Michael J. McGuire is a member of the firm's eDiscovery Practice Group, which was created to reinforce the firm's commitment to providing its clients with cutting-edge solutions in the rapidly-developing and challenging area of electronic discovery. He advises the firm's lawyers and their clients on electronic discovery issues, including the preservation, collection, review, and production of electronically stored information.

Michael has represented companies in both state and federal courts and has served as trial counsel in jury trials.  He also handles mediations and arbitrations.

Michael is a frequent lecturer on technology and eDiscovery issues, including:

  • Ethics rules applicable to eDiscovery
  • Case law and industry standards
  • The complexities of using search and retrieval tools
  • Trends in eDiscovery

He also was an adjunct professor of internet law at William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Michael was the managing director of legal operations for the mortgage division of an integrated financial services company where he led the development of a cross-functional team to in-source nearly all of their eDiscovery processes. Before that, he was a partner in the litigation and corporate departments at a Minneapolis firm focusing his practice on the legal issues arising from the intersection of technology and law, including electronic discovery, privacy and Internet issues.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Publications Subcommittee

American Bar Association



Subcommittee on Corporate Aspects of Information Technology

American Bar Association




American Bar Association



Communications and Web Team, World Justice Project

American Bar Association

Publications & Press

The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

Littler Report

August 4, 2015

BYOD: Bring Your Own (Legal) Difficulties

Corporate Counsel

September 20, 2013

The "Bring Your Own Device" to Work Movement

Littler Report

May 10, 2012

True Grit: Four Models to Rein in eDiscovery Costs

Law Technology News

January 30, 2012

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Editor, 60

The Business Lawyer

November 2004

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Editor, 59

The Business Lawyer

November 2003

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Editor, 58

The Business Lawyer

November 2002

Deposing Opposing Counsel: Borrowing Wits or Legitimate Discovery


January 1995

Speaking Engagements

Littler Global Puerto Rico Conference

Hato Rey, PR

August 20, 2015

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012

Business Or Pleasure: The Debate Over “Bring Your Own Device” Policies In The Workplace

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012

Business or Pleasure: The Challenge of "Bring Your Own Device" Polices in the Workplace

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Signature Dinner Series

Cowen Group

October 2011

Leadership Breakfast Series

Cowen Group

October 2011

Evolving Social Media & Mobile Device Challenges: The NLRA, E-Discovery and Dual-Use Devices

Midwest Employer Conference - Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 2011

A Practical Guide to eDiscovery

Minnesota CLE Conference

September 2011

Digital Death: Can Estates or Heirs Gain Access to Online Pictures, Social Networks, e-Mail, and Accounts?

Committee on Electronic Commercial Law - Minnesota State Bar Association

September 2011

The Impact of Technology: Cloud Computing & Social Media

Chief Human Resource Officer Conference - YMCA

August 2011

Avoiding the Lawyer’s Digital Nightmare: How to Safeguard Your and Your Clients’ Sensitive Information and Survive the Inevitable (?) Security Breach

CLE Webcast - Colorado Bar Association

June 2011

E-Discovery for the Corporate Market

Executive Counsel Institute, Chicago, IL

June 2011

A Practical Guide to E-Discovery for the Employment Case

Litigation Webcast - Minnesota CLE

June 2011

Making e-Discovery Manageable

Freddie Mac, Washington DC

April 2011

Managing Information Security Risks When Sharing Information with Third Parties – Including Your Outside Counsel

2011 Executive Employer Conference® - Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

April 2011

Data Privacy and Security: Risk Management and Competitive Advantage

9th Annual CIO Forum - Hildebrandt Institute and West LegalEdCenter, New York, NY

April 2011

Examining the Role of Enterprise Data Production & Protection in Discovery

eDiscovery for Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Corporations Conference - Q1 Productions, Boston, MA

March 2011

Practitioners Update: Practicing ESI by the Numbers (Fed.R.Civ.P. Rules 16, 26, 45, 34, 37, 45 and FRE 502)

The Second Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Practitioners' Workshop, Science and Technology Section - American Bar Association, San Francisco, CA

February 2011

Litigation Mini-Series: E-Discovery – Common Myths and Misunderstandings

Minnesota CLE

October 2010

eDiscovery: Making it Cost- Effective

The Littler Mendelson Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

September 2010

Litigation Holds and Value and Cost Propositions: Fifteen Tips in Fifteen Minutes

Electronic Discovery and Records Retention Conference, Los Angeles, CA

September 2010

A Practical Guide to E-Discovery

Minnesota CLE

September 2010

Pro-active Strategies to Minimize eDiscovery Pain: An Ounce of Prevention

Annual Meeting - American Bar Association (ABA)

August 2010

A Cooperative Approach to eDiscovery That Works for Both Plaintiff and Defense

MNCLE 2010 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute

May 2010

The New World of the Digital Cloud: Managing Risk When Your Employees and Critical HR Data and Functions Move Out

2010 Executive Employer Conference® - Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

April 2010

Twitter Records, Facebook Pages & More: The Technology and the E-Discovery and Evidentiary Issues eDiscovery for the Corporate Market

36th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute - Minnesota CLE's

November 2009

Civil Litigation: E-Discovery

Live Webcast - Minnesota CLE

November 2009

Digital Discovery

The Midwest Employer Conference - Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 2009

Ethics in eDiscovery

The Atlanta Employer Conference - Littler Mendelson, Atlanta, GA

September 2009

Evaluating Search and Retrieval Tools in Electronic Discovery

ESIBytes Podcast, http://www.esibytes.com/?p=730

July 2009

New Lawyer Experience - E-Discovery Basics

Minnesota CLE Live Webcast

July 2009

eDiscovery Ethics

West LegalWorks Conference

February 2009

eDiscovery Overview

Licensing Executives Society

January 2009

In-Sourcing eDiscovery

Minnesota Corporate eDiscovery Forum

March 2008

E-Discovery Wars: The Smell of Spoliation, Opportunism and Sanctions in the Morning

Dorsey & Whitney Corporate Counsel Symposium

October 2007

Bringing eDiscovery in-house: Taming the Beast

EMC Global Compliance Practice Expert Panel Webinar

October 2007

Experiences with eDiscovery

Minnesota Employment Law Council

September 2007

Spyware, Adware, and other Malware

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Seminar

October 2005

Proving Electronic Transactions, Start with the End in Mind

Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Computer and Internet Law Institute, Washington, D.C

March 2005


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1992 magna cum laude
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989 magna cum laude

Bar Admission



  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota