John Isaza


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Boston College

J.D. (Notes & Comments Editor, International Law Review)

University of Florida

B.A., Speech & Communication Studies (High Honors)

Prior In-House Positions

IntraLase Corp (General Counsel)

Previous Experience

Merrill Lynch (Asset Management Advisor)

Bars & Courts

  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • United States District Court
  • Southern District of California
  • United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeal


  • French
  • German (conversational)
  • Spanish

Professional Experience

John Isaza, Esq., FAI heads the Information Governance & Records Management practice at Rimon. Mr. Isaza is internationally recognized in the emerging legal fields of information governance, as well as records and information management (RIM). He is one of the country’s foremost experts on RIM issues, electronic discovery, and legal holds. He has developed information governance and records retention programs for some of the most highly regulated Fortune 100 companies, including related regulatory research opinions. His clients range from the Fortune 100 to startups.

Mr. Isaza is also an expert in social media law. He is the current chair of the ABA’s Social Media Law Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. In this capacity he is a contributing author and Editor in Chief of the upcoming book, A Handbook on Global Social Media Law for the Business Lawyer, to be published the ABA. Mr. Isaza is a frequent lecturer on the issue, and he advises clients on the difficult issues in navigating a social media presence.

Prior to joining Rimon, Mr. Isaza was cofounder and Partner of Howett Isaza Law Group, a boutique law firm specializing in corporate compliance matters, complex business, real estate, construction, employment and environmental litigation. Immediately prior to that, he served as in-house General Counsel to a publicly traded medical device manufacturer, now owned by Abbott Laboratories. Mr. Isaza rounds out his previous experience with over a decade as a trial lawyer specializing in business, environmental contamination, products liability and construction defects. During that time, he served as Arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Court. Mr. Isaza attended Boston College Law School, where he served as Editor of the International Law Review. In 1989, he served as Judicial Extern in the United States District Court of Massachusetts, Honorable David S. Nelson.

Mr. Isaza is a highly sought-after speaker in the ARMA, AIIM, ABA, American Bankers and IT compliance circuits. Mr. Isaza serves on various committees of the ABA, including the Cyberspace Law Committee and the E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee; he is a contributing author to the ABA’s Internet Law 2nd Edition, as well as ARMA’s GARP® Metrics & Audit Guide; he is past President of the Greater Los Angeles ARMA Chapter and of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County; he served on the Board of Directors of ARMA International, the Orange County Bar Association, and he currently serves on the Board of Orange County’s Public Law Center. Mr. Isaza co-authored a book entitled 7 Steps for Legal Holds of ESI & Other Documents released in July 2009 and was a contributing author in 2012 to the ABA's Internet Law for Business Lawyers, 2nd Edition. He is the 2008 recipient of ARMA’s prestigious Britt Literary Award, and his writings have been featured in The American Lawyer’s Law.com. In 2011, Mr. Isaza was named the 45th Fellow of ARMA International (the “FAI” designation after his name) - the highest honor bestowed by the professional association of records and information managers.

Highlights of Experience Include

  • Leadership of consulting teams to develop information governance strategies
  • Legal counsel on international information governance programs and overall creation of operations abroad
  • Development of electronic systems needs assessments, including implementation of systems
  • Development of process based records retention schedules, data maps, electronic communication policies, procedures and litigation holds policies
  • International research of compliance and record retention regulatory matters
  • Delivery and development of extensive records and information management policy training programs

Representative Awards

  • Appointed, Co-Chair of the Consumer Privacy and Data Analytics Subcommittee
  • Appointed, Fellow of ARMA International (FAI) #45
  • Recipient, Britt Literary Award, ARMA International
  • Recipient, President’s Award, Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County


  • Author, “Global Social Media Law for Business Lawyers” Handbook. Publication by ABA Business Law Section (September 2017)
  • Author, "Information Management Best Practices and the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles." E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Journal 3.2 (2012): 2-10. Print (March 2012)
  • Contributing author, ABA’s Internet Law Guide, 2nd Edition (Summer 2012)
  • Author, “Garp® and Its Weight on the Legal Profession,” Information Management (January 2012) 
  • Contributing author, GARP® Metrics & Audit Guide (November 2011)
  • Author, “Metadata in Court,” ARMA Educational Foundation (November 2010)
  • Featured Series, “7 Steps for Legal Holds,” The American Lawyer’s Law.com (March 2010)
  • Co-author, 7 Steps for Legal Holds of ESI & Other Documents, ARMA International (April 2009)
  • Author, “Braking for Legal Holds,” Information Management Journal (January 2008)
  • Author, “Legal Holds for Anticipated Litigation,” ARMA Educational Foundation (October 2007)
  • Author, “E-Discovery Compels a Seat for RIM,” Information Management Journal (January 2007)
  • Author, “Know When to Hold ‘Em, When to Destroy ‘Em,” Information Management Journal (April 2005)
  • Author, “Legal Holds and Spoliation,” ARMA Educational Foundation (October 2004)

Representative Speaking Engagements

  • ABA Annual Business Law Meeting, Recent Developments in US State Privacy Requirements:  How Do Businesses Balance It All, September 13, 2019
  • Greater Los Angeles ARMA, Recent FRCP Changes: Effect on eDiscovery, RIM & IG,  February 9, 2016
  • Lorman live webinar, Advanced Records Retention, February 8, 2016
  • Legal Tech New York, Information Governance and the Updated FRCP: Speed, Proportionality, Preservation and Ethics, February 4, 2016
  • ClearLaw live webinar, Lawful Records Retention Programs: Practical Guidance, February 3, 2016
  • Legal Tech New York, Social Media: Ethics and Records Considerations, February 2, 2017
  • Legal Tech New York, Update of Effects of Brexit on Privacy & Data Protection, February 2, 2017
  • Legal Tech New York, Data Disposition Strategies from the Trenches, February 2, 2017

View More Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Social Media: Legal Ethics and Records Considerations - CLE Webinar, January 2017
  • ABA Cyberspace Law Winter Meeting, Global Social Media & Dark Data: Issues of Record Retention, Disposition & Legal Holds, January 26, 2017
  • Orange County ARMA, Mock Trial, on January 19, 2016
  • eSign Records annual conference in Washington DC, Electronic Records Retention Principles, November 2, 2016
  • Lorman live webinar, Advanced Records Retention, August 2, 2016
  • LexVid video recording, E-Document Management and Legal Requirements, June 24, 2016
  • ​Royal Roads University Victoria Canada guest lecturer, International Global Trade: Information Governance Considerations, June 20, 1016
  • ARMA Golden Gate, RIM vs IG, The RIM Profession in Transition, June 15, 2016
  • Legal Tech West Coast, Information Governance and the Updated FRCP, June 14, 2016
  • Legal Tech West Coast, The Tension Between Privacy and Business Efficiency for Multinational Corporations, June 14, 2016
  • Legal Tech West Coast, Incident Readiness: The Role of Information Governance in Mitigating Breach Exposure, June 14, 2016
  • MER Conference Chicago, Disposition of Paper Records, May 24, 2016
  • Southern California Inland Empire ARMA, Keynote: RIM vs IG, The RIM Profession in Transition, April 20, 2016
  • ARMA International live webinar, How the EU General Data Protection Regulations Impact U.S. RIM and IG, March 28, 2016
  • Legal Tech New York, Shine a Light on Your Dark Data, January 2013, New York, NY
  • ARMA International, Fellows Forum: Pushing Unconventional Change, September 2012, Chicago, IL
  • Attorney Credits, 7 Steps for Legal Holds: Avoiding Malpractive & Jail: August 2012, Newport Beach, CA
  • Asia Pacific Institute of Mgt., GARP as International Standard, July 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Speaker, Managing Records in Sharepoint, MER Conference, May 2012, Chicago, IL
  • Speaker, Policies, Technologies and Processes to Improve Compliance, Legal Tech West Coast, May 2011, Los Angeles, CA
  • Speaker, Electronic Record Considerations in Corporate Transactions, American Bar Association, April 2011, Boston, MA
  • Speaker, Information Governance in the Cloud, ARMA Milwaukee, April 2011, Milwaukee, WI
  • Speaker, Mock Meet & Confer, IBM Video Series, Spring 2010, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Speaker, E-Discovery in Web 2.0, Recall User Conference, February 2010, Riverside, CA
  • Speaker, GARP Principles, Legal Tech New York, February 2010, New York, NY
  • Keynote, The Digital Haystack, Nexus Conference, November 2009, Bellevue, WA
  • Keynote, Legal Holds, CARIFIG, October 2009, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
  • Speaker, Mock Trial, Municipal Clerks Association, October 2008, Tucson, AZ
  • Speaker, Records Management Face to Face, American Bankers Association, October 2008, Las Vegas, NV
  • Speaker, Mock Meet & Confer Program Series, IBM User Conferences, Fall 2008, Nationwide
  • Speaker, Developments in Electronic Disclosures, New York State Bar, April 2008, San Diego, CA
  • Speaker, E-Discovery, Defense Research Institute, April 2008, New York City, NY
  • Speaker, Triggering Events for Anticipated Litigation Holds, ARMA International, October 2007, Baltimore, MD
  • Speaker, Revised Federal Rules and Opportunities for RIM, IT Compliance Institute, October 2007, San Diego, CA
  • Speaker, Triggering Events for Litigation Holds, AIIM San Diego, February 2007, San Diego, CA
  • Speaker, Mock Trial, Guest Attorney FileNet Corporation, October 2005 to October 2008, Nationwide
  • Keynote, The Revised Federal Rules, ARMA Houston, April 2005, Houston, TX
  • Speaker, Sarbanes-Oxley Update, ARMA Silicon Valley, November 2003, Palo Alto, CA
  • Speaker, A Trial Lawyer’s Take on Admission of E-Records, ARMA International, October 2002, New Orleans, LA