Adam Cohen is Managing Director at Topside Group LLC. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and former practicing attorney who for more than 20 years has advised clients on the intersection of technology and law. His work spans cybersecurity, electronic discovery, and enterprise information management. In addition to being an experienced consultant and counselor, he is a prolific author and lecturer whose work has been cited in several landmark federal court opinions. He has served as a court-appointed neutral eDiscovery expert in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York and is an active member in professional organizations and educational institutions.
Soon after graduating from Duke Law School, Mr. Cohen became a litigation partner with one of the largest law firms in the world. With his then partner, he co-authored Electronic Discovery: Law and Practice, a treatise cited in seminal federal court opinions such as Zubulake v. UBS Warburg, Lorraine v. Markel, and others (including a Circuit Court of Appeals opinion on data privacy). Mr. Cohen also represented some of the largest and best-known corporations in the world in complex litigation involving technology issues.
In 2006, Mr. Cohen joined a global business advisory firm as a senior managing director, where he helped develop the firm’s eDiscovery and information management segment. In 2011, he joined a leading professional services organization as a principal (a non-CPA partner) in the Forensic Technology and Discovery Services sub-practice of the Fraud Investigations and Dispute Services group, where he broadened his practice to include cybersecurity. He obtained his CISSP certification in 2014.
Mr. Cohen teaches courses designed to prepare the next generation of lawyers for the challenges technology poses to the legal process. He is an adjunct faculty member at Fordham University School of Law and has lectured and/or taught courses at several law schools, including Harvard University and Georgetown University.