lawyers in Michigan.

·  Mr. Hathaway is recognized in “Best Lawyers in America”

·  The Mr. Hathaway was named as one of the  “Michigan Super Lawyers” by the Detroit News and the New York Times

·  “Who’s Who Legal: Management Labor & Employment” has also recognized Mr. Hathaway for his professional achievement in management labor and employment law in Michigan

Brian M. Ziff

is a member in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He represents and counsels clients in business disputes with an emphasis on breach of contract (including covenants not to compete), Uniform Commercial Code, complex commercial disputes, fraud, software implementation, antitrust, and misappropriation of trade secrets litigation. Ziff also regularly represents clients in alternative dispute resolution formats.  He has significant experience assisting clients in e-discovery disputes.

Ziff was admitted to practice in Illinois in 1997 and Michigan in 1998. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Ziff is a member of the American Bar Association (Antitrust Law and Litigation Sections) as well as the Michigan and Illinois Bar Associations. He served as a Barrister for the American Inns of Court from 1999 until 2002. Ziff received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1993 and his J.D., with honors, from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1996. Prior to joining the firm, Ziff served as a clerk to the Honorable John J. Bowman of the Illinois Appellate Court.

Ziff has served on Clark Hill’s Recruiting Committee since 1999 and has been Chair of the Committee since 2006.

Clark Hill clients expect the best, and we deliver by responding quickly to their needs, understanding their business issues, and providing outstanding legal advice.

Since 1890, our attorneys have proudly represented a diverse range of clients ranging from individuals and new entities to Fortune 500 corporations.  These are just a few of the reasons why our firm is repeatedly chosen and recommended by our clients.

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