John’s practice focuses exclusively on counseling clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, on litigation readiness/information governance, e-discovery, and large data matters with a focus on commercial litigation, second requests, and government investigations in the life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare industries. John also directs and oversees Mintz’s Litigation Technology Department coordinating the firm’s vendor partnerships and internal discovery management functions. In both roles, John relies on his extensive experience both in legal practice and discovery project management to help clients:
- Develop and implement processes for governing and preserving electronic data in common corporate forms and repositories;
- Prepare defensible litigation readiness and discovery plans addressing management and collection of electronic data;
- Implement best-in-class case assessment tools to significantly reduce electronic data volumes to be collected and hosted;
- Advise on the use of technology-assisted review and artificial intelligence approaches to prioritize and automate review, management, and analysis of corporate data; and
- Utilize innovative workforce arrangements to maximize efficiency and data management cost savings.
Prior to rejoining the firm in 2016, John led the Boston office of one of the nation’s leading legal services firms, where he worked with in-house legal departments and law firms to create effective and economical legal solutions – incorporating flexible staffing, reliable workflows, and technology – in a wide variety of practice areas including litigation, compliance, employment, corporate transactions, and contracts management.
During his initial tenure at Mintz, John was a founding member of the firm’s Electronic Discovery Practice Group. He was also an active member of the firm’s Product Liability and Complex Tort Litigation Practice Group. John maintained a diverse litigation and counseling practice with a particular focus on serving as national trial, strategy, and discovery counsel for pharmaceutical/device and biotechnology clients involved in serial litigation. In this role, he also advised on information governance and the coordination of companywide and multinational discovery efforts.
Outside of the office, John lectures, speaks and writes frequently on issues of e-discovery law, information governance, and data privacy. John teaches E-Discovery Law at Suffolk University Law School. John previously taught legal writing at Suffolk and Boston University School of Law.
- Boston University School of Law (JD)
- Northwestern University (MS, Journalism)
- Northwestern University (BA)
Recognition & Awards
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Massachusetts Bar Association: Up and Coming Lawyer
- National LGBT Bar Association. Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40
News & Press
April 10, 2018 | Blog | By John Koss
HIPAA Spring Check-up: Your Obligations to Safeguard Third-Party Patient Health Information in medical records produced in litigation
May 23, 2017 | Blog | By John Koss
And, if your organization is facing a request seeking records or other materials that may contain patient health information (“PHI”), it bears repeating that while HIPAA provides a number of methods through which covered entities that hold records containing PHI may produce such records, these guidelines are closely enforced by courts.