Matzen Consulting Group

Tom Matzen, Esq.

Tom Matzen, the founder and President of the Matzen Consulting Group(MCG), has spent nearly 20 years practicing in the data-centric fields of e-discovery, data security and data privacy. Mr. Matzen obtained his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2000 and B.A. degrees in both Political Theory and International Relations from Michigan State University in 1997. Mr. Matzen is a member of the District of Colombia Bar in addition to being an active member in the Sedona Group WG 1, 6 and 11; the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the and Legal Blockchain Consortium. Mr. Matzen is a recognized Expert in e-discovery, cost and burden and search methodology. He is also a frequent national speaker and writer on data security, breach response, GDPR, meet and confer strategy, International e-discovery and Privacy best practices.

Mr. Matzen was a pioneer in the international e-discovery field leading teams to over a dozen countries over the last 15 years creating and executing data collection, processing and production plans. Doing such work required the knowledge and intricacies of data transfer rules for each country. This knowledge was gained by research, live experience on the ground and developing a global network of contacts and technical experts. As a byproduct of this experience, Mr. Matzen became well-versed in global privacy and data security regulations and thereafter began to educate the legal community on the convergence of practicing law, data privacy, data security and e-discovery. It is this convergence that Mr. Matzen has dedicated his professional career to and served as the inspiration to beginning his own consulting group.

MCG strives to solve data problems and educate our clients while doing so. While capable of handling traditional e-discovery matters, MCG has a team of experts to assist with small data collections, large international investigations, GDPR assessments and recommendations, data breach response, establishing Privacy by Design, IoT forensics amongst other data related consulting services.

Beyond solving clients’ needs in this modern era of ever-changing privacy laws and cyber threats, MCG is interested in educating its clients be it law firms, corporations or individuals. It has been a pillar of Mr. Matzen’s career for nearly 20 years and will continue to be part of the mission of MCG.

BA, Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, Michigan St. Univ.
BA, International Relations, Michigan St. Univ.
JD, University of Pittsburgh
Licensed to Practice Law in Washington, D.C.

  1. Navigating EU Data Compliance in a Sea of Uncertainty: As Alternatives to Safe Harbor and the Privacy Shield are Debated, Companies Should Focus on GDPR Compliance; Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (July 2106)
  2. EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the GDPR; The New Rules of Engagement for Transatlantic Data Tranfers; Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (April, 2016)
  3. Data Privacy – The Year 2013 Has Become 1984; Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (September 2013)
  4. A Re-Examination of Blair and Maron (1985); Position Paper presented by Dan Regard and Tom Matzen of iDS at the Fifth DESI Workshop on Standards for Using Predictive Coding, Machine Learning, and Other Advanced Search and Review Methods in E-Discovery; Rome, Italy (July 2013)
  5. Preservation and Self-Preservation Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (June, 2010)
  6. Auto Coding: An Undervalued Function of Electronic Discovery (2003)
  7. Web 2.0 and its e-Discovery Ramifications (2005)
  1.  “The Long Shadow of the Privacy Shield and the GDPR – A discussion of the Effects of these Regulations on US Based Companies”, 7th Annual Cyber Liabilities Insurance ExecuSummit., Mohegan Sun Hotel, Uncasville, CT., March 2018.
  2. “What Lawyers need to Know About Data Privacy”, The Master’s Conference, Dallas, TX., February 2018.
  3. “FTC Expectations for Data Breach Response”, INFRAGARD Legal SIG. Houston, TX., May 2018.
  4. “The GDPR is Upon Us”, Today’s General Counsel Institute (TGCI), Dallas, TX., November 2017
  5. “Internet of Things and Litigation”, Today’s General Counsel Institute (TGCI), Chicago, IL., May 2017
  6. “Cross-border Data Transfers in the age of the GDPR” (CLE Presentation), AMLAW 50 law firm, December 2016
  7. “International Data Privacy” (CLE Presentation), European Energy Company, October 2016
  8. “Best Practices in Running International Internal Investigations” Keynote – The Masters Conference, October 2016 (Washington, DC)
  9. “Cross-Border Tips for navigation the GDPR, Privacy Shield and the Evolving Global Data Transfer Landscape”, Today’s General Council Institute (TGCI), September 2016 (Houston, TX)
  10. “International Data Transfer Tips and Strategies for the Global Market Place”, Today’s General Council Institute (TGCI), Chicago, IL., June 2016
  11. “Proactive and Reactive Tips for Cross-Border Data Collections and Onward Transfer”, Today’s General Council Institute, March 2016 (San Francisco, CA)
  12. International e-Discovery and e-Disclosure Practices”, The Master’s Conference, September 2014 (Washington, DC)
  13. “Cross-Border e-Discovery Do’s and Don’ts”, The Master’s Conference, April 2104 (San Francisco, CA)
  14. “The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same”; Keynote – Information Governance and E-Discovery for Oil and Gas Summit, Oct. 2013 (Houston, TX)
  15. “ESI Annual Update”, Keynote – Women’s Antitrust Plaintiff Attorneys Conference, October 2012 (Las Vegas, NV)
  16. “International e-Discovery Trends”, The Masters Conference, September 2012 (Washington, DC)
  17. “International e-Discovery Obligations”, (CLE Presentation), AMLAW 50 law firm, August 2012 (Atlanta, GA)
  18. “Social Media and Litigation”, The Masters Conference, April 2011 (San Francisco, CA)
  19. “Corporate Trends in Responding to Cross-Border Litigation”, The Masters Conference, February 2011 (Houston, TX)
  20. “How to Respond to a Data Breach”, October 2011 (Houston, TX)
  21. “Privacy Risks with Emerging Technologies”, The Masters Conference, October 2011 (Washington, DC)
  22. “Trends and Best Practices in International e-Discovery”, The Masters Conference,  September 2011 (San Francisco, CA)
  23. “International e-Discovery Best Practices”, Texas Bar Annual Meeting, June 2011 (San Antonio, TX)
  24. “International Data Privacy Landscape”, December 2010
  25. “Latest Trends in International e-Discovery”, Moderator – Masters Conference, 2010
  26. “Consequences of Aeropostale”, October 2009
  27. “How to Run a Better Document Review”, May 2004
  28. “Finding the Needle in the Electronic Haystack”, Nov. 2004
  29. “Best Practices in Electronic Discovery” (CLE presentation), 2005-2006
  30. “Understanding the Zubulake Decisions”, April 2006

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