Strategies and Best Practices for Protecting Sensitive Data in Litigation and Regulatory Discovery

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: January 30, 2018
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • The legal data security and privacy landscape today
  • What information must be secured in litigation?
  • Discovery workflows that protect sensitive data
  • Providing information to regulators, opposing parties, and courts
  • Leveraging litigation "lessons learned" for better information governance
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: January 30, 2018


Organizations struggle to adequately protect their private and confidential information in the ordinary course of business. When sensitive data moves out of its usual business function, and into the realm of legal matters, the information risks escalate substantially.

This session will offer some successful strategies and best practices for attorneys and legal professionals to mitigate those risks. The panel will discuss setting expectations for law firms and other legal providers handling sensitive data; searching large data sets to effectively identify various types of sensitive information; establishing workflows that incorporate robust protections for sensitive data and protecting information turned over to opposing parties and the court.

This program was recorded on January 30th, 2018.

Provided By



Michelle Briggs

eDiscovery Attorney & Senior Litigation Technology Manager
Goodwin Proctor, LLP

Michelle Treadwell Briggs is Counsel in Goodwin’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses exclusively on advising Goodwin lawyers and clients on legal, technical and strategic issues involving electronic discovery and information management. She has wide experience in negotiating and managing all aspects of discovery and subpoena compliance, including developing and implementing the full range of electronic discovery and response strategies for government investigations and for complex commercial, antitrust and intellectual property litigation.

Pamela Butler O'Brien

Depty General Counsel

Pamela Butler O'Brien is the Deputy General Counsel at Stewart Title Guaranty Company.

Julie Richer

Legal Operations & Discovery Manager
American Electric Power

Julie Richer is Legal Technology Program Manager at American Electric Power, where she is responsible for matter discovery as well as managing the legal operations team. Prior to transferring to legal in 2008, she spent 10 years in AEP’s IT Department.

Maureen R. Knight

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Maureen is an experienced litigator who co-chairs the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and Class Action Practice Group. Maureen devotes a very substantial amount of her practice to wage and hour issues, including preventive consultation, internal audits, government investigations, and defense of wage and hour litigation, almost all of which include class or collective action claims. Maureen's wage and hour litigation experience includes cases involving state and federal minimum wage and overtime violations, stemming from alleged off-the-clock work, deletion of hours, exemption misclassification and improperly-applied tip credits. She has counseled clients on these and other wage and hour issues, such as white collar exemptions, tip pooling/sharing, break requirements, child labor issues, payroll frequency and methods, salary deductions, and compensability of time. Maureen is a regular speaker and author on wage and hour compliance issues to human resource professionals and in-house counsel.

Maureen also has extensive experience representing clients in discrimination charges before local, state and federal agencies, and significant experience defending employment discrimination cases in both state and federal courts -- from single plaintiff to multiple plaintiffs, and from early settlement to trial by jury. Maureen’s litigation experience also extends to claims brought under other state and federal employment laws (such as the FMLA), common law (such as negligence claims), and contract issues (such as restrictive covenants and employment agreements). In addition to national Fortune 100 and 500 clients, Maureen has experience with assisting smaller, but growing, companies with the numerous employment-related issues that arise, including creating an employee handbook, providing advice and counsel regarding personnel actions and decisions, ensuring proper pay practices, and drafting restrictive covenants (such as non-competes). Maureen is an AV Preeminent? rated attorney who has been recognized in the premier Chambers USA Guide, has been named as a Virginia Rising Star in employment law by the annual publication Virginia Super Lawyers, was awarded the Betty Southard Murphy Award in Labor Law, and was the honored recipient of an award, generally reserved for company employees, by a national client’s legal department for her responsiveness and legal experience. Maureen’s clients praise her for her ability to effectively communicate legal issues to non-legal audiences and provide legal advice that always focuses on practical business solutions.

Allan Hsu

Director of E-Discovery
Fannie Mae

Allan Hsu is the Director of eDiscovery at Fannie Mae where he serves as the primary technical expert with responsibility for the development, implementation, and management the eDiscovery and Information Governance programs. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Allan worked in several consulting firms where he has extensive experience in assisting global corporations in the technology, consumer products, telecommunications, media, pharmaceutical, and financial services sectors in managing electronic discovery in litigation and regulatory matters.

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