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.