Gail Gottehrer is a partner at Akerman LLP in New York where she is a member of the Labor and Employment Group and the Data Law Group. Gail's practice focuses on management-side labor and employment litigation, class action defense and other complex commercial matters, including privacy and technology related litigation. She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury.
Gail is a frequent speaker on topics relating to the implications of technology on the law, on business operations and on the digital workplace, including data ownership and data privacy, telematics, autonomous vehicles, drones, robots, electronic evidence, usage based insurance, smart buildings, biometrics, wearable technology and the Internet of Things. Gail teaches a course in Law for Knowledge Innovation and Practices at Columbia University and is a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School. Gail is the Director of the Connecticut Chapter of Women in eDiscovery. She is the co-chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s eDiscovery and ESI Committee and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Executive Women's Forum.
Gail was recently selected as one of the New York Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence, as one the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2016 Women of Innovation, and as one of the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2016 Women Worth Watching. She is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of The Connecticut Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and a Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a former Law Clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.