Tamara L. Karel

COUNSEL | CLEVELAND

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Tamara Karel provides advice and counsel across all aspects of the information law spectrum, including eDiscovery, technology initiatives, and information governance.  Her strong commercial litigation background covering a broad range of industries and matters helps her counsel clients on the development and implementation of strategic, cost-effective, and practical solutions.

Tamara focuses on listening to what clients have to say about their objectives and risk tolerance, then applies her knowledge to assist them in reaching their goals.  She also prides herself on her ability to work with a client’s IT department.  “My skills and background make it easy for me to translate legal issues to tech issues.  Those working in IT are indispensable to information governance and retention as well as litigation response.  I prevent communications breakdowns and address them if they arise.”  Her work recently earned her recognition by a client as its most valuable partner of the year.

She constantly keeps herself informed of the latest developments in the law to provide her clients with the best recommendations.  Thanks to her in-depth knowledge of her clients’ business, technology, and legal issues, she proactively identifies the best path for addressing preservation and discovery issues during the course of litigation.  A key part of Tamara’s work is addressing the identification and protection of documents and information that are exempt from discovery due to a legal protection or privilege.  This work also involves developing workable protocols to address claims of privilege and resolving disputes if they arise. 

In one notable litigation matter, Tamara developed a sampling protocol that addressed inaccessible data.  Her proposal was agreed to by the opposing party, saving the client about $15 million in costs.  In a separate matter, Tamara worked with a client’s legal and IT teams to migrate important messages to a new archive system, ensuring important messages were not left behind.  Tamara provided guidance to this five-year migration project so that it would be defensible against future legal challenges.

In the course of Tamara’s practice, she has:

  • Managed discovery teams in complex, class-action multidistrict litigation, engaging corporate legal and IT departments in defensible discovery initiatives.
  • Acted as National Discovery Counsel for a Fortune 500 client across litigation and government investigations.
  • Developed and implemented strategy for investigating, negotiating, and responding to Department of Justice Civil Investigative Demands.
  • Designed and oversaw discovery-related efforts such as:  preservation and collection of relevant data; custodial interviews; hiring and management of vendors; the processing, culling, search, and review of filtered data; document production; and privilege logging.
  • Managed document review teams, created workflows in various review programs, designed and implemented comprehensive review protocols, trained reviewers, and maintained reporting for QC and defensibility purposes.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

  • Speaker, “Litigation Readiness: The What, How, and Who,” Cleveland eDiscovery & Cybersecurity Roundtable, Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 2016
  • Co-author, “Reconsidering Your Approach to eDiscovery in 2015,” LegalTech News, Aug. 2015
  • Speaker, “Information Governance: What, Why and How,” Cleveland eDiscovery Roundtable, Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 2014

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1)
  • The Defense Research Institute (DRI)

EDUCATION

  • J.D., summa cum laude, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
  • B.S., Bowling Green State University

STATES ADMITTED TO PRACTICE LAW

  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia

Learn More

Is your organization facing challenges in cybersecurity, data privacy, electronic discovery, or information governance? If so, contact Tamara at tkarel@redgravellp.com today to learn more about how she assists her clients and how you may benefit from her work.