Bobby Malhotra

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Bobby Malhotra is eDiscovery counsel with Munger, Tolles & Olson, where his practice focuses on navigating complex eDiscovery litigation issues using his unique combination of both technical knowledge and legal expertise.

As a member of the firm’s litigation practice group, Mr. Malhotra develops innovative, cost-effective and defensible strategies for the preservation, collection, review and production of electronically stored information. He regularly advises clients on issues related to eDiscovery preparedness, planning and execution as well as information privacy and data security. Mr. Malhotra’s extensive experience includes counseling the firm’s financial institution clients on the unique eDiscovery challenges they face in high-exposure matters, as well as leading training on eDiscovery platforms and workflows and providing advice on eDiscovery vendor management and budgeting. Mr. Malhotra also serves as a trusted eDiscovery advisor to some of the firm’s largest financial and technology sector clients. In this role, he provides counseling and guidance in connection with legally defensible and standardized company-wide discovery practices. 

Mr. Malhotra is a frequent speaker and author on eDiscovery, information governance, data security and other legal technology topics. In 2018, he was quoted in a Legaltech News story about eDiscovery in a lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee alleging a conspiracy to interfere in the 2016 election. He was also quoted in a 2018 ABA Journal article about contentious political issues tied to eDiscovery disputes.

Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Malhotra worked as a senior discovery consultant for multiple top-tier eDiscovery service providers. He also has nearly five years of experience in network engineering, technology consulting and computer programming. During this time, Mr. Malhotra worked on large-scale network infrastructure projects, including several multi-million dollar engagements for Fortune 500 clients where he focused on Cisco and Microsoft operating system administration issues. A true “techno lawyer,” Mr. Malhotra’s technology experience dates back to his first job in college building and configuring application and file servers using Novell NetWare and Windows NT Operating Systems.

Mr. Malhotra is a member of the International Legal Technology Association, American Bar Association: Section of Litigation and Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. He has multiple computer certifications, including the CompTIA A+ computer hardware certification.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Malhotra is very active in community projects and bar organizations that promote public interest initiatives. In 2019, Mr. Malhotra was sworn in as co-president of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC) Public Interest Foundation board of directors for 2019-20. In this role, he will help to oversee the foundation, which serves as the nonprofit affiliate of SABA-SC with the goal of organizing, supporting and promoting public interest activities for the benefit of the South Asian and Southern California community at large. He is also an active member of the firm’s Los Angeles Food from the Bar Campaign. Food from the Bar is a four-week campaign held in the spring in which law firms and legal offices engage in friendly competition to raise funds, donate food and volunteer at local foodbanks.

Mr. Malhotra received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and a B.S., cum laude, in telecommunications from DeVry Institute of Technology. He is admitted to the California and Illinois bars.

Bobby Malhotra is eDiscovery counsel with Munger, Tolles & Olson, where his practice focuses on navigating complex eDiscovery litigation issues using his unique combination of both technical knowledge and legal expertise.

As a member of the firm’s litigation practice group, Mr. Malhotra develops innovative, cost-effective and defensible strategies for the preservation, collection, review and production of electronically stored information. He regularly advises clients on issues related to eDiscovery preparedness, planning and execution as well as information privacy and data security. Mr. Malhotra’s extensive experience includes counseling the firm’s financial institution clients on the unique eDiscovery challenges they face in high-exposure matters, as well as leading training on eDiscovery platforms and workflows and providing advice on eDiscovery vendor management and budgeting. Mr. Malhotra also serves as a trusted eDiscovery advisor to some of the firm’s largest financial and technology sector clients. In this role, he provides counseling and guidance in connection with legally defensible and standardized company-wide discovery practices. 

Mr. Malhotra is a frequent speaker and author on eDiscovery, information governance, data security and other legal technology topics. In 2018, he was quoted in a Legaltech News story about eDiscovery in a lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee alleging a conspiracy to interfere in the 2016 election. He was also quoted in a 2018 ABA Journal article about contentious political issues tied to eDiscovery disputes.

Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Malhotra worked as a senior discovery consultant for multiple top-tier eDiscovery service providers. He also has nearly five years of experience in network engineering, technology consulting and computer programming. During this time, Mr. Malhotra worked on large-scale network infrastructure projects, including several multi-million dollar engagements for Fortune 500 clients where he focused on Cisco and Microsoft operating system administration issues. A true “techno lawyer,” Mr. Malhotra’s technology experience dates back to his first job in college building and configuring application and file servers using Novell NetWare and Windows NT Operating Systems.

Mr. Malhotra is a member of the International Legal Technology Association, American Bar Association: Section of Litigation and Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. He has multiple computer certifications, including the CompTIA A+ computer hardware certification.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Malhotra is very active in community projects and bar organizations that promote public interest initiatives. In 2019, Mr. Malhotra was sworn in as co-president of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC) Public Interest Foundation board of directors for 2019-20. In this role, he will help to oversee the foundation, which serves as the nonprofit affiliate of SABA-SC with the goal of organizing, supporting and promoting public interest activities for the benefit of the South Asian and Southern California community at large. He is also an active member of the firm’s Los Angeles Food from the Bar Campaign. Food from the Bar is a four-week campaign held in the spring in which law firms and legal offices engage in friendly competition to raise funds, donate food and volunteer at local foodbanks.

Mr. Malhotra received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and a B.S., cum laude, in telecommunications from DeVry Institute of Technology. He is admitted to the California and Illinois bars.

Speaking Engagements

  • North America CACS Conference, 2019 conference speaker discussing the implications of Office 365 litigation hold and eDiscovery features and workflows, Anaheim, California, May 2019

  • IG3 Information Governance Conference and Expo, 2018 panel moderator discussing advanced strategic and technical considerations for lawyers when implementing Technology Assisted Review, Huntington Beach, California, December 2018
  • Today’s General Counsel Institute: The Exchange eDiscovery Forum, 2018 conference speaker discussing the use of Artificial Intelligence for successful information governance and eDiscovery outcomes, Los Angeles, California, December 2018
  • Got Data? Not Email, Data!, Today’s General Counsel Institute Webinar, speaker discussing strategic and technical considerations and best practices for handling structured data in investigations and litigation, December 2018
  • Gathering Complex Data from Challenging or Emerging Locations, KrolLDiscovery 2017 eDiscovery Hot Topics CLE, Los Angeles, California
  • Ethics in e-Discovery, Today's General Counsel Institute, 2017 conference speaker discussing practical steps and ideas, Los Angeles, California, December 2017
  • Understanding the Value (and Risk) of Digital Breadcrumbs, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Webinar, October 2017
  • Legal Tech West Coast, 2017 conference speaker on the topic of advanced analytical strategies for eDiscovery, San Francisco, California
  • NorCal eDiscovery & Information Governance Retreat, 2016 conference panel moderator discussing the effects of the proportionality amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Half Moon Bay, California
  • SoCal eDiscovery & Information Governance Retreat, 2016 conference panel moderator discussing strategies for drafting and negotiating technology assisted review protocols and stipulations, Newport Coast, California
  • Ethical Challenges in Emerging Technology and E-Discovery, Asian American Bar Association MCLE Mini Marathon, 2016 speaker, San Francisco, California
  • Driven Speaker Series, 2015 speaker on the topic of Data Security for Lawyers, Los Angeles, California
  • SoCal eDiscovery & Information Governance Retreat, 2015 conference speaker on the topic of search strategies that help win cases, Carlsbad, California
  • Driven Speaker Series, 2014 speaker on the topic of the California State Bar’s proposed opinion regarding the ethical competency requirements for attorneys who handle discovery of electronically stored information, Los Angeles, California
  • Discovery & Rule 1: Just, Speedy, and Inexpensive... Carmel Valley eDiscovery Retreat, 2013 conference speaker, Half Moon Bay, California
  • Litigation Summit and Exposition, 2011 conference speaker on the topic of applying best practices in project management to electronic discovery projects, Washington D.C.
  • Legal Tech West Coast, 2011 conference speaker on the topic of legal project management, Los Angles, California
  • Intermountain eDiscovery Conference, 2010 conference speaker on the topic of early data assessment, Salt Lake City, Utah

Publications

  • Quoted in "But their emails! Some of the most contentious political issues are e-discovery disputes," ABA Journal, December 2018
  • Quoted in “Will DNC Civil Suit Against Trump, Russia Lead to an E-Discovery Battle?” Legaltech News, April 27, 2018
  • A Sample Solution: Exploring Sampling as a Technique for Validating Categorical Privilege Logs,”Legaltech News, June 2017
  • “Key Considerations for Handling Structured Data In The Discovery Process”, ABA Sound Advice Podcast, December 2015
  • “Siri for Lawyers -- How May I Help You?” Law Technology News, October 2011
  • “Don't Confuse Oranges With Apples: E-Discovery on Macintosh Systems,” Corporate Counsel, August 2011
  • “Manage and Mitigate EDD Costs With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010,” Corporate Counsel, April 2011
  • “EDD Showcase: Cracks in the Windows?” Law Technology News, February 2011
  • “A Lawyer’s Guide To Electronic Discovery Potentially Privileged Searches,” Encore Discoveries Whitepaper, 2008
  • “E-Discovery: Two Key Decisions,” Encore Discoveries Online Newsletter, 2007
  • “Keyword Culling: A Best Practice Approach,” Encore Discoveries Online Newsletter, 2007