About CGOC

Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council

Building Domain Expertise Since 2004

CGOC (Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council) is a forum of over 2900 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 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.


CGOC events are distinguished by the depth of experience of the guest experts and the level and quality of conversation across the assembly.

Practice Groups

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.

Executive Events

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.

Annual Summit

The CGOC Summit is an annual conference of retention and preservation stakeholders held in the spring. 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.


CGOC Journal

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.


Derek Gascon, CGOC Executive Director

Derek is a 20-year veteran in the information technology industry where he has led market and product strategies for content management/archiving software and solutions. He is currently the Executive Director for CGOC and Program Lead for ILG Thought Leadership at IBM. Prior to this Derek has held executive positions in Strategy, Marketing, and Solutions across related technologies including index/search, ECM, MAM, archive and storage with companies such as Dell, Hitachi Data Systems, Convera and StorageTek. He has delivered large scale solutions for content archiving and cloud storage in various industries including health care, law enforcement, oil & gas, financial services and media & entertainment. Derek earned a MS in Management & Organization from the University of Colorado and a BS in Information Systems from San Diego State University.

Erin Leahey, CGOC Community Relations Manager

Erin currently manages events and community relations for CGOC. She also serves as Marketing Programs Manager for Information Lifecyle Governance at IBM. Prior to this, Erin has held senior marketing positions with StoredIQ, Click Security and Neverfail Group. Erin earned a BS in Public Relations from The University of Texas.