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Fulbright Hires IP Lawyer As Co-Head of E-Discovery, Information Management Practice

Monday, November 29, 2010

The International Law Firm of Fulbright & Jaworksi L.L.P.

New York, NY -- An intellectual property lawyer known for his work related to e-discovery, data privacy, cross-border data transfers and records management has joined Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. as the co-head of the global firm’s E-Discovery and Information Management Practice.

David Kessler joins Fulbright as a partner from Drinker Biddle, where he founded that firm’s E-Discovery and Data Management Task Force, and worked as an intellectual property litigator for 13 years. As a trial lawyer, Kessler has handled patent cases involving technologies ranging from stem cells to LED displays, CAD software and self-opening plastic bags.

“David has a strong national reputation and practice. During a time when corporate clients are increasingly focused on e-discovery readiness and records management, David offers vast experience in data discovery, privacy and protection-related issues,” said Stephen C. Dillard, the head of Fulbright’s global litigation practice. “David is a solid addition to our strong e-discovery team, and will additionally assist our efforts in guiding clients through the evolving areas of privacy and data security issues.”

Kessler has experience counseling Fortune 100 companies, including those in the pharmaceutical, wholesale, software and financial services industries. He has provided guidance on issues ranging from designing and supervising complex, multi-party discovery matters involving terabytes of data in patent, product liability matters and government investigations to helping clients manage their strategic data compliance and discovery risks. He also has assisted clients with their global information systems, data privacy and international discovery.

“Fulbright is a perfect next step given the firm’s ongoing commitment to e-discovery, data management and information security,” Kessler said. “The firm’s far-reaching global platform and substantial e-discovery practice made it a straightforward decision for me to join such an impressive and committed team.”

Kessler is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Pending his admission to the New York bar, his practice in New York will be supervised by principals of the firm licensed to practice in New York. He received his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his J.D. and a Master of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

“David is a well-known leader in the area of electronic discovery and information management,” said Linda Addison, the head of Fulbright’s New York office. “David’s technical and legal experience will provide an additional source for the important guidance our clients need as they navigate the ever-changing world of data management, protection and privacy. We are pleased to have him.”

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Founded in 1919, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. is a leading full-service international law firm, with nearly 900 lawyers in 16 locations in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Munich, New York, Riyadh, San Antonio, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. Fulbright provides a full range of legal services to clients worldwide.

The 2009 BTI survey of FORTUNE 1000 general counsel chose Fulbright as "The BTI Client Service 30" and Corporate Board Member magazine named Fulbright among the top 20 corporate law firms in the U.S. in their survey of board members of public companies. For more information, please visit:

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