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John Unice, Esq.
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
John Unice provides exceptional high-level expertise and guidance to bit-x-bit clients, drawing on two decades of experience as chief corporate counsel and as a trial lawyer in major corporate and large law firm settings. His wide-ranging portfolio includes litigating sophisticated cases, utilizing complex electronic evidence and leading digital risk-mitigation initiatives, both in the U.S. and internationally.  As the digital and cybersecurity landscapes become increasingly complex, staying ahead of the change curve is an imperative. John’s background ideally suits him to provide the guidance, tools, and insights needed to win cases, avoid risk, and manage problems effectively and efficiently when they do arise.

Before joining bit-x-bit, John was Assistant Secretary and a senior legal advisor at the Pittsburgh headquarters of Covestro LLC and, prior, at Bayer Corporation, advancing his clients’ interests in highly regulated industries. At Covestro, he oversaw legal affairs for the company’s U.S.-based polycarbonate business and held global responsibility for the company’s litigation docket. John also led and collaborated on a range of strategic e-discovery, cybersecurity, and digital records management initiatives to mitigate corporate risk and win cases. 
  
As an associate with the Trial Practice Group at Jones Day (Pittsburgh), John’s savvy use of e-discovery and digital forensics helped him secure favorable outcomes in numerous multi-million-dollar cases for both the defense and the prosecution.  John’s achievements also include:

  • Sought-after speaker, sharing expertise on issues including corporate compliance, technology assisted review and e-discovery, information governance, and the conflicts between U.S. discovery and corresponding laws of other countries.  
  • Leader in major trade associations, having recently completed a term as President of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter and having held various leadership roles with the International Association of Defense Counsel.
  • Faculty member of the Electronic Discovery Institute.
  • J.D. cum laude (1999), University of Pittsburgh School of Law and B.A., Leadership Studies, summa cum laude (1996), University of Richmond.