Press Release01.24.2020

Pullman & Comley Paralegal Patricia LeBel-Lasse Named to ACEDS Global Advisory Board

BRIDGEPORT, CT., January 24, 2019: Patricia LeBel-Lasse, a paralegal in the Litigation and Internal Investigations Departments of the law firm Pullman & Comley, LLC, has been named to the Global Advisory Board of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS). ACEDS is the world's leading e-discovery training and certification professional association, serving law firms, governments, and academic institutions across the globe. 

Patricia LeBel-Lasse is a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) who joined Pullman & Comley in 2000 and has more than thirty years of legal and business experience. She assists counsel with complex commercial and business disputes in a variety of areas in both federal and state courts. She has extensive trial and litigation support experience. In addition, as a member of the firm’s Internal Investigations practice, she conducts fact gathering interviews with clients and relevant parties and helps to manage the fact gathering process. In her role, Patricia implements new business processes in the areas of e-discovery (gathering of digital information for use in legal proceedings), litigation support and trial technology. 

The ACEDS Global Advisory Board is comprised of experts in e-discovery, legal technology, software, services, academia and the judiciary. Its members will provide guidance, educational and product input and thought leadership on industry trends, policy and program development to ACEDS. Board members offer unique areas of expertise and perspectives reflecting the dynamic, growing e-discovery community. They will serve as ambassadors of ACEDS as it expands professional development offerings and resources to anticipate and meet the needs of the legal community.

“Trish possesses an ongoing commitment to the advancement of technology in the legal profession and has taken an active role in the many organizations to which she belongs,” says Pullman & Comley Chairman James T. Shearin. “Her innovative approach to e-discovery has been invaluable on some of the most visible and complex matters our firm has undertaken. We’re thrilled that she will be able to apply the same leadership and creativity to her role on the ACEDS Advisory Board.” 

"We are very pleased with the exceptional composition of the new Global Advisory Board," ACEDS Advisory Board Chair Ari Kaplan, principal of Ari Kaplan Advisors, said in a press release announcing the 19-person body, which, in addition to Patricia includes leaders at major US companies such as Microsoft and Sprint, as well as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court. "It is a remarkably talented group of leaders and innovators with whom I am honored to partner as we continue to support this growing and passionate community."

Professionals attending Legalweek New York 2020 are invited to meet ACEDS board members at the "Meet the Global Advisory Board" 4th Annual Legalweek Community Cocktail Reception, Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Eastern.

Prior to her new role at ACEDS, Patricia served as a public member of the State of Connecticut's Judicial Review Council for a term of four years (2013-2017). She currently serves as a member of Pullman & Comley's Technology Committee.

About Pullman & Comley

Pullman & Comley celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019 and is one of Connecticut’s largest firms, providing a wide range of legal services to clients in the New England region, as well as throughout the United States and internationally. Pullman & Comley’s major practice areas include business organizations and finance; environmental and land use; government finance; health care; labor, employment law and employee benefits; litigation and alternative dispute resolution; family law; property tax and valuation; real estate; regulatory, energy and telecommunications; and trusts and estates. The firm has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury and Westport Connecticut; Springfield, Massachusetts; and White Plains, New York. The firm is an active member of the Law Firm Alliance, an international affiliation of law firms. For more information, please visit

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global member-based association for professionals who work in e-discovery, information governance, compliance and the broader legal community. ACEDS provides training and certification in e-discovery and related disciplines to corporate legal departments, law firms, the government, service providers and institutions of higher learning. Our CEDS certification is recognized around the world and used to verify skills and competence in electronic discovery for organizations and individuals through training, certification and ongoing education. The CEDS credential is held by practitioners at the largest Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 200 firms and government agencies. ACEDS has 23 chapters in most major US cities, the UK, Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa (with Australia and South American chapters coming soon). Our goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with e-discovery while helping to improve and verify their skills, advance careers and their overall technology competence in e-discovery and related fields. 

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