Charles R. Ragan, Esq.

Charles R. Ragan, Esq.

Charles R. (“Chuck”) Ragan has a solo ADR neutral practice (Ragan Law Firm) and is Of Counsel with Redgrave LLP.  He splits time between offices in San Francisco and Minneapolis, both cities where Chuck teaches law school courses.  With Redgrave, Chuck advises clients on both pro-active approaches to governance of electronic information assets, and practical strategies for meeting the obligations and demands of electronic discovery in litigation and investigation contexts.  Chuck has served as an e-discovery expert, and, with his decades’ of experience as a commercial neutral, is also able to serve as a discovery special master.

Chuck partnered with Jonathan Redgrave in 2005 to co-found the first international information law firm (Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner) and rejoined Redgrave LLP in 2016.  Before 2005, Chuck was a partner for more than 20 years with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (and its successor firms). While at Pillsbury, he litigated across the spectrum of complex commercial disputes (antitrust, securities, patent, contract) in federal and state courts and international arbitration venues. Through his work with Chief Judge Peckham and Magistrate Judge Brazil in the Northern District of California, he was at the forefront of the Alternative Dispute Resolution movement; and through his work as a charter member of The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 (Electronic Document Retention and Production), he pioneered the rational development of e-discovery principles and norms, including testifying before the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  Chuck teaches courses on eDiscovery (at University of California, Hastings College of Law) and on Information Governance (at the University of Minnesota Law School).  He is a certified mediator, arbitrator, early neutral evaluator, information privacy professional, and e-discovery neutral.  He is admitted in California, Minnesota and New York.

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
  • 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.  

 Illustrative Information Law Projects

  • 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

For a complete CV, see attachment below.

Long form CV
Full curriculum vita, as of November 2017

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