Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Patrick Oot is a Chambers-ranked litigator and globally recognized practice leader in pre-trial litigation and government investigations. He is a go-to lawyer for the world’s largest companies, with regular court appearances litigating complex issues involving technology and electronically stored information in state, federal district court and multidistrict litigation. Editor-in-chief of The Electronic Discovery Institute’s Guide to Spoliation Law (3rd ed.), Patrick has both successfully defended against spoliation claims and has efficaciously obtained adverse inferences by deploying counterstrategy against legal adversaries using forensics and investigative techniques. He has led investigative responses to demands by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and state attorneys general offices. Patrick’s court appearances are balanced by his important work advising clients on information governance, data privacy and discovery practices to avoid litigation on technology issues altogether.
In his privacy practice, Patrick has successfully litigated and argued for the dismissal of actions involving the Stored Communication Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, California Invasion of Privacy Act and Right to Financial Privacy Act.
As co-chair of Shook’s Data and Discovery Strategies Practice, Patrick is recognized in Who’s Who Legal for his experience in electronic discovery and data privacy. Patrick’s courtroom credibility is built upon his experience as senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and work as director of electronic discovery and senior litigation counsel at Verizon. He has testified on behalf of both organizations in federal litigation and has testified and commented to the Federal Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and Committee on Evidence Rules advocating Federal Rules changes, including testimony in which he presented his position on Proposed Rule of Evidence 502. The committee included language incorporating his suggestions in its draft to the Judicial Conference.