Best practices for legal holds
Large and small organizations face numerous challenges surrounding legal holds. “Response Required! Legal Holds for the Small and Large Enterprise”, a session at the Association of Corporate Counsel annual meeting, walked attendees through various scenarios that companies and their legal departments could face.
The panel shared suggestions that can be implemented to help lead your organization in record integration and discovery, and using technology to help make the legal hold process easier. Increasing compliance and decreasing costs were also topics that received attention.
Throughout the discussion, many best practice ideas were shared, but the topics that kept resounding revolved around developing a legal hold process.
– The legal hold process should include a playboook that lays out the process of communication, implementation and compliance for your enterprise.
– This playbook should be shared with and include all the relevant stakeholders, the available technology resources, as well as discussing processes, expenses and budgets.
– If you establish an appropriate legal hold process, and follow it consistently and repeatedly, it will result in defensibility.
The session was led by: Murphy J. Burke III, vice president & assistant general counsel, Litigation, Zurich Corporate Law; Dean Gonsowski, ediscovery counsel, Symantec Corporation; Daniel Lim, vice president, deputy general counsel, Guidance Software, Inc.; and Raquel Tamez, deputy general counsel, Computer Sciences Corporation.