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The Greater Washington DC Chapter holds monthly meetings from September to June at a Metro-accessible location. Chapter meetings are open to anyone interested in records and information management issues.

What: GWDC ARMA Virtual Chapter Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where:  ZOOM



Contact Christopher Beasley, Vice-President of Programs, at

Metro: Metro Center (All Lines)

Catered Food, Soft Drinks, and Dessert will be served

Register Members - $20, Non-Members - $30, Students - $10, and Virtual - Free of Charge

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Sponsor: TBD

Presenter: John Cook, Esq. Partner Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America.

Presentation Topic: Human Resources Recordkeeping & Discovery Basics

About Mike Ratigan, President of Data Evolution


John began his career in the District of Columbia’s Corporation Counsel’s (now Attorney General’s) office. Since then, he has served as a mediator for the District of Columbia Superior Court and as a conciliator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court, has lectured frequently, and has published articles on civil litigation and employment law issues.


John is a recognized leader in the Virginia Employment Law Bar. He is a former member of the Section Council of the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and is the current co-chair and a former chair of the Fairfax County Bar Association’s Employment Law Section.  He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”) and a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”).   

John’s colleagues agree that he is the go-to person for employees. Based on surveys of active Virginia attorneys, Virginia Business magazine named John one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in its December 2004, 2005, and 2006 editions. “Super Lawyer” magazine selected him as a Super Lawyer in 2006 and 2007, as well as 2011-2020. John was named to the Washington Post’s “Top Attorneys” list in the D.C. Metropolitan Area for 2013 and 2014 and Northern Virginia Magazine’s “Top Attorney” list in 2016.  John has carried the coveted “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell for over 20 years.  John has lectured frequently and published articles on civil litigation and employment law issues.


 In addition to his law practice with the firm, John served for over a decade on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, where he chaired the Board’s Public Safety Committee. He also served on the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board, which he chaired in 2015; the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, where he served as Treasurer; and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, where he chaired the Governance Committee. John is also a member of the Trial Law Institute and Diversity Law Institute.

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