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Robert D. Brownstone's Insights

Chair, Electronic Information Management

Technology and eDiscovery Counsel, Litigation  

Mountain View 650.335.7912

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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
    • Today’s General Counsel Institute (TGCI) CyberSecurity conference Lead Chair – 4/164/15 (SF)
    • Legal Tech New York – 2/16 – moderated three Information Governance panels (as track chair)
    • Truste – 9/15 – Managing ESI ; materials here
    • Legal Tech West Coast – 7/15 – moderated Data-Security & Internet of Things panels (as track chair)
    •  Lorman national broadcast – 4/16 (Ethics); 2/15; and 9/11 (Data-Privacy & Info-Security; Breaches)​
    • Strafford Publications national broadcasts (co-presenter) – 11/14, 2/14, 11/11 & 2/11 (Data-Privacy & Info-Security)
    • UP Cloud Conference – 12/13 – "Cloud Computing for Healthcare" panel (Santa Clara, CA)
    • 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)
    • Rockhealth HIPAA/Information-Security live presentation – 10/11
    • 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 & Records Retention/Destruction
    • Aurora Training Advantage – webinars/broadcasts – 3/16;  9/15; 3/15​; 8/14​; and 2/14 
    • C4CM – webinar/broadcasts – 3/16; 10/15; 6/15; 1/14; and 2/13​
    • Lorman - webinars/broadcasts - Going Paperless for HR Records (co-presenter) - 2/165/1​5​ & 11/14
    • NCC webinars/broadcasts – 2/16; 11/15; 2/159/14; 3/14; 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
    • Lorman Education, Conference Chair – 3/14; and 3/13 (Oakland, CA)
    • Aurora Training Advantage – webinars/broadcasts – 3/15; 8/14; and 2/14
    • Women in EDiscovery (WiE) -- Email Management panel – 9/13 (Palo Alto, CA)
    • 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)
    • Today’s General Counsel (née Executive Counsel) conferences – 3/16 &  3/15 (Lead Chair SF); 3/14, 3/13, 3/12 & 3/11 (Co-Chair; SF); 12/15 and 12/14; 12/13, 12/12 & 12/11 (Co-Chair; LA); 10/15 and 10/14 (Lead Chair; Seattle); 7/15​ (Co-Chair NYC); 12/10 (LA)
    • USF School of Law – Adjunct Professor, Springs 2016, 2015, 2013-2010; Civ. Pro. guest lecturer, March 2007
    • Clear Law Institute webinar – 12/15 (FRCP Changes); 4/15 (Cross-Border eDiscovery) 
    • Brooklyn Law School – Adjunct Professor, Intersessions 2016 and 2015
    • Sandpiper (panelist) – 1/15​ (SF) ; 6/11 (SF); 6/09 (SF); and 10/08 (Stanford & SF)
    • NCC webinars – 11/15 (FRCP Changes); 9/15; & 5/09 (Litigation Holds);​ 12/14 (Non-Party Subpoenas); 11/14 (Social Media Discovery); 10/14; 9/13 & 5/09 (Litigation Holds); 11/11 (Cross-Border); 9/10 (Fed. R. Evid. 502 claw-backs); 9/09 (New Cal. Legislation); 6/09 (litigation holds); 4/08; 5/07; and 8/06
    • GOAL’s Global E-Discovery Conference – 11/14 – moderated panels  (Technology-Assisted-Review and Social Media eDiscovery)
    • Bar Association of San Francisco – 11/14 (eDiscovery for Comm. Lit.); 6/14 (eDiscovery 101)
    • Santa Clara U. School of Law – 7/14 – LLM Program – taught 3-day course to lawyers and business-people visiting from Korea
    • AAML of N. Calif. – 5/14 –  "Perils of Technology:  Dealing with Electronic Evidence" (Napa, CA)
    • Lorman national broadcasts – Non-Parties, 4/14; 5/13 & 10/11; Cross-Border, 5/12​; & Cal. Rules, 1/11 & 1/10
    • Ass’n of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) – 10/13 – Mock Technology-Assisted-Review (Predictive Coding) Hearing (click on "Day 2, part 3: Mock Hearing")
    • Univ. of Puerto Rico School of Law, MCLE program and Law School Course – 6/13
    • Carmel Valley eDiscovery Retreats – 5/13 (moderated multiple eDiscovery and Privacy panels) &  7/12 (Cloud and Ethics panels)
    • C4CM -- webinar/broadcast – 4/13 (Litigation Holds)
    • 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), video available here​.
    • 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)
    • 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)
      • Emp. Law Conferences (ELC) 12/15; 12/14 & 12/13 (SF, CA and NO, LA); 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
      • Public Sector & EEO Conferences  (PSEEO) 8/15; 8/14; 8/13 (SF); 8/12 (SF); 8/11 (SF); 8/10 (DC & SF);  8/09 (SF); and 8/07 (SF)
      • Emp. Discrimination Law Updates (EDLU) 7/15; 7/14; 7/13; & 7/12  (SF)
      • Employment Law Briefings (ELB) 3/15 (CA); 3/14 (CA); 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)
      • Emp. Law Workshops (ELW) 5/15 (SF); 5/14 (SF); 5/13 (SF); 5/12 (Chicago); 5/11 (SF); 5/10 (SF); 5/09 (SF); 5/08 (Chicago; DC & SF); 5/07 (SF)
    • Clear Law Institute Webinar - 4/15​
    • ​Aurora Training Advantage – webinar/broadcast – 10/14
    • Idaho State Div. of HR – 12/13 -- "eWorkplace" presentation (Boise, ID)
    • NCC national broadcasts, 6/13 5/122/122/11; 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)
    • Thomson Reuters (West) 14th Annual EDRR Conference – 12/10 (SF, CA)
    • Int’l Municipal Lawyers Ass’n (IMLA) national broadcast 4/10
    • Inter-American Univ. School of Law 7th Labor Law Conference – 5/11 (San Juan, PR)
    • 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 for Law Firms and Corporate Law Departments
    • 7/15 (NCC webinar – “Legal Ethics in the Era of Social-Media, BYOD, ‘The Cloud’ and eDiscovery”) 
    • 5/15 (Lorman webinar – Ethics re: Social-Media, BYOD, Cloud and eDiscovery)
    • ​​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 – 10/15; 4/15; 10/14; 4/14; 10/13; 4/13; 10/12; 8/11; 2/11; 8/10; 2/10; 8/09; & 2/09
    • Clear Law Institute webinars – 12/157/15​; 4/15; and 1/15
    • ​​Southern California Ass’n of Law Libraries (SCALL) – 4/14 (Ventura, CA)
    • ​​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 – 12/15​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 City. 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)
  • Time Management for Lawyers
    • ​​​​Clear Law Institute webinar – 4/15​  
  • ​​Virtual Meetings
    • ​​State Bar of Cal. Solo/Small-Firm Summit – 2 webinars re: Online-Collaboration – 6/11 (Anaheim, CA)
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