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Charles R. Ragan, Esq.

Charles R. Ragan, Esq.

Chuck Ragan has focused his practice since 2002 on the management of electronic information in complex business organizations, providing clients with both proactive policy guidance and responsive advice and cousel on issues of discovery in litigation and investigations.  In 2005, he founded Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner LLP.  In 2009 that firm closed and Chuck moved to Huron Consulting Group as a Managing Director.  The Ragan Law Firm opened in August 2011.  Chuck was named an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota in 2012, where he teaches a seminar course on Information Governance.  

Earlier in his career, Chuck counseled both Fortune 100 companies and emerging companies on the efficient resolution of complex commercial disputes.  He has litigated securities class and derivative actions, and tried a suit over a broken multi-billion dollar merger to verdict.  He has handled international arbitrations touching six continents.  He has experience with contracts, intellectual property (including international patents and licenses concerning biotechnology), competition issues, corporate governance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, securities, representation and distribution agreements, insurance coverage disputes and RICO.  

Recent information law projects that Chuck has led include:

  • Developing legal hold procedures and guidelines for Fortune 25 financial services organization
  • Developing a global records and information umbrella policy for Fortune Global 20 company
  • Developing legal hold procedures and guidelines, and data map, for an international cosmetics company, and managed international research for its record retention schedule
  • Assisted international company with its strategic legal risk assessment preparatory to moving certain data to “the cloud”, and in formulating change management protocols and informational materials
  • Developing legal hold procedures and guidelines, litigation response tools (including data mapping narratives), and records and information policy for an energy company
  • Assisting with development of web-enabled Litigation Response Plan (including data map narratives) for Fortune 50 company
  • Advising Fortune 100 insurance company on records and information policy and protocols, and email archiving policies
  • Developing legal hold procedures and guidelines for Fortune 50 technology company, and providing continuing counsel on e-discovery issues as counsel of record to the litigation and competition group


Selected Activities and Accomplishments

  • Ranked in Band 1 of Chambers Global 2010 for Litigation:  E-Discovery;
  • Rated in Chambers USA 2008 & 2009 as among America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of Privacy & Data Security
  • Sedona Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production:
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Sedona Guidelines:  Best Practices Guidelines and Commentary for Managing Information and Records in the Electronic Age (2005)
  • Managing Editor for the 2004 and 2005 editions of the Annotated Sedona Principles:  Best Practices Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production (Pike & Fisher), and the 2007 annotated edition (BNA)
  • Contributing Editor, “The Case for Cooperation,” 10 Sedona Conf. J. 339 (2009)  
  • Nominated by his peers to the Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitrators (Law Business Research, 1999-present).  
  • Listed as an Expert in Commercial Arbitration (Euromoney, 1999-present), and as one of Northern California’s SuperLawyers.  
  • Through his work with Chief Judge Peckham and Magistrate Judege Wayne Brazil in the Northern District of California, Chuck was at the forefront of the Alternative Dispute Resolution movement.
  • Through his representation of American clients in Japan-based arbitrations and subsequent publications, Chuck was instrumental in initiating significant modernization of Japanese arbitration procedures.
  • Through his work with The Sedona Conference, Chuck has participated in the development of rational e-discovery principles and norms.


OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Admitted to the Bar in California, Minnesota and New York.
  • Certified arbitrator, early neutral evaluator and mediator.
  • Minnesota e-Discovery Working Group on Legal Framework - Production Obligations and Sanctions (2011-2012).

EDUCATION

  • Princeton University, A.B.
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.


EMPLOYMENT

  • Huron Consulting Group (2009 -  2011)
  • Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner LLP (2005 – 2009)
  • Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (and successor firms, 1976 – 2005)
  • Law Clerk to Hon. R. J. ALDISERT, U.S. Court of Appeals for 3d Circuit (1974-1976)
  • The Associated Press, N.Y. Bureau, reporter and editor (1968 (summer), 1969-1972

 
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMITTEES

CPR INSTITUTE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION

  • Panelist (1996-     )
  • Contributor to Commercial Arbitration at Its Best:  Successful Strategies for Business Users (2000), produced by the Arbitration Commission of the CPR Institute (1998-2000)
  • Chair, subcommittee on E-Discovery panel selection (2007 -   )
  • Member, arbitration committee (2008 -     ).
  • Member e-discovery study group (2006).

LONDON COURT OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

  • North American Users' Council, Vice Chair (1997-2005)
  • American Users' Council, member (1989-1995).

AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION

  • Member, panel of international arbitrators (1997-   ).
  • Member, panel of commercial arbitrators (1986-   ).
  • Mediator (2001 -      ).

INSTITUTE FOR TRANSNATIONAL ARBITRATION, DALLAS

  • Member, Advisory Board (1988-1998; 2002-06).

INTERNATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION

  • Committee D (Dispute Resolution) (1991-2005), Chair of ADR Subcommittee (1996-2000) and Vice Chair of Subcommittee (1994-1996).

NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

  • Panel of early neutral evaluators (1988-    ).
  • Panel of mediators (1993-     ).
  • Panel of arbitrators (1994-    ).

World Arbitration & Mediation Report

  • Advisory Board (1995 -    ).

International Arbitration Law Review

  • U.S. News Section Correspondent (1997 - 2005).

NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group (1995-1999).
  • ADR Rules Committee (2008).

SUPERIOR COURT OF SAN FRANCISCO

  • Early Settlement Program panelist, BASF (1990-1997, 2001-2002).

 NINTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

  • Executive Committee lawyer member (1988-1991).
  • Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee Chair
  • (Head of Lawyer Representatives) (1987-1988).
  • Lawyer Representative (1984-1987).
  • Chair of N.D.Cal. delegation (1986-1987).

U.S. COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, Arbitration Committee,

  • San Francisco Chair (1993-1995).

NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, SYMPOSIUM ON SETTLEMENT 1984

  • Chair

BAR ASSOCIATION OF SAN FRANCISCO, JOINT FEDERAL COURTS

  • COMMITTEE
    • Chair (1982-1989)
    • Title VII committee for appointment of counsel in pro per cases, Chair (1987-1995).

Thirty plus years of navigating complex commercial disputes through state and federal courts and international arbitration tribunals, more than a decade of thought leadership in developing national information governance and e-discovery guidelines, and locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Twin Cities, MN provide an unparalleled counseling base.



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