Jenner & Block

Brent E. Kidwell is the firm’s Chief Information Security Officer.  Mr. Kidwell manages the firm’s information security and governance program, working with clients and others to implement robust strategies and controls designed to protect client and firm data.  In addition, Mr. Kidwell leverages years of experience as a commercial litigator to help clients proactively prepare for electronic discovery and reactively implement strategies and plans for collecting, processing, analyzing and producing data in litigation.  Mr. Kidwell has assisted clients in managing terabytes of data efficiently and cost-effectively for some of the firm’s largest matters.  He also advises clients on digital forensics, information and records management strategies, and data security, protection and privacy issues.  In addition to his work for clients, Mr. Kidwell is responsible for the Firm’s data security and information technology risk management activities, as well as its knowledge management efforts.

In addition to his law degree, Mr. Kidwell has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.  This graduate technical education provides Mr. Kidwell with unique skills to assist clients with issues involving technical and legal challenges.

Law Technology News named Mr. Kidwell the 2004 “Champion of Technology” for his work in applied technology.  Prior to assuming his position as Chief Information Security Officer, he served clients in a broad array of civil litigation matters at both the trial and appellate level.  He is a member of the Firm’s Technology Litigation Practice.

Mr. Kidwell is the lead author of a consistently updated and comprehensive treatise on e-discovery titled Electronic Discovery, published by Law Journal Press and is an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University College of Law where he teaches one of the country’s first (and few) law school courses on electronic discovery.  Mr. Kidwell is a nationally-known speaker at conferences and other events on e-discovery, information and records management, data security, and information security and risk management issues.  He has also given many presentations on topics related to knowledge management.