The 14th Annual Sedona Conference Institute: eDiscovery, Data Privacy, and Security

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 8:30am to Friday, March 6, 2020 - 12:00pm

The Four Seasons Hotel
St. Louis, MO

The discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) in civil litigation has been a major topic of continuing legal education for more than 25 years. In that time, it has evolved from a relatively novel concept, to a routine one, to an essential element of competent representation. As discovery has digitized, it has also become more dangerous, as law firms and legal support providers are now favorite targets for hackers and data thieves, looking for the rich troves of personally identifying information, medical records, corporate financial data, trade secrets, and other sensitive information that lawyers and litigation support personnel handle every day.

At the same time, an entire new area of legal liability has emerged, as local, state, provincial, national, and even international statutes and regulations addressing data security and privacy have come on line, accompanied by developing privacy case law and increased attention to technological competence – especially as it relates to protecting client confidences – as a professional responsibility.

Veteran eDiscovery author and lecturer, Kenneth J. Withers, will be chairing this year’s TSCI program, drawing on the collective expertise of Sedona Conference Working Group 1 (Electronic Document Retention and Production); Working Group 6 (International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure); Working Group 11 (Data Security and Privacy Liability); Working Group 12 (Trade Secrets); and the Technology Resource Panel (TRP); plus invited state, federal, and non-U.S. regulators and judges, to discuss:

  • How data security and privacy concerns are affecting civil discovery
  • The national (and international) reach of data protection laws, from California to Canada to Europe
  • How corporate Information Governance programs are evolving to address data security and privacy, while complying with litigation and regulatory discovery and disclosure requirements
  • Advances in legal technology to address data security and privacy – and how to effectively deploy them, beyond eDiscovery
  • Protecting privileges and client confidences in civil litigation
  • Collecting data from non-traditional sources, while protecting privacy
  • The need to diversify eDiscovery, privacy, and Information Governance teams
  • 4th and 5th Amendment issues surrounding ESI in criminal investigation, prosecution, and defense

Although the full faculty and agenda have not been finalized, registration is now open for those attendees who need to register before the end of the calendar year. Attendance at the annual TSCI program has always been limited to assure the greatest possible degree of audience participation and dialogue with the faculty, and almost every year the program sells out.

We have obtained a very favorable group rate of $255 per night (single or double occupancy, plus tax) for a block of rooms on the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday. Limited accommodations at the same rate are available up to three nights before and after the conference, subject to room availability. Information on making hotel reservations will accompany your email conference registration confirmation.


iDiscovery Solutions

Washington, DC, USA

Nichols Kaster, PLLP

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Hilltop Securities Inc.

Dallas, TX, USA

Hopkins & Carley, ALC

San Jose, CA, USA

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO, USA

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Wheeling, WV, USA

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

New York, NY, USA

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Washington, DC, USA

Redgrave Data

Chantilly, VA, USA

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Jefferson City, MO, USA

Jones Day

Chicago, IL, USA

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO, USA

Gelb & Gelb LLP

Beverly, MA, USA


Toronto, ON, Canada


New York, NY, USA

HeplerBroom LLC

St. Louis, MO, USA

U.S. Dept. of Justice

Washington, DC, USA

Sidley Austin LLP

Washington, DC, USA

McKinsey and Company

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Lewis Rice LLC

St. Louis, MO, USA

Ernst & Young LLP
EY Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Cobra Legal Solutions

Naperville, IL, USA

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Newark, NJ, USA

DLA Piper

New York, NY, USA

North Carolina Business Court

Winston-Salem, NC, USA


Somerset, VA, USA


Arlington, VA, USA

McDonald's Corporation

Chicago, IL, USA

The Sedona Conference

Phoenix, AZ, USA


Time Session Panelists
5:30 pm to 7:30 pmEvening Welcome Reception
7:30 am to 8:30 amBuffet Breakfast & Sign-In
8:30 am to 8:45 amWelcome and Announcements
11:15 am to 11:30 amMorning Break
12:45 pm to 2:00 pmLunch (provided)
4:00 pm to 4:15 pmAfternoon Break
5:30 pm to 7:30 pmReception (Guests Invited)
7:30 am to 8:30 amBuffet Breakfast & Sign-In
10:30 am to 10:45 amMorning Break
11:45 am to 12:00 pmWrap-up