Ralph C. Losey is a Principal in the Orlando, Florida, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He serves as the firm’s National e-Discovery Counsel in charge of electronic discovery services and training. Mr. Losey also heads up the firm’s Litigation Support Department.
Mr. Losey is a frequent speaker at e-discovery conferences worldwide and a leading contributor in the field of Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Document Review. His work focuses on the use of active machine learning to find evidence in Big Data for the resolution of legal disputes. His contributions to the field include both academic-scientific research and litigation applications. Losey was lead technology counsel for the defense in the landmark decision by Judge Andrew Peck first approving the use of predictive coding, Da Silva Moore v. Publicis.
Mr. Losey has written over two million words on law and technology subjects since 2006, including over sixty articles on predictive coding. In 2006 he started his well-known blog, e-DiscoveryTeam.com, which later grew to include over a dozen legal education websites.
Mr. Losey served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida School of Law from 2007-2011 where he taught both introductory and advanced e-discovery courses and developed the law school’s first online course.
Mr. Losey personally performs the predictive coding work for Jackson Lewis in multiple document review projects each year and supervises and consults in many others. Mr. Losey has also competed in, and won, a document review competition and research project supervised by a major university and non-profit group. In 2015, and again in 2016, Mr. Losey led a research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) where he participated in the Total Recall Track to demonstrate his Hybrid Multimodal method of predictive coding.
Mr. Losey has specialized in electronic evidence and discovery since 2006, at which time he started and ran the e-discovery department at Akerman, LLP. In 2010 he joined Jackson Lewis. Prior to 2006 Mr. Losey handled a variety of commercial litigation, insurance, and technology cases, including one of the largest Qui Tam cases in history.
Mr. Losey has been a computer hobbyist since 1978, and ethical hacker since the 1980s, at which time he created several original game and music software programs for his children. He also established and operated his law firm’s IT Department from the early 1980s to early 1990s. In 2015 Mr. Losey was a finalist for the Legaltech CIO of the Year Innovation Award.
Mr. Losey has unique practical experience as a computer user and amateur programmer going back to 1978. He has worked with mainframes, minicomputers, Macs and PCs, utilizing all applications imaginable, and creating and designing software in the 1980s and Internet websites in the 1990s. Ralph was the first lawyer in Central Florida to have a computer on his desk, the first to use Westlaw, and the first lawyer in Florida with an Internet website. He was also a pioneer in the field of Computer Law, dating back to the early 1980s where he developed special expertise in computer database protection, software licensing, and later, Internet law; see for instance, "The Legal Protection of Computer Databases," Florida Bar Journal (1991), and "Your Cyber Rights and Responsibilities: The Law of the Internet," Chapter 3 of Que's Special Edition Using the Internet, McMillian Publishers 3rd Ed, 1996. Ralph has also worked with high-tech start-up companies, where he helped develop a food service database which later became the industry (IFDA) standard.
Mr. Losey was also in the first group of attorneys to be certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Mediator of Computer Law disputes in 1989, and has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution.
Law Review Articles on Law and Technology
- Predictive Coding and the Proportionality Doctrine: a Marriage Made in Big Data, 26 Regent U. Law Review 1 (2014)
- Mancia v. Mayflower Begins a Pilgrimage to the New World of Cooperation, 10 Sedona Conf. J. 377 (2009 Supp.)
- Lawyers Behaving Badly, 60 Mercer L. Rev. 983 (Spring 2009)
- HASH: The New Bates Stamp, 12 Journal of Technology Law & Policy 1 (June 2007).
Published Books On Law and Technology
- E-Discovery For Everyone, American Bar Association (publication pending late 2016)
- Perspectives on Predictive Coding: Computer-Assisted Review and Other Advanced Search Technologies for the E-Discovery Practitioner, Co-American Bar Association (publication pending late 2016) [Editor and Contributor]
- Adventures in Electronic Discovery, West Thomson (2011)
- Electronic Discovery: New Ideas, Trends, Case Law, and Practices, West Thomson (2010)
- Introduction to e-Discovery: New Cases, Ideas, and Techniques, American Bar Association (2009)
- e-Discovery: Current Trends and Cases, American Bar Association (2008)
- Your Cyber Rights and Responsibilities: The Law of the Internet, Chapter 3 of Que's Special Edition Using the Internet, McMillian Publishers 3rd Ed, 1996