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Co-Chair, Electronic Information Management

Technology and eDiscovery Counsel, Litigation

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Robert Brownstone is a nationwide speaker and writer on many law and technology issues and is frequently quoted in the press as an expert on electronic information. His extensive media coverage and speaking engagements include:

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Presentations

  • Compliance and Information-Security
    • Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) – 10/13 – Information-Security panel – “What IT and Legal Must Know to Secure Sensitive Data
    • Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) –  eDiscovery Privacy webinar (sole presenter) – 7/13
    • U. of Wash. Risk Management Conference (panelist) – 10/12 (Seattle)
    • Strafford Publications national broadcasts (co-presenter) – 11/11 & 2/11 (Data-Privacy & Info-Security)
    • Rockhealth HIPAA/Information-Security live presentation – 10/11
    • Lorman national broadcast – 9/11 (Data-Privacy & Info-Security; Breaches)
    • IQPC eDiscovery Conference – Leader, Data-Security/Privacy Workshop – 4/11 (SF, CA)
    • National Constitution Center (NCC) national broadcasts – 4/10; 8/08; 7/08 (Acrobat for Lawyers); 4/07; 3/07 and 12/06
    • Gartner: Risk Mgmt. Summit panels – 4/09 (Chicago); 5/07 (N.O., La); 10/06 (Orlando)
    • MIE Legal Services Corporation (LSC) national conference – 9/08 (San Antonio)
    • AudioSolutionZ/Eli national broadcast – 6/08
    • Workshare national broadcast ("Data Leakage") – 5/08
    • California Society of Health Care Attorneys ("IT for the Health Care Lawyer") 4/08 (Napa, CA)
    • RSA P2P Panel in SF – 2/07 ("Standard of Care for Outbound Content;" co-facilitator)
    • Gilbane SF Content Management Panel 4/06 (SF; co-presenter)
  • Data & Document Retention/Destruction
    • National Constitution Center (NCC) national broadcasts – 9/13; 3/13; 9/12 (Non-Profits); 5/12; 11/11; 5/11; 11/10; 6/10; 2/10; 10/09; 5/09; 3/09; 2/09; 1/09; 10/08; 6/08, 3/08, 6/07, 2/07 and 9/06
    • Women in EDiscovery (WiE)  -- Email Management panel – 9/13 (Palo Alto, CA)
    • C4CM – webinar/broadcast – 2/13
    • CISE – live presentations/workshops for IT leaders – 6/11 & 4/10 (Silicon Valley, CA)
    • BrightTalk broadcast – ERM Summit – 8/09 (available by podcast)
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Ass’n Attorneys – national conference 5/09 (Seattle, WA)
    • Venture Capital Office Managers Association (VCOMA) – 4/09 (Stanford, CA)
    • LegalWorks/Daily Journal Conference - 2/07 (Beverly Hills) - Moderator, Retention and Sanctions panels
    • Progressive Bus. Pubs. PBP national broadcasts - 8/07, 12/06
    • Strafford Publications national broadcasts (co-presenter) - 12/06; 10/06 (E-mail Practices); 7/06 (SOX); 4/06
  • eDiscovery/Electronic Information Management (EIM)
    • Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) – 10/13 – Mock Technology-Assisted-Review (T-A-R) Hearing, a/k/a Predictive Coding
    • Univ. of Puerto Rico School of Law, MCLE program and Law School Course – 6/13
    • NCC nat’l broadcasts – 9/13 (Litigation Holds); 11/11 (Cross-Border); 9/10 (Fed. R. Evid. 502 claw-backs); 9/09 (New Cal. Legislation); 5/09 (litigation holds); 11/08 (document review); 4/08; 5/07; and 8/06
    • Carmel Valley eDiscovery Retreats – 5/13 (moderated multiple eDiscovery and Privacy panels) &  7/12 (Cloud and Ethics panels)
    • Lorman national broadcasts – Non-Parties, 5/13 & 10/11; Cross-Border, 5/12; & Cal. Rules, 1/11 & 1/10
    • C4CM -- webinar/broadcast – 4/13 (Litigation Holds)
    • Today’s General Counsel (nee Executive Counsel) conferences – 3/13, 3/12 & 3/11 (Co-Chair; SF); 12/11 (Co-Chair; LA); 12/10 (LA)
    • USF School of Law – Adjunct Professor, Springs 2013-10; Civ. Pro. guest lecturer, March 2007
    • AAML Marin – 1/13 (eDiscovery for Family Lawyers)
    • Blackstone eDiscovery 3.0 –10/12 (Palo Alto) (Cross-Border panel)
    • Gartner – co-presenter on panels – 6/12 (DC); and 5/09 (Chicago)
    • Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) – People, Platforms & Protocols, 4/12 (Honolulu)
    • Thomson Reuters (West) eDiscovery & Data-Protection Webinar, 1/12; & EDRR Conference,12/10 (SF, CA)
    • Santa Clara U. School of Law – Adjunct Professor, eDiscovery Law – Fall ’11, Summer ‘10; Summer ‘09
    • State Bar of Cal. Annual Meeting – ESI Ethics (co-presenter) 9/11 (Long Beach, CA)
    • C4CM eDiscovery Reviews (webinar panelist) – 7/11
    • Huron/Sandpiper eDiscovery (panelist) – 6/11 (San Francisco); 6/09 (San Francisco); and 10/08 (Stanford and San Francisco)
    • State Bar of Cal. Annual Meeting – led eDiscovery 101 & Advanced eDiscovery panels 9/10 (Monterey, CA)
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Ass’n Attorneys – national conference 5/10 (New Orleans, LA)
    • IQPC 9th Annual eDiscovery Event – EMP eDiscovery workshop co-leader 4/10 (SF, CA)
    • Amer. Ass’n of Legal Nurse Consultants of OC (AALNC OC) – 3/10 (Santa Ana, CA)
    • Miami Legal Resources & Rossdale Group – 3/10 webinar
    • NELI Employment Law Briefings 3/10 and 3/07 (Key West, FL & Las Vegas, NV);
    • Assoc. of Corp. Counsel (ACC) Bay Area Lit. Comm. – 9/09 (new Cal. legislation) panel (primary presenter)
    • State Bar of Cal. webinar – panelist – New Cal. Legisl. – 8/09
    • Strafford Publications national broadcasts (co-presenter) – 8/09 (New Cal. Legislation); 2/09 (Data Mapping); 7/08 & 11/07 (Search/Retrieval); 3/06 (Costs); 2/06 (Destruction/Preservation)
    • Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference – eDiscovery panelist – 6/09 (Stanford)
    • State Bar of Cal. Emp./Labor Section – 10/08 (San Diego) – “Proactive ... Policies & Reactive … Strategies”) 
    • Litigation Support Today in DC – 5/08 (“Preservation” co-presenter)
    • Cal. State Bar Section Education Institute (San Diego, CA) – 1/08 (co-presenter)
    • American Employment Law Council (AELC) 10/07 (Ojai, CA) (“Ethical Dilemmas” co-presenter)
    • NELI Advanced Pre-Trial Advocacy Conference 6/07 (SF + DC); 6/06 (SF + DC); 6/05 (SF + DC);  6/04 (SF + DC); 6/03 (SF); 6/02 (SF + DC; co-presenter)
    • Nevada State Bar CLE 5/07 (Las Vegas);
    • RSA ESAF in SF – 2/07 (“Legal Discovery” co-presenter)
    • Bridgeport CE Conference in SF – 2/06 (Preservation); 2/06 (Tech. Primer; co-presenter)
    • SCCBA panels in Santa Clara – 12/05 ("Views from Trenches") & 5/05 ("Views from Bench")
    • IP Inn of Court of Bay Area debates – 4/04 (Production Forms); 5/03 (Selection Criteria)
  • Electronically Stored Information (ESI), Privacy and/or Social-Media in the Workplace 
    • National Employment Law Institute (NELI):
        • Public Sector & EEO Conferences 8/13 (SF); 8/12 (SF); 8/11 (SF); 8/10 (DC & SF);  8/09 (SF); and 8/07 (SF)
        • Discrimination Law Updates 7/13 & 7/12 (SF)
        • Employment Law Workshops 5/13 (SF); 5/12 (Chicago); 5/11 (SF); 5/10 (SF); 5/09 (SF); 5/08 (Chicago; DC & SF); 5/07 (SF)
        • Employment Law Briefings 3/13 (CO & NV); 3/12 (FL & CA); 3/11 (FL & CA); 3/10 (FL & CA); 3/09 (FL & CA); 3/08 (FL & CA); 3/07 (FL & NV) 
        • Employment Law Conferences 12/12 (NO, LA); 11/12 (SF, CA), 12/11 & 12/10 (NO, LA & SF, CA); 12/09 & 12/08 (DC & NO, LA); 11/09 & 11/08 (Chicago & SF); 11/07 (NO, LA & SF, CA) 

 

    • NCC national broadcasts, 6/13 & 5/12; 2/12; 2/11; 2/10; 6/09; 1/08; & 1/07
    • Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA) – Legal Risks & Strategies When Using Social Media – 5/12 (San Juan, PR)
    • Thomson Reuters West – Social-Media law-and-tech panelist – 11/11 & 6/11
    • Asamblea Legislativa of Puerto Rico -- eWorkplace & Social-Media Policies 11/11 (San Juan, PR)
    • State Bar of Cal. Annual Meeting – Ethical Advertising in the Social-Media Age (co-presenter) 9/11 (Long Beach, CA)
    • Inter-American Univ. School of Law 7th Labor Law Conference – 5/11 (San Juan, PR)
    • NCC national broadcasts, 2/11; 2/10; 6/09; 1/08; & 1/07
    • Thomson Reuters (West) 14th Annual EDRR Conference – 12/10 (SF, CA)
    • Int’l Municipal Lawyers Ass’n (IMLA) national broadcast 4/10
    • American Constitutional Society (ACS) and ACLU panel re: Quon case 4/10
    • BNA webinar (co-presenter), 1/10
    • State Bar of Cal. Emp./Labor Section 4/09 panel (Sacramento, CA)
    • State Bar of Cal. Section Education Institute (SEI) 1/09 (Berkeley, CA)
    • Ass’n de Profesionales en Realaciones Laborales – 10/05 (San Juan, PR)
  • Information Security Obligations - Compliance by Law Firms + Corporate Law Dep'ts
    • 4/12 (ALA – What’s in Your Firm’s tech Toolkit?)  (Honolulu)
    • 9/11; 1/10 & 9/07 (California State Bar) (co-presenter; Long Beach, CA & Anaheim, CA)
    • 5/08 (Witkin Legal Institute Lecture, Oakland, CA) (co-presenter)
    • 5/07 (Nevada State Bar; Las Vegas)
    • 8/06 (ILTA; Orlando); 6/06 (Alameda Bar); 2/06 (Bar Association of SF) (co-presenter)
    • 12/05 (Fios webcast); 8/05 (ILTA; Phoenix) (co-presenter)
  • Intellectual Property (IP) as Valuable Business Assets
    • 12/07 (San Jose State University; San Jose, CA) (Industrial Design Program guest lecturer)
    • 11/06 (California College of the Arts; SF, CA) (Design Program guest lecturer)
  • Legal Writing
    • 1/09; 11/07 NCC national broadcasts - Brief Writing
    • 5/04 Cisco Systems worldwide legal all-hands (day-long Precision Drafting session)
    • 5/03 Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley ("Tips for In-House Counsel")
  • Metadata Concerns For Litigators, Corporate Attorneys and Non-Lawyers
    • Lorman Education Services webinars – 10/13; 4/13; 10/12; 8/11; 2/11; 8/10; 2/10; 8/09; & 2/09
    • Strafford Pubs. national broadcast co-presenter, 5/136/11; 8/1012/09; 5/09; 10/08; 5/08; 12/07; 9/07; 3/07; 11/06; 3/06; 12/05; 9/05 & 7/05
    • California State Bar – 1/11 (Webinar); 9/07 (Anaheim, CA)
    • Ass’n of Legal Administrators (ALA) – 9/10 (San Diego, CA)
    • NCC national broadcasts/webinars – 4/10; 8/09; 3/09; 9/08; 5/08; 2/08; 10/07; 4/07 & 11/06
    • Rossdale Group & Miami Legal Resources national broadcast co-presenter – 3/10
    • Legal Services Corp. – Mo. statewide training, 10/09 (St. Louis, MO); nat’l training, 9/08 (San Antonio, TX)
    • San Diego Cty. Bar Ass’n webinar – 6/09
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Ass’n Attorneys – national webinar 6/08; conference 5/08 (Glendale, AZ)
    • SCCBA panel – 9/07 (San Jose, CA)
  • Virtual Meetings
    • State Bar of Cal. Solo/Small-Firm Summit – 2 webinars re: Online-Collaboration – 6/11 (Anaheim, CA)
 

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