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New Discovery Challenges Require Special Knowledge and Experience

New Discovery Challenges Require Special Knowledge and Experience

Organizations adopt technologies to improve the delivery of goods and services.  The technologies change constantly.  As they do so, new legal issues arise, including whether and how information generated by the technologies is subject to discovery in litigation.  When parties and their counsel are unable to answer those questions amicably, an experienced neutral professional is often better suited to assist in resolving the discovery disputes than a busy court judge.  

Chuck Ragan was a charter member of and has been a substantial contributor to the work product of The Sedona Conference® Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production, a recognized thought leader in shaping legal principles to govern the use of electronic information in litigation.   For example, he was a co-editor-in-chief of The Sedona Guidelines (2005), co-Managing Editor of The Sedona Principles Second Edition:  Best Practices Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production (2004, 2005 and 2007 Annotated Versions), a Contributing Editor on “The Case for Cooperation,” 10 Sedona Conf. J. 339 (2009), and a drafting team member of the Commentary on Information Governance (2014).   He has assisted Fortune 50 clients with the management of electronic information, providing organizations with proactive strategic and policy guidance, as well as litigation-response strategic advice.  He has also participated in the processes to amend the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as they relate to e-discovery in 2006 and 2015.  From these varied experiences, he understands the doctrinal bases for the evolving legal rules, as well as the challenges of identifying, preserving and producing information in complex organizations, and is well qualified to help shape reasonable solutions and strategies to meet legal demands and obligations. 

Chuck is a Fellow of the American College of e-Neutrals (ACESIN), an organization which credentials individuals to serve as mediator, arbitrators, and special masters to resolve disputes involving electronically stored information, and also on the panel of e-discovery special masters maintained by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  

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