“Big Data” for Lawyers: An Interview with Dr. Zev J. Eigen

Zach McGee Zev Eigen
April 01, 2016


In this informative program, Zach McGee and Dr. Zev J. Eigen discuss “Big Data”, specifically what it is, how it is being used, legal risks involved, and the role of the law.

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard the term “big data” in the news or in discussions with colleagues and clients. But what exactly is “big data” and what does “big data,” and the growing field of predictive analytics, have to do with the practice of law?

In this informative program, Zach McGee asks Dr. Zev J. Eigen, a data scientist, lawyer and nationally-recognized “big data” expert, the key questions that most lawyers have about “big data” including:

•What is ”Big Data” and ”predictive analytics”?
•How is Big Data being used to make business decisions?
•What are the legal risks of data driven decision-making?
•What role is there for law in this space?

This program will benefit law firm and in-house lawyers of all levels.


Zach McGee, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA

Zev J. Eigen, Global Director of Data Analytics, Littler Mendelson P.C., Los Angeles, CA

Zev combines his expertise in labor and employment law with his deep experience in complex data analytics and social scientific research to handle three categories of work: (1) predictive analytics using artificial intelligence or “machine learning” algorithms as applied to HR and related business decisions; (2) statistical analysis and econometric modeling of issues arising out of class actions and pattern and practice matters; and (3) statistical analysis of labor, employment and HR related data. He is a nationally recognized expert in these fields appearing in the media frequently (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, NPR, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc.). He is an accomplished public speaker and is invited regularly to lecture and present papers at academic institutions and professional organizations across the country. Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Zev was an Associate Professor of Law at the Northwestern University School of Law where he taught contracts, corporations and negotiations. Zev also held a courtesy appointment at the Kellogg School of Management as an Associate Professor of Management & Strategy, and was a Research Fellow with the Center for Labor and Employment Law at New York University School of Law. In addition to Northwestern, Zev taught law students at Harvard, Yale, N.Y.U. and U.S.C. He received his BA and JD degrees from Cornell, and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Zach leads worldwide business affairs for Sony’s home entertainment division. Before moving to Sony, he was the Senior Vice President, Head of Business & Legal Affairs at Miramax, a leading independent film and television studio. Before joining Miramax, Zach was a Vice President, Legal Affairs, with NBC Universal, Inc. Prior to moving in-house, he was an associate with Davis Polk. Zach clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and he received his Masters of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Zach also has taught negotiation ethics for lawyers as an Adjunct Professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University.

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