As Founder and Executive Chairman of X1, John leads the company’s strategy and business development efforts. He has an extensive background and expertise in eDiscovery and corporate compliance, combining strong knowledge of both the law and the supporting technologies in those areas. Prior to joining X1, John served as a consultant providing strategic planning and product strategies to eDiscovery and compliance solution providers. John also spent nearly a decade at Guidance Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: GUID) where he held senior management positions, including Chief Strategy Officer, Vice Chairman, Chief Legal Officer and President and CEO. While at Guidance, John led the transition of the company from start-up to a major enterprise software firm and grew revenues from $5 million to $40 million during his tenure.

Prior to joining Guidance, John spent eight years practicing law in the fields of commercial litigation and business transactions. John received an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and a JD from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Meeting Modern Discovery Demands with Relativity Collect and X1

  As we’ve all heard time and again, 2020 was a transformative year—and in our space, it has had a huge impact and really changed the way people work. With …

The Reddit Evidence Hotbed: Three Important Tips for Reddit Web Investigations

By John Patzakis and Ashley Aranega   Over the past two weeks, stock traders fueled by Reddit message boards have engaged in a classic short squeeze that could involve potentially …

eDiscovery Collection of Large File Shares: An Unaddressed Major Pain Point

  One of the major unaddressed challenges for eDiscovery and other digital investigations involves very large file servers that host shared documents. The data volumes for these file shares is …

Traditional eDiscovery Processing is Now Obsolete

  eDiscovery can be a very expensive process and time consuming when traditional methods are employed. With legacy processes, from the time ESI collection starts, it often takes weeks for …

Relativity Highlights Its X1 Integration for ESI Collection

  Recently, Relativity hosted a live webinar featuring the integration of the X1 Distributed Discovery platform with its RelativityOne Collect solution. This X1/Relativity integration enables game-changing efficiencies in the eDiscovery …

Compelling Case Study for Remote eDiscovery Collection in a High-Stakes Litigation

While our personal and business lives will hopefully return to normal soon, the trend of an increasingly remote and distributed workforce is here to stay. This “new normal” necessitates updated …

Facebook Download Your Information Function Omits Significant Amounts of Evidence

By John Patzakis and Brent Botta Facebook provides a “Download Your Information” (“DYI”) function to allow users to download to their computer data they have posted to their own accounts. …

Microsoft Breaks Search For Office 365

Last weeks’ guest blog post by Office 365 expert and independent consultant Bruce Berls clearly outlined why Windows search effectively does not work for business productivity search. Berls, from his …

Windows Can’t Find My OneDrive Files

By Bruce Berls(originally published August 20, 2020)   Editor’s note: Today we are featuring a guest blog post from Bruce Berls, an independent IT Consultant and Office 365 expert. He …

Intelligent ESI Collection Integrated with Relativity Can Cut eDiscovery Costs by 90 Percent

One of the biggest drivers of excessive eDiscovery costs is ESI over-collection. This in turn leads to a larger amount of data entering the processing and initial review funnel. These …

Federal Judge: Custodian Self-Collection of ESI is Unethical and Violates Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

In E.E.O.C. v. M1 5100 Corp., (S.D. Fla. July 2, 2020), Federal District Judge Matthewman excoriated defense counsel for allowing the practice of unsupervised custodian ESI self-collection, declaring that the practice …

Another Criminal Conviction Overturned Due to Failure to Authenticate Social Media Evidence

The Supreme Court of Vermont overturned a felony conviction due to the prosecutions’ failure to properly authenticate social media evidence, finding that the printed records subpoenaed directly from Facebook were …

Lawson v. Spirit Aerosystems: Federal Court Blasts “Bloated” ESI Collection, Rendered TAR Ineffective

Technology Assisted Review (TAR), when correctly employed, can significantly reduce legal review costs with generally more accurate results than other traditional legal review processes. However, the benefits associated with TAR …

CCPA and GDPR UPDATE: Unstructured Enterprise Data in Scope of Compliance Requirements

An earlier version of this article appeared on Legaltech News   A core requirement of both the GDPR and the similar California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which becomes enforceable on …

How to Implement an Effective eDiscovery Search Term Strategy

By Mandi Ross and John Patzakis A key Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provision that greatly impacts eDiscovery processes is Rule 26(f), which requires the parties’ counsel to “meet and …

True Proportionality for eDiscovery Requires Smart Pre-Collection Analysis

Proportionality-based eDiscovery is a goal that all judges and corporate attorneys want to attain. Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1), parties may  discover any non-privileged material that is relevant …

How the Remote Workforce Impacts GDPR and CCPA Compliance

While our personal and business lives will hopefully return to normal soon, COVID-19 is only accelerating the trend of an increasingly remote and distributed workforce. This “new normal” will necessitate …