Robert Brownstone advises clients on electronic discovery, electronic information management, retention/destruction policies and protocols, information-security, data privacy and social-media risks and rewards. He also collaborates with clients as to computer solutions enabling legal compliance.
A nationally recognized advisor, thought leader and resource on electronically stored information (ESI) writes the www.ITLawToday.com blog, has authored over 60 articles on law and technology issues, been cited in more than 30 law review articles and been featured in over 50 media outlets. Visit www.fenwick.com/bobbrownstoneinsights. Bob has also delivered more than 300 presentations on a variety of topics, with over 70 of those for NELI since 2002. Since 2009, he has taught nine Electronic Discovery Law & Process law school courses at the University of San Francisco (USF), Santa Clara University and University of Puerto Rico schools of law. In 2015, he will teach the course at the Brooklyn and USF schools of law.
Mr. Brownstone is a member of three state bars (including California and New York) 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. Visit www.fenwick.com/pressroom/5.1.1.asp?mid=329&loc=FN.
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 the University of San Francisco School of Law. During the 1997-98 school year. Bob also acted as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and as Director of Legal Research & Writing at JFKU School of Law in Walnut Creek, California. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Brownstone taught Legal Research Writing and 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 Lambert matters.
In 1986, Bob received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a Notes Editor and a published author in the Brooklyn Law Review. In 1982, Bob received his B.A. in English literature and political science from Swarthmore College, where he was class president as a senior and student body president as a sophomore.