W. Russell Taber III

Russell Taber, a business litigator, practices law to help guide his clients through the complexity, stress, and stakes often inherent in legal disputes.  His singular focus is helping his clients achieve the best outcome possible in the most cost-effective manner.  Russell collaborates with his clients to develop a strategy tailored to their goals and works hard to implement that strategy to attain them.

Individual and corporate clients have entrusted him to represent them in federal and state courts, at the trial and appellate levels, and in arbitration proceedings.  He has experience in various substantive areas of the law and industries, including breach of contract, information privacy and data theft, healthcare, intellectual property, business torts and unfair competition, shareholder disputes and business separations, and commercial real estate.  As part of his practice, Russell often develops cost-effective e-discovery solutions that are legally defensible and advance his clients' litigation objectives.

He authored the book Electronic Discovery in Tennessee: Rules, Case Law and Distinctions, which has been used as a textbook at certain Tennessee law schools.  Russell regularly speaks on issues at the intersection of law and technology.  He holds a CIPP-US certification, a non-legal certification provided by the IAPP for information privacy professionals.  He is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers since 2012.

Prior to joining Riley Warnock & Jacobson, PLC more than a decade ago, Russell served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Russell graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Order of the Coif, and the Moot Court Board.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University with a B. A. degree.

Russell is also actively involved in the community, currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.  He is an alumnus of the Nashville Young Leaders Council program and previously served on the Young Alumni Board of Montgomery Bell Academy.  He and his wife enjoy following their three children’s athletic endeavors from competitive dance to flag football to karate. 

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

  • Author - Electronic Discovery in Tennessee: Rules, Case Law and Distinctions.
     
  • Presenter -   Hot eDiscovery Issues Facing Law Firms, Association of Legal Administrators, Nashville Chapter (May 17, 2017).
     
  • Presenter - Email, Social Media, Texts, and Video: How to Find and Use Electronic Evidence to Win Your Case, Tennessee Attorneys Memo Webinar (Apr. 20, 2017).
     
  • Co-Presenter - Legal Ethics & ESI, National Business Institute (Dec. 16, 2016).
  • Presenter - What to Look for, Where to Find it and What to do With it: Email, Social Media, Texts and Video, National Business Institute (Dec. 16, 2016).

  • Co-Presenter - Data Breach and Privacy Law, Tennessee Attorneys Memo Conference (Nov. 17, 2016).
     
  • Panelist - A Lawyer's Ethical Duties Regarding Electronically Stored Information, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court (Nov. 15, 2016).
     
  • Panelist - How Courts Have Applied the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, NBA Advanced Federal Court Practice (Nov. 3, 2016).
     
  • Panelist - Impact of Corporate Governance on Corporations and Law Firms, Nashtech Conference (Oct. 13, 2016).
     
  • Co-Presenter - Cellular Information in Tennessee: Obtaining and Admitting in Litigation, Tennessee Attorneys Memo Webinar (May 25, 2016).
     
  • Presenter - Data Breach and Privacy Law: What Tennessee Attorneys Must Know, Tennessee Attorneys Memo Webinar (Apr. 26, 2016).
     
  • Presenter - Alternatives to Written Discovery, Tennessee Bar Association (Apr. 7, 2016).
     
  • Presenter - Handling Social Media, E-Mail, and Other ESI, Attorney Technology Conference of Tennessee Attorneys Memo (Dec. 11, 2015).
     
  • Co-Presenter - Amendments to Federal E-Discovery Rules Take Effect December 1: Are You Ready?, Tennessee Attorneys Memo Webinar (Dec. 1, 2015).
     
  • Presenter - E-Discovery Latest Developments and Cases, Murfreesboro Downtown Barristers Lions Club (Aug. 11, 2015).
     
  • Presenter - E-Discovery in Tennessee: Where We Are and Where We Are Going, Tennessee Attorneys Memo Webinar (May 27, 2015).
     
  • Panelist - Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policies, Women in eDiscovery, Nashville Chapter (May 14, 2015).
     
  • Presenter - E-Discovery: Latest Developments & Case Law Update, TBA Law Tech UnConference (Feb. 26, 2015).
     
  • Panelist - Lawyers Without Borders - Social Media Ethical Considerations in Entertainment and Sports Law, NBA Annual Entertainment Law in Review (Dec. 3, 2014).
     
  • Moderator - Hot Topics in Healthcare Law: Compliance, Information Security and eDiscovery, TSCPA Healthcare Conference (Dec. 2, 2014).
     
  • Presenter - E-Discovery: Trick or Treat? TSCPA Southeastern Forensic & Valuation Services Conference (Oct. 27, 2014).
     
  • Panelist - E-Discovery in Tennessee, Belmont Law Inn of Court (Oct. 14, 2014).
     
  • Presenter - Local E-Discovery Rules and Default Standards in Tennessee, Tennessee Bar Association Federal Practice Seminar (July 11, 2014).
     
  • Presenter - E-Discovery: Case Law Update and Proposed Rule Changes, Tennessee Bar Association Law Tech unConference (February 20, 2014).
     
  • Panelist - Possible Revisions to Administrative Order No. 174, The Prometheus Project (November 6, 2013).
     
  • Presenter - The Latest E-Discovery Precautions, Risks and Advice, National Business Institute (October 30, 2013).
  • Presenter - Proportionality in eDiscovery, Federal Practice Seminar 2013, Tennessee Bar Association (July 12, 2013).

  • Panelist - Electronic Discovery: Representing Corporate Clients, Law Practice Today Expo, Knoxville Bar Association (April 12, 2013).
     
  • Interview - eDiscovery in Tennessee - eDiscovery Trends, eDiscovery Daily Blog (Oct. 30, 2012).
  • Presenter - Social Media & Email Evidence Admissibility Issues, Federal Practice Seminar 2012, Tennessee Bar Association (July 13, 2012).

  • Facilitator - Electronic Discovery in the Middle District of Tennessee, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Middle District of Tennessee Session (Apr. 27, 2012).
  • Author - Reviewing E-Discovery Model Orders as Administrative Order No. 174 Turns Five, Nashville B.J., vol. 12, no. 2, 8 (Mar. 2012).

  • Author - Bending the American Rule: 'Pullman' Decision Allows Third-Party Litigation Expenses in Tennessee, 46 Tenn. B. J. 10 (Aug. 2010) (Cover Story).

  • Author - The Reexamination Clause: Exploring Bifurcation in Mass Tort Litigation, 73 Def. Counsel J. 63 (2006).

  • Author - Special Project: Current Issues in Intellectual Property, 58 Vand. L. Rev. 851 (2005).

  • Author - Copyright Déjà Vu: A New Definition of "Publication Under the Copyright Act of 1909, 58 Vand. L. Rev. 857 (2005).

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Information Privacy
Healthcare Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation

Education

Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D. 2005
Georgetown University, B.A. 2001

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2005

Memberships

American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) - CIPP/US

Contact

Phone: (615) 320-3700 ext. 152
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