About Michael Arkfeld

Michael R. Arkfeld, Esq.

Michael R. Arkfeld is an attorney, author, speaker and consultant.

Michael is the Founder and Director of Education for the eDiscovery Education Center (www.edec.com) and Director of the Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  This program hosts the annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference held in March of each year. Michael was also one of the primary instructors at the Georgetown eDiscovery Academy held annually in Washington, D.C.

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.

Since 1985, Michael has incorporated personal computers extensively in his legal practice and lectures, throughout North America and internationally, on the impact of technology on the practice of law and the discovery and admission of electronic evidence.  Michael is also the primary instructor for several online courses on electronic discovery and digital evidence. 

Michael is the author of Arkfeld on Electronic Discovery and Evidence (4th ed.) treatise and four Best Practice Guides.  The treatise is cross-referenced with the Best Practice Guides for Electronic Discovery and Evidence; ESI Pretrial Discovery Strategy and Tactics; Legal Hold; and IT Primer for Legal Professionals.  In addition, Michael authored The Digital Practice of Law (5th ed.):  A Practical Reference for Applying Technology Concepts to the Practice of Law (2001 ed.).

Michael ws the recipient of the national 2004 E-Evidence Thought Leading Scholar Award and was presented the President's Award from the State Bar of Arizona in 1996.

Michael is a licensed attorney in the State of Arizona.  He was the past chairman of the Task Force on Integrating Technology into the Justice System for the State Bar of Arizona.

Michael has been the editor of the E-Discovery Supplement to the American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines published by American Lawyer Media.  He is a past columnist for the Arizona Attorney magazine and a contributing writer to the American Bar Association Journal and a variety of other legal publications.

Michael received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1975.

Michael can be reached by e-mail at Michael@Arkfeld.com.  His web sites at Arkfeld and Associates (www.arkfeld.com) and eDiscovery Education Center (www.edec.com) feature electronic discovery educational initiatives, and other litigation and law office resources.