J. Matthew Linehan

eDiscovery Attorney

J. Matthew Linehan

eDiscovery Attorney

Matthew is a business litigator with a particular focus on providing clients with intelligent and practical solutions to eDiscovery issues. His litigation experience includes a variety of business and employment issues. Matthew works alongside his clients to learn their business and develop practices, procedures, and solutions that are tailored to each client’s needs. His understanding of the nuanced and technical aspects of eDiscovery are an asset to clients both as a preventative measure to avoid potentially costly disputes and as a problem-solving measure if and when disputes do arise.

Education & Admissions


  • University of Oklahoma

    (B.A., 2005)

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law

    (J.D., 2009)


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit


  • Managed all phases of eDiscovery, including: data mapping; applying litigation holds; negotiating parameters; coordinating defensible ESI collections, searches, and productions; metadata analysis; and resolving disputes.
  • Provided training for eDiscovery best practices and policies for attorneys and businesses with regards to compliance, data mapping projects, litigation hold procedures, and more.
  • Provided employment law compliance training to public and private companies.
  • Advocated as first-chair appellate counsel before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, and the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth and Ninth Districts.
  • Advocated as second-chair trial counsel in disability discrimination case, with seven-figure verdict for client.
  • Resolved disputes via alternative dispute resolution methods including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.
  • Coordinated litigation strategy with in-house counsel as well as out-of-state law firms as local or liaison counsel.
  • Conducted or supervised pre-suit or on-site investigations, evidence collections, and interviews of key witnesses.

Publications & Presentations


  • “Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology… | How to work eDiscovery magic” (January 2019)
  • “Irth, Wind, and Fired? | How to draft an (in)effective privilege clawback agreement” (February 2018)
  • “Don’t Panic! | Making document review manageable with analytics” (October 2017)
  • “Professionalism in the 21st Century: The Ethics of eDiscovery,” A Closer Look: Ethical eDiscovery Concerns Client CLE Seminar (October 2016)



  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Sedona Conference, Working Group 1



  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars List (2014-2019)
  • Accredited Relativity Certified Administrator