Denise Backhouse

Associate Director, Cardozo Data Law Initiative

Shareholder, eDiscovery Counsel, Littler Mendelson


B.A and M.A., University of Melbourne, Australia

J.D., Columbia University Law School 

Areas of Expertise

Electronic Discovery
International Privacy and Data Protection


Professor Backhouse is Associate Director of Cardozo’s Data Law Initiative. She teaches Information Governance Law (with Professor Patrick Burke), a key part of the core curriculum of the Data Law Initiative.


Professor Backhouse is a Shareholder in the New York City office of Littler Mendelson P.C., where she practices with the firm’s eDiscovery group. Her practice focuses on litigating the eDiscovery aspects of class and collective actions, leveraging her significant international experience to help clients with cross-border discovery matters. Her responsibilities include advising on and conducting all phases discovery, providing clients with leading-edge technology solutions in this rapidly developing area. She has engaged in eDiscovery motion practice in multiple jurisdictions and has worked on discovery responses to the SEC, FINRA, DOJ, FTC, and state attorneys general. Before joining Littler, Professor Backhouse was Of Counsel in Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLC’s eData practice group


Professor Backhouse is a member of The Sedona Conference® international and eDiscovery working groups, Co-Chair of the 2014 International Programme on Cross-Border Discovery and Data Protection Law in London and a contributing editor to the Primer on Social Media. She is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E).  Professor Backhouse received her J.D. from Columbia University Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and her M.A. in late medieval history and B.A. with first-class honors, both from the University of Melbourne, Australia.