Judith Branham is a managing director of Aon’s Cyber Solutions (formerly Stroz Friedberg) based in Minneapolis, where she directs digital forensic investigations, assists clients in responding to cybercrime and data breach incidents and manages a portfolio of end-to-end eDiscovery engagements. In her 16 years of providing litigation support, she has primarily focused on developing and instituting eDiscovery best practices for the legal and corporate communities. Branham also brings keen knowledge of international privacy laws, having coordinated the collection of global data for numerous eDiscovery matters.
Branham was formerly with Faegre Baker Daniels, serving as an attorney within the law firm’s eDiscovery practice. She advised and represented companies in all areas of electronic discovery, ranging from document review and drafting privilege logs, to culling, collections and production. She was highly regarded for her work consulting with clients on the development of defensible preservation and information management policies. Branham successfully handled motions to compel and negotiations with opposing counsel regarding the scope of discovery for complex litigation matters.
Branham also held a prominent eDiscovery role within 3M. There, she seized the opportunity to leverage her unique background in law and technology, quickly instituting innovative and defensible practices. Branham was at the forefront of recognizing the explosive growth of electronically stored information (ESI) and, in response, created a new internal methodology to more efficiently discover and produce ESI electronically (prior to issuance of the seminal Zubulake cases.) Branham also led a team to design and implement progressive systems to better track and manage the issuance of legal holds. Notably, the corporation granted Branham its prestigious annual “3M Pyramid of Excellence Award” for her outstanding inventions and, over all, for pioneering cost-effective and defensible eDiscovery collection and preservation processes.
Branham is a frequent speaker and author on issues pertaining to eDiscovery. She is currently a member of two Sedona Conference working groups: electronic document retention and production; and internal electronic information management, discovery and disclosure.
Branham received a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in urban affairs from St. Cloud State University and is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP).