BakerHostetler Attorneys Named National Legal Trailblazers

Karin Scholz Jenson and Paul Karlsgodt selected as "models of innovation in the legal community"

Press Releases / December 16, 2015

CLEVELAND, Dec. 16, 2015 — The national leaders of two BakerHostetler teams were named to the National Law Journal’s (NLJ) class of “Trailblazers and Pioneers” of 2015. New York-based partner Karin Scholz Jenson was named as a Litigation Trailblazer and Denver-based partner Paul Karlsgodt was named to the inaugural list of Cyber Security Trailblazers. They were selected from a competitive field of nominees who, according to the NLJ, are innovating the practice of law in significant ways.

Jenson, national leader of the firm’s E-Discovery Advocacy and Management Team, was among only 50 attorneys across the U.S. to land on the Litigation Trailblazer list, which is described by the NLJ as a “who’s who of the litigation professionals going above and beyond the norm, and bringing about meaningful change through their work.” Jenson was selected for her role in managing discovery in one of the most complex data sets in any single litigation currently in the United States – the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Jenson’s leadership in developing an electronic data room, which streamlines discovery for the thousands of parties and resolves issues of confidentiality connected to millions of documents, has kept the firm on the cutting edge of discovery and is saving time and attorneys’ fees for all involved.

Karlsgodt, national leader of the firm’s Class Action Defense Team, was one of 50 attorneys named to the NLJ’s inaugural Cyber Security Trailblazer list, particularly for his work to revolutionize data privacy law as it relates to the healthcare industry. Through his representation and successes on behalf of firm client Eisenhower Medical Center, Karlsgodt has directly impacted interpretations of healthcare privacy law throughout California and the country. Karlsgodt and his team’s work--in largely uncharted legal terrain--to clarify that “demographic information” is not “medical information” as defined under the California Medical Information Act won a dismissal of all claims against client Eisenhower. Karlsgodt is a major figure in the healthcare privacy space, as he has worked on four of the top five healthcare breaches in history and has achieved numerous victories at the state, federal, and appellate levels for firm clients.

“It is not surprising to see two of our top attorneys recognized by NLJ for making advancements in their fields. I am particularly proud that both are part of BakerHostetler’s world-class Litigation Group,” said Ray Whitman, chair of the firm’s nationwide Litigation Group. “Karin and Paul both have an exceptional ability to zero in on their clients’ needs and develop innovative solutions, which is why clients trust them with their most complex and high-stakes matters.”

The fact that Paul and Karin were independently recognized is particularly compelling because, despite being in separate offices across the country, the two partners regularly work together in the wake of a cyberattack – Karin on the preservation of evidence and litigation readiness, and Paul on the class actions that inevitably follow.

“Karin and Paul are each Trailblazers in their own right, and together they are a powerhouse in helping our clients deal with the aftermath of a data breach,” said Ted Kobus, leader of the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection Team, which has advised on more than 1,000 breaches in the past few years. “There is no one in the country with the breadth of their collective experience in understanding and resolving the complicated evidentiary questions that arise before and during regulatory investigations and litigation.”

  • To access Karin’s NLJ Trailblazer Litigation profile, click here.
  • For more information about the E-Discovery Advocacy and Management Team, please click here.
  • To access Paul’s NLJ Cybersecurity Trailblazer profile, please click here.
  • For more information about the Class Action Defense Team, click here.


About BakerHostetler
One of the nation’s leading law firms, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Tax – the firm has more than 900 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. Recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, an award-winning data privacy practice, and an industry-leading business practice. For more information, visit


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