Robert Brownstone advises clients on: electronic discovery; electronic information management (EIM) and “eWorkplace” policies; retention/destruction policies and protocols; information-security and data privacy; and social-media rewards and risks. Bob collaborates with clients as to computer solutions enabling legal compliance. On a number of those issues he now advises on the impacts of international privacy laws such as the EU GDPR. Both in deposition and at trial, he has handled direct-testimony and cross-examination of expert witnesses as to electronically stored information (ESI) and computer-forensics.
A nationally recognized advisor, thought leader and resource on ESI, Bob writes the IT Law Today blog, has authored over 70 articles on law and technology issues, been cited in more than 30 law review articles and been featured or quoted more than 80 times in various media outlets. He has also delivered more than 400 presentations and chaired over 25 conferences on the following topics: Compliance; Data & Records Retention/Destruction; eDiscovery/ Electronic Information Management; ESI, Privacy and/or Social-Media in the Workplace; Information Security; and Metadata. Since 2009, Bob has taught more than ten Electronic Discovery Law & Process law school courses at the University of San Francisco (USF), Brooklyn, Santa Clara University and University of Puerto Rico schools of law. He has also been a guest lecturer at several other non-law-school universities.
Bob is a past Chair of the executive committee of the State Bar of California’s Law Practice Management and Technology (LPMT) Section. He has served on the Advisory Boards of the National Employment Law Institute (NELI) since 2008 and of American Lawyer Media (“ALM”) LegalTech since 2015. In 2006, Bob was named a Northern California Super Lawyer and featured in a cover story of ABA’s Law Practice Magazine.
Before joining Fenwick & West in 2000, he had a varied 13-year career as a litigator, law school administrator, law school teacher and consultant. From 1995 to 2000, Bob was the Moot Court Program Coordinator at USF School of Law. During 1997-98, he also acted as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Legal Research & Writing at JFKU School of Law. From 1992 to 2000, Bob taught Legal Research Writing & Analysis at USF Law.
Between 1990 and 1995, he had key roles in some publicized cases. From 1986 to 1990, Bob was on plaintiffs' counsel's team in the civil suit against Claus von Bulow and on Lowell Milken's defense team in the Drexel Burnham matters.
During law school, Bob was a notes editor and a published author on the Brooklyn Law Review. While earning his undergrad, he was class president as a senior and student body president as a sophomore.