Charles R. Ragan

SENIOR COUNSEL | MINNEAPOLIS

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:

For much of the last 20 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 advice and counsel on discovery issues regarding litigation and investigations.  In 2005, he co-founded Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner LLP, the first national law firm devoted to information law issues.  Chuck joined Redgrave LLP in February 2016.  From 2009 to 2011, he was a Managing Director with Huron Consulting, and he served as Special Counsel, Information Law to Zelle Hofmann in 2014-2015.  Chuck has served as an expert witness on eDiscovery matters, is qualified by The American College of e-Neutrals to serve as a special master, and is included on the Western District of Pennsylvania’s eDiscovery special master list.  He has written and spoken extensively on various eDiscovery and Information Governance topics and contributed to many publications of The Sedona Conference. 

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 a 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
  • Advising an international firm on “right-sizing” preservation measures across numerous data stores
  • Assisting with the migration of more than 500 million files in discovery workspaces while balancing ongoing litigation demands
  • 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 

Before launching the first Redgrave firm, as a partner resident in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices of the Pillsbury law firm, Chuck co-chaired the firm’s first eDiscovery Task Force.  For many years at Pillsbury, he litigated complex commercial disputes, including international arbitrations touching six continents and securities class and derivative actions.  He also tried a suit over a failed multi-billion dollar merger to verdict.  Chuck’s 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 practice of serving as an independent arbitrator and is reachable for those services at crr@craganlaw.com.  

ORGANIZATIONAL INVOLVEMENT & MEMBERSHIPS:

Chuck was a charter member and has been a substantial contributor to The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1) and its working group (WG6) on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery, and Disclosure.  Among his many contributions to The Sedona Conference® are his roles as:  Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practices Guidelines and Commentary for Managing Information and Records in the Electronic Age (2005); Drafting Team and Editorial Style Committee member for The Sedona Principles, Third Edition:  Best Practices, Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production (2017); 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);  Contributing Editor to the Case for Cooperation (2009); and drafting team member of the Commentary on Information Governance (2014).  Chuck is an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings School of Law (Electronic Discovery, 2013 - Present).  He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota (Information Governance, 2012 – 2017 and faculty adviser 2018-2020) and Hamline University (Ethics in Discovery, 2014 - 2016).  In addition, Chuck has prepared eDiscovery educational materials for arbitrators with the American Arbitration Association and JAMS. 

EDUCATION:

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.