Our eDiscovery team is an integrated group of attorneys and in-house technical professionals with unmatched skills in the areas of technology and eDiscovery. We combine cutting-edge technological savvy with an immense amount of hands-on trial experience to manage the entire life cycle of the eDiscovery practice. Additionally, our eDiscovery team addresses, contains, and prevents information governance problems and issues.

  • Joseph Tate
    Member & Managing Director

    Joseph Tate, member of Cozen O'Connor and managing director of CODISCOVR, focuses his practice on eDiscovery, information governance, and data management issues in the context of litigation and investigations. As the managing director of CODISCOVR, Joe is responsible for the day-to-day management of the business and a team of attorneys and technologists that handle all phases of the eDiscovery lifecycle.

    Joe manages complex eDiscovery projects for high-profile matters involving various practice areas and industries including higher education, financial services, construction, and health care and life sciences. He is well-versed in developing and implementing data mapping exercises, litigation hold and preservation plans, and organizing forensic data collections. He also prepares and manages document review workflows using advanced technologies to cull and filter data sets, utilizes advanced analytics to increase review efficiency, and implements quality control procedures to mitigate risk.

    Joe has extensive experience leading the eDiscovery element of meet and confer conferences, preparing and negotiating ESI protocols, drafting and responding to discovery motions and requests, and taking and defending depositions of IT personnel and record managers. He also regularly counsels clients and colleagues on complex legal issues related to eDiscovery, the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine, information governance, and litigation readiness.

    Joe is also a member of the leading eDiscovery and information management organizations including the Sedona Conference Working Group 1, ILTA (International Legal Technology Association), and ARMA (Association of Records Managers and Administrators).

    Joe also volunteers and provides pro bono legal services through Philadelphia VIP, Community Legal Services, and as a volunteer child advocate attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and his law degree from Villanova University School of Law.

  • Shari Coltoff

    Shari Coltoff focuses her practice on eDiscovery and data management issues. Shari also handles matters including business, estate, and guardianship and child support issues. Shari is an experienced attorney who has managed, trained, supervised, and performed quality control for document review teams. Prior to joining the firm, she has served as an attorney and consultant assisting small business owners with running day-to-day business operations including employee and legal issues and as an assistant attorney general in the state of Delaware. The bulk of her experience is discovery review with respect to multi-district pharmaceutical litigation, government investigations and large-scale antitrust litigation.

  • Nicole Gill

    Nicole Gill is an eDiscovery attorney who concentrates her practice on electronic discovery in the higher education, financial services, construction, antitrust, government investigations, white-collar, insurance defense, and health care and life sciences contexts. In this role, Nicole manages complex and high-profile eDiscovery projects and routinely navigates data and privacy protection laws across many jurisdictions, both domestic and foreign. Nicole is adept in organizing large-scale data collections and manages complex document review workflows by leveraging advanced technologies and analytics to increase efficiency.  She also implements quality control procedures to mitigate risk and counsels both clients and colleagues on issues related to eDiscovery, information governance and data management. 

    Having attended the Sedona Conference’s esteemed eDiscovery Negotiations Training, Nicole is involved with the eDiscovery element of meet and confer conferences, the preparation and negotiation of ESI protocols, and drafting responses to discovery motions and requests. She is also a member of the Sedona Conference and the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in eDiscovery.

    Prior to joining the firm, Nicole was an associate attorney at the Philadelphia office of a Northeast-based law firm where she defended health care providers and companies in malpractice and negligence actions. She was also a judicial intern for the Honorable Marjorie Rendell, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals and a summer law clerk for the Honorable Juan Sánchez. Nicole has written articles appearing in The Legal Intelligencer, Bloomberg Law, The Journal of the American Osteopathic AssociationThe Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, and the World Association for Medical Law’s Medicine and Law Journal.  

    Nicole earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, and master’s degree from Villanova University. She went on to earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in publishing from New York University’s School of Continuing Professional Studies. Nicole earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a Temple Law Review member.

  • Nicholas Berenato

    Nicholas Berenato focuses his practice on electronic discovery in the construction, higher education, financial services, antitrust, government investigations, white-collar, insurance defense, and health care and life sciences industries. Though Nick’s practice spans multiple industries, Nick places a particular emphasis on electronic discovery in the construction industry. Nick assists clients with complex and high-profile eDiscovery projects and navigates data and privacy protection laws. Nick implements quality control procedures to mitigate risk and counsels both clients and colleagues on issues related to eDiscovery, information governance, and data management.

    Before joining CODISCOVR, Nick was an associate attorney in Cozen O’Connor’s construction group. There, he counseled and represented project owners, real estate developers, contractors, and design professionals and positioned multiple cases for favorable resolution.

    While in law school, Nick was a summer associate at the firm in 2018. He was a judicial extern for the Honorable Ann Marie Donio, United States Magistrate Judge, for the District of New Jersey. Nick also interned for the Honorable Nelson Johnson and the Honorable Bernard E. DeLury in Atlantic County, NJ.

    Nick earned his bachelor's degree in history from James Madison University. He earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Rutgers Law School, where he was the Business Editor of Rutgers University Law Review. Upon graduation, Nick was elected to the Order of the Coif.

  • Stephen Johnson
    Assistant Director

    Stephen Johnson is an Assistant Director of CODISCOVR, and he routinely advises clients on a variety of eDiscovery matters.  He has extensive experience working with numerous eDiscovery tools and applications, including database technology and Technology Assisted Review.  Steve handles all aspects of data collection, processing, and production.

    Stephen has over 15 years of experience working in the eDiscovery field. He earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Neumann University and a Master of Sciences from Villanova University in Criminal Justice Administration with a focus on Terrorism and Security, Data Transfer, Data Encryption and Data Analytics.  Stephen is also a Relativity Certified Administrator.

  • Kenneth Carruth
    Assistant Director

    Kenneth A. Carruth III is an Assistant Director of CODISCOVR. With nearly two decades of experience in the eDiscovery field, Ken focuses his time on advising clients on best practices for collecting, managing and producing electronic evidence.

    Ken has worked at several mid-size law firms and large eDiscovery service providers. His roles in those organizations have ranged from tactically focused positions (e.g. Analyst, Computer Programmer) to more strategic focused roles in management. Ken holds an Associate’s Degree in specialized technology (computer programming) from MCC's Computer Technology Institute in Philadelphia and several certifications associated with the operation of eDiscovery software and the collection of mobile and cloud based data.


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