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Litigation & Electronic Governance

Steven TepplerSteven W. Teppler chairs Kirk Pinkerton's information governance and electronic discovery practice. Steven's litigation practice (for the firm and as eDiscovery co-counsel in matters nationwide) focuses on electronic discovery, including production, preservation, spoliation issues, His Federal and state court litigation experience includes matters against and on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, as well as probate and family law disputes where electronic discovery is critically implicated. Steven also advises in connection with data breach and other security incident remediation. He has practiced law since 1981, is admitted to the bars of New York, the District of Columbia, Florida, and Illinois and advises private and public sector clients about risk, liability, and compliance issues unique to information governance (i.e., from instantiation through management, preservation and disposition). Steven is an adjunct professor at Ave Maria Law School, teaching electronic discovery, and also lectures nationwide on evolving theories of information governance and electronic discovery. Steven is also a member of the Florida Bar's Business Law Section eDiscovery Subcommittee, and is a co-drafter of the 2012 electronic discovery amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.

Steven is the Co-Chair of the eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Committee of the American Bar Association, a member of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Electronic Discovery Pilot Program, a founder and co-program chair of the American Bar Association's Electronic Discovery and Information Governance National Institute, and a contributing author of the ANSI X9F4 trusted timestamp guideline standards for the financial industry. Steven's Florida Bar activities include membership in the Florida Bar's Federal Court Practice Committee, membership in (2005-2011) and past chair of (2010-2011) the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee, where he contributed to the Florida Bar Ethics Advisory Opinions 06-02 (Metadata Mining), 07-2 (Off-Shoring), and 10-2 (Storage Media Sanitization). Steven holds six patents in the field of content authentication, is the founder and CEO of a content authentication provider.

Steven's recent publications include: "Digital Evidence as Hearsay", Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review (October 2009) Volume 6, The HIPAA Technology Challenge: Protecting the Integrity of Health Care Information, California Health Law News – Volume XXVI, Issue 1, Winter 2007/2008; Spoliation in the Digital Universe, The SciTech Lawyer, Science and Technology Law Section of the American Bar Association, Fall 2007; Life After Sarbanes-Oxley – The Merger of Information Security and Accountability (co-author), 45 Jurimetrics J. 379 (2005); Digital Signatures Are Not Enough (co-author), Information Systems Security Association, January 2006; State of Connecticut v. Swinton: A Discussion of the Basics of Digital Evidence Admissibility (co-author), Georgia Bar Newsletter Technology Law Section, Spring 2005; The Digital Signature Paradox (co-author), IETF Information Workshop (The West Point Workshop) June 2005; Observations on Electronic Service of Process in the South Carolina Court System, efiling Report, June 2005. Steven is also a contributing author of the book "Foundations of Digital Evidence" (American Bar Association, July 2008) and "Testable Reliability: A Modern Approach to Digital Evidence Admissibility" (Ave Maria Law Review, exp. Winter 2013).

Read Steven's article on electronic discovery, as profiled in the Gulf Coast Business Review.

Steven received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Summa Cum Laude from the City College of New York, Phi Beta Kappa, and received his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

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