Denise Backhouse is a Shareholder and eDiscovery Counsel at global employment and labor law firm, Littler. A recognized leader and innovator in the field of international discovery, Denise provides her clients with focused guidance on information governance and electronic discovery. Denise is at the forefront of developing new procedures, leveraging data protection principles and technology to address often conflicting legal and regulatory obligations in local and cross-border employment matters. Admitted to the New York Bar for over 20 years, Denise brings her broad international experience and U.S. litigator’s perspective to InfoGovANZ.
With a deep commitment to education and fostering talent, Denise is a Founding Director of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI) at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, where she created and taught IG courses and initiated a career development and internship programme. She is a frequent lecturer and sought-after author and presenter on IG and cross-border data protection issues. Her think tank leadership roles include serving on the Steering Committees of the ABA Cross-Border Discovery Institute and The Sedona Conference® Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure. She currently sits on Sedona’s Working Group Series Leadership Council. Among her many publications, Denise is Editor-in-Chief of Sedona’s flagship International Litigation Principles and leads the drafting team preparing the next edition.
Denise holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E). Before moving to the U.S. and practicing law, Denise studied in England and Australia, attaining her B.A. and M.A. with honors from the University of Melbourne.