Cristin K. Traylor Discovery Counsel

Cristin serves as Discovery Counsel for the firm, where she oversees a team of discovery lawyers, litigation project managers, and legal assistants who provide experienced discovery assistance and strategic advice to McGuireWoods’ clients. She also manages the Richmond Document Review Center, employing cutting-edge software to manage e-discovery reviews cost effectively and efficiently by utilizing her proficiency in analytics, technology assisted review and computer forensics.

Cristin is recognized as a thought leader in electronic discovery, offering numerous insights and publications in the field. Cristin is also a member of McGuireWoods Practice Innovation Office, which is tasked to evaluate, recommend, pilot and approve novel approaches to serving firm clients and improving the legal practice. Cristin is an active member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1, having served on multiple drafting and brainstorming teams, and Women in eDiscovery, where she currently serves as Assistant Chapter Director. She is one of a select group of lawyers in the world who holds a Relativity Master certification. Her certifications also include Relativity Certified Administrator, Relativity Project Management Specialist, Relativity Analytics Specialist, Relativity Assisted Review Specialist and Relativity Certified User.

Cristin is closely monitoring trends in e-discovery and how they may impact the firm’s clients.

Cristin also has experience with white collar criminal defense and government investigations. She has represented individuals and corporations facing investigations and enforcement actions by various state and federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC. Her case load has included matters involving allegations of bribery, accounting fraud, bank fraud, fraud against the United States, conspiracy, and ITAR violations. She has also performed internal investigations and audits, including export control compliance audits. Cristin is a member of both the Board of Trustees and the Board of Associates for her alma mater, Randolph-Macon College. Cristin has been named to “Virginia Rising Stars”, E-Discovery and is the recipient of the Relativity 2019 Attorney Tech Evangelist Innovation Award.


Assisted the team in obtaining a dismissal of a highly publicized federal criminal case alleging misuse of campaign and government funds by a former congressman.

Represented a financial institution client in responding to a demand from a federal banking regulator to investigate and interview over 700 client employees in a three-month period of time.

Served as discovery counsel in a matter that was resolved with a complete appellate victory—affirming a combined judgment amount of approximately $23 million—in a contract dispute that involved a complex set of interrelated coal supply and services agreements related our client’s order of 600,000 tons of a specific coal product, which the seller fulfilled with different products that were unusable for their intended purpose.

Representation of major media company in DOJ and SEC investigation regarding document preservation, collection and production.

Discovery counsel to manufacturing company in anti-trust government investigation and civil suits.

Advice on document collection and production to chemical company in large litigation suit.

Defense of financial institution in DOJ investigation in regards to document preservation, collection and production.

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Recipient, Attorney Tech Evangelist Innovation Award, 2019

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," E-Discovery, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, JD, Research and Symposium Editor, Quinnipiac Law Review, 2000
  • Randolph-Macon College, BA, Sociology/Psychology, cum laude, 1997

Member, Board of Trustees, Randolph-Macon College

Member, Board of Associates, Randolph-Macon College

Member, Sedona Conference WG1 Brainstorming Group on Effective Use of Orders Under FRE 502(d)

Member, Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Production and Retention

Member, Virginia Bar Association, 2000-present

Assistant Chapter Director, Chapter Director (former), Richmond Chapter, Women in E-Discovery

Relativity User Group Steering Committee

Member, Practice Innovation Office

President (former), Board of Directors, Nurture

  • Panelist, "Leadership Working Group: Sprint Panel on Resilient Leadership," SOLID (Summit on Legal Innovation and Disruption), January 29, 2021
  • Co-presenter, "Hacking to Innovation Success," SKILLS Showcase, January 21, 2021
  • Panelist, "Clawbacks, Redactions, and Formats…Oh My!," ILTA>ON, August 26, 2020
  • Speaker, "Challenges of eDiscovery in a Work from Home World," Virtual One Conference, June 10, 2020
  • Guest, "White Collar Crime," Uncivil Procedure: The E-Discovery Podcast, Relativity Fest, November 20, 2019
  • Presenter, "E-Discovery – The Key to Winning Your Case, or a Necessary Evil?," Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Paralegal Seminar, November 7, 2019
  • Dialogue Leader, "Effective Use of Orders Under Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d)," The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Annual Meeting, October 24, 2019
  • Presenter, "The Long and Winding Road: Career Paths in eDiscovery," Relativity Fest, October 22, 2019
  • Panelist, "Ready, Fire, Aim! Negotiating Discovery Protocols," IG3 Mid-Atlantic Conference, June 24-25, 2019
  • Panelist, "Navigating the Certification Labyrinth," Women in eDiscovery Conference, Austin, TX, May 9, 2019
  • Presenter, "Hot Topics in eDiscovery," Driven eDiscovery Speaker Series, March 21, 2019
  • Speaker, "Innovation," ESI Ninja Podcast, November 30, 2018
  • Panelist, "Rise of the Robolawyer," The Masters Conference, October 23, 2018
  • Presenter, "Privilege Logs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," Relativity Fest, October 1, 2018
  • Presenter, "Hot Topics in eDiscovery," Driven eDiscovery Speaker Series, February 22, 2018
  • Panelist, "Emerging Review Platforms," Richmond Women in Ediscovery, November 7, 2017
  • Presenter, "Killer Personal Branding in E-Discovery: Why It’s Important and How to Build Yours," Relativity Fest: Women in EDiscovery, 2017
  • Presenter, "Don’t Let Native Excel Redactions Become the Bane of Your Existence: How to Lessen the Pain," Relativity Fest, October 22-25, 2017
  • Panelist, "Meet & Confer Checklist," Raleigh-Durham Women in eDiscovery, August 22, 2017
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