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Management Counsel’s Perspective: Eight Investigation Traps and What to do About Them Dan Michaluk 17 August 2010
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#1 </li></ul>
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Pre-judgement. Don’t get suckered by “surface-level” facts! </li></ul>
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#2 </li></ul>
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Failing to see the forest for the tress. Creating clutter. Missing key facts.  ...
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#3 </li></ul>
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Shared investigation responsibilities (when there’s no reason to share).  Don’t...
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#4 </li></ul>
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Failure to gather context! (In an interview) don’t move beyond an admission bef...
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#5 </li></ul>
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Poor preservation of electronic evidence. Take the preservation letters from co...
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#6 </li></ul>
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Failure to use electronic evidence to generate evidence that’s easier to prove....
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#7 </li></ul>
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Harmful statements in reports. Facts are safe. Conclusions need to be worded ca...
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#8 </li></ul>
Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Poor management of drafts. Resist the urge to deliver an early draft. Draw no c...
Dan Michaluk <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(416) 864-7253 </li></ul><ul><li>http://danmichaluk.wordpress.com <...
Management Counsel’s Perspective: Eight Investigation Traps and What to do About Them Dan Michaluk 17 August 2010
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  1. 1. Management Counsel’s Perspective: Eight Investigation Traps and What to do About Them Dan Michaluk 17 August 2010
  2. 2. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#1 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Pre-judgement. Don’t get suckered by “surface-level” facts! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#2 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Failing to see the forest for the tress. Creating clutter. Missing key facts. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to counsel if you’re unsure about what is relevant. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#3 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Shared investigation responsibilities (when there’s no reason to share). Don’t cause your witnesses to multiply like bunnies! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#4 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Failure to gather context! (In an interview) don’t move beyond an admission before eliciting facts about what it means. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#5 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Poor preservation of electronic evidence. Take the preservation letters from counsel seriously! Let us in, with forensic specialist help when appropriate! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#6 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Failure to use electronic evidence to generate evidence that’s easier to prove. Sure, preserve the electronic evidence, but there’s no harm in printing, signing, and dating it! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#7 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Harmful statements in reports. Facts are safe. Conclusions need to be worded carefully and linked to facts. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>#8 </li></ul>
  17. 17. Eight Internal Investigation Traps <ul><li>Poor management of drafts. Resist the urge to deliver an early draft. Draw no conclusion before its time. Develop a “saving over” protocol after speaking with counsel. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Dan Michaluk <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(416) 864-7253 </li></ul><ul><li>http://danmichaluk.wordpress.com </li></ul>
  19. 19. Management Counsel’s Perspective: Eight Investigation Traps and What to do About Them Dan Michaluk 17 August 2010
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