Ellen Blanchard is the Director of Discovery and Information Governance (DIG) at T-Mobile, she is responsible for developing the strategic vision for discovery at T-Mobile and providing leadership for managing the documents and data created by T-Mobile. She loves being able to use her knowledge of the intersection of litigation, technology, discovery, and big data to work with the legal department on all phases of the EDRM continuum from records management to trial.
For both discovery and information governance, I work with my team to develop defensible, repeatable, proactive processes and procedures that address potential litigation and compliance risks. My team and I maintain close relationships with a variety of business segments at T-Mobile to understand the data they have and the technology they use in order to develop defensible processes around storage, preservation and, when necessary, collection. My team also works closely with various legal teams and business units to develop strategic plans for responding to individual requests stemming from litigations and government investigations in order to avoid costly discovery issues.
Prior to T-Mobile, I spent over 14 years as a securities and antitrust litigator at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP where I represented Fortune 50 companies in a variety of complex litigation matters. I represented clients from a wide variety of industries including telecomm, airlines, healthcare, petrochemical and agriculture, in all aspects of the case lifecycle from early case assessment and litigation holds through deposition and trial preparation. I managed all aspects of discovery including coordinating the use of technology for document production and review and preparing numerous witness for depositions and government interviews. I also spent 2 years as Associate General Counsel and Director, eDiscovery Consulting at Evolver Legal Services, counseling core clients to develop litigation plans and cybersecurity protections that included negotiating the scope of discovery as well as conducting early case assessment and understanding the options for review, including technology assisted review.
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