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Work experience

Apr 2008Present

General Counsel / eDiscovery Cousel

Complete Discovery Source, Inc.


Sep 1991Jun 1994


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law



Classical Guitar, Snowboarding, Studying Mandarin Chinese, Traveling


Attorney Matthew Knouff serves as General Counsel of Complete Discovery Source, Inc. (CDS), a New York-based firm that provides consulting, legal, and technology services for a wide client base. More specifically, Matthew Knouff focuses his legal expertise on consulting in the areas of eDiscovery, information governance, cross-border litigation, and legal technology. At CDS, Matthew Knouff supports the executive team in matters of risk management and compliance, and oversees all internal legal proceedings. An expert in all aspects of the electronic discovery reference model (EDRM), Matthew Knouff advises numerous Fortune 500 companies and AM Law 100 firms. He has also implemented a professional services department to secure additional revenue, and is responsible for significant revenue growth at CDS. Matthew Knouff’s professional achievements include the successful deployment of comprehensive, defensible protocols for handling the discovery of electronically stored information in numerous multi-terabyte matters. Due in part to Matthew Knouff’s contributions to the company, CDS has been recognized by the New York Law Journal as a top-three ranked provider of eDiscovery services. The company has seen annual revenue increases each year during Matthew Knouff's tenure as General Counsel. Outside of the office, Matthew Knouff holds membership in a number of professional organizations and has been published in multiple law journals and other publications. A contributor to the April 2011 issue of the ABA Law Journal, he also served as a panelist at the National Employment Lawyers’ Association of New York conference in fall 2010. Matthew Knouff belongs to groups such as the New York County Lawyers' Association's Cyberspace Law Committee (Board of Directors), the Sedona Conference, EDRM, and the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists.

Benefits of Cross-Border Data Collection Using CDS DigitalCustoms

Attempting to collect international data during the discovery phase of a legal case can pose problems. According to a 2013 interview with New York attorney, Matthew Knouff, the major issue is adhering to both U.S. discovery obligations and international regulations surrounding the protection of an individual's personal privacy. Matthew Knouff's employer, Complete Discovery Source (CDS), created CDS Digital Customs to address this issue. This proprietary hardware/software helps legal teams secure relevant data for U.S. courts without violating international regulations, standards, and statutes. The CDS Digital Customs tool meets the needs of multinational corporations like no other product on the market. Its portability allows technicians to set up the system inside a client’s facility. The proprietary engine can extract metadata and content and index it into an organized database that can be searched using keywords and advanced analytics technologies. Once collection and processing are complete, all filtered data is exported to CDS’ Tier IV data centers, subject to agreement between and consent from the various stakeholders involved with a particular matter (e.g. data subjects, Data Protection Officers, legal teams, U.S. courts, Works Council members, etc.). CDS complies with the EU-US & Swiss-US Safe Harbor requirements, their data center footprint is SSAE 16 SOC1 Type II audited, and the controls underlying their data hosting services are ISO 27001:2005 certified. CDS' Digital Customs tool addresses the various provisions set forth in the EU Data Protection Directive while providing U.S. clients with the data they need to meet their discovery obligations.

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