Organizational Self-Assessment: Legal Factors

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In Part 4, we reviewed the process of conducting an organizational self-assessment to quantify eDiscovery needs and evaluate available solutions. In this Part, we turn our attention to the first of the four categories of key factors for organizational self-assessment: legal factors. Legal factors, in this context, refers to the specifics of the organization’s litigation or investigation portfolio. That portfolio will vary widely from organization to organization, and it will provide the most important set of factors for determining eDiscovery needs and assessing the suitability of potential solutions for your organization. Legal factors are assessed through . . .

Predictive Coding: The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

Tom O'Connor My late friend, Browning Marean, loved this saying and applied it often to ESI disputes.  Actually, he preferred two other versions of the sentiment, this one being made popular by Voltaire in the late 1700’s.  Browning loved to quote Shakespeare, and so he often said the line from King Lear, where the Duke of Albany warns that in “striving to better, oft we mar what's well.”  And, when at his desk overlooking San Diego Bay and the US Navy vessels … Continue reading

Industry Veteran Todd Mansbridge Joins Advanced Discovery as Technology Solutions Engineer

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Advanced Discovery continues client services enhancements with the addition of experienced product and solutions expert in Los Angeles, CA Advanced Discovery announced today the hiring of industry veteran Todd A. Mansbridge as Technology Solutions Engineer in Los Angeles, CA.  Todd is a seasoned professional in eDiscovery technology, solution design, and project management. Over the course of his nearly thirty-year career in litigation services, Todd has served as in-house legal support at a fortune 500 oil and gas company, overseen eDiscovery … Continue reading

Conducting an Organizational Self-Assessment

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In Part 3, we reviewed some of the available models and some of the key benefits and challenges associated with outsourcing eDiscovery functions. In this Part, we turn our attention to conducting an organizational self-assessment for eDiscovery needs and solutions. The process of assessing an organization’s eDiscovery needs to determine the suitability of available solutions has three key parts: identifying and interviewing key stakeholders, gathering and evaluating litigation data, and gathering and evaluating financial data. Depending on the size of your organization and the size of your litigation portfolio . . .

Industry Veteran Ryan Clark Joins Advanced Discovery as Vice President of Business Development

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Advanced Discovery continues nationwide expansion with the addition of experienced account executive in Houston, Texas Advanced Discovery announced today the hiring of industry veteran Ryan P. Clark as VP, Business Development, in Houston.  Ryan is a seasoned professional in corporate services, software and sales, including several years in eDiscovery. In his new role as VP, Business Development, Ryan will focus on supporting existing client relationships in Texas and nurturing new ones, bringing his considerable experience as a project manager, an … Continue reading

What Do GC’s Really Want in an eDiscovery Vendor?

Tom O'Connor For those of you who haven’t seen it, earlier this week Matthew Verga, the VP of Marketing Content here at Advanced Discovery, posted the third part of an ongoing series discussing insourcing and outsourcing of eDiscovery functions.  This week’s post is called ‘Models, Benefits and Challenges of Outsourcing’ and can be found here.  Part 1 is available here and part 2 is available here. Matthew and I also did a webcast, just over a week ago, on the same subject. … Continue reading

Veteran eDiscovery Practitioner and Educator Matthew Verga Joins Advanced Discovery as VP, Marketing Content

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Advanced Discovery seeks to meet its clients’ needs for continuing education in this evolving field by expanding its team of subject-matter expert writers and speakers Advanced Discovery announced today the hiring of experienced eDiscovery practitioner Matthew Verga, JD, as VP, Marketing Content.  Matthew is a nine-year veteran of eDiscovery, including four years practicing at an AmLaw 100 firm, three years with service providers consulting for law firms and corporations at the project and enterprise level, and two years producing educational … Continue reading

Models, Benefits and Challenges of Outsourcing

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In Part 2, we reviewed some of the available models and some of the key benefits and challenges associated with insourcing eDiscovery functions. In this Part, we turn our attention to the models, benefits, and challenges associated with outsourcing some or all eDiscovery functions. When we talk about models for outsourcing eDiscovery functions, we are speaking of aggregated outsourcing of those functions. Before moving to either an insourced or an aggregated outsourced solution, most organizations start out using an à-la-carte approach characterized by . . .

Is eDiscovery Really Too Expensive?

Tom O'Connor Those of us who work in the eDiscovery profession (and yes it’s a profession, not an industry . . . that’s a personal foible that’s best left for another day’s discussion) are constantly asked why the process is so expensive. A while back, one attorney actually posted in a discussion thread: Why is EDD and Data Processing So Expensive? Why can’t IT or my secretary do this? I know that we have all been faced with this so I am … Continue reading

Models, Benefits and Challenges of Insourcing

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In Part 1, we reviewed the myriad forces currently challenging corporations and law firms to reevaluate how they are handling their eDiscovery functions. In this Part, we turn our attention to the models, benefits, and challenges of insourcing some or all of those eDiscovery functions. All solution models for insourcing (and outsourcing) strike different balances between control, cost, and accountability. Because these factors will balance differently for each organization, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for meeting an organization’s eDiscovery needs.