September 2013 - Common e-Discovery Pitfalls in Complex Lawsuits


Everyday brings something new to the scene of e-Discovery. Whether it is some “shiny and new” application promised to pump out the perfect privilege log, or the most recent brow-furrowing opinion by a court grappling with the ramifications of technology, it is not surprising that practitioners are wary of stepping into the discovery phase of complex and large litigation. This presentation will focus on the common pitfalls that practitioners may wish to avoid when tackling their discovery obligations under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures in large lawsuits, as well as how they can prepare for the laser-beam scrutiny that contested discovery matters often entail.


Joanne Lee, Senior Counsel at Foley and Lardner LLP

Joanne Lee is senior counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice. Ms. Lee is also a member of the e-Discovery Industry Team of the General Commercial Litigation practice group. Ms. Lee’s practice consists of litigation matters in a broad range of contexts, including in multi-billion dollar antitrust class actions, insurance/reinsurance arbitrations, tax disputes, products liability actions, corporate compliance/white-collar, and securities. Ms. Lee possesses extensive experience in the area of electronic discovery, litigating cases on the cutting edge of both technology and ESI discovery obligations under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including the multi-billion dollar antitrust class action, Kleen et al. v. Packaging Corporation of America et al. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Lee has counseled some of the largest corporations in the world regarding ESI preservation, collection, and production and has assisted with navigating such clients through the challenging and still changing landscape of electronic discovery.