Technology, Electronics, Traveling
Patrick Oot, currently serving as Special Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission, earned his Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies and his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University. He excelled academically being named to the Dean’s List during both tenures at the university. Upon completion of his J.D., Oot matriculated to Georgetown University Law Center, where he specialized in tax law and earned a Legum Magister.Patrick Oot’s recent work at the SEC involves co-chairing the commission’s electronic discovery action team, responsible for establishing standards and practices regarding agency e-discovery response while educating others about the implementation of those practices in preparation for litigation. His experience stems from over a decade of active practice, as well as participation in studies and debates surrounding the ever-evolving use of electronic materials in discovery, regulatory filings, courtrooms, and congressional hearings.In the beginning of his career, while completing his LL. M. degree, Patrick Oot worked on large-scale complex matters at Verizon with fellow attorneys to collect, organize, and analyze electronic data as it might pertain to discovery requests in large matters. For example, in 2005, as part of an antitrust second request, Oot supervised attorneys and service providers to create databases containing over 2,600,000 documents and to design queries to process the mass of data. In 2006, Patrick Oot co-founded the Electronic Discovery Institute (EDI), a nonprofit committed to studying and resolving the issues and complications that the enormity of information and its often non-standardized formatting create for businesses, their counselors, and judges. He and his associates use this forum to discuss various methods that new technologies offer, which may ease the considerable burden on the justice system. For example, in litigation, search queries should be refined to isolate useful or sought-after data. Post-query search results should be sampled and tested, and duplicate data is often cleaned and purged. The resulting document coding and formats must be standardized so legal teams can easily and effectively share information among themselves and prepare it for production. EDI held its first summit in 2011, and unexpectedly large numbers of representatives from the business community were in attendance along with those from the technology and legal communities. Patrick Oot and his colleagues are preparing for their second summit, scheduled for October 2012.