Redgrave LLP

Karen O Hourigan

San Francisco, USA USA Guide 2021 Ranked in 1 departments
Ranked in : E-Discovery & Information Governance
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E-Discovery & Information Governance - USA - Nationwide

Band 4

Karen Hourigan helps companies remain compliant with information governance rules and in the context of litigation she is able to negotiate discovery strategies and ESI protocols.
"She is very knowledgeable and she has a significant skill and understanding of e-discovery."
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Practice Areas

Karen Hourigan is a skilled litigator with over two decades of experience focused on discovery-related issues in complex state and federal litigation. Her practice focuses on matters concerning eDiscovery, information governance, compliance, and data privacy, and she routinely counsels clients on preservation, collection, data processing, document review, privilege claims, and production-related strategies. Karen has represented clients in matters concerning product liability, antitrust, insurance, and environmental, and across numerous industries, including pharmaceuticals, technology, food and beverage, manufacturing, automobiles, energy, construction, transportation, and banking. Her significant background regarding litigation readiness and litigation response plans allows Karen to develop innovative, practical, and cost-effective discovery strategies.

Karen consistently monitors and evaluates evolving law regulations (U.S. and international) to help guide clients in relation to new business opportunities, products, and services. In 2020, Karen received an Executive Diploma in Strategy, Development & Innovation from the University College of Dublin Smurfit Graduate Business School. With this additional insight and understanding into the development of effective business strategies, Karen is uniquely situated to best assist organizations as they evolve in complex global business and regulatory environments.

Karen has been an integral team member for special master and expert witness engagements focused on eDiscovery and information governance. She has also spoken and written extensively on issues and solutions related to eDiscovery.


Karen's work includes:

•Counseling Fortune 100 clients on policy and process improvements to enhance legal and regulatory compliance and reduce litigation costs and regulatory risks

•Negotiating scope of discovery, ESI Protocols, TAR Protocols, and defending clients in disputes related to eDiscovery and privilege challenges

•Preparing corporate 30(b)(6) witnesses to testify regarding eDiscovery efforts and information management and retention policies and practices

•Advising clients in pre-litigation settings on the development of enterprise-wide plans for the preservation and collection of information

•Advising clients on developing practical and tailored information governance approaches, policies, and training, including those related to emerging technologies such as collaboration tools, communication applications and platforms, social media, file sharing and storage platforms, and mobile devices

•Overseeing large scale document review projects, including privilege reviews

•Assessing the impact of data privacy and protection regulations on the development and execution of eDiscovery processes for multinational organizations

Before rejoining Redgrave LLP in 2021, Karen was a partner at Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP. Her previous experience has also included working with clients on information governance and eDiscovery matters as well as on litigation matters as a Partner and Of Counsel at Redgrave LLP, as a Senior Advisor at Business Intelligence Associates, as Counsel at Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner LLP, and as an associate at Jones Day. Karen also served as a law clerk to Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California) and Hon. David Warner Hagen (U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada).

Professional Memberships

•Member, The Sedona Conference ® Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production

•Member, The Sedona Conference ® Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure

•Member, The Sedona Conference ® Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability

•Member, ARMA International

•Member, Association of Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)

•Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) (certified (CIPP/US))


Selected Publications

•“Expectations of Conduct by Counsel” (in the third edition of the treatise EDI Judge’s Guide to eDiscovery, Electronic Discovery Institute) (2017) (with Jonathan Redgrave, Victoria Redgrave, Monica McCarroll, Charles Ragan, and Mathea Bulander)

•“Drafting a Document Retention Policy” (Practical Lawyer) (2010-2016)

•“The Duty to Preserve in Today’s Digital Age: Minimizing Exposure to Discovery Sanctions by Meeting Your Ethical Obligations” (The Hospitality Law Conference) (2014)

•“The Sedona Principles (Second Edition): Best Practices Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production” (2007 Annotated Version) (published by The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention & Production (WG1))

Speaking Engagements

•Moderator, “Effectively Releasing a Legal Hold,” Electronic Discovery Institute Leadership Summit (2020)

•Panelist, “Cross-Border Privilege Issues”, The Sedona Conference Working Group 6 Annual Meeting (2020)

•Panelist, “Fortifying the IP War Chest with Patent Automation Tools,” Legal Week (2020)

•Speaker, “The Yellow Brick Road Paved By The 2015 Rules Amendments” (with Mathea K.E. Bulander and Kathleen F. McConnell), EnFuse (2018)

•Moderator, “Avoiding The Cloud Trap: Recognizing the Legal and Technical Traps Than Can Hold Your Data Hostage,” Electronic Discovery Institute Leadership Summit (2017)

•Speaker, “A Modest Proposal: Changing the Dialogue about Preservation and Spoliation from ‘Perfection is Not Required’ to a ‘Risk Based Approach is Encouraged and Defensible’” (with Staci D. Kaliner), EnFuse (2016)

•Speaker, “eDiscovery: Legal Issues, Technical Challenges and Solutions “ (with Megan Ferraro), CEIC (2015)

•Panelist, “Legal Holds and the Seven Stages of Grief: How to Get From Despair and Denial to Acceptance and Hope,” The Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program (2015)

•Moderator, “Humpty Dumpty & The Discovery Process: Exploring the Judiciary’s Expectations for Putting Him Back Together and Preventing the Fall in the First Place by Meeting our Ethical Obligation,” Electronic Discovery Institute Leadership Summit (2014)

•Speaker, “Legal Holds and the Seven Stages of Grief: Moving from Shock and Despair to Acceptance and Hope” (with Megan Ferraro), Hospitality Law Conference (2014)

Work Highlights

Karen's client work highlights include:

•Karen has advised and represented clients on discovery strategy and disputes in state and federal courts across the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), including legal holds, preservation, collection, production, privilege logging and privilege claim assertion protocols, and ESI and Technology Assisted Review (TAR) Protocols

•Karen has represented clients in court for discovery-related motion practice regarding the scope of permissible discovery, possession, custody or control issues, and privilege claims in a variety of matters, including product liability, insurance coverage, antitrust, and employment disputes

•Karen has advised clients regarding litigation preparedness and information governance practices, including developing and providing training on eDiscovery playbooks and related processes and procedures, adhering to best practices for maintaining and asserting legal privileges, and renovating existing records and information management policies and schedules, as well as other policies related to acceptable use of technologies, bring your own device (BYOD), legal holds, and social media

•Karen has advised clients on the retention, migration, and disposal of redundant, obsolete, and trivial (ROT) data and legacy or archived data, and releasing and “right-sizing” preservation efforts

•Karen has developed expert witness testimony regarding state-of-the-art and best practices in eDiscovery

•Karen has seconded as interim eDiscovery counsel at a multinational organization


Georgetown University Law Center

Juris Doctor

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University College of Dublin Smurfit Graduate Business School

Executive Diploma in Strategy, Development & Innovation, with merit

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Emory University

Bachelor of Arts

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Karen O Hourigan

Redgrave LLP


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