Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council
Building Domain Expertise Since 2004
CGOC (Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council) is a forum of over 1900 legal, IT, records and information management professionals from corporations and government agencies. CGOC conducts primary research, has dedicated practice groups on challenging topics, and hosts meetings throughout the U.S. and Europe where practice leaders convene to discuss discovery, retention, privacy and governance. Established in 2004, it fills the critical practitioners' gap between EDRM and The Sedona Conference.
CGOC was founded by Deidre Paknad, Director of Information Lifecycle Governance at IBM Corporation, in 2004 to create a continuing, high quality executive-level exchange of expertise and information on these fast-changing business issues. The founding community of CGOC experts also includes Adam Cohen, co-author of Electronic Discovery: Law and Practice and a managing director at FTI Consulting, Kevin Brady, partner at Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP and a member of the Delaware commission on e-discovery, Lisa Sotto, partner at Hunton & Williams and Vice Chair, Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, and other noted experts.
CGOC supporters include founding sponsor IBM Corporation. See all our supporters.
CGOC events are distinguished by the depth of experience of the guest experts and the level and quality of conversation across the assembly.
Through working lunches and special interest groups, the CGOC provides a venue for small-group discussions and engagement on specific issues. Sessions are chaired by a team of subject matter experts to set the stage for active discussion on key topics; practice guidelines and recommendations typically result from these sessions.
Focused on high-level changes in the legal landscape or practice standards, executive sessions are generally half-day events with distinguished guest experts who provide a comprehensive overview of the topic.
The CGOC Summit is an annual conference of retention and preservation stakeholders held in January. Comprised of presentations from thought leaders, break out sessions on diverse topics, and memorable networking sessions, the Summit sets the tone for the coming year with its expert speakers and stakeholders.
The CGOC Journal is a hallmark CGOC publication. Each year the Journal includes articles authored by the leading experts on discovery, retention, and compliance very often including detailed legal discussions of requirements or changes.
Bulletins and Newsletters
Through bulletins and newsletters, CGOC publishes the results of its working groups and executive events as well as alerts its constituency to important issues and advancements.