Founder and General Counsel
In 2000, Tim Opsitnick was a well-established attorney at a large firm. His work brought him into contact with electronic data discovery and litigation management. As he worked with technology companies, he began to see a void. It seemed they didn’t speak the same language as the law firms they were helping. They were vendors, not partners. Tim saw an opportunity to start a company that would be a peer of law firms, but with all the technological expertise of a high-tech company. And JurInnov was born.
Timothy M. Opsitnick is the Founder and General Counsel of JurInnov Ltd. (“JurInnov”). Founded in 2000, JurInnov is a technology company that provides cybersecurity and eDiscovery services. Cybersecurity consulting includes investigating accidental or malicious data breaches as well as providing security strategies and assessments to prevent such occurrences. eDiscovery services include computer forensic investigations, electronically stored information collection and processing, and software-as-a-service (“SaaS”). JurInnov’s client base includes United States and international law firms and companies.
Mr. Opsitnick is at the forefront of practitioners addressing issues involved in the discovery of electronic documents. He is currently a participant in the Sedona Conference’s Working Group Series on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention and Production and a contributor to the Working Group’s publication, “The Sedona Principles: Best Practice Recommendations and Principles Addressing Electronic Document Production” (Revised January 2004) and a contributor and editor to the publication, “The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practice Guidelines & Commentary for Managing Information & Records in the Electronic Age” (Revised September 2007). He is also a contributor to “Information Security for Lawyers and Law Firms” written by the Information Security Committee of the Section of Science and Technology Law of the American Bar Association and the Law Practice Management Section (April 2006). In addition, Tim also provides his industry knowledge and expertise as a periodic guest speaker on the nationally syndicated eDiscovery podcast series ESIBytes, which provides podcasts from attorneys, technical experts and judges regarding emerging issues concerning electronic discovery. The podcasts are offered at no charge to bring awareness to legal issues and good business practices concerning electronically stored information.
Mr. Opsitnick is a member of the Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education Advisory Board where he assists in the development of programs for its E-Discovery Institute. Furthermore, he is on the Advisory Board for the American College of e-Neutrals, an organization dedicated to the education, training, credentials, and use of third party referees committed to resolving disputes arising from electronically stored information. In addition, he is the founder of the Cleveland eDiscovery Roundtable, a local networking group dedicated to advancing the discourse on eDiscovery law and best practices. Finally, he is often called upon to serve as an e-discovery Special Master and has conducted numerous continuing legal education seminars regarding electronic discovery and other technology issues.
In recent years, Mr. Opsitnick has been honored with numerous speaking engagements at Georgetown University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University, and the American Bar Association, among others. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, ARMA International, InfraGard, and the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.
He has appeared on local television stations to offer his expert opinion on cybersecurity and legal issues. Mr. Opsitnick appeared on WKYC Channel 3 news to discuss the Target security breach during the stories titled “Cyber Experts Offer Tips to Those Impacted by Target Data Breach” (Dec. 20, 2013) and “Cyber Security Firm Founder on Target Breach” (Jan. 10, 2014).
Mr. Opsitnick is a 1982 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University (Phi Beta Kappa; cum laude; B.A., with honors in Political Science and Psychology) and a 1985 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He was admitted to practice in Ohio in 1985 and has also appeared as counsel pro hoc vice in numerous jurisdictions by leave of court. Mr. Opsitnick was with the firm of Jones, Day, Reavis, and Pogue from 1986 until 2000, where he was a member of the Litigation and Product Liability sections. His practice concentrated in the management of complex, multi-district litigation.
Mr. Opsitnick’s professional legal practice has encompassed the following activities:
- Coordination of nation-wide, multi-district, defensive discovery matters for product liability clients;
- Coordination of defensive discovery issues concerning discovery requests, motions to compel, motions for protective orders (including protective orders for trade secret and confidential information), collection and production of documents, creation and development of document repositories, privilege matters, witness preparation, electronic data (including e-mail), and forensics;
- Coordination of defensive discovery issues with and among joint defendants in cases throughout the United States;
- Supervision of the efforts of hundreds of attorneys and legal assistants in connection with discovery demands;
- Pioneering the development of Internet web sites to meet discovery obligations as well as compliance with national settlement of claims for litigation clients;
- Development of content and structure for Internet document web sites for use in management of defensive discovery production in nation-wide, complex litigation;
- Briefing and presenting arguments regarding electronic data and Internet document web site issues to courts and plaintiffs’ counsels throughout the United States;
- Development of technology solutions for demanding client problems, including the development of Internet-based solutions for knowledge management of case information,
- Supervision of the rollout of Internet case management technology and Internet document web sites to numerous offices of national and local counsels throughout the United States and abroad;
- Implementation and direction of industry-wide compliance efforts under portions of multi-state settlement agreement of claims brought by various states attorneys general.