Litigation Experience

Over a six year period Mr. Lopata worked as a key member of a team litigating a dispute over a major business information computer system implementation.  As a member of this team, Mr. Lopata was responsible for developing the team’s position on all information technology related matters including the use of methodology, software engineering practices, design and development tools, testing, and performance engineering.  He worked closely with outside counsel to prepare for pre-trial questioning of opposing witnesses and to prepare our own witnesses for pre-trial examination. He also worked with counsel to instruct and review the work of an independent software project management expert witness. He was responsible for preparing the team’s response to technical questions arising from depositions.  In this role Mr. Lopata worked side-by-side with counsel from the firm of McCarthy Tétrault.

Over a period of five years Mr. Lopata directed the program management office for Accenture’s Year 2000 Program.  This $30 Million program spanned forty-eight countries and included participation from more than six hundred people throughout the organization.  Mr. Lopata was responsible for management of the overall program including program planning, legal risk management, status reporting, issue management and program communications. Mr. Lopata worked closely with in house and outside counsel from Hogan and Hartson. As part of this program, Mr. Lopata also led the business side of a team that worked with Kirkland and Ellis to successfully defend a lawsuit brought by a former client working with the law firm of Milberg Weiss. Mr. Lopata was responsible for the review and analysis of all technical documents related to the case. 

Mr. Lopata also worked with Accenture's in house counsel to develop a conceptual model for simplifying complex computer and information technology issues to a jury.  The concept was developed to ensure effective communication and to drive the development of appropriate trial graphics.

Since leaving Accenture Mr. Lopata has been engaged by counsel on matters including:

References from in house and outside counsel for each of these matters are available upon request.

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