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Ruth Hauswirth

Special Counsel and Head of Litigation and E-Discovery Services & Information Retention

About Ruth

Ruth C. Hauswirth, Special Counsel and Head of Litigation & E-Discovery in Cooley’s Litigation Department specializes in and oversees Cooley’s E-Discovery, Information Retention and Governance counseling practice. Ruth leads Cooley’s litigation and eDiscovery services department and resources, which focuses on providing the strategic and efficient use of legal technology and data analytics solutions to handle electronically stored information in complex litigation matters – including evidence preservation, collection, review and production, through trial. Ruth also advises clients on enterprise information and record retention, disposition, and governance, including functional policy development, implementation and compliance in a variety of regulatory and jurisdictional areas. Ruth works with businesses from all sectors to create effective litigation readiness and legal hold response programs, and proactive information management practices in connection with vendor management, BYOD, social media and other policies. Ruth also serves on Cooley’s risk management committee where she is involved in the creation and implementation of risk management policies, training and compliance programs for Cooley.

Currently Ruth is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she teaches E-Discovery Law & Practice. Ruth is a member of the SD ESI Forum Steering Committee, and a member of The Sedona Conference, Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. Ruth currently co-chairs the Life & Law Committee of Lawyers Club of San Diego and is a trained mindfulness facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

From 2000 to 2011, oversaw Cooley’s Professional Development department. In collaboration with attorneys firm-wide, she developed the content for Cooley’s training programs including “Cooley College” for new attorneys as well as advanced seminars, skills workshops, multidisciplinary programs and training programs in specific practice groups and disciplines.

Ruth also served as Assistant Dean for Law and Technology at Santa Clara University School of Law. She developed and managed the school’s nationally-recognized High Tech Law Program and Intellectual Property Program and curriculum and served as an adjunct professor. In 2000, she was named one of the Bay Area’s Top Lawyers under Forty by the San Francisco Daily Journal.

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