Courtney Fletcher is a Managing Director in the Washington, DC office. He is a nationally recognized electronic discovery expert with significant experience providing litigation technology consulting services to legal and corporate entities. His experience includes data analytics, electronic discovery, litigation preparedness, and performing independent regulatory and compliance assessments. He is responsible for the development and implementation of case and matter strategies that leverage technology to the clients’ best advantage in both litigation and investigations.

Mr. Fletcher has advised clients in complex litigation and large scale investigative matters. He has assisted clients in federal, state, and international matters involving securities litigation, breach of contract disputes, intellectual property matters, accounting malpractice, and other corporate investigations. His services cover the data preservation and acquisition through analysis, production, and supporting testimony. Specifically, he has assisted clients with addressing “meet and confer” obligations, issue affidavits to address electronic discovery issues, and advised multinational clients on cross-border discovery conflicts.

Experience +

Assisted counsel and subject matter experts who were conducting a forensic and due diligence review of Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) and their underlying assets. Our team developed a custom application that allowed 20+ underwriters to evaluate over 1,500 loans and perform an in-depth loan level and pool level analysis to determine the validity of the loans prior to the contract execution, as well as whether a breach of a representation or warrant occurred. This custom application led to increased efficiencies and improved quality of output providing real time feedback for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of results.

Retained by the Chief Litigation Counsel for a large multi-national company to perform an eDiscovery Health Check that focused on assessing overall eDiscovery environment, interviewing key stakeholders and relevant documentation, and creating recommendations for remediation of identified areas of concern.

Assisted counsel as an IT expert to evaluate, review and confirm destruction of documents in possession of client's prior eDiscovery vendor. Responsibilities included providing written and oral testimony. In supporting my client’s Application to modify a Variation of the Freezing Injunction, the Court relied heavily on proffered expert testimony that selected devices within the facility needed to be properly deleted or wiped.

Retained by counsel to review potential infringement of intellectual property. My team reviewed existing applications, available documentation, filed patents, and prepared an initial report outlining our findings.

Retained by counsel to prepare an expert report and provide expert testimony on the searchability of OCR related to production of documents to third-party defendants. My team manually reviewed a random sample of produced documents, generated a table containing data statistics on overall condition of document and identification of key terms, and calculated the recall and precision values to measure information retrieval effectiveness. In denying opposing party’s motion to compel, the Court relied heavily on proffered expert testimony that client’s document production was sufficiently searchable and functional.

Retained by the Unsecured Creditors Committee (“UCC”) to act as interim Chief Information Officer for a specialty pharmaceutical company. Responsibilities included addressing short-term operational problems within department, identifying and mitigating overall IT risk, evaluating compliance of Service Level Agreements with existing vendors, and assisting with transition to company that acquired assets of bankrupt company.

Engaged by counsel to assist a celebrity blogger involved in litigation where the plaintiff alleged our client sent improper emails that led to plaintiff’s dismissal from employment. We worked with counsel to devise an e-discovery plan, review produced documents, and determine if any other electronically stored information (ESI) was available for authenticating the email communications.

Assisted financial advisors and Liquidating Trustee for one of the largest futures commission merchant to file for bankruptcy with performing the following tasks: reconstructing the investment proprietary tracking database, extracting/converting the legacy and proprietary investment management system, reconstructing account statements, analyzing securities data, and performing analysis of the mechanisms by which securities were leveraged and proceeds were allocated to customers.

Engaged by company to perform an IT audit. Executives of the company were concerned that their emails were being compromised and wanted a review of their IT department, security protocols for managing email and determining if any employees were inappropriately accessing emails.

Assisted client by developing a settlement distribution calculation based on the limited terms outlined in their agreement with a state’s Attorney General Office. The distribution calculation was based on disparate data collected at the local agencies and corporate financial statements. Our calculation was approved by the Attorney General and the funds were distributed.

Education +

B. A., Political Science & Psychology, Washington College, 2000 (magna cum laude)

Certifications +

Microsoft Certified Professional

  • 70-228 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise
  • 70-229 Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise
  • 70-155 Designing and Implementing Distributed Applications with MS Visual Basic 6.0
Awards +

40 Under 40 M&A Advisor, June 2012

Publications & Speaking Engagements+

Courtney is a regular speaker at conferences on topics related to technology, eDiscovery, structured data, and overall compliance assessments. He has also published a number of articles in these areas.

2012 New Perspectives on Healthcare Risk Management, Control and Governance, “The Rise of Healthcare Fraud: The Use of ESI in Healthcare Investigations – Do you have an established investigation process in place?”

2010 Association of Litigation Support Professionals (“ALSP”) Seminar, “Finding Your Way in E-Discovery”, Online

2010 White & Case CLE, “EU Data Privacy Compliance in the Era of Ever-Tougher Enforcement: Practical Strategies for Processing Imported European Data Legally”, Online

2009 Wall Street & Technology, “E-Discovery: Remembering Forgotten Data”

2009 Computer Forensics Show, “Forensic Accounting – Don’t Forget about the Structure in the EDRM”, Santa Clara, CA

2009 ARMA International, “Don’t Forget about the Structure in the EDRM”, Orlando, FL

2009 Records Management Society, “Don’t Forget about the Structure in the EDRM”, Brighton, United Kingdom

2009 Latham & Watkins CLE, “Structured Data”, Los Angeles, CA

2008 Reed Smith CLE, “Technology Labor and Employment”, Chicago, CA

2006 E-Crime & Computer Evidence, “Non Forensic Acquisition of Transactional Data,” Nottingham, United Kingdom

2006 Pike & Fischer’s Digital Discovery and e-Evidence, “Ensuring a Healthy Document Repository”

Practices +Insights +

Client Updates/Bulletins

  • Welcome Liam Ferguson and Courtney Fletcher2/1/2017

    The Claro Group has enhanced its Disputes, Claims and Investigations (DCI) Analytics practice with the addition of two new managing directors with more than 35 years of combined experience.

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