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Rachel M. Tausend

Fax +1.206.370.6051

Rachel Tausend is an experienced securities enforcement attorney and civil litigator who has handled electronic discovery projects of all sizes and types and now concentrates her practice on the increasingly intertwined areas of information governance, electronic discovery, artificial intelligence and data protection and privacy. She has an in-depth, practical understanding of the impact of the substantial growth in electronically stored information (ESI) on clients’ business and legal operations and the benefits and risks of leveraging technology to meet their needs.

Ms. Tausend regularly advises clients on developing and implementing defensible, cost-effective approaches to document and ESI identification, organization, preservation, collection, analysis, and production.  She is a long-time proponent of using advanced data analytics to reduce document collection and review burdens, identify potential data gaps or other anomalies as well as sensitive information subject to protection, and zero in on the individuals and documents most relevant to analyzing the facts in an investigation or litigation. Ms. Tausend’s experience also includes applying litigation support tools and methodologies to streamline corporate due diligence and other non-litigation ESI projects, consulting on project workflow and management strategies and best practices, and assisting clients with information governance policies and practices, pre-litigation readiness assessment and planning and data protection.

She frequently prepares and presents educational and training materials and programs on these topics.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Tausend was a securities enforcement and litigation partner in the Washington, DC office of a midsize law firm at which she led the establishment of the e-Discovery team and played a key role in the growth of the firm’s Maryland consumer finance litigation practice. Her practice focused on representing clients in regulatory examinations, government investigations and civil litigation, conducting internal investigations, and counseling clients on information governance and e-discovery issues in these and other types of matters.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Lawyers for Civil Justice, E-Discovery Committee and Associate Member
  • DRI (f/k/a Defense Research Institute), Data Management and Security and Government Enforcement & Corporate Compliance Committee Member
  • Women in e-Discovery, Seattle Chapter Member
  • Children’s Law Center, Guardian Ad Litem

Speaking Engagements

  • “Data Preservation & Litigation Readiness in the Energy Sector”, Panelist, Bloomberg BNA Webinar, May 23, 2017
  • “Learning from Europe: Big Data and Privacy in Energy in the U.S. and Abroad, Presenter, K&L Gates Women in Power CLE, Navigating Changes in Energy Attitudes Coast to Coast, May 9, 2017
  • “e-Discovery 201,”, Presenter, King County Bar Association and K&L Gates CLE, Discovering e-Discovery, March 16, 2017
  • “What Corporate Counsel Must Know About Cybersecurity,” Panelist, Carnegie Mellon University and K&L Gates CLE, Cracking the Code: Cybersecurity for Tomorrow, November 10, 2016
  • “Ethical Aspects of E-Discovery: Competence, Confidentiality and Cooperation Keeping Ethical in a Technical World,” Washington State Bar Association CLE, Keeping Ethical in a Changing World, October 19, 2016
  • “Federal Rule Changes Affect e-Discovery – Are You Ready This Time?,” K&L Gates CLE, December 1, 2015
  • “It’s Electrifying! An Overview of Important Issues & Hot Topics in e-Discovery,” Co-Chair and Speaker,  King County Bar Association and K&L Gates CLE, November 13, 2015
  • “Federal Rule Changes Affecting e-Discovery Are Almost Here – Are You Ready This Time?,” K&L Gates CLEs, October 20, 2015 and October 22, 2015