Jeff co-chairs the firm’s eDiscovery practice group, a group within the firm’s litigation practice that brings together Ulmer attorneys with an interest in, and with significant experience in, the management of complex discovery issues in cases large and small. Jeff has years of experience in all phases of eDiscovery including counseling clients on data preservation, initial assessments of data issues in new litigations, selection and retention of eDiscovery vendors, negotiations with opposing counsel regarding collection and production of electronically stored information, arguing in courts regarding discovery disputes, managing the collection , processing, review and production of materials responsive to discovery requests, and managing materials received in response to such requests.
Jeff’s IP practice encompasses patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright disputes. He participates in risk assessments, preparation of formal opinions, infringement investigations, client counseling, and litigation. His representative experience includes the early negotiation of a comprehensive multi-party license and settlement agreement on behalf of defendants in a cellular communications patent infringement case that resulted in a cost-effective resolution of the dispute; negotiation of a favorable settlement on behalf of an importer of printer ink cartridges accused of patent infringement in federal district court and in an International Trade Commission (ITC) Section 337 Investigation; investigation of acts of patent infringement on behalf of a major American machinery manufacturer that resulted in Jeff preparing and filing several ITC Section 337 Complaints to exclude importation of plastic molding machines with infringing control systems; and, more generally, assisting companies with cost effective responses to allegations of infringement by non-practicing entities and counseling manufacturers, importers, and retailers regarding numerous potential patent infringement issues involving both design and utility patents.
In addition to his intellectual property practice, Jeff has for many years been involved in the defense of drug and medical device manufacturers in product liability litigation. His focus in product liability litigation is on eDiscovery, scientific and medical issues, and expert witnesses. He has achieved the highest rating, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell®.
(A.B., Chemistry, 1977)
(Ohio Peace Officer Training Council Certification, 1983)
(J.D., magna cum laude, 1992)
Order of the Curia; Northern Kentucky Law Review 1990-91; Moot Court Member 1990-91; Chief Justice 1991-92
Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys fly fishing, shooting sports, motorcycles, and classical and bluegrass music.