SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 11, 2017 – Law firm Keesal, Young & Logan (KYL) today announced the hire of Wendy Riggs from Twitter and the launch of its new Compliance, Operations and Data Control Advisory (CODA) division. A Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS) and seasoned legal operations professional, Wendy led eDiscovery and Litigation Operations at Twitter before she joined KYL as a Senior Advisor.
KYL developed CODA to formalize ongoing efforts to help clients adapt to an increasingly complex regulatory and security environment against the backdrop of rapidly evolving technology. At KYL, Wendy and the CODA division will partner with clients to identify and prioritize new opportunities to reduce risk, increase efficiency and ensure compliance.
CODA will provide cost-efficient, highly customized consulting services to help clients devise strategies in the following areas:
- Data security and reporting compliance gap analysis
- Information governance and records retention
- Data mapping
- Workflow assessment
- eDiscovery tools, workflows and best practices
- Vendor selection and related risk assessment procedures
- Data privacy and GDPR compliance gap analysis
KYL attorney and shareholder Julie Taylor, who will be working closely with the CODA team, said: “Technology is changing business at such a rapid pace that legacy approaches to managing data and workflows no longer apply. Clients are looking for expert assistance to help them control their data, manage risk, and eliminate inefficiency. We developed the CODA service group to address these issues. Wendy’s expertise is a perfect complement to our existing resources and experience, and we are thrilled to welcome her on board.”
Justin Hectus, CIO and CISO at KYL, remarked: “CODA’s mission underscores our firm’s longstanding dedication to efficiency, technical excellence and superior client service. CODA provides clients with the opportunity to access highly specialized resources without having to increase headcount.”
Wendy Riggs said: “This is the right firm and the right time for CODA. KYL has an amazing corporate culture and an established reputation as innovative and always at the forefront of new developments in operations and technology. Joining forces with Justin, Julie and the unparalleled team of professionals at KYL gives us the opportunity to provide unique and timely insights and solutions to clients.”
For more information about CODA, visit: http://www.kyl.com/practice-areas/coda/.
About Keesal, Young & Logan
Keesal, Young & Logan (KYL), a full-service business law firm, opened its first office in Long Beach, California in 1970. The firm’s goal is to help its business clients grow and prosper in the face of rapidly changing laws and challenges by competitors. The firm’s reputation has been forged through creative strategies, thorough preparation and planning, and strong advocacy in the courtroom.
KYL’s technology teams and initiatives have been recognized twice by ILTA with Distinguished Peer Awards and KYL was the first law firm to be named to the InfoWorld 100, the first law firm to receive ACEDS’ eDiscovery Department of the Year, and the first law firm to pass the Legal Technology Assessment.
KYL assists companies of all sizes, international, national, and local in a variety of practice areas. The firm has five offices in Long Beach, San Francisco, Seattle, Anchorage, and Hong Kong and KYL’s lawyers try cases throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.kyl.com.
Bio for Wendy Riggs
Wendy Riggs is a Senior Advisor and Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS) with Keesal, Young & Logan (KYL) where she launched the Compliance, Operations and Data Control Advisory (CODA) division. Wendy partners with clients to identify opportunities to reduce risk and increase efficiencies, leveraging her extensive in-house legal operations, eDiscovery and process management experience. She is based in the firm’s San Francisco office but works with a global clientele.
Prior to joining KYL, Wendy led eDiscovery and Litigation Operations for Twitter where she focused on developing and implementing process and policy inside the legal and business groups and among outside law firms. She has extensive experience providing strategic advice to internal and external teams and establishing best practices for all phases of business and litigation operations including planning, budgeting, and data management and reporting. She has a proven ability to identify deficiencies in complex workflows and implement customized, cost-efficient processes. Wendy has established a track record of achieving results in deadline-driven, high volume environments.
In addition to her corporate legal department work, Wendy has over two decades of law firm litigation experience with a primary focus on eDiscovery and trial, including deep expertise in every stage of the EDRM from collection through courtroom presentation.
Wendy serves on the Advisory Board of TextIQ (an AI startup) and is a trusted advisor to several solution providers, providing formal guidance on streamlining processes, controlling costs and development of tools that enable companies to preserve and collect data and assist in managing outside counsel and cases.