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David E. Garrett

David E. Garrett

Stroz Friedberg
Managing Director
San Francisco, CA, USA


David E. Garrett is Managing Director and head of Stroz Friedberg's San Francisco office. He actively manages digital forensics, cybercrime response, and electronic discovery projects for major law firms and Fortune 500 corporations. Mr. Garrett has extensive electronic discovery experience and regularly consults with top executives, in-house counsel, and outside counsel on electronic discovery cost reduction strategies and legally defensible approaches to the preservation, collection, and production of electronic evidence.

Since joining Stroz Friedberg in late 2008, Mr. Garrett has managed more than 100 engagements, including large-scale, international electronic discovery matters, investigations into data breaches, and investigations into alleged theft of trade secrets or other highly sensitive intellectual property. His work in these matters is often indispensable for clients who are struggling with electronic discovery obligations, seeking or defending temporary restraining orders, and filing expert witness declarations in support of dispositive motions. Companies routinely hire Mr. Garrett to recover or remediate confidential data from all varieties of computer media, including proprietary databases and mobile devices.

Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Garrett served as Senior Corporate Counsel for Oracle Corporation, where he successfully resolved hundreds of commercial and intellectual property matters, including copyright infringement claims, licensing disputes, and government investigations. Mr. Garrett advised Oracle's senior management on long-term litigation and settlement strategies for several large matters, including the defense of a $100 million copyright infringement claim. He also spearheaded Oracle's global electronic discovery initiative, where he led legal and IT teams across multiple business units, evaluated new technologies to increase efficiencies and lower costs, and created extensive internal electronic discovery guidelines and protocols.

Before joining Oracle, Mr. Garrett was a senior associate at Cooley LLP in San Francisco. At Cooley, he handled numerous complex civil litigation matters, including the successful defense of a large software company and an online retailer against trademark infringement claims and an action to identify and prosecute a computer hacker who attacked an e-commerce business.

Mr. Garrett is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on electronic discovery, Working Group 6 on international electronic information management, and the ABA's Section of Science and Technology Law. He speaks regularly at educational events and legal conferences on various data security, data privacy, and electronic discovery topics. He is the author of several articles, including "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The Unintended Consequences of Using Your Personal Devices for Work" which appeared in  Bloomberg BNA's Digital Discovery & e-Evidence in September 2012.

Mr. Garrett received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University, School of Law. He also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John F. Herlihy, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.

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