Judge Brown Co-authors Two-Part Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Series on Legal Ethics & Technology Competence - ADR Systems

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Hon. F. Keith Brown, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, and Michael Koss, ADR Systems’ Business Development & Marketing Assistant Manager, recently published a two-part series in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin that reviews ethical obligations and best practices for representing clients in technology-competent ways.

In part one, A primer on technology competence for Illinois attorneys includes ethics, they provide an overview of what technology competence means in an evolving legal landscape by reviewing topics regarding personal security, third-party vendors and cloud-based services.

In part two, How attorneys should respond amid increasing data breaches, cyberattacks, they address an ever more important aspect of technology competence for attorneys: responding to data breaches and cyberattacks.

While no uniform list of technology competencies yet exists for attorneys, ethical opinions from the America Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association can guide Illinois attorneys toward best practices for them and their law firms.

To read these  Chicago Daily Law Bulletin articles, click here.


Hon. F. Keith Brown, (Ret.) has extensive experience in settling personal injury, workers’ compensation and commercial matters. As a mediator, he is known for his keen ability to easily connect with people and promote productive communications between all parties. Judge Brown is a beloved pillar of the community, who has been recognized numerous times for community service.

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Faced with challenging nearly impossible dynamics,  including an uninsured,  potentially bankrupt and recalcitrant defendant, Judge Brown demonstrated a different facet, counselling litigants to see the positive side of compromising beyond their comfort zone to find catharsis in closure.

James H. Lawlor, III, Esq.Shea Law Group