Don Wochna is a Cleveland native with a very interesting legal career. After serving six years in the United States Navy, and completing three tours in Vietnam, first as a shipboard nuclear power plant
operator and, thereafter, a law enforcement officer, Don Wochna was one of 12 named class action plaintiffs to prosecute an action in the United States Supreme Court and successfully recovery bonus money promised by the United States Navy. After leaving the Navy in December 1976, Don obtained his bachelor degree from Cal State Long Beach, and then obtained his law degree from The Law School,
University of Chicago in 1983. He then returned to his home-town, Cleveland, and practiced civil litigation and business work-outs with Thompson Hine and later as a partner at Baker & Hostetler.
In 1999, Don decided that the integration of electronic data and evidence into the practice of law created significant business opportunities. He obtained one of the first civilian licenses for computer
forensic software, and began a business identifying, preserving, extracting, analyzing, and producing electronically stored information, including content, metadata, and artifacts. From 1999 to 2013, Mr.
Wochna served as an expert witness regarding computer forensics in civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts, and as Chief Legal Officer with Vestige Digital Investigations. As Chief Legal Officer, Mr.
Wochna developed and taught his employees sophisticated protocols integrating legal objectives and strategies with computer forensic expertise.
In June 2013, combining his 14 years' experience as a computer forensic expert with his considerable legal expertise, Mr. Wochna formed the Criminal Defense Electronic Discovery Co-Counsel program in which he is engaged as Discovery Co-Counsel and provides consultation and expert testimony regarding electronic evidence. You can obtain additional information from Don by emailing him at
[email protected], or visit his website at www.wochnalawfirm.com
Mr. Wochna has written hundreds of articles related to eDiscovery, Big Data, analytics, and the challenges to the legal profession raised by electronic information systems. His books include “Ediscovery:
Making the Computer Your Best Witness” published by Ohio Bar Association; and he is a frequent and lively speaker regarding electronic data issues. He has testified before the Advisory
Committee on Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, and has been influential in shaping the process by which large sparse datasets are defensibly searched to produce relevant information without
reliance upon agreed-upon search terms. His writings regarding the expert nature of searching unstructured data such as email have been cited in text books related to e-discovery; and his advocacy
of advanced data analytics is regarded as defining the cutting edge of the integration of law and technology.