Ellen Pyle

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Elle Pyle serves as Discovery and Data Privacy Counsel for RuyakCherian LLP, a DC based technology and competition law boutique.

She brings more than 25 years of experience as a litigator and legal consultant on issues involving litigation preparedness, discovery, data privacy and protection and enterprise risk management. Elle counsels multinational corporations on practical, collaborative and cost effective strategies regarding the preservation, collection, and production of electronic information during domestic and international matters. Elle strategically partners with in house legal, compliance and IT Teams, leveraging synergies to streamline litigation and enterprise risk management processes.

Prior to joining RuyakCherian LLP, Elle served as Discovery and Data Privacy Counsel for an Am Law 50 firm. Prior to her entry into private practice, she served more than two decades in Litigation Management and Compliance positions, first as the toxic tort claims manager for a Fortune 500 property casualty insurer, later as the Director of Risk Management and Compliance at a leading academic medical center. She has significant experience in international litigation management, data preservation, pre-litigation risk management, and compliance and is a frequent panelist and author on these and related matters.

Elle is a Certified Information Privacy Manager, Certified Information Privacy Technologist, and Certified Information Privacy Professional in both United States and European data privacy.

Elle is a member, and former Chair, of the DC Bar Litigation Section Committee on Information Governance and eDiscovery. She is also a member of Women in e-Discovery (WiE), the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Sedona Conference (Working Groups on Electronic Document Retention and Production; International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure; Data Security and Privacy Liability). Additionally, Elle was appointed in 2014 to the American Bar Association’s Big Data and Information Security Task Force where she continues to serve. 

An extremely active pro bono participant, she has been named to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll for five consecutive years.

Representative Work Experience

• Development of litigation response plans for the preservation of data across corporations including data stored in emergent technologies such as mobile devices, smart technology and the Cloud

• Creative deployment of advanced technology and data analytics in information governance and litigation preparedness

• Development of electronic discovery and information governance protocol

• Counseling clients regarding the defensible disposition of legacy data

• Advising clients concerning cross-border transfers of data and data privacy protection

• Supervision of international and regional counsel in the management of complex discovery

• Meet-and-confer negotiations

• Direction of international data collection and foreign language document reviews