Mr. Scott A. Carlson founded and chairs Seyfarth Shaw’s eDiscovery and Information Governance practice and is nationally known in these areas. His practice is entirely devoted to eDiscovery and information governance issues from both the consulting and litigation perspective. Mr. Carlson also taught the first law school course on the subjects of eDiscovery, digital evidence, and computer forensics.
Mr. Carlson’s strong technical background includes a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics and experience working in private industry as a software engineer. Mr. Carlson represents and provides eDiscovery advice to a broad range of clients from small and mid-sized companies up to the nation’s largest companies.
He has represented clients in the all aspects of eDiscovery both in terms of preparedness and managing eDiscovery issues in individual matters throughout the country in both state and federal court. Mr. Carlson also advises clients in other information governance issues including, among others, computer forensics issues, records information management and IT related policies and practices.
Mr. Carlson practice has a particularly strong focus on cyber security / information security. He advises Board Members, Audit Committees, C-Suite Members, Internal Audit, CISOs and law departments in various issues arising from cyber.
He counsels clients in the wide range of cyber security laws including incident notification under various laws domestically and internationally, advises on maturing cyber programs, compliance with regulatory agencies, incident handling internally, approaches to reporting and handling a wide range of cyber related issues including ransomware and other incidents.
Also an experienced litigator, Mr. Carlson has represented clients in a wide range of commercial disputes including commercial contracts, purchase agreements, lease agreements, Uniform Commercial Code transactions, misappropriation of trade secrets, software licensing agreements shareholder suits, and tortious interference claims. He has also defended clients in actions involving negligence, wrongful death, fraud, retaliatory discharge, mass tort, and a variety of class actions.
Mr. Carlson is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, our SeyfarthLean approach delivers increased value to our clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands.
Seyfarth’s commitment to delivering legal services in a new way—with an emphasis on value and continuous improvement—has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being “five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm.”
- J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law (1995)
- summa cum laude Casenote and Comment Editor, Southern Illinois University Law Journal
- B.S., University of Illinois (1987)
- Licensed Private Detective (Illinois 115.002221)
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