SOURCE: Mitratech

June 17, 2008 09:00 ET

Interact 2008's Litigation Holds Session to Help Improve Compliance With Judicial and Governmental Requests for Evidence Preservation

This Peer-Driven Discussion Will Provide Practical Strategies for eDiscovery Management and Effective Litigation Hold Programs

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - Mitratech, a leading provider of software solutions for organizations to manage legal, compliance, and security risks, today announced a panel discussion entitled, "Know When To Hold 'Em," to be presented at Mitratech's Interact 2008: The Legal and Compliance Technology Forum. The session is designed to help corporate legal departments implement a repeatable and defensible litigation hold strategy and improve responses to litigation requests.

Sponsored by Kiersted Systems, the session's panelists include: John Barber, Legal Operations Senior Manager, Amgen; George Kiersted, President, Kiersted Systems; Deidre Paknad, President and CEO, PSS Systems; and Liz Schimmel, Discovery Manager, Halliburton Company.

"While the obligation to preserve relevant documents is continually being redefined with new rules and regulations, the reality of court-ordered sanctions means that today's corporate legal departments need to be on top of a solid litigation hold program," said Afshin Behnia, Mitratech's President and CEO. "Open discussions around managing this new obligation will play a big role in reducing its associated costs and risks. Interact 2008 will provide that level of knowledge-sharing from leading legal and compliance professionals."

"An effective litigation hold strategy should include ways that technology can help manage this issue within your company," commented George Kiersted, President of Kiersted Systems. "Every company is different and our panel members will give you multiple options and real-life examples so you can see first hand which approach fits your company best."

Additionally, Kiersted Systems' Senior Manager of Implementation Consulting, Amanda Heldt, will present "The 3-5 Year Itch - A Tune-up is the Cure!" on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 2:00 pm. Kiersted legal technology consultants will also be available to provide additional guidance in the Interact exhibit hall.

Interact 2008 runs September 21-24 at the Marina Del Rey Marriott in California. The conference draws general counsel, compliance and risk officers, in-house counsel, legal IT professionals, and department heads and provides expert speakers, case study sessions, peer learning, and CLE accredited courses. For more information, please contact or visit

About Interact 2008

Interact 2008: The Legal & Compliance Technology Forum is a peer-driven conference designed to optimize best practices for corporate legal and compliance departments. Gathering representatives from the world's leading organizations together in an intimate and informative setting, Interact 2008 delivers expert speakers, case study sessions, panel discussions, and CLE accredited courses. The conference will take place September 21-24, 2008 at the Marina Del Rey Marriott in California. For more information, please visit

About Kiersted Systems

Kiersted / Systems, Inc. is a proven leader in eDiscovery and legal technology consulting. Its team of experienced, senior professionals provides a full range of legal technology services, including eDiscovery processing, forensic data collection, and corporate legal department consulting with a focus on matter management, legal hold, and discovery management. Kiersted / Systems was named a Top 10 Service Provider in the 2007 Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey. The company's success is based on a deeper understanding of its clients' specific challenges and a single-minded focus on helping those clients succeed. Founded in 1984, Kiersted / Systems is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit

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