Richard Lutkus > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
SUITE 3100
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105-2930
United States
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Work Department

Litigation - Commercial Litigation; eDiscovery and Information Governance; Global Privacy & Security (GPS) Team


Mr. Lutkus is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Lutkus is the only attorney in the world that holds deeply technical certifications in digital forensics (EnCE), eDiscovery (EnCEP), and information security (CEH). Mr. Lutkus’ exceptionally strong technical background includes experience in information security, computer programming, computer and mobile device forensics, and eDiscovery. With over 13 years of experience, Mr. Lutkus represents and provides information governance consulting to a broad range of clients—from Fortune 100 global enterprises to small and mid-sized companies alike.

His practice is dedicated to complex information governance issues including information security, eDiscovery consulting and litigation response, digital forensics, data breach prevention and response, cyber-stalking mitigation, and information technology related policies and practices. Mr. Lutkus has represented clients in a wide range of disputes including trade secrets, computer fraud and abuse, intellectual property theft, high tech employee malfeasance investigations, software licensing agreements, data ransom/data hijacking matters, cryptocurrency and blockchain consulting, IoT security consulting, and data privacy issues.


Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (2008 – Present); General Counsel, Professional Associates, LLC (2006 – 2008); Associate Attorney, Carroll & Truesdale, P.C. (2004 – 2006); Manager of Information Technology, Systematic Management Systems (2000 – 2004).


Latin, Python, C++, PHP, HTML


Department of Justice/Federal Bureau of Investigation – Infragard

Chairman of the Legal Industry SIG for the Pacific Region – FBI Infragard

High Technology Crime Investigation Association  (HTCIA)

The American Society of Digital Forensics & eDiscovery (ASDFED)

Relativity Law Firm Advisory Board


J.D., Creighton University School of Law (2004); B.S.B.A, Creighton University (2002).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

(Next Generation Partners)

Richard LutkusSeyfarth Shaw LLP

The privacy and security practice at Seyfarth Shaw LLP acts for clients in a range of issues from compliance matters to incident response. Information governance expert Scott Carlson and John Tomaszewski, who focuses on the emerging technology sector, jointly head the team from the Houston and Chicago offices, respectively. Also recommended are Chicago-based Bart Lazar, who handles regulatory compliance and security breach work; Richard Lutkus in San Francisco, who has particular experience in the technology sector; and Washington DC-based Karla Grossenbacher, who is a name to note for workplace privacy issues. New York-based commercial litigator Tracee Davis joined from Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP.

United States > Dispute resolution > E-discovery

Areas of expertise for the group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP span all aspects of information governance, including e-discovery, data management, privacy and information security. All attorneys on the team are litigators, with substantial experience in court. The department is chaired from Chicago by Scott Carlson, who has a degree in computer science and mathematics and experience as a software engineer. Also in Chicago, Jay Carle is a seasoned e-discovery litigator. In San Francisco, Richard Lutkus handles civil and criminal litigation, as well as advising clients on cybersecurity, privacy and digital forensics matters; while Kathleen McConnell, promoted to partner in January 2019, chairs the e-discovery analytics strategy group.