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Levenfeld Pearlstein Launches ESI Task Force to Help Clients Manage Electronic Information


May 7, 2007

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Jason Milch – 312-846-9647
Stephanie Tebrock – 312-476-7554

CHICAGO – In response to recent and sweeping legal developments regarding the destruction, preservation and production of electronic data, Chicago law firm Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC, today announced the formation of its Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Task Force, a group which delivers creative data security and risk management solutions for enterprise organizations to assist them with managing their electronic data before litigation arises.

More than 16 billion e-mail messages are sent and received each day in corporate America and the vast majority of the documents that U.S. businesses generate exist only in electronic format. Companies are legally required to protect and preserve relevant electronic information as soon as a lawsuit or investigation is anticipated. The inadvertent deletion of relevant data can result in outcome determinative fines, sanctions, and default judgments.

“General counsel at a number of the world’s largest companies have identified e-discovery as the single greatest threat to their organization, and the volume of electronic data used in business will only continue to increase,” said Chris Griesmeyer, who along with David Porteous, co-founded Levenfeld Pearlstein’s ESI Task Force. “There is a critical need for skilled, efficient counsel in the management of this information for both litigation and transactional purposes. The group of professionals that we have assembled to form the ESI Task Force is ideally positioned to assist companies prepare for this critical issue.”

Levenfeld Pearlstein’s ESI Task Force offers a wide variety of professional services related to the management and preservation of electronic information, including counseling and risk management, litigation and e-discovery, and transactional applications such as due diligence review and SOX compliance review.

Combining the knowledge and experience of its attorneys with strategic partnerships with computer forensic examiners and technology consultants, the ESI Task Force is able to provide scalable disaster recovery and litigation readiness plans that are uniquely tailored to the business needs of its clients. For clients involved in litigation, or subject to a regulatory inquiry or investigation, the Task Force works seamlessly with the firm’s Litigation Practice Group to efficiently manage all aspects of the e-discovery process.

The ESI Task Force also works with clients to create robust ESI-related policies for data management, document retention and destruction, and computer usage, as well as employment manuals and litigation hold plans that are tailored to their particular industry regulations and business needs. Once the policies are in place, the Task Force provides training to key personnel.

“The members of our ESI Task Force are experienced in assisting clients with the unique challenges presented by electronic data and discovery,” Mr. Porteous said. “As a result, we have forged deep relationships and strategic partnerships with leading technology consultants and forensic examiners, enabling us to deliver our clients maximum value in this area while minimizing their expenses.”


About Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC: Founded in 1999, Levenfeld Pearlstein has grown to more than 75 professionals with offices in Chicago and Northbrook, approximately 20 of which practice in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. The firm represents institutions and sophisticated entrepreneurs in litigation, corporate, securities and real estate matters. For more information, visit

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