Karin S. Jenson

Partner | Cleveland

Industry Experience:

Karin focuses her practice on a variety of global information law topics, including electronic discovery advocacy, information governance, and emerging issues relating to the proliferation of and possibilities with data products and processes. She draws on years of experience as a litigator both as outside and in-house counsel and puts her role as an advocate and skilled negotiator at the forefront of her practice. Karin is known for her sound judgment, responsiveness to clients and adversaries, and willingness to calculate and explain the risks of discovery decisions in litigation. Karin has extensive and varied expertise with many different technologies that can help reduce costs and find answers more quickly in litigation and internal investigations, including data analytics, predictive technologies, and electronic data rooms. She particularly enjoys assisting companies build and/or maximize efficiencies in their discovery programs and often encourages companies to find the “1-percent change” — the seemingly little tweak that, over time and repetition, can make a substantial difference in the efficiency and quality of the process.

Some of Karin’s recent experience includes:

  • Supervising a team of attorneys, technologists, and service providers on eDiscovery in matters of all types and sizes and in cases across the globe, and bringing cost-saving efficiencies and technology to the process
  • Partnering with various lines of business, IT, compliance, and privacy teams to identify and resolve legal issues associated with new technologies and tools
  • Developing reasonable and defensible approaches to preservation of evidence, including the release of data previously on hold
  • Preparing witnesses for testimony regarding document retention and preservation issues
  • Supervising the preservation of evidence and management of discovery in more than a dozen data breaches and subsequent class actions, including four of the top five largest healthcare breaches in history
  • Managing extensive discovery and arguing discovery motions with more than 20 parties and non-parties in Picard v. Katz, et al., 11-CV-03605 (JSR), the litigation against the owners of the New York Mets and related entities, on a condensed schedule

Prior to joining Redgrave, Karin was in-house at General Motors, where she was Lead Counsel for eDiscovery, information lifecycle and litigation hold teams. Karin also practiced in the Global Connected Customer group, managing certain legal matters in Europe and advising the office of the Chief of Data and Analytics. Prior to that, Karin was National Co-Chair of BakerHostetler’s E-Discovery Advocacy and Management team, where she worked with clients of all sizes and earned her reputation for her sophisticated, reasonable, and thoughtful approach to e-discovery. In that role, Karin and her team were key in the preservation of evidence in the aftermath of numerous cyberattacks as well as in the discovery phase of more than 1,000 lawsuits brought by the Trustee for the liquidation of the estate of Bernard L. Madoff.

Before embarking on her legal career, Karin spent over seven years as a reporter and then assistant city editor with the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Honors and Recognition

The National Law Journal named Karin a Top 50 Litigation Trailblazer for her team’s work in streamlining and reducing the costs of discovery. She speaks and writes frequently about data-related topics, and has come to be a thought leader and frequent consultant on the evolution of discovery best practices and rules. She has also been ranked in Chambers & Partners for Litigation: eDiscovery (Band 4).

Organizational Involvement & Memberships:

Karin has previously been involved with the programs and activities of The Sedona Conference, including its Working Group 1, the Electronic Discovery Institute and the Georgetown Law Advanced eDiscovery Institute. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and was co-chair of The Sedona Conference Institute in 2015.  

Education:

Karin received her J.D. from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland -Marshall College of Law and her B.A. from Miami University. Karin is admitted to practice law in New York, Ohio, and Colorado. Karin is set to receive her Masters in Business Administration in the Spring of 2019 from Kettering University in Michigan and her final thesis addresses legal issues confronting companies that reuse or buy data and create new data products.