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Taa R. Grays

MetLife
VP & Associate General Counsel – Information Governance
New York City, NY, USA


As the lead of Information Governance, Taa is responsible for the strategic management of MetLife’s Information Lifecycle Management Program. She leads a team that develops, implements and manages the Information Governance strategic plan, helping drive this initiative throughout MetLife. She provides strategic leadership for all aspects of the ILM program, including strategic direction, management of corporate ILM policies, processes, procedures, standards, and tools, and deployment of ILM principles throughout the global enterprise. 

She collaborates with IT, Legal Affairs, Risk Management, Audit, Global Technology and Operations, and all the Lines of Businesses and various other stakeholders to deliver ILM requirements and compliance strategies for ILM to minimize potential risks. 

Prior to this role, she served as the Chief of Staff to the General Counsel since 2010. In this role, she worked closely with the General Counsel and his leadership team to identify, document and communicate Legal Affairs' initiatives. She collaborated and coordinated with the Legal Affairs leadership on project planning, management and accountability to ensure the timely completion of Enterprise and Legal Affairs deliverables and to champion various departmental initiatives. She also managed a staff of 140 associates that provides operational support to the Department, including but not limited to: project management, technology portfolio management and training support, communications, records management, finance management and analytical support, knowledge management, office services, and administrative and paralegal support. She also chaired the Legal Affairs’ Diversity Committee, co-chairs the Technology Governance Committee, and was an Executive Member of The Academy, Legal Affairs’ training committee.

Taa started with MetLife in 2003 in the Litigation Section. As a litigator, her practice consisted of handling various federal and state lawsuits and regulatory complaints stemming from MetLife’s US Business and Investment activities. She also coordinated and oversaw MetLife’s e-discovery responses to regulatory, pre-litigation and litigation matters as the eDiscovery Counsel and managed a cross-functional team that managed MetLife’s discovery obligations. 

Prior to MetLife, Taa was an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx District Attorney's Office in its Rackets Bureau for five and half years. She investigated and prosecuted felony and misdemeanor crimes committed by public officials and organized crime groups from the filing of the initial complaint to indictment and trial.

Taa is very active in the legal community. She is a Vice-President of the New York State Bar Association. She has held several leadership positions including: president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Women in the Law; Regional Director, Member-at-Large, Pipeline Committee chair, Chief of Staff to the President of the National Bar Association; president of the Association of Black Women Attorneys; program planning chair for the Corporate Counsel Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association; past President of the Network of Bar Leaders; and co-chair of the Diversity Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. The New York City Bar Association recognized her as a Diversity Champion in 2015. The Metropolitan Black Bar Association recognized her dedication and leadership to the bar in 2010 by honoring her with its inaugural Bar Leaders of the Year Award. The New York State Bar Association also recognized Taa for her commitment to diversity in 2003 by honoring her with its Diversity Trailblazer Award. 

In 2017, she became a member of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

She received her A.B. from Harvard College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Taa R. Grays is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Responding to the Investigation - Government Investigations 2018: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Wednesday, February 14, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Responding to the Investigation - Responding to the Investigation, Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Responding to the Investigation - Responding to the Investigation, Wednesday, February 14, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Responding to the Investigation - Responding to the Investigation, Wednesday, February 14, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Government Investigations 2018: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Government Investigations 2019: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Friday, February 01, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Government Investigations 2019: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Friday, February 01, 2019, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Government Investigations 2019: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Friday, February 01, 2019, Cleveland, OH
Government Investigations 2019: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Friday, February 01, 2019, Nashville, TN
Government Investigations 2019: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Friday, February 01, 2019, Atlanta, GA
Government Investigations 2019: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Friday, February 01, 2019, Mechanicsburg, PA
Government Investigations 2019: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Friday, February 01, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Government Investigations 2019: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Friday, February 01, 2019, Philadelphia, PA
Government Investigations 2019: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Friday, February 01, 2019, Boston, MA
Government Investigations 2019: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Friday, February 01, 2019, Columbus, OH
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