Bill Hamilton and Tom O'Connor discuss Social Media as Evidence

Nov 3rd, 2016

Tom O’Connor is nationally known as a consultant, speaker and writer. In his consulting work, Tom specializes in working with law firms and their corporate clients to manage their electronic discovery needs. As senior eDiscovery consultant for Advanced Discovery, he assists clients in database design, implementation and training. He also addresses specific eDiscovery issues such as retention policies, litigation holds and document exchange protocols. Tom speaks at major legal conferences and writes for both the Advanced Discovery blog and national legal publications.


William Hamilton is an electronic discovery expert. Prior to joining the faculty served as the electronic discovery partner for his national law firm. Mr. Hamilton has taught electronic discovery at the University of Florida for the past decade and is the co-author of the LexisNexis Practice Guide Florida e-Discovery and Evidence and co-author of A Student Electronic Discovery Primer: An Essential Companion for Civil Procedure Courses. Mr. Hamilton is also the General Editor of the LexisNexis Practice Guide: Florida Contract Litigation. Mr. Hamilton is also a neutral arbitrator and mediator for the World Intellectual Property Organization and the author of numerous domain name dispute decisions. Mr. Hamilton has been recognized in Chambers USA, Florida Legal Elite, Best Lawyers in America, and Florida Super Lawyers




University of Florida Levin College of Law (cum laude, 1983)

Washington University in St. Louis (M.A., Philosophy 1974)

Lehigh University (B.A., cum laude, Philosophy (1970)


Quarles & Brady LLP, Electronic Discovery Partner, (2010 -2015)

Holland & Knight LLP, Partner (1990 – 2010)

Holland & Knight LLP, Associate (1983-1989)


A Student E-discovery Primer: An Essential Course for Civil Procedure Practitioners, Carolina Academic Press 2016 (with Jennifer Smith)

LexisNexis Practice Guide Florida E-Discovery and Evidence (with the Hon. Ralph Artigliere)

LexisNexis Practice Guide Florida Contract Litigation, General Editor


Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2016 Tampa Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) “Lawyer of the Year”

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (since 1986)

Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)

The Florida Bar Foundation (Fellow)

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2013-present: Litigation – Patent / Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); 2006-present: Commercial Litigation; 2005-present: Litigation – Intellectual Property Law)

Selected for inclusion in 2008-2016 Florida Super Lawyers® lists (Business Litigation, Intellectual Property)

Listed in Chambers USA® (2008-2011: Litigation)

Named Florida’s Legal Elite™ by Florida Trend magazine (2005-2009)

Florida Bar Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law (2007-2015)

Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation (2010 -2015)

American College of e-Neutrals (Fellow)

American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator (1987 – present)

Neutral, World Intellectual Property Organization, Domain Name Dispute Neutral (2007 -present)

Representative Reported Cases

Davis v. Southern Bell Tel. & Tel. Co., 149 F.R.D. 666 (S.D. Fla. 1993)

Intermedia Comm., Inc. v. BellSouth Telecomm., Inc., 173 F. Supp. 2d 1282 (M.D. Fla. 2000)

Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. v. Hialeah, Inc., 735 So. 2d 542 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 1999)

Tax Cap Comm. v. Save Our Everglades, Inc., 933 F. Supp. 1077 (S.D. Fla. 1996)

Shell Oil Co. v. A.Z. Servs., 990 F. Supp. 1406 (S.D. Fla. 1997)

Downing v. UPS, 215 F. Supp. 2d 1303 (M.D. Fla. 2002)

Green v. Eastern Airlines, 138 F.R.D. 146 (M.D. Fla. 1991)

Kirwin v. Price Communs. Corp., 274 F. Supp. 2d 1242 (M.D. Ala. 2003)

Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. v. Brunetti, 567 So. 2d 490 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 1990)

Hialeah Park, Inc. v. Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., 528 So. 2d 1227 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 1988)

Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. v. Fla. Gaming Ctrs., 793 So. 2d 899 (Fla. 2001)

Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. v. Florida Gaming Ctrs., Inc., 731 So. 2d 21 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 1999)

Zaki Kulaibee Establishment v. McFliker, 771 F.3d 1301 (11th Cir. Fla. 2014)

DSL Internet Corp. v. TigerDirect, Inc., 907 So. 2d 1203 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 2005)

Rojas v. Dement, 1992 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22796 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 29, 1992)

Bechtel Constr. v. Secretary of Labor, 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 26383 (11th Cir. 1996)

Barnett v. Paradise of Port Richey, 2002 Fla. App. LEXIS 12747 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2d Dist. 2002)

Danches v. Danches, 1987 Fla. App. LEXIS 7185 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 1987)

Korman v. Iglesias, 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 35537 (11th Cir. Fla. 1994)

Miami Firefighters’ & Police Officers’ Retirement Trust v. Invesco Mim, Inc., 789 F. Supp. 392 (S.D. Fla. 1992)

Phoenix Marine v. One Hylas 46′, 1988 U.S. App. LEXIS 5639 (11th Cir. Fla. 1988)

State Dep’t of Envtl. Protection v. Paradise of Port Richey, Inc., 2000 Fla. App. LEXIS 3509 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2d Dist. 2000)




Explores how the current information explosion is transforming the civil litigation process and the critical issues which arise in managing data in the civil litigation process. The course will examine developing case law and address the practical problems and issues which arise in the preservation, collection, searching, processing, and production of electronic data.



This course will explore “search” or information retrieval: the central issue in e-discovery and legal defensibility of the discovery process. The course will explore the varieties of search methodology applied to e-discovery including manual search, key word search, conceptual and cluster search, revolutionary predictive coding and machine learning, and the strengths and weakness of each approach and focus on developing an intermodal legally defensible approach.