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Pinguelo Appears on Fox’s The Strategy Room to Discuss Workplace Internet Abuse


Bridgewater, NJ (April 23, 2010) – Fernando Pinguelo, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., appeared as a guest on Fox News Channel’s live web show, The Strategy Room, hosted by Kimberly Guilfolye.  Pinguelo was interviewed about today’s headlines featuring internet abuse, including the Security and Exchange Commission Office of Inspector General’s 5-year investigation that revealed SEC employees and contractors visiting porn sites and viewing sexually explicit pictures using government computers. Ms. Guilfoyle’s guests today also included Richard “Bo” Dietl and Dr. Kathryn Smerling. 


The Strategy Room airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET for a discussion of the day’s top stories, plus a variety of hour-long shows on topics like business, health, technology, and entertainment.


“Casual use of the internet in the workplace is on the rise.  With up-to-the-minute Facebook statuses and Twitter ‘tweets,’ the use of company time for personal internet use has become common place.  This has become so common that it is obvious employees don’t realize their actions can be tracked and saved.  This new breaking story testifies to the fact that many workers don’t realize the implications of their actions online,” said Pinguelo.


PingueloCo-Chair of the firm’s Response to Electronic Discovery and Information (REDI) Group, devotes his practice to complex litigation with an emphasis on business disputes, electronic discovery, and media and employment matters.  He has experience in all facets of litigation (trial, mediation, arbitration, and appellate) in both federal and state courts. As a former prosecutor, he has tried numerous cases.  Today, Pinguelo handles a broad spectrum of disputes including copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud, breach of non-compete covenants, discrimination, and business torts, and is able to address a rapidly evolving crisis or emergency.


A leader in the emerging area of electronic discovery, Pinguelo works with business owners, C-level executives, in-house counsel, and human resources, information technology, and risk managers to develop strategies to manage business and legal issues related to electronic documents. He recognizes that complex contract and statutory considerations impact the evolving business environment. This understanding enables him to help clients comply with the broad array of laws that regulate document management. Pinguelo focuses on preventing claims and pursues strategies that enhance a client’s ability to manage electronic documents because he is keenly aware of the financial and public relations fallout that can result from high-profile electronic discovery abuses and negligence.


Notably, Pinguelo was involved in New Jersey’s first case addressing its new electronic discovery rule amendments, and has lectured numerous times on the topic, including at the Judicial College which provides judges with a wide range of academic programs. He has designed a state-of-the-art electronic discovery law course and teaches one of only a handful of such courses in the country at Seton Hall University School of Law.  Recently, the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program, designated Pinguelo a Fulbright Specialist for his work in eDiscovery, and he will engage in a project at a university in one of over 100 participating countries.  Pinguelo was also invited to be a member of eDiscovery Group of The Sedona Conference® Working Group Series, a prestigious series of think-tanks consisting of leading experts brought together by a desire to address various “tipping point” issues in each area under consideration.


To view the official press release, click here.


Pinguelo earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1997 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1994.  He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia, and is the founder of eLessons Learned.

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