Philip N. Yannella has joined Ballard Spahr to lead its E-Discovery and Data Management practice. At Dechert, Mr. Yannella represented drug and hospital companies in litigation involving digital records as well as proposals to the FDA for drug approvals.

"Electronic discovery has become a bit of a misnomer," said Mr. Yannella. "Most discovery is now electronic. The volume of data is enormous. Huge companies manage terabytes of data on a daily basis. … How, from a legal perspective, do we manage data? The technology is changing very rapidly. The courts sometimes lag the technology."