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Litigation Management - Pleadings, Investigations & the Duty to Preserve

Speaker(s): Rachel M. Cannon, Ronald J. Hedges
Recorded on: Apr. 9, 2019
PLI Program #: 269937

Rachel Cannon is a member of Dentons' White-Collar and Government Investigations practice. She focuses on trial work, investigations, complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense. A seasoned trial lawyer, she was part of the trial team that successfully prevented the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission from enjoining a Chicago trader in a recent high-profile “spoofing” case. An experienced investigator, she regularly conducts investigations at the request of senior management or boards of directors on matters ranging from sexual misconduct to financial fraud and bribery. Rachel also advises entrepreneurs about regulatory issues surrounding initial coin offerings, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

Prior to joining Dentons, Rachel served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, where she supervised the bankruptcy fraud program and worked in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Section. She also prosecuted a wide variety of fraud cases involving more than US$100 million in losses, and has indicted corporations, executives, doctors, investment advisors, consultants, real estate developers and public officials, among others. Rachel received a number of awards during her time as an AUSA. She also served as a periodic trial advocacy instructor for the CFTC, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. She has tried 19 jury trials and dozens of bench trials, and has briefed and argued numerous cases in the US Court of Appeals.

Ronald J. Hedges, J.D., is a Senior Counsel with Dentons US LLP. He served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. Mr. Hedges is a frequent writer and speaker on various topics related to, among other things, electronic information and is the lead author of Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Third Edition (Federal Judicial Center: 2017), He is also the Co-Senior Editor of The Sedona Conference Cooperation Proclamation:  Resources for the Judiciary, Third Edition, His full biography is available at