Patrick Oot is a Chambers-ranked global practice leader in e-discovery and government investigations. Patrick is recognized in Who’s Who Legal for his expertise in electronic discovery and data privacy. He is one of the few e-discovery and compliance attorneys in the nation that possesses the tripartite experience of an in-house corporate counsel from a Fortune 16 organization; a senior attorney at a federal regulatory agency; and a partner in a global firm.
Before joining Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Patrick served as Senior Special Counsel for Electronic Discovery in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). During his tenure at SEC, Patrick co-chaired the agency’s cross-divisional Electronic Discovery Action Team and co-authored The SEC Electronic Discovery and Litigation Response Manual. He counseled SEC senior leadership and agency staff on best practices and guidance for discovery and litigation strategy and privilege protections and on strategically significant matters involving forensics, technology and Electronic Communications Privacy Act interpretation for subpoena enforcement.
Outside of work, Patrick volunteers his time as a co-founder of The Electronic Discovery Institute, a non-profit organization that conducts studies of litigation processes and produced education programs for the benefit of the federal and state judiciary. Patrick lectures regularly at educational events and legal conferences internationally. He has appeared on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and was interviewed for the August 2008 edition of The Economist.