Matthew J. Ahearn is currently managing Orrick's Litigation and eDiscovery Support Services team at the firm's Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. He initialy joined the firm as Analytics Attorney Team Lead. His practice focuses on the application of quantitative and qualitative data analytics techniques and project management experience to the practice of law, and the defensible use of advanced computer search tools to better control eDiscovery and document review project costs. He is an experienced trial attorney and technologist with 30 years of data analytics and hands-on technology project management experience, 20 of them while also practicing law in large and small firms.
Prior to joining Orrick, Matt was the national Practice Technologies Manager for Venable, LLP, where he was a founding member of that firm’s eDiscovery task force. Previously, he managed a digital evidence processing lab for Huron Consulting Group, and was engaged as an ediscovery project manager applying data analytics techniques to enterprise search for litigation, compliance and Records and Information Management (RIM) projects at MetLife.
Mr. Ahearn was previously the senior legal technology consultant for Computer Horrizons, where he developed computer forensics protocols in anticipation of the then pending Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for eDiscovery. He was of counsel at Hartman and Winnicki, PC, and worked as an associate and the first MIS Manager at Ravin, Sarasohn, Cook, Baumgarten, Fish and Rosen, PC. He completed a clerkship in the Office of the County Prosecutor for Essex County, New Jersey.
Before graduating law school, Mr. Ahearn was a Research Systems Analyst and Computer Security Manager for the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute, where he consulted on advanced information retrieval and environmental computer modeling systems projects for the Department of Defense Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis Center in Annapolis, Maryland. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, including a tour as a Combat Information Systems Officer for the 82nd Airborne Division.
Mr. Ahearn’s public service since law school included a term as a New Jersey State Assemblyman, a term as Deputy Mayor of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and pro bono litigation matters for the ACLU and the American Friends Service Committee.