Tamara L. Karel

COUNSEL | CLEVELAND

Industry Experience:

Leveraging her strong commercial litigation background spanning a broad range of industries and matters, Tamara Karel provides advice and counsel across all aspects of the Information Law spectrum, including electronic discovery, technology initiatives, and Information Governance.  Inside and outside of the context of litigation, Tamara works collaboratively with clients on the development and implementation of strategic, cost-effective, and practical solutions.  Some of Tamara’s recent work experience includes:

  • Managing discovery teams in complex class action Multi-District Litigation, engaging corporate legal and IT departments in defensible discovery initiatives
  • Acting as National Discovery Counsel for Fortune 500 client across litigation and government investigations
  • Developing and implementing strategy for investigating, negotiating, and responding to Department of Justice Civil Investigative Demands
  • Designing and overseeing all discovery-related efforts for clients such as:  preservation and collection of relevant data; custodial interviews; hiring and management of vendors; the processing, culling, search, and review of filtered data; and document production
  • Managing document review teams, creating workflows in various review programs, designing and implementing comprehensive review protocols, training reviewers, and maintaining reporting for QC and defensibility purposes
  • Developing processes and training programs regarding Information Governance
  • Preparing corporate 30(b)(6) and fact witnesses to testify regarding corporate policies and discovery processes
  • Drafting motion papers and briefings relating to discovery challenges and motions for sanctions
  • Representing clients in 26(f) conferences and negotiating and drafting court-approved ESI protocols
  • Drafting corporate policies regarding computer usage, records and information management, social media, and data preservation
  • Designing “dawn raid” response practices to ensure client interests are protected, data security is maintained, and compliance with agency demands is achieved
  • Conducting security risk assessments of outside vendors possessing client data

Organizational Involvement & Memberships:

Tamara is a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG-1), and Defense Research Institute.

Thought Leadership:

Tamara’s recent thoughts leadership activities include:

  • Speaker, “Litigation Readiness: The What, How, and Who,” Cleveland eDiscovery & Cybersecutiry Roundtable, Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 2016
  • Co-author, “Reconsidering Your Approach to e-Discovery in 2015,” Legaltech News, Aug. 2015
  • Speaker, “Information Governance: What, Why and How,” Cleveland eDiscovery Roundtable, Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 2014
  • Speaker, “Organizations ‘Like’ Social Media – Prepare for Its Discovery,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Webinar, Nov. 2012 
  • Author, “Recent Case Opinions by Magistrate Judge Facciola Regarding Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine,” The Buzz, Oct. 2012
  • Author, “FTC’s Nonadjudicative Procedures in Investigative Proceedings to Incorporate Modern Discovery Practices,” The Buzz, Oct. 2012
  • Co-author, “Social Media Data Preservation,” LJN Legal Tech Newsletter, vol. 29, No. 3, July 2012 
  • Author, “The Buzz on Predictive Coding — Global Aerospace Inc., et.al. v. Landow Aviation LP, et. al.,” The Buzz, May 2012 
  • Speaker, “Ten Steps to Litigation Preparedness,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Webinar, May 2012 
  • Author, “A Summary of the Rand Report—Where the Money Goes: Understanding Litigant Expenditures for Producing Electronic Discovery,” The Buzz, Apr. 2012 

Education:

Tamara received a J.D., summa cum laude, from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, and a B.S. from Bowling Green State University. Tamara is admitted to practice in Ohio and in the District of Columbia.