Denise has over 16 years of experience in cost-effective discovery management in complex litigation, including the preservation, collection, organization, review and production of documents.

Denise works closely with clients to formulate efficient and effective approaches for meeting discovery obligations and navigating technological innovations. She has represented business interests in the chemical, communications, insurance, pharmaceutical, retail, tobacco and transportation industries.

Denise has published materials on e-discovery law and routinely offers CLE presentations on this topic. She is a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production and Merrill Corporation’s Strategic Advisory Board for Electronic Data Discovery, and has been appointed to the LexisNexis Advisory Board. She is also a faculty member at Bryan University, where she teaches eDiscovery classes, and currently serves on the eDiscovery Advisory Council for the university's post-graduate online program on eDiscovery Project Management.

Denise is currently a member of Shook’s Associates Committee and is the former co-chair of the firm’s Mentoring Task Force. Denise was also the recipient of the firm’s first Sylvan Siegler Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

Publications

Denise J. Talbert & Mark Cowing, Beware the Dangers of a “Hands-Off Approach” to Document Collections, 21:2 RX for the Defense, May 2013. 

Denise J. Talbert (co-author), The Sedona Conference® Commentary on Ethics & Metadata (Ronald J. Hedges & Denise J. Talbert eds., March 2012).

Sarah Croft, Denise J. Talbert & Mark Cowing, E-discovery obligations in US product liability litigation, The In-House Lawyer, December 2011/January 2012. 

Denise Talbert, The Importance of Being Transparent, Pension Committee Revisited One Year Later: A Retrospective on the Impact of Judge Scheindlin's Influential Opinion (Legal Hold Pro 2011).

Denise Talbert & Christine Novak, Strategies for a Coordinated Response to Rule 45 Third-Party Subpoenas, Bloomberg Law Reports, April 26, 2010; selected for inclusion in Bloomberg Law Quarterly 2011.

Denise J. Talbert, John C. Vaglio & Marie S. Woodbury, Chapter 28: E-Discovery-Practical Considerations, Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices (PLI 2009).

Denise J. Talbert, How a Single Critical Document Is Handled Can Turn a Trial, Law.com, October 6, 2006.

Denise J. Talbert, Experience Plus Infrastructure Equal Success, Counsel to Counsel Magazine, November 2005. 

Presentations

Panelist, A Team Effort: Working Together to Manage the eDiscovery Process, Women in EDiscovery (July 2015).

Panelist, Look at Data Now: Test the Story and Linking the Critical Conversations, University of Florida/EDRM Electronic Discovery for the Small and Medium Case Conference (March 2014).

Major Developments in E-Discovery, The Missouri Bar/Missouri Judicial Conference 2013 Annual Meeting (September 2013).

Panelist, Commentary on Ethics & Metadata, The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production Webinar (August 2013).

eDiscovery: Practical Tips, University of Missouri School of Law (April 2013).

Panelist, Traditional Analysis and Budgeting, University of Florida/EDRM Electronic Discovery for the Small and Medium Case Conference (April 2013).

Going Native! A Fresh Look at Exchanging in Native Format, International Legal Technology Association (ITLA) Webinar (March 2013).

Requests for Production – Respond with Caution! How Responses to RFPs Can Greatly Reduce the Cost of Document Collection, Processing, Review and Production, SHB's Corporate Counsel Institute CLE (February 2013).

Panelist, Determining the Scope of Preservation and Documentation and When Preservation is a Real Challenge, Legal Hold Pro’s 2012 Conference on Preservation Excellence (September 2012).

At the Intersection of Ethics and Technology and Predictive Coding: Losing the Spin; Finding Practical Uses, Onsite Client CLE (September 2012).

Faculty member, Managing the Review Process and the Production of ESI, Bryan University E-Discovery Project Management Program (May 2012 & July 2012).

View from the Bench/View from the Bar Panel, Trial Judge Education Committee’s 2012 Advanced Trial Skills: Issues in Electronic Evidence (March 2012).

You Want What?, Shook, Hardy & Bacon's eDiscovery Collection from the Frontlines CLE (September 2011).

E-Discovery/ESI – Mistakes Made, Prices Paid, Lesson Learned and Advice for the Future, The Missouri Bar/Missouri Judicial Conference 2011 Annual Meeting (September 2011).

Pension Committee Revisited: Where Do We Go From Here?, Legal Hold Pro Webinar (March 2011).

KC Wired and Legal Implications: Cloud Computing, Metadata, Data Privacy and Social Media, Centurions Leadership Program of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (January 2011).

Ethics and Metadata, The Sedona Conference Annual Meeting (October 2010).

Guest Speaker, University of Missouri School of Law E-Discovery Class (September 2010).

E-Discovery Roadmap – 2010 and Beyond, The Missouri Bar/Missouri Judicial Conference 2010 Annual Meeting (September 2010).

Considerations in Defending Corporate eDiscovery, Onsite Client CLE (April 2010).

Smart Search & Professional Responsibility in eDiscovery, Continuum Worldwide (March 2010).

Proven, But Sometimes Overlooked, Ways to Reduce eDiscovery Costs, Shook, Hardy & Bacon's Seventh Annual Corporate Counsel Institute (February 2010).

Deliberate Spoliation – What Is Fueling the Torch?: Managing preservation obligations at the workplace, Client Webinar (December 2009).

The New Face of Global Legal Services: An In-Depth Look at Legal Process Outsourcing and Related Ethical Considerations, Association of Corporate Counsel (October 2009).

School of Docs: An eDiscovery CLE, Onsite Client CLE (April 2009).

The Technology of eDiscovery, SHB eDiscovery Seminar (October 2008).

Following the Frolics and Detours of Opposing Counsel, Client eDiscovery Seminar (May 2008).

Legal Implications of eDiscovery, SHB eDiscovery Seminar (April 2008).

eDiscovery: After the Amendments, Onsite Client CLE (September 2007).

eDiscovery and Electronic Records Management for IT Directors, Records Managers & Corporate Counsel: Practical, Real-World Advice, SHB eDiscovery CLE (November 2006).

eDiscovery Amendments: So What Do We Do Now, SHB eDiscovery CLE (September 2006).