Press Release

Stroz Friedberg appoints Stephen D. Whetstone global lead of Data Discovery practice

Stroz Friedberg is a specialized risk management firm built to help clients solve the complex challenges prevalent in today’s digital, connected, and regulated business world

NEW YORK, NY – December 10, 2014

Stroz Friedberg LLC, a global investigations, intelligence, and risk management company, announced that Stephen D. Whetstone has joined as Managing Director and global lead of the firm’s Data Discovery practice. He is based in the Boston office.

During 22 years of combined experience in the legal, business and technology arenas, Whetstone has supported and counseled Global 1000 companies and AmLaw100 firms on complex electronic discovery and litigation challenges. Most recently, he was a vice President and Leader of Document Management Solutions and Legal Solutions at Pitney Bowes, the client service units responsible for processing, managing, and storing high-volume client data for litigation, compliance and other business purposes.

Previously, Whetstone was with cloud-based eDiscovery technology and services provider Iron Mountain Legal Discovery (formerly Stratify Inc.), most recently as General Manager of the global business. During his tenure, he led the company’s Records and Information Consulting practice and Stratify’s Client Development, Strategy and Services teams. He also opened and led its Boston and London offices.

“Stephen is a leader in leveraging technologies to harness the increasing volume and complexity of data in businesses today, particularly in legal contexts,” said Michael Patsalos-Fox, CEO of Stroz Friedberg. “This experience is extremely valuable in helping our law firm and corporate clients plan for, react to and overcome data discovery challenges in a creative, constructive and cost efficient manner.”

Whetstone has the distinction of being recognized as the first AmLaw100 equity partner to join an eDiscovery firm. He started his legal career as a litigator at Skadden, where he focused on securities class action pre-trial and trial work, as well as electronic and hard copy document review. He was also an equity partner and litigator at Testa Hurwitz for 11 years, representing clients in securities class actions, government and internal investigations and other complex litigations, trials and arbitrations.

Whetstone has written many papers on best practices for legal discovery and technology developments, appearing in prominent publications including the National Law Journal, Bloomberg Law, Legal Times, IP Litigator and many others. He earned a B.A. from Bates College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.


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