Kelly Twigger is equally at home on the basketball court and in court, likely a testament to her undying tenacity, love for strategic sports, and an uncanny eye for game-winning strategies. She calls the shots like she sees them (she’s blunt and brutally honest should the need arise), and like any great athlete, attorney, or coach, thinks six moves ahead in order to create plays that don’t just work — they shine.
For over nineteen years, Kelly’s been an attorney focused on eDiscovery and Information Law. Her tech beginnings, however, date back to her first job in high school – building clone computers – and since that time, she’s made impressive strides as an attorney, litigator, innovator in eDiscovery and information law, a mother, and lover of all things basketball (did we mention basketball?).
Prior to founding ESI Attorneys in 2009, Kelly was a litigation partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, an AmLaw 200 firm. There, she managed litigation that ranged from the garden-variety breach of contract case to $100 million bet-the-company class actions and multi-district anti-trust matters.
So how does a woman make the shift from a litigator at an AmLaw 200 firm to an eDiscovery devotee? Back in the day, her firm had a luxurious CLE (Continuing Legal Education) allowance of $2000 — and wouldn’t you know it, Kelly needed some CLEs.
That was enough to put Kelly on a plane to New York City to attend the first ABA seminar on Electronic Discovery. Moved by what were sure to be groundbreaking changes in the way information is discovered and shared throughout the legal profession, she was instantly intrigued with eDiscovery. The rest is history.
She proceeded to build Quarles’ first eDiscovery and records retention practice, growing it to 25 professionals. She also launched that firm’s first eDiscovery blog (eDiscovery Bytes). Today, Kelly works with clients such as Fortune 50 and 250 companies, law firms of all sizes and specialties, and municipalities through ESI to help then do better business through smarter, more efficient eDiscovery practices and procedures. In 2011, she co-authored one of the most prominent books on eDiscovery, currently used by West for its eDiscovery education across the country.
“Kelly does what very few lawyers are able to do — she makes you forget she’s a lawyer and integrates into the business seamlessly. Before you know it, you’ve accomplished a ‘legal requirement’ without any of the associated pain. And, your business is better and more efficient as a result.”
~Lisa Jordan, Assistant General Counsel at MillerCoors
If you’re looking for fluff, you won’t find it in your conversations with Kelly. She’ll call your firm’s procedural inefficiencies with the fervor of a basketball referee in the Final Four. On the flip side, she’ll help create systems that make opposing counsel’s head spin as you present an ironclad case in record time. She’s no-BS while nurturing, efficient while relationship-oriented, and probably just the mom you want to sit next to at the soccer fields – that is, if you’re interested in great conversation and a hilarious commentary on refereeing skills.
She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and their three children. After years of her kids begging for a dog, she finally caved and adopted an adorable black lab puppy from Mountain Pet Rescue.