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Scott Carlson

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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eDiscovery and Information Governance


Mr. Carlson founded and Chairs Seyfarth Shaw’s eDiscovery and Information Governance practice and is nationally known in the these areas. His practice is entirely devoted to eDiscovery and information governance issues from both the consulting and litigation perspective. Mr. Carlson teaches a Masters of Law 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, information security / cyber security and IT related policies and practices. 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."


Georgetown Law Center's Advanced eDiscovery Institute (Faculty Member); Federal Bureau of Investigation - Infragard; American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery (National Steering Committee Member); International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution: eDiscovery Committee (Member); The John Marshall School of Law (Adjunct Professor); High Technology Crime Investigation Association (Midwest Chapter) (Member); Illinois State Bar Association (Member); Kane County Bar Association (Member); International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) (Former Faculty Member); Law360 eDiscovery Editorial Advisory Board (Member); Lean Six Sigma Green Belt; Lorman Education Series (Member); Lorman Education Series (Former Editor); The Sedona Conference, Working Group 1 (Member)


- 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)

United States: Dispute resolution


Within: E-discovery

Seyfarth Shaw LLP's team of 'focused practitioners' comprises lawyers and technologists dedicated to e-discovery and information governance. It is led jointly from Chicago by Jay Carle and Scott Carlson, who 'combines legal experience, computer science knowledge, exceptional business judgment and standout integrity'. Recommended lawyers in San Francisco include Richard Lutkus and senior counsel Kathleen McConnell.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Within: Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Along with compliance work, breach management and litigation, the ‘incredibly client-focused’ Seyfarth Shaw LLP specializes in automotive telematics, blockchain, IoT, big data and usage-based insurance. The practice is jointly headed by Houston’s ‘true expert’ John Tomaszewski  and security expert Scott Carlson from the Chicago office. Tomaszewski and San Francisco’s Richard Lutkus, who is well versed in data security and encryption, assisted human resources services and technology company Morneau Shepell with due diligence for its acquisition of LifeWorks. Chicago-based Bart Lazar has been advising a leading strategic communication firm and a well-known apparel manufacturer on GDPR compliance.

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