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Kathleen McConnell

Senior Counsel

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 544-1062
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Kathleen McConnell is Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Her practice focuses on data analytics, electronic discovery, information governance, and data privacy.  As Chair, eDiscovery Analytics Strategy (OSA), her work in spearheading Seyfarth’s use of data analytics in litigation and counseling matters has contributed to keeping Seyfarth on the cutting edge of the legal practice.  Her innovative work in this area has enabled the firm to obtain favorable settlements for clients, reduce significant areas of potential liability, and undermine class certification arguments.  In addition, she regularly advises clients on developing cost-effective strategies for the preservation, collection, review, and production of electronically stored information, including for cross-border matters.  She also counsels clients on record retention and information governance.

Ms. McConnell has extensive litigation, trial, and arbitration experience in a broad range of substantive areas, including class actions, labor and employment, e-commerce, antitrust, consumer protection, copyright, patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, contract and other commercial disputes, business torts, real estate, appellate matters, bankruptcy, director and officer representation, debtor representation, employment, ADA access, construction, and public entity litigation.  Since 2007, Ms. McConnell has focused a significant amount of her litigation practice on  eDiscovery and related matters.  Her eDiscovery litigation experience has ranged from cases involving a small number of data points and custodians to complex matters involving several hundred individuals and complicated database and storage environments.

Ms. McConnell has presented and published on numerous eDiscovery, analytics, privacy, and information governance topics including: the future of analytical strategies; using data analysis to find hidden information; the effect of emerging technologies and artificial intelligence on eDiscovery; preparing for GDPR compliance; best practices for legal holds, document preservation, and collection; efficient use of case management tools; and strategies for reducing eDiscovery-related costs.

She is a member of the San Francisco Chapter of Women in eDiscovery and the British American Business Council.  She is committed to serving the community through pro bono work.  Her contributions in this area have been recognized on several occasions, including by The Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco as she was a recipient of its Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award for 2013 and 2010.

Kathleen McConnell is Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Her practice focuses on data analytics, electronic discovery, information governance, and data privacy.  As Chair, eDiscovery Analytics Strategy (OSA), her work in spearheading Seyfarth’s use of data analytics in litigation and counseling matters has contributed to keeping Seyfarth on the cutting edge of the legal practice.  Her innovative work in this area has enabled the firm to obtain favorable settlements for clients, reduce significant areas of potential liability, and undermine class certification arguments.  In addition, she regularly advises clients on developing cost-effective strategies for the preservation, collection, review, and production of electronically stored information, including for cross-border matters.  She also counsels clients on record retention and information governance.

Ms. McConnell has extensive litigation, trial, and arbitration experience in a broad range of substantive areas, including class actions, labor and employment, e-commerce, antitrust, consumer protection, copyright, patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, contract and other commercial disputes, business torts, real estate, appellate matters, bankruptcy, director and officer representation, debtor representation, employment, ADA access, construction, and public entity litigation.  Since 2007, Ms. McConnell has focused a significant amount of her litigation practice on  eDiscovery and related matters.  Her eDiscovery litigation experience has ranged from cases involving a small number of data points and custodians to complex matters involving several hundred individuals and complicated database and storage environments.

Ms. McConnell has presented and published on numerous eDiscovery, analytics, privacy, and information governance topics including: the future of analytical strategies; using data analysis to find hidden information; the effect of emerging technologies and artificial intelligence on eDiscovery; preparing for GDPR compliance; best practices for legal holds, document preservation, and collection; efficient use of case management tools; and strategies for reducing eDiscovery-related costs.

She is a member of the San Francisco Chapter of Women in eDiscovery and the British American Business Council.  She is committed to serving the community through pro bono work.  Her contributions in this area have been recognized on several occasions, including by The Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco as she was a recipient of its Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award for 2013 and 2010.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2005)
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (2001)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Presentations

  • “Look Beneath the Surface: Using Proactive Data Analysis To Find What’s Hidden,” RelativityFest, Chicago, IL (October 1, 2018)
  • “The Yellow Brick Road Paved by the 2015 Rules Amendments,” Enfuse 2018, Las Vegas, NV (May 23, 2018)
  • "Emerging Technology And The Impact On eDiscovery," NorCal eDiscovery and Information Governance Retreat (April 30, 2018)
  • “Save It, Scan It, Shred It, Delete It? California Record Retention for HR,” Webinar, presented by the Center for Competitive Management (C4CM) (March 1, 2018)
  • “GDPR Readiness for Human Resources,” Webinar, presented by Silicon Valley Employers Forum (March 1, 2018)
  • "Is Your Organization Preparing for May 25, 2018, GDPR Compliance?," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 19, 2017)
  • “Legal Tech and Artificial Intelligence - Inventing the Future”, Ingenious 2017 NorCal Information Governance Retreat, Carmel, California (September 18, 2017)
  • “The Future of Analytical Strategies”, Legal Tech West, San Francisco, CA (June 13, 2017)
  • “Ethics and E-Discovery: Mobile Devices,” The Masters Conference, San Francisco, CA (April 25, 2017)
  • “Discovery Competence: Mobile Devices,” State Bar of California, San Francisco, CA (April 5, 2017)
  • “Proportionality, Early Preservation, Production and Sanctions Under the New Rules.  Developing New Techniques Early in the Matter to Avoid Costly Missteps,” Fourth Annual Innovation in eDiscovery Conference, San Francisco, California (February 15, 2017)
  • “Emerging Issues in Trial Practice:  Now and In the Next Ten Years,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California (August 4, 2016)
  • “Through the Looking Glass: On the Other Side of the FRCP Amendments,” Ingenious NorCal eDiscovery and Information Governance Retreat, Half Moon Bay, California (July 18, 2016)
  • “eDiscovery Solutions: Leveraging Managed Services for Agility, Efficiency and Cost Savings,” Corporate Legal Operations Consortium’s 2016 Corporate Legal Operations Institute (May 3, 2016)
  • “A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Time Records: Leveraging Data Analytics in Wage & Hour Cases,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 21, 2016)
  • “The FRCP Amendments:  Practical Implications and Discussion,” Masters Conference for Legal Professionals, San Francisco, California (April 19, 2016)
  • “Don’t Be Caught Off Guard by the Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 14, 2016)
  • “Don’t Be Caught Off Guard by the Upcoming Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Seyfarth Shaw CLE Webinar (October 28, 2015)
  • “Preparing for the EU Data Protection Changes: How the Upcoming Amendments Might Impact e-Discovery,” Relativity Fest, Chicago, Illinois (October 12, 2015)
  • “Stay Plugged In to eDiscovery:  The California Ethics Opinion & the Proposed Amendments to the FRCP,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (August 4, August 20, and September 1, 2015)
  • “Finding the Needles in the Haystack – Search Strategies that Win the Case,” Ingenious SoCal eDiscovery and Information Governance Retreat, Carlsbad, California (August 3, 2015)
  • “E-Discovery Hot Topics: Cloud Connectivity, TAR Challenges, SaaS,” CEIC, Las Vegas, Nevada (May 20, 2015)
  • “The Social Media (R)Evolution: How Social Media Impacts e-Discovery Risks and Costs,” Masters Conference for Legal Professionals, San Francisco, California (March 31, 2015)
  • “Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Review and Discussion,” Masters Conference for Legal Professionals, San Francisco, California (March 31, 2015)
  • "The Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information," Guidance Software’s Advanced eDiscovery Webinar Series (April 8, 2015)
  • “Tips For Managing Social Media in the E-Discovery & IP World,” GOAL’s Global E-Discovery Conference and Exhibition, San Francisco, California (November 17, 2014)
  • “Keywords: Ensuring Your Terms are Defensible,” Relativity Fest, Chicago, Illinois (October 14 & 15, 2014)
  • “Defensible Sampling Methodologies,” Relativity Fest, Chicago, Illinois (October 14 & 15, 2014)
  • “Relativity Fest Corporate Counsel Super Session on eDiscovery: Using Relativity to Defensibly Protect Your Company's Sensitive Information,” Chicago, Illinois (October 13, 2014)
  • “Cross-Border Discovery and International Collections,” Women in eDiscovery - Silicon Valley Chapter (October 9, 2014)
  • “Cross-Border Data Privacy and Privilege,” Ing3nious Southern California eDiscovery and Information Governance Retreat (July 13, 2014)
  • “Advanced Topics in eDiscovery: Litigation Tactics to Minimize Scope of eDiscovery,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 4, 2014)
  • “Best Practices for Legal Holds, Document Preservation, and Collection” (June 2013)
  • “Using CaseMap for Efficient and Cost-Effective Case Management” (January 2013)

Publications

  • “Managing the Rising Costs of eDiscovery,” San Francisco Daily Journal (August 12, 2016)
  • “Seven Expert Tips on Getting Started in eDiscovery,” The Relativity Blog (September 25, 2015)
  • “Advanced Topics in eDiscovery: Why can eDiscovery be so expensive -- is there another way?”  Seyfarth Shaw LLP (May 2014)
  • “Survival Handbook: Tips for Making It Through Your First Six Months at a Big Firm” (April 2009)
  • Contributor, “California State Bar: California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law (Fourth), Chapter 11: The Labor Market.”

Accolades

  • The Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award, 2013
  • The Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award, 2010
  • 2013 Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service - Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP