Charles R. Ragan



For much of the last 15 years, Chuck has focused his practice on the management of and governance for electronic information in complex business organizations, providing clients with proactive policy guidance, as well as responsive advice and counsel on discovery issues in litigation and investigations. In 2005, he co-founded Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner LLP, the first national law firm devoted to information law issues. Beginning in January 2014, he served as Special Counsel, Information Law to Zelle Hofmann. Chuck has served as an expert witness on eDiscovery matters and is qualified to serve as a special master. He is included on the Western District of Pennsylvania’s eDiscovery special master list and is a qualified e-Neutral approved by The American College of e-Neutrals. He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of eDiscovery and Information Governance topics.

Some of Chuck’s recent projects include:

  • Developing legal hold procedures and guidelines for a Fortune 25 financial services organization
  • Developing a global records and information umbrella policy for Fortune Global 20 company
  • Developing legal hold procedures and guidelines, and data map, for an international cosmetics company, and managing international research for its record retention schedule
  • Preparing a strategic legal risk assessment and change management protocol for an international company as it prepared to move data to “the cloud”
  • Developing legal hold procedures and guidelines, litigation response tools (including data mapping narratives), and records and information policy for an energy company
  • Assisting with development of web-enabled Litigation Response Plan (including data map narratives) for Fortune 50 company
  • Advising Fortune 100 insurance company on records and information policy and protocols, and email archiving policies
  • Developing legal hold procedures and guidelines for Fortune 50 technology company, and providing continuing counsel on e-discovery issues to the litigation and competition group

As a partner resident in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices of the Pillsbury law firm, he co-chaired the firm’s first eDiscovery Task Force. For many years he litigated complex commercial disputes, including securities class and derivative actions, and tried a suit over a failed multi-billion dollar merger to verdict. He has handled international arbitrations touching six continents. His subject matter expertise extends beyond information management to contracts, intellectual property (including international patents and licenses concerning biotechnology), competition issues, corporate governance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, securities, representation and distribution agreements, insurance coverage disputes and RICO.

Chuck has served on neutral panels maintained by the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (Tech List), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the CPR International Institute for the Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association, and FedArb Inc. Chuck maintains a separate arbitration practice through the Ragan Law Firm:


Chuck was a charter member and remains a substantial contributor to The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1). Among his many contributions to The Sedona Conference® are his role as Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practices Guidelines and Commentary for Managing Information and Records in the Electronic Age (2005); as Managing Editor for the 2004 and 2005 editions of the Annotated Sedona Principles, the Best Practices Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production (Pike & Fisher), and the 2007 annotated edition (BNA) and as a drafting team member of the Commentary on Information Governance (2014). Chuck is a member of ARMA International.  He is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US), and is a certified arbitrator, early neutral evaluator and mediator. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota (Information Governance, 2012 - Present), UC Hastings School of Law (Electronic Discovery, 2013 - Present) and Hamline University (Ethics in Discovery, 2014 - Present).


Chuck received his J.D. from Fordham University of Law where he was Editor-in-Chief of the law review, and an A.B. from Princeton University. He is admitted to practice in California, New York, and Minnesota.