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David Shonka, Esq., FTC on eDiscovery


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David Shonka, Esq. of FTC discusses eDiscovery.

David Shonka, Esq. of FTC discusses eDiscovery.

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  • 1. Effect of E-Discovery on Business Entities: Building an e-discovery program Guest Speaker: David C. Shonka, Principal Deputy General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission* *The views expressed herein are Mr. Shonka’s and do not necessarily represent those of the Commission or any Commissioner
  • 2. Effect of E-Discovery on Business Entities
    • J. David Morris, EMC moderator
    • David Shonka, Esq. , is the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission and he heads the FTC’s E-Discovery Steering Committee.
          • David Shonka, Esq., and EMC provide information regarding business, compliance and litigation trends and issues for educational and planning purposes. However,  legal information is not the same as legal advice -- the application of law to an individual or organization's specific circumstances.  David Shonka, Esq., EMC and its consultants do not provide legal advice.  Clients should consult with competent legal counsel for professional assurance that our information, and any interpretation of it, is appropriate to each client's particular situation.
    Legal Information Is Not Legal Advice
  • 3. Assuming a Blank Slate, Begin By:
    • Identifying areas at risk for litigation
    • Find out where information relating to those areas is located
    • Take an inventory of the information
    • Evaluate firm’s resources
    • Determine what can be done with what is reasonably available.
  • 4. Lay Groundwork
    • Build a Response Team
    • Design a Process
  • 5. Build a Response Team
    • Records Management Program
    • Privacy Team
    • Discovery Team
      • General Counsel
      • Records People
      • IT
      • Privacy Team
      • Business People
        • Stakeholders
        • Interested Parties
  • 6. Design a Response
    • Determine Litigation Hold Triggers
    • Determine Follow Up Procedures
    • Other Characteristics:
      • Reasonable
      • Consistent
      • Repeatable
      • Documented
  • 7. Collection, Analysis, Review, Production
    • Early and Continual Case Assessment
    • Careful Project Management
    Source: EDRM.NET Early & Continual Case Assessment Collection Preservation Review Presentation Processing Analysis Identification Information Management Production VOLUME RELEVANCE
  • 8. Mistakes Happen
    • Consider Them Inevitable
      • Inadvertent Production of Privileged Information
      • Overlooked, Lost, or Spoliated Information
  • 9. Avoiding Sanctions and Bar Disciplinary Proceedings
    • Don’t Lie to the Judge (sanctions)
    • Don’t Lie to Your Opponent (do you want to relay on your opponent’s kindness?)
    • Don’t Lie to the Government (obstruction of justice)
  • 10. Gratuitous Advice Regarding Cost Containment
    • Build a program that fits the enterprise
    • Have a consistent and effective records management program
    • Engage in meaningful and candid negotiations
    • Consider software capabilities
      • Effective culling
      • Effective de-duplication
      • Clustering capabilities
  • 11. Questions
  • 12. Resources WWW.KAZEON.COM WWW.EMC.COM/SourceOne Future Webinars – “ eDiscovery for Dummies ” the new book with Dr. Linda Volonino and Ian Redpath, Esq. – Wed., March 3, 2010 10am PT eDiscovery with The JUDGES – Wed., March 17 th , 2010 10:00am PT With United States District Judge James M. Rosenbaum and Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel For questions, email