Yodi S. Hailemariam

Associate Washington, D.C.

About

Yodi S. Hailemariam focuses her practice on U.S. and cross-border information governance, data privacy, cybersecurity, electronic discovery, legal analytics and the Internet of Things. Yodi has experience in a wide range of industries, including health care, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, intellectual property, insurance and financial services.

A frequent author, speaker and panelist on “all things data,” Yodi advises companies regarding electronic discovery in complex civil litigations, white collar defense, and corporate investigations; information governance and records management policies and programs; and data privacy, security and regulatory compliance. Yodi is also experienced in leveraging data analytics to achieve better, more efficient and more cost-effective results for clients.

Yodi has extensive experience advising on cross-border data issues, particularly with respect to China, Japan and the APAC region. She took an active role in developing the first digital discovery platform in China to be designed, operated and staffed by PRC-licensed lawyers. Prior to joining the firm, Yodi worked at one of the “Big Four” Japanese law firms in Tokyo, Japan.

Yodi is committed to doing pro bono work, particularly for homeless and low-income clients. While in law school, Yodi interned for the Honorable Harriet O’Neill of the Supreme Court of Texas.

Experience

  • Represented and served as lead discovery counsel for multiple U.S. hospital systems in defense of qui tam whistleblower litigation involving False Claims Act, Stark laws, and Anti-Kickback Statute in federal district court.
  • Represented and served as lead discovery counsel for aggregate and heavy building materials supplier in response to Department of Justice subpoena relating to proposed merger.
  • Represented and served as lead discovery counsel for Japanese manufacturing company in defense of U.S. Department of Justice antitrust and obstruction of justice investigation.
  • Represented and served as lead discovery counsel for U.S. utilities company in response to Federal Trade Commission investigation into proposed merger.
  • Represented and served as lead discovery counsel for non-profit community-based physician group in defense of complex civil litigation.
  • Represented and served as lead discovery counsel for physician in defense of Department of Justice investigation into anti-kickback and False Claims Act violations by Japanese company.
  • Represented and served as lead discovery counsel for U.S. banking institution in defense of U.S. Federal Trade Commission Civil Investigative Demand.
  • Represented and secured asylum for Orthodox Christian due to religious prosecution in Eritrea.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Texas

Education

  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., 2002, with honors

Organizations

  • Christian Legal Aid of DC, Board of Directors
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Black Law Students Association (Past President)
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, State Bar of Texas (Past Student Representative)
  • The Sedona Conference, Electronic Document Retention and Production – Working Group 1; International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure – Working Group 6; Data Security and Privacy Liability – Working Group 11
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • The Innoxcell Annual Symposium (IAS), Advisory Committee