New York University, M.A., English Literature, 2004
University of St. Thomas, B.A., English Literature, 2002
U.S. District Court, D. Minn., 2010
As technology plays an ever-larger role in our lives and businesses, it is important to understand both the overt and subtle ramifications this expansion has had with respect to the creation and retention of data of which we may not even be aware and the way the law develops to account for such advancements. To that end, I assist clients with implementing data retention policies that strike a balance between the risk inherent in preserving historical documents and electronic data, regulatory compliance, the cost of data storage, and any other considerations that are particular to them. And, to the extent our clients become involved in legal disputes, I ensure that all document collection and processing is legally defensible, that our production and review protocols are customized to provide the most expedient and cost-conscious discovery process possible, and that we are compliant with local, federal, and international discovery and privacy rules.
Because of our deep client and vendor relationships, Winthrop’s E-Discovery practice creates great value for clients on engagements big and small by assigning the people, resources, and skillsets that are best-suited to each matter, controlling costs, and recognizing our client’s needs, timelines, and priorities.
Practicing E-Discovery & Data Management
My responsibilities include:
Drafting discovery responses, objections, and electronically stored information (“ESI”) protocols providing the parties’ agreed upon production sources, format, and other considerations.
Advising clients on hard-copy document and ESI preservation obligations during the pendency of a lawsuit and relaxation of such obligations after litigation has concluded.
Preparing litigation holds and advising on procedures for implementation, including identification of relevant custodians and data sources to which the litigation hold should apply, as well as providing direction regarding release from the litigation hold.
Briefing on E-Discovery issues, including research on the local and Federal rules related to E-Discovery, motions for protective orders, and responses to motions to compel.
Preparing draft case management orders and Rule 26(f) reports, and strategies for Rule 26(f) conferences.
Serving as a liaison between clients, IT personnel, and outside service providers on support for proportionality objections, including producing affidavits and identifying and preparing witnesses to testify on burdensomeness of collecting and producing data from particular custodians and sources.
Consulting with clients on ideal methods for collecting, processing, reviewing, and producing relevant hard-copy and ESI data.
Develop or update record retention policies and effectively implement those policies.
Coordinate a broad team that may include in-house counsel, other attorneys and legal staff, IT professionals, and employees with record retention responsibilities.
Manage firm personnel, document review service providers, and technology process providers in order to ensure that the right individuals are utilized for a cost-effective and legally proportional response to discovery obligations.
Also experienced in
Business & Commercial Litigation
Honors & Awards
MSBA North Star Lawyer
Pro Bono Service, 2013, 2015-2017
Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2017-2018
Associations & Memberships
Federal Bar Association
Member, LGBT Law Section, Membership Committee
State Bar of Texas
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
American Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Co-chair, Community Service Committee Member, Pro Bono Committee
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