Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin

Shira A. Scheindlin is a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 28, 1994. Before taking her current seat on the Southern District, Judge Scheindlin worked as a prosecutor (Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York), commercial lawyer (General Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation and partner at Herzfeld & Rubin), and Judge (Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York 1982-1986 and Special Master in the Agent Orange mass tort litigation). Judge Scheindlin is known for her intellectual acumen, demanding courtroom demeanor, aggressive interpretations of the law, and expertise in mass torts, electronic discovery, and complex litigation. She is the author of many books and articles, including, the first case book on Electronic Discovery. She served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules from 1999-2006. Finally, she is an adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School. On the subject of electronic records management, the opinions in Zubulake v.UBS Warburg LLC have come to be recognized as case law landmarks.