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Matthew F. Knouff

Matthew F. Knouff is eDiscovery Counsel with Complete Discovery Source, Inc. (CDS), an award-winning, global electronic discovery services provider and technology developer. Matthew advises law firms, corporations, and government agencies worldwide on eDiscovery and information governance policies and processes, cost & risk reduction strategies, and defensible deployment of technology during legal proceedings. He is an active member of The Sedona Conference Working Groups 1 & 6 and the EDRM’s IGRM and Metrics Sections, Project Leader for the EDRM’s eDiscovery Maturity Self-Assessment Tool (eMSAT-1), former Chairman of the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s eDiscovery Sub-Committee, an avid participant with the New York State Bar Association, and many other professional organizations. He is also the founder of ESI Survival Guide ( – a video blog dedicated to helping legal practitioners handle data management issues in the Digital Age. In December of 2014, Matthew was a featured panelist alongside Judge John M. Facciola, U.S.M.J., District of Columbia, at the 8th Annual Gibbons eDiscovery Conference.

Matthew is a lifelong musician, entrepreneur, and advocate for empowerment.  He founded the internationally distributed record label Venge Records in 1999, was a creative force behind several other media and entertainment-based companies between 2000 and 2010, won the City Bar Justice Center’s “I’m About Service” award in 2006, serves on the Advisory Counsel of the Organization of Legal Professionals and the Advisory Board of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative, and still records music in his home studio on a weekly basis.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of Law, and lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.