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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
September 18, 2019

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Daniel G. Pinegar, Esq.

Alexandria, VA 571-***-**** LinkedIn:

Senior eDiscovery Project Manager & Relativity/Discovery Attorney

Astute, high-impact project management leader, offering 13+ years of demonstrated expertise in legal case management, electronic discovery and support, and consulting verticals. Proven success directly supervising 75+ legal projects from intake through trial, litigation hold and collection through final production. Well versed in managing multimillion-dollar legal cases and reducing costs through productivity improvements, automation, and workflow optimization. Proactive problem solver.

Skilled as Attorney-Advisor in the Enforcement Division of a federal agency, for litigation technology vendors, and AmLaw100 Firm Litigation Support. Adept at championing program delivery with budget and timeline pressures, requiring optimization on several fronts. Leveraging solid organizational and communication built relationships with attorneys, support staff, and legal staffing agencies to accomplish goals and deliverables in a collaborative and efficient environment.


Relativity RCA / Systems Administrator Project/Program Management Data Management Budgets & Roadmap Design

New/Emerging Analytic Technologies Production & Service Delivery Cross-Functional Team Leadership

Client Relations ● Operational Excellence Continuous Process Improvement ● Billing Reports & Revenue Projections

Client Industries Include: Financial, Banking & Accounting Sectors, Securities, Health Care & Pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications, Advertising, Technology & Intellectual Property, Entertainment, Aviation, Defense Industry, Construction, Oil & Gas

eDiscovery Software Expertise: Relativity (9.6-10.0 and RelOne, RCA) & All Analytics (structured, TAR and Active Learning); Brainspace Analytics; NexLP Analytics; Kroll Ontrack;Equivio; BlackOut (redaction tool); User Set-Up & Reporting (dashboarding analytics, user statistics, pivots, STRs, custom metric reports); Imaging, OCR & Productions


LEIDOS (formerly Lockheed Martin); Washington, D.C. 2016 2019

Sr. eDiscovery Project Manager/Relativity Subject Matter Expert; U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Division (Mega)

•Active Public Trust Security Clearance; Leveraged extensive work experience for the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, Department of Justice Civil & Antitrust Divisions, and CFTC. Provided advanced Relativity Systems Administrator (RCA) day-to-day functional expertise, onsite client trainings and case team consulting/management across 200+ matter DC OAG portfolio, while delegating work to project supervisors and consulting/advising case project managers for improved practice workflows, trouble-shooting and workspace management.

•Served as Relativity Subject Matter Expert for federal securities agency during vendor transition. Successfully tested and upgraded Relativity to Versions 9.5 and 9.6, including implementing new operational instructions and workflows, set up of new templates, fields, views, and other task items. Provided extensive client training and documentation.

•Performed advanced analysis of Relativity databases to make recommendations to design, workflows, and database elements. Created custom reports following all Analytical tools deployed (email threading visualization, clustering, TAR, “Active Learning,” concept searching, visual dashboard management), and provided recommendations. Built dtSearch & Analytics indexes, resolved technical errors and researched updates.

•Set up all internal Leidos processes necessary to handle ediscovery data processing for DOJ Antitrust Division, including normalized reports on data collected from third parties during Antitrust investigations, or prior to distribution to other agencies (FTC, State AGs). Point of contact for lead project manager in preparing case estimates and responding to RFPs for bids, along with updates on spend vs. contract approvals.

•Prepared budget cost estimates for manager review and case team pre-approval after scoping early case data and case/investigation plans, including staffing and review needs. Advised DOJ COR staff at weekly meetings of progress, budgets and issues for planning purposes for casework. Managed internally to tight DOJ budget and time requirements, while providing solutions to daily case team needs.

•Advised clients as SME and case team when other technologies outside of Relativity would improve efficiency and case development, particularly Brainspace Analytics, NexLP Analytics, Veritone (audio review), and Blackout for mass redactions, where in one matter we completed 800k redactions in 1 week saving potentially hundreds of man hours.

•Provided cost estimates to client for all work and managed to budget restrictions.

•Facilitated collections with processing team, through data loads and final productions. Performed quality control of data processed for DOJ specification compliance, technical processing errors using processing error reports, and advised solutions to fix issues to technical team. Prepared production QC and imaging, with case team input.

CONTROL RISKS GROUP, LLC. (International Consulting Firm); Washington, D.C. 2015

Director, Discovery Consulting; Compliance, Forensics & Intelligence Division

•Select Law Firm Clients: Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP (oil and gas criminal investigation); Greenberg Traurig, LLP (private litigants); Hogan & Lovells, LLP (major Brazilian energy corporation corruption scandal).

•Managed and advised clients in multiple eDiscovery projects, from workspace set-up and template configuration, user permissions and creation, setting up batches, and designing multiple workflows. Consulted regularly on search terms and syntax, created multiple custom reports, and created and QC’d productions to government and private litigants.

•Liaised with key clients to coordinate collections, define processing specifications (including file types and field mapping), deduplication, workflows for review, and all Relativity settings. Consulted on advanced features including conceptual clustering, email threading and TAR.

•Served as Relativity Systems Administrator across 7 domestic and international instances, including managing configurations, monitoring relativity server health and system performance, testing following instance upgrades (8.2 to 9.2), creating workspaces and configuring security permission groups. Conducted custodian collection interviews.

Consulting for Various Law Firms & Legal Agencies in Washington, D.C. 2013 2015

Senior eDiscovery Review Project Manager, Litigation Support & Review Lead

•Staffed Law Firms Included: Arnold & Porter, LLP; Covington & Burling; Wilmer Hale; Crowell & Moring; Dickstein Shapiro; O’Melveny & Myers; Hogan & Lovells; Wilson Sonsini; Cooley; Paul Weiss; Dechert; Finnegan & Henderson; Fulbright; Simpson Thatcher; DLA Piper; Debevoise & Plimpton; Hunton & Williams; Howrey; Gibson Dunn

•Directly supervised eDiscovery matters from 10 to 100+ attorneys and support staff, managing personnel issues and resolving problems, making hiring and removal decisions, working under time and stress pressures effectively, and constantly developing attorneys’ and staff’s skills. Cases included over a dozen Second Requests and antitrust matters.

•Conducted trainings on e-discovery platforms for attorneys and staff at basic and advanced levels.

DTI, Managed Document Review Services; Washington, D.C. 2012 2013

National Director of eDiscovery Project Management

•Established and implemented all operational items needed to run document review business for DTI nationwide, including: developing successful attorney recruiting program using wide knowledge of DC document review marketplace; and designed candidate database system, HR onboarding, legal conflicts and payroll processes.

•Prepared budget estimates for potential clients to include estimated ediscovery, staff and admin costs, along with Bid Proposals for RFPs; monitored profits and spend to plan through entire legal case life-cycle, including review progress. Managed review to metrics using optimized workflows to reduce overtime billing; terminated contract attorneys where personnel or substantive issues arose. Monitored and reviewed employee billable reports, invoices, and client satisfaction. Improved all workflows on a regular basis with post-case memo analyses. Won over $2 million in review in year 1.

•Managed and supervised multiple reviews in 2 markets (DC & Atlanta) simultaneously for law firm and corporate clients, handling all aspects of the eDiscovery and document review projects: coordinated forensic document collections and processing to design plan; designed review process and workflow in consultation for major clients.

•Brought 2 document review centers (DC & Atlanta) into compliance with information security, physical security, privacy and technology best practice requirements. Supervised over a dozen direct reports and >100 contract reviewers.

KROLL ONTRACK, Inc. (a Division of Altegrity, Inc.); Washington, D.C. 2010 2011

Legal Technologies Application Consultant (Contract)

•Conducted easy-to-learn trainings for review and administrative teams in both Advanceview and Ontrack Inview databases. Received Master Administrator training in all facets of Kroll Ontrack to perform Systems Administrator tasks.

•Experienced in creating databases and user groups, adding users and document delivery templates, rejecting delivery sets, importing keyword lists and categories, adding and searching coding fields, and conducting advanced searches. Routinely ensured that client data was processed and coded properly with relevant fields.

•Exercised best practice methodologies to perform pre-production quality control for clients and run productions through delivery to ensure no “missed” documents, privilege calls.

CLEARY, GOTTLIEB, STEEN & HAMILTON, LLP; Washington, D.C. 2009 2010

Project Attorney, Dept. of Discovery & Litigation Technology (contract)

•Analyzed documents of major financial institution (Bank of America) in response to multiple subpoenas by state Attorney Generals, the SEC, Congress and civil class actions. Drove day-to-day decisions that kept document reviewing consistent between team members through project completion.

•Supported attorney case team using numerous litigation technologies and demonstrated expertise in Concordance, Summation, Opticon, iConect, iPro, CaseMap and eZReview. Assisted teams of associates and senior staff to find relevant information through advanced database searches.

Previous Experience:

NATIONAL LITIGATION SUPPORT CENTER, PLLC. (2008-2009); eDiscovery Legal Consultant; Document Review Manager/Attorney (2005-2008)

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION, Office of General Counsel; Attorney-Advisor, Enforcement Division (2001-2005)

•Managed extensive caseload to investigate complaints, conduct legal research, issue subpoenas/CIDs and review documents, write memoranda and briefs for the Commission review, and settlement agreements. Received Chairman’s Award for Teamwork and settled the highest civil penalty against a corporation and individual in FEC history.


UNIVERSITY OF IOWA; COLLEGE OF LAW; J.D. (2001), Magna Cum Laude with High Distinction (top 5%); elected Order of the Coif & Iowa Law Review.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA; B.A. (1998); Magna Cum Laude with High Distinction, Communication Studies & Political Science with Honors; GPA 3.95.


Legal Admissions:

District of Columbia Bar (Admitted 2005);

Member of the D.C. Bar Committee on Electronic Discovery, Litigation Section (2009 Present);

Iowa Bar (Admitted 2001 Inactive);

U.S. District Court D.C. (2010)

Conferences Attended: Relativity Fest, Member of D.C. “Relativity Community” Group; Georgetown Cyber Security Law Institute, Panel Interviewer; Georgetown Law Advanced e-Discovery Institut.; Masters Conference; Legal Tech

Select DC Bar CLE Coursework: “Ethics & eDiscovery Searches;” “Practical Advice on Privilege Logs;” “E-Discovery 101,” “Strategies to Meet E-Discovery Obligations: Beyond the Basics,” Ethical Traps in e-Discovery,” and versed in White Papers covering Best Practices, Proportionality, Preservation & Legal Holds, and Search & Retrieval

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