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Christopher (Chris) M. Schultz

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Senior Counsel

Co-Chair, E-Discovery Services & Strategy Practice

Christopher M. Schultz, Senior Counsel with the firm's Litigation group, serves as co-chair of Perkins Coie's national E-Discovery Services & Strategy practice. Christopher focuses his legal work on business and intellectual property litigation, with a special focus on complex electronic discovery issues. He regularly consults with firm clients (from FORTUNE 50 corporations to emerging businesses) on the legal and technical issues surrounding electronic discovery, including devising and implementing document retention procedures, identifying technical and business process solutions for collecting and processing electronic and traditional data, and coordinating the review and production of such data by firm, staff and contract attorneys. Christopher also has substantial experience in consulting with in-house counsel concerning document retention and remediation issues, negotiating with opposing counsel concerning both the nature and scope of electronic discovery in pending litigation and investigatory matters, together with motion practice and other legal proceedings in connection with same. Additionally, Christopher often leads the request for proposal, negotiating and contracting efforts with major third-party electronic discovery vendors for the provision of electronic discovery services to firm clients.  A dynamic speaker with over five years of college-level teaching experience, Christopher is a frequent presenter of continuing legal education and other seminars concerning electronic discovery.

Professional Recognition

  • Named by D Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas - Digital Information Law,” 2014

Professional Leadership

  • Perkins Coie National E-Discovery Services & Strategy Practice, Co-Chair 
  • The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1), Member 
  • The Sedona Conference WG1 Sub-Group on "The Case for Cooperation," Contributing Editor 
  • The Sedona Conference WG1 Speakers Bureau, Member

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Dallas Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Highland Park ISD Dads’ Club, Member
  • Boy Scouts of America Troop 518, Troop Committee Member
  • Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, Parents’ Association
  • Loyal Supporter of Dallas Area Arts & Educational Organizations

Related Employment

  • Brown & Bain P.A., Phoenix, AZ, 1999 - 2004 (Merged with Perkins Coie LLP)
  • McAfee & Taft, P.C., Oklahoma City, OK, Summer Associate, 1998
  • Brown & Bain P.A., Phoenix, AZ, Summer Associate, 1997 & 1998

Education

  • University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1999
    Executive Note Editor, Arizona Law Review
  • University of Arizona, M.A., 1997
  • University of Oklahoma, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona