Aleida Lanza Joins The Downs Law Group as Chief Information Officer
Updated: May 18, 2022
Craig T. Downs, Esq., founder and principal attorney of The Downs Law Group, is pleased to announce that Aleida Lanza has joined the firm as chief information officer, and leads the firm’s growth in leveraging A.I.
Lanza has 35 years of experience in complex business, medical malpractice, premises liability, wrongful death, class action, mass tort and 30 years of experience in forensic data analytics, electronic discovery, information management, information security, fraud detection, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. A pioneer in federal court filing, she helped beta test Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) in DOS.
Her decades of experience in class action litigation and e-discovery support includes support for the Ford, Firestone, SCI/Menorah Gardens, and Chinese Drywall class action and mass tort litigation. Having had the privilege of working for titans in the legal field including Thomas MacAliley, Don Russo, Thomas Culmo, J.B. Spence, Scott Leeds, Jonathan Colby, Deborah Gander, and the late Ervin A. Gonzales, Lanza also served as a senior executive at the Association for E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS).
Her unique contributions include research and writing the initial theory of liability for Civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) against the FBI (Greco v. FBI), which later caused imprisonment of FBI agent John Conolly for perjury, obstruction of justice, and racketeering.
Her investigation of the first witness in the Department of Justice (DOJ) witness protection program (Whitey Bulger's hitman) contributed to freeing three innocent men from prison after serving 20 years for wrongful murder convictions (a Massachusetts court later awarding $101 million upon their release). The movie “The Departed” by Martin Scorsese is a loose adaptation of the fruits of her unparalleled research in the Greco case.
Her research has also been cited by Congress in vetting a Supreme Court Justice regarding a prior refusal to recognize third party Relators of the False Claims Act in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Qui Tam litigation.
Lanza’s mission statement is, “The true first responders of justice are attorneys and paralegals, because they curate truth to its arbiters. I want to leverage artificial intelligence to objectively scale the Department for Local Government’s best practices to everyone in need.”
She is a delegate speaker at Stanford University's Medicine-X; and also at Techne Conference in Alexandria, Egypt regarding leveraging technology for democratization of science and health with the objective exclusion of bias.
In her free time, Lanza enjoys volunteering, has served as advocacy chair for the Autism Speaks South Florida Chapter for several years, and lobbied Congress for passage of the Able Act. Her research and advocacy also led to Florida’s expansion of Medicaid benefits to individuals with autism (0–21), causing the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to issue a Provider Alert notifying availability of coverage for and services by behavior technicians for the most vulnerable communities.
The Downs Law Group offers a practice area dedicated to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, working with children and adults who have been injured as a result of the spill, seeking damages for their pain and suffering and medical expenses. The firm also practices in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort & Class Action Lawsuits, Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Wrongful Death, Slip & Fall and First Party Property Damage.
About The Downs Law Group
The Downs Law Group is dedicated to proving causation of chronic illnesses and cancers affecting over 300,000 cleanup workers, as well as thousands of zone residents, children and other populations exposed to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. For more information, visit bpclaimoilspill.com.
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