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Clinton P. Sanko

ESI/Contract Counsel Officer

Clinton Sanko, a shareholder and the Firm's eDiscovery and document review officer, is a seasoned commercial trial lawyer advocating for client value through proportionate eDiscovery.

Professional Biography

Overview

Clinton Sanko, a shareholder and the Firm's eDiscovery and document review officer, is a seasoned litigation trial lawyer who focuses his practice on bringing client value through efficient, effective and expeditious managing of the work associated with eDiscovery and document review. While Clinton has been the lead lawyer on various high-stakes commercial litigation, he principally manages the critical juncture where electronically stored information intersects with legal need, whether that intersection occurs in litigation, investigations, information governance, litigation preparedness, or mergers and acquisitions. Clients turn to Clinton for advice on maintaining a proportionate approach to finding what is needed and complying with all legal obligations, while keeping costs measured and finding the case story in the documents.

As a trial lawyer and technology enthusiast, Clinton has 13 years of experience dealing with eDiscovery issues in litigation settings. He is uniquely positioned to understand the client's perspective, the trial team needs and the legal requirements of eDiscovery as they play out in actual litigation. As such, he is positioned to advise, counsel and advocate for clients on these critical issues. Clinton has direct oversight responsibility for the Firm's eDiscovery, Document Review and Investigations Team, which is responsible for supporting the Firm's needs for active cases where eDiscovery or document review services are needed. He seeks to bring value to clients through integrated processes, applied legal knowledge and management of the Firm's eDiscovery technology vendors. In conjunction with the team, Clinton has led the development of Baker Donelson's LeanDiscovery™ system, which seeks to closely integrate process, technology and the various team constituencies for the cost-effective and efficient management of eDiscovery and document review.

Clinton is an active member of Firm's Commercial/Business Litigation and Government Enforcement and Investigations (GEI) Groups. Of course, he supports all substantive areas of the Firm where eDiscovery issues arise. He is also a member of the Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity Team, sits on the Technology Steering Committee and participates in the Firm's Innovation Groups, along with the Firm's leaders in technology, Knowledge Management and Legal Project Management. Clinton has been an active presenter on these topics for many years.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers (2016)
  • Listed in Mid-South Rising Stars (2013 – 2014)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator
  • Member – American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Dispute Resolution Section (Vice Chairperson, 2006 – 2007)
  • Member – Chattanooga Technology Council
  • Member – Defense Research Institute
  • Member – Federal Bar Association
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member – Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Instructor – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Spring 2013, Digital Investigation of Crimes
  • Associate Member – Brock and Cooper Inns of Court (2006 – 2007)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Secure Chattanooga - Cyber Summit" (May 2017)
  • "Sun, Sand & Success – Legal Compliance for Florida Businesses" (October 2016)
  • Panelist – "'Busting' Big Data With the 3 P's: People, Process + Platforms," ABA Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, Scottsdale, Arizona (February, 2016)
  • "Chattanooga Cyber Summit" (May 2015)
  • Moderator – "The Ethics of Taking Care of Your Documents and Email," Baker Donelson Long Term Care Symposium, Nashville, Tennessee (November 2014)
  • Co-presenter – "Cybersecurity Risks: Was the client's data breach your fault?," KBA's Law Practice Today Expo CLE session, Knoxville, Tennessee (April, 2014)
  • Co-presenter – "What's Trending Now: Current Topics in e-Discovery and Social Media," International Paper, Memphis, Tennessee (November, 2013)
  • Co-presenter – "eDiscovery Boot Camp," 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (November, 2013)
  • "Email in 2013: a Perspective," off-site client presentation (July, 2013)
  • Co-presenter – "Transparency in Discovery: Living in a Glass House," webinar sponsored by Recommind (June, 2013)
  • "Protecting Your Bottom Line Through Project Documentation" (May 2013)
  • "Campaigns/Technology/Social Media," Tennessee Judicial Conference and the Administrative Office of the Courts, Spring Conference (March, 2013)
  • "Defensibly Downsizing Your Data:" (November 2012)
  • "Practical Tips on How to Request Social Media in Discovery," 6th Annual Law Conference for Tennessee Practitioners (2012)
  • Co-presenter – "Ediscovery in Employment Cases: Legal Issues, Best Practices & Practical Tips," Nashville Bar Association, Employment Law Institute (October, 2012)
  • "Social Media: Discovery and Trial Impacts," Tennessee Clerks of Court Conference, Fall Conference (September, 2012)
  • "Practical Tips for Requesting Social Media Discovery," TBA General Practice Sampler (June, 2012)
  • "Social Media in the Courtroom," Tennessee Judicial Conference Spring 2012 (March, 2012)
  • Co-presenter – "e-Discovery: Navigating the Industry and Its Players," CLE (December, 2011)
  • Co-presenter – "Document Retention for Human Resource Professionals," Tennessee SHRM Conference (September, 2011)
  • Co-presenter – "SharePoint and e-Discovery - Working Together," Virtual LegalTech (June 2011)
  • Co-presenter – "Document Review Best Practices for In-House Counsel," CLE (May, 2011)
  • "e-Discovery for the Business Lawyer (and Electronic Privacy in the Workplace)," TBA CLE (March, 2011)

Awards

Education

  • The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 2001, magna cum laude
  • Grove City College, B.A., 1998, cum laude, with honors in History

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Tennessee, 2004
  • United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2004

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