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Rachel M. Tausend

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Rachel Tausend, a partner in the firm’s Seattle office and its e-Discovery Analysis and Technology (e-DAT) Group, is an experienced securities enforcement attorney and civil litigator with an in-depth, practical understanding of information governance and electronic e-discovery. She has represented clients in government investigations and enforcement actions, regulatory examinations and civil litigation, and conducted internal investigations. Her practice now focuses on counseling clients on the strategic, legal and technical e-discovery issues and opportunities in these and other types of matters.

Ms. Tausend regularly advises clients on developing and implementing defensible, cost-effective approaches to the identification, organization, preservation, collection, analysis, and production of electronically-stored information (ESI). She has negotiated the scope of these steps with government investigators and opposing counsel and crafted iterative and proportional e-discovery protocols. She has long been a 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 e-discovery 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 has prepared educational and training materials and programs, and written several articles, on ESI, information governance and e-discovery best practices, trends and issues.

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
  • Children’s Law Center, Guardian Ad Litem

Speaking Engagements

  • “Ethical Aspects of E-Discovery: Competence, Confidentiality and Cooperation Keeping Ethical in a Technical World,” Keeping Ethical in a Changing World Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, Seattle, October 19, 2016
  • “Federal Rule Changes Affect e-Discovery – Are You Ready This Time?,” K&L Gates Continuing Legal Education Program, Seattle, December 1, 2015
  • “It’s Electrifying! An Overview of Important Issues & Hot Topics in e-Discovery,” King County Bar Association Electronic Discovery Full Day CLE Program, November 13, 2015
  • “Federal Rule Changes Affecting e-Discovery Are Almost Here – Are You Ready This Time?,” K&L Gates Continuing Legal Education Program, Boston, October 20, 2015 and Chicago, October 22, 2015