Gilbert S. Keteltas

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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Gil is "really the whole package. He is organized and focuses on winning the cases."

— Chambers USA 2018 (peer comment)

Overview

Gil Keteltas is an e-discovery advocate in significant and complex litigation and advises global companies on the creation and deployment of discovery response programs. Gil brings a practical focus to electronic discovery that recognizes not just the importance of disciplined litigation support, but also the role of focused advocacy in addressing the burdens, costs, and opportunities of discovery in modern complex litigation. As a trial lawyer and litigator, Gil is not simply an e-discovery consultant, he directs the discovery process in the trenches of litigation, informed of the risks and opportunities that electronically stored information presents. Gil is editor of, and a regular contributor to, BakerHostetler's Discovery Advocate blog.

Gil is the author of numerous publications concerning e-discovery, is active in The Sedona Conference, serves on the Advisory Board, Planning Committee and Faculty of Georgetown Law's Advanced E-Discovery Institute, and regularly teaches seminars on electronic discovery and electronic evidence.

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  • Worldwide e-discovery counsel to Fortune 100 technology company, charged with establishing and improving a worldwide e-discovery program.
  • Developed and deployed comprehensive e-discovery response program forFortune 75 manufacturing company.
  • General counseling and class action advocacy for multinational food and beverage company.
  • E-discovery counsel to global professional services company, providing general counseling and matter-specific advocacy.
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Experience

  • Worldwide e-discovery counsel to Fortune 100 technology company, charged with establishing and improving a worldwide e-discovery program.
  • Developed and deployed comprehensive e-discovery response program for Fortune 75 manufacturing company.
  • General counseling and class action advocacy for multinational food and beverage company.
  • E-discovery counsel to global professional services company, providing general counseling and matter-specific advocacy.
  • Analyzed potential risks of global electronic information storage in the U.S. for a Fortune 350 corporation.
  • E-discovery counsel to a retailer in a Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act class action.
  • E-discovery counsel to transportation company in multijurisdictional fuel surcharge litigation and government enforcement actions.
  • Analyzed data collection in connection with internal investigation.
  • Counseled client concerning the interplay between work-product claims and legal hold trigger.
  • Developed and supervised legacy data sampling plans for multiple clients.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers Global:
    • E-Discovery & Information Governance (USA) (2020)
      • Band 4 (2020)
    • Litigation: E-Discovery (USA) (2019)
      • Band 4 (2019)
  • Chambers USA: Nationwide Litigation: E-Discovery (2014 to 2020)
    • Band 4 (2018 to 2020), Recognized Practitioner (2014 to 2016)
  • National Law Journal "Litigation Trailblazer" (2016)
  • 2016 “Top 50 Verdict,” National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyer’ report.
  • Bondareff Award Winner: recognition of extended and dedicated service to the Cornell Club of Washington (2002)
  • Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" (2013 to 2020)

Memberships

  • Georgetown Law Advanced E-Discovery Institute
    • Board of Advisors (2008 to 2018)
    • Planning Committee Co-Chair (2016 to 2017)
    • Faculty
  • Georgetown Law Corporate Counsel Institute: Advisory Board Member (2005 to 2018)
  • Sedona Working Group 1: Electronic Document Retention & Production
  • Practicing Law Institute: Faculty (2014 to 2018)

Community

  • Cornell University Speech & Debate Society: Advisory Board (2015 to 2018)
  • Cornell University Glee Club: Alumni Board (2017 to 2018)
  • Cornell Club of Washington, D.C.
    • Office of the President (1994 to 1995; 1995 to 1996)
    • Office of the Vice-President (1992 to 1993; 1993 to 1994)
    • Office of Scholarship Vice-President (1991 to 1992)
    • Investment and Audit Committee (1996)
  • Cornell University Council (2005 to 2007)

Pro Bono

  • Represented a client in an issue related to denial of Social Security and disability benefits. Examined a vocational expert at appeal before an administrative law judge and won appeal of denial of benefits. Worked with a neighborhood association to fight an open-air drug market using a nuisance law. Resulted in closure of a “problem” business property following a contested DCRA hearing and license revocation.

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1989, Business Editor, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review (1988-89)
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1986

Blog

In The Blogs

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Discovery Advocate
Key COVID-19 Considerations for U.S. Discovery and Information Governance
By Gilbert S. Keteltas, James A. Sherer
May 21, 2020
Many businesses have remote work and bring-your-own-device policies that cover access to company systems and information from personal devices. These policies may also state expectations or requirements for the management and security of...
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Discovery Advocate
COVID-19 and U.S. Statutes of Limitation
By Justin R. Donoho, Gilbert S. Keteltas
May 21, 2020
At the federal and state levels, there have been calls to suspend statutes of limitations during the COVID-19 outbreak. A number of states have already acted, but state approaches vary and are open to future changes as the challenges of...
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