Karen O. Hourigan

Of Counsel | San Francisco

Industry Experience:

Karen Hourigan has nearly 20 years of litigation experience, focusing on complex civil litigation, eDiscovery issues, and records and information management. Karen has been actively involved in all phases of complex civil litigation and has counseled clients regarding records and information management, litigation preparedness, and eDiscovery strategy and processes. She has also spoken at CLE programs on issues and solutions related to eDiscovery. Some of Karen's recent work experience includes:

  • Assisting Fortune 100 clients in designing and updating processes and policies for records and information management programs
  • Working with clients in pre-litigation settings on the development of enterprise-wide plans for the preservation and collection of information
  • Advising clients on the disposal of legacy or orphan data
  • Advising clients on spoliation issues and matters involving regulatory and compliance issues

Karen's areas of industry expertise include tobacco, technology (hardware, software), food and beverage, manufacturing, banking, and pharmaceuticals.

Before joining Redgrave LLP, Karen was a Senior Advisor at Business Intelligence Associates where she assisted clients with all phases of eDiscovery in litigation and investigations from identification to disposition. She also worked as Counsel at Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner LLP and as an Associate at Jones Day. She was a law clerk to Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California) and Hon. David Warner Hagen (U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada).

Organizational Involvement & Memberships:

Karen is a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1) and was a contributing editor to The Sedona Principles Addressing Electronic Document Production, Second Edition (June 2007). Karen is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and ARMA International.


Karen received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Emory University. She is admitted to practice in California and in the District of Columbia.