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Robert D. Brownstone

Chair, Electronic Information Management

Technology and eDiscovery Counsel, Litigation  

San Francisco 650.335.7912

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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. Both in depositions and at trials, Bob has handled direct-testimony and cross-examination of expert witnesses as to EIM and computer-forensics. He also collaborates with clients as to computer solutions enabling legal compliance.

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 300 presentations and chaired over a dozen  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 Obligations; and Metadata Concerns. 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.​

View a complete list of Bob's featured videos, publications, press coverage and speaking engagements.

He is a member of the California and New York bars and is a past Chair of the executive committee of the State Bar of California’s Law Practice Management and Technology (LPMT) Section. Since 2008, Bob has served on the Advisory Board of the National Employment Law Institute (NELI). In 2006, he 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, Bob had a varied 13-year career as a litigator, law school administrator, law school teacher and consultant. From 1995 to 2000, he was the Moot Court Program Coordinator at USF School of Law. During 1997-98, Bob 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.