Attorney Ethics & Electronically Stored Information

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Litigation Science & Technology

Course Description

This presentation will discuss the electronic discovery and the related ethical duty of competence. Brian Chase, ArcherHall’s Director of Digital Forensics, will draw on guidance from state bars, recent e-discovery cases, and his own experience assisting attorneys in order to outline the most common risks to counsel and clients if attorneys fail to properly understand their e-discovery obligations in litigation.

This program will benefit all litigators, as well as any other attorneys who encounter ESI in their practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify sources of electronically stored information (ESI)
  2. Review California’s 9-step ethics opinion on ESI
  3. Analyze the framework provided in the opinion and how to apply it to any case involving ESI
  4. Discuss ethical and effective handling of eDiscovery cases to maximize discovery of relevant data while minimizing costs

Credit Information

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Brian Chase


Brian Chase is a consultant, expert witness, adjunct professor of law, and attorney. He serves ArcherHall’s Director of Digital Forensics in Arizona.

Mr. Chase has a diverse education and work background. He spent years working as a network administrator for the University of Arizona. He has a Management and Information Systems degree from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, a top-ranked program in the country. Mr. Chase went on to earn a law degree, also from the University of Arizona. He has worked with various sized law firms both in an IT and legal capacity. He has consulted with firms on their use of technology within the office, and has provided expert testimony in criminal and civil matters ranging from misdemeanors to murder to medical malpractice.

Mr. Chase has published and spoken on various technology-related issues impacting law firms as well as parties in the civil and criminal justice system. He teaches various topics regarding law and technology, and digital forensics and evidence, at a variety of legal and technical conferences. He was honored by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star with a “Tucson’s 40 Under 40 Award”, which recognizes young leaders who are making an impact in the community with their professional and charitable work.


Bar Admissions:

Arizona, Federal District of Arizona