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George Bellas

Founder of Attorneys Creative Roundtable

About George “Geo” Bellas:

Geo has been involved in complex business litigation, auto products liability cases and class actions across the country.  George was a recipient of the Steven Sharp Public Service Award by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) for his work in rollover litigation.   George has served as a panelist for The Sedona Conference and currently serves on the 7th Circuit e-Discovery Committee and is a certified mediator for the 7th Circuit Electronic Discovery Voluntary E-Mediation program.  Since 2006 George has lectured nationally on the uses of e-discovery, the changes to the rules regarding e-discovery, and how e-discovery is changing the pre-trial paradigm.

Recent Related Publications:

  • “Possession Custody and Control under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Illinois Rules of Civil Procedure.” Illinois State Bar Association, Trial Briefs, January 2017.
  • “E-Signatures, Authentication and Contracts” presented at ABA Legal Tech 2016 on March 18, 2016.
  • “The Amendments to the Federal Rules: E-Discovery is the Focus,” Illinois State Bar Association, Trial Briefs, vol 61, no. 6, January 2016.
  • “Why You Probably Can’t Subpoena Email from Google in Your Civil Case,” ISBA Trial Briefs, November, 2014, vol. 60, no. 6; ISBA Bar Journal, January 2015.
  • “Illinois’ Changes Regarding E-Discovery: What Illinois is Doing About it and What This Means for Practitioners in Illinois,” October, 2014
  • “The Illinois duty to preserve ESI: A bridge over troubled waters,” ISBA Trial Briefs, 3/13.
  • “Jurisdiction of Illinois courts based on Internet content without Zippo”, ISBA Trial Briefs 7/12.
  • “Internet evidence: How to authenticate evidence from the Internet under the new Illinois Rules of Evidence.”, ISBA Trial Briefs, January, 2011.
  • “Culling Data For Your Case.” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Technology for the Litigation, Fall, 2010.
  • “A New Frontier: The Amended Rules of e-Discovery,” Utah Trial Lawyers, December, 2006.
  • “Electronic Discovery: Wave Goodbye to Paper,” Trial Journal, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Summer 2008.

Related Speaking History:

  • “E-Signatures, Authentication and Contracts” presented at ABA Legal Tech 2016 on March 18, 2016.
  • “e-Discovery Basics” McHenry County Bar Association, Matrimonial Committee Seminar, October, 2015.
  • “The Future of the Practice of Law,” ISBA Allerton Conference, April, 2015.
  • “Practice Pointers under the new Illinois Rules for E-Discovery,” ISBA CLE Program, April 18, 2015, East Moline, Illinois.
  • “The New Illinois e-Discovery Rules”¸ November, 2014, NWSBA CLE Program.
  • “The New Illinois e-Discovery Rules”, ISBA Pro-Bono CLE Program, October, 2014.
  • “The New Illinois e-Discovery Rules”, ISBA Civil Practice CLE Program, May, 2014.
  • “Managing e-Discovery when Resources are Limited,” ISBA Webinar, April 15, 2013
  • “Managing e-Discovery when Resources are Limited,” presented by the ISBA Federal Civil Practice Section and Co-Sponsored by the 7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program, April 15, 2013.

Geo is also the founder of the Attorneys Creative Roundtable, which is a peer advisory group that helps lawyers adapt to the changes in the practice of law to build a 21st Century practice. Participants attend from across the U.S.