Robert D. Owen: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Robert D. Owen

Robert Owen
New York,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Securities & Corporate Governance
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance
  • Crisis Management
Contact InfoTelephone: 212.389.5090
Fax: 212-389-5099
University Northwestern University, B.A.
Law SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude
Admitted1974, New York; 1974, U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York; 1974, U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit; 1976, U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York; 1978, U.S. Supreme Court; 1980, U.S. Tax Court; 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit; 1987, U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit; 1992, U.S. District Court - Western District of New York; 2000, U.S. District Court - Northern District of New York; 2002, U.S. District Court - District of Nebraska; 2002, U.S. District Court - Northern District of Oklahoma; 2011, U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas

Professional Activities

President, Electronic Discovery Institute (EDI)
Board Member, Advisory Board of the Georgetown Law Advanced eDiscovery Institute
Conference co-chair, The Sedona Conference Complex Litigation Conference on The Future of Civil Litigation, Phoenix (April 8-9, 2010)
Conference Chairman, The Masters Conference: Security, Privacy and Compliance Within Corporate Litigation, Washington, D.C. (October 3-5, 2011)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Law Technology News, American Law Media publication (2010 to present)
Member, Working Group 1 (Managing Information and Records in the Electronic Age), The Sedona Conference
Member, New York City Bar Association
Member, Federal Bar Council (Second Circuit)

BornSt. Louis, Missouri, 1948

Bob Owen has decades of commercial litigation experience in New York and around the country. A nationally recognized adviser to financial services, energy and technology companies, Bob is known for efficient, creative and early dispute resolution. He has handled hundreds of cases before federal and state courts and arbitration panels throughout the United States. His accomplishments as a trial lawyer are recognized by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy which has invited him to teach trial skills at its flagship national program in Boulder, Colorado (seven times) and at many of its regional programs.

Partner in Charge of Sutherland's New York office, Bob is also a nationally recognized authority in e-discovery, managing the costs and risks that e-discovery now adds to the litigation calculus. Chambers consistently rates him as one of five first rank leading individuals in e-discovery nationally, and reports that he is “'clearly a leader in the field' of e-discovery” and “an experienced litigator who is commended as a 'strong defender of corporate interests and corporate rights in the area of e-discovery.'” In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Georgetown Law Advanced Institute for eDiscovery and president of the non-profit Electronic Discovery Institute.

Selected Experience
Sutherland attorney defends consumer goods manufacturer against consumer fraud class actions.
Sutherland defends New York-based financial services firm in alleged $100 million Oklahoma bankruptcy claim.
Sutherland attorney settles favorably breach of contract case as lead jury trial counsel for a global telecom company.

Awards and Rankings

Recipient, BTI Client Service All-Star, one of 318 client-nominated honorees nationally (2011)

Recognized by Chambers Global: World's Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leading Individual nationally in the area of Litigation: eDiscovery, Band 1 (2010-2015)

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leading Individual nationally in the area of Litigation: eDiscovery, Band 1 (2009-2014)

Client Tools
•Crisis Management


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SEC Updates Guidance on Cybersecurity
Steven B. Boehm,Michael B. Koffler,Robert D. Owen,Stephen E. Roth,Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, May 1, 2015
Emphasizing the critical importance of cybersecurity to registered investment companies (RICs), including insurance separate accounts and business development companies, and to investment advisers, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued new Cybersecurity Guidance on April 28, 2015...

SEC Gives Insider Outside Bounty for Whistleblowing
Thomas R. Bundy,Patricia A. Gorham,Cynthia M. Krus,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Robert D. Owen, March 27, 2015
On March 2, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission awarded a whistleblower at least $475,000 for providing original, high-quality information that led to a successful SEC enforcement action. The whistleblower is a former company officer, which is particularly noteworthy since officers...

Supreme Court Holds Dismissal of Individual Case in MDL Proceedings Is Immediately Appealable
James R. McGibbon,Robert D. Owen,Phillip E. Stano,Steuart H. Thomsen,Lewis S. Wiener, February 13, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held today in Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp., No. 13-1174, that an order disposing of an individual case previously consolidated with other cases for multidistrict litigation (MDL) pretrial proceedings is a final appealable decision under 28 U.S.C. § 1291.

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Robert D. Owen

1114 Avenue of the Americas, 40th Floor
New YorkNY 10036-7703


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