|Michael R. Arkfeld, Esq.
Speaker, Author and Consultant
As a former assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, Michael handled multimillion-dollar cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful termination and a host of other tort claims. He has appeared before both federal and state appellate courts and has extensive experience in jury (over 30 trials) and bench trials. His case duties included comprehensive case management plans, investigation and deposing of expert and lay witnesses, pretrial preparation of witnesses and document organization, pretrial filing of documents, and appearances for motion hearings, pretrial conferences, trials, and appellate arguments.
Since 1985, Michael has incorporated personal computers extensively in his legal practice, and lectures and consults throughout North America and internationally on the impact of technology to the practice of law and the discovery and admission of electronic evidence.
Arkfeld and Associates
August, 2005 - Present. Arkfeld and Associates, President - Engaged in speaking, writing and consulting on a wide variety of issues regarding electronic discovery and evidence. Arkfeld and Associates is focused on guiding electronic discovery decisions for law firms, government agencies, service bureaus and others. In addition, the company provides e-discovery educational presentations and writing services.
During 1996-97 he assisted in the information technology planning and implementation in the Department of Justice Winstar litigation. The Winstar litigation involved over 100 Department of Justice attorneys, 400 plaintiffs and over 60 of the major law firms in the country with potential liability of twenty billion dollars. ($20,000,000,000). Also, provided litigation technology assistance on the A12 stealth fighter case involving a breach of contract action against the federal government.
March, 1987 – August, 2005: Employed as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona specializing in civil tort litigation. Michael’s practice included multimillion-dollar cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful termination and a host of other tort claims. He has appeared before both federal and state appellate courts and has extensive experience in jury (over 30 trials) and bench trials. His duties included comprehensive case management plans, investigation and deposing of expert and lay witnesses, pretrial preparation of witnesses and document organization, pretrial filing of documents, and appearances for motion hearings, pretrial conferences, trials, and appellate arguments.
April 1977 to March 1987: Employed as a prosecutor for the City of Phoenix Attorney’s Office. Michael held several positions including trial bureau, complaint and motions and appeals bureau chief at different times.
April 1976 - February 1977: Christakis & Associates - An associate attorney with a private law firm engaged in the general practice of law.
Michael has presented as a keynote speaker, conference presenter and educator at over 200 conferences throughout North America and internationally on the impact of technology to the practice of law, and on discovery and admission of electronic evidence.
Michael has been the editor of the E-Discovery Supplement to the American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines published by American Lawyer Media for the last several years. Duties included soliciting articles, editing and assisting in layout of articles including drafting bylines.
Michael was the recipient of 2004 E-Evidence Thought Leading Scholar Award.
Michael was presented the President’s Award from the State Bar of Arizona in 1996.
J.D. – University of Nebraska – Lincoln – June 1976
G.S. – University of Nebraska – Omaha – May 1973
State of Arizona: 1976 – Present.
- Arkfeld on Electronic Discovery and Evidence (Aug. 2003) (Updated semi-annually)
- Arkfeld's Best Practices Guides
- Electronic Discovery and Evidence (updated annually)
- ESI Pretrial Discovery - Strategies and Tactics (updated annually)
- Litigation Readiness and Holds (updated annually)
- IT Primer for Legal Professionals (updated annually)
- The Digital Practice of Law: A Practical Reference for Applying Technology Concepts to the Practice of Law, (5th Edition) 1992-01.
- Strategic Report: Charting the Next 10 Years: Convergence of Networked Intelligence, Co-authored for the State Bar of Arizona, March 1996.
- Digital Discovery: Here to Stay – Arizona Attorney
- Processing Litigation Information Using Technology – Law Office Computing
- Software Purchase Guidelines – Arizona Attorney
- Collaborating on the Web Using Listservs, Newsgroups and IRC’s
- Show Me Your Web Site – Arizona Attorney
- Digital Depositions – Arizona Attorney
- Personal Information Managers to Organize Your Practice – Arizona Attorney
- Trends in Legal Technology: Advantages and Challenges – Arizona Attorney
- 10 Great Gizmos for Your Law Office – Arizona Attorney
- Communicating With the Public on the Internet – Judge Donald Shelton and Michael Arkfeld – Judge’s Journal
- New Kids on the Litigation Block: CaseMap & TimeMap, Vermont Law Journal
Web Sites and Blogs
Arkfeld & Associates (http://www.arkfeld.com)
- Electronic Discovery and Evidence Web Blog (http://arkfeld.blogs.com/ede/) - The daily digest of cases, comments and other matters relating to electronic discovery and electronic evidence.
- Law Partner Publishing, LLC ( www.lawpartnerpublishing.com)
- eLawExchange (www.elawexchange.com)
Digital Practice of Law Web Blog (http://arkfeld.blogs.com/dpl/) - A daily digest of cases, comments and practical references for applying technology to the practice of law and litigation support.
Professional Memberships & Activities
American Bar Association:
Litigation Section - Committee: Admissibility of High Tech Evidence in the Courtroom. Representative to the Judicial Administration Division, Lawyers Conference, 1997-1998.
Law Practice Management Section
- Board Member: TechShow ’96, ’97, “98. Assisted in the overall planning for the TechShow Conference which attracts 500+ legal professionals. The conference is divided into separate tracks for the attendees. These tracts included general, Advanced\MIS, Corporate legal departments, cutting edge showcase, litigation and a judicial track. Besides overall input I was responsible for coordinating the litigation and judicial conference tracks which included 16 programs over a two day time period. This included the substantive program content and recommended speakers.
- Assistant Editor, Litigation Applications Newsletter. 1995-98.
- Advisory Planning Board, Litigation Track, for ABA TechShow, March, 2003, Chicago, Ill
Judicial Division, Lawyer’s Conference – Past Member 1998 – 2000. The ABA’s Judicial Division representative to the Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems Planning Council. Appointed Chair of the Judicial Technology Committee for 1997-98 to plan technology programs for the Judicial Division. The primary program was held at the annual bar conference in Toronto in August 1998.
Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems. Appointed liaison to represent the Judicial Division for the 1999-2000 term. The technology committee was created to provide a forum to discuss legal technology related developments and activities within the Association and the legal profession.
Arizona State Bar:
Chairman - (1995- 2001). Task Force on Integrating Technology into the Justice System.
This task force facilitated the integration of technology in the justice system in the State of Arizona. Committee members included representatives from the courts, legislative, executive, state bar and law schools. The mission was to implement a “virtual” justice system through the use of technology. Subject areas covered include electronic filing, electronic data on-line services, virtual conferencing, training for bar members, conferences and seminars, communications and other areas which impact the implementation of technology in the justice system such as the Internet.
Member - (2003 – Present). Electronic Discovery Committee.
Speaking and Planning Engagements
- Arkfeld Online eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Course (2010-present)
- Georgetown eDiscovery Academy, Instructor - Washington D.C.
- Dataflight, Keynote speaker, - San Diego, CA
- Oklahoma State Bar Association, presenter, five hour presentation on electronic discovery – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- State Bar of Arizona Annual Conference, Presenter, Electronic Discovery
- MER conference – Presenter on corporate retention of electronic documents– Chicago, Ill.
- E-Discovery Spring Congress – Conference organizer for American Lawyer Media - San Francisco, CA
- Antitrust Division (DOJ) and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation – presentations on electronic discovery and evidence, Washington, D.C.
- Littler Mendelsen Conference on Unemployment Law – Electronic Discovery and Evidence Presentation, Phoenix, Arizona
- Electronic Discovery and Evidence Super Session – Primary presenter – LegalTech, New York, NY.
- E-filing and the Courts, Keynote Address, National Center for the State Courts – Las Vegas, Nevada
- Summation Users Conference, Keynote Address, San Francisco, CA.
- Electronic Discovery and Evidence, 3 hour presentation, Hawaii State Bar Association
- E-Discovery Conference- Conference advisor and presenter – New York, NY.
- Organizer and presenter, Electronic Discovery – The Changing face of Litigation, State Bar of Arizona Annual Conference
- Electronic Discovery and Evidence – Los Angeles LegalTech
- The Changing face of Litigation – Super Paralegal Conference – Los Angeles, CA.