Chuck Ragan has his own firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, and serves as Special Counsel to the firm of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP. Chuck practiced in San Francisco for more than 25 years with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (and successor firms), before co-founding a national boutique firm that focused on emerging e-discovery and information governance challenges. While at Pillsbury, he litigated a wide variety of complex commercial disputes. Through his work with Chief Judge Peckham and Magistrate Judge Brazil in the Northern District of California, he was at the forefront of the Alternative Dispute Resolution movement. Through his work since 2002 with The Sedona Conference, he has participated in the rational development of practical principles and norms for information governance and e-discovery.
His substantive litigation experience has ranged from simple contracts, through intellectual property (including international patents and licenses concerning biotechnology), competition issues, corporate governance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, securities and derivative cases, representation and distribution agreements, insurance coverage disputes, and even RICO. He has tried cases in state and federal courts, and international arbitration venues (including Europe and Japan). He is a certified mediator, arbitrator, early neutral evaluator, and e-discovery neutral, as well as a certified information privacy professional/US.
Beginning in 2002, Chuck concentrated his practice on legally defensible approaches to the management of electronic information in complex business organizations. He has helped clients establish proactive policies and guidance, and provided counsel on responding cost-effectively to discovery requests.