People are successful in a crisis because they had a plan for “how to handle the things they didn’t know how to handle. How to be smart, in the moment, without being cocky.
Exchange email and unstructured data are old news. Today, we dig deeper into the tools and data formats that people use to communicate – Slack, Teams, Bloomberg – and how to make that data “reasonably usable” to lawyers.
Data analytics tools such as those provided by Relativity Analytics offer the means to make document review more efficient and accurate, which ultimately saves corporations and law firms time and money.
CDS Senior Consultant Nicole Guyer discusses some of the issues facing forensic accountants, such as data in different formats and locations, at the recent CalCPA FSS Forensic Services Section Joint Sections Meeting.
While there is no perfect process and the parties may need to go beyond using search terms to find relevant documents, implementing a few tips and tricks when using search terms can make a big difference in the time and money spent on review.
Long before starting formal discovery, an internal investigation should be launched so a party and their counsel can understand and assess the information ecosystem, identify sources of potentially relevant information and examine these sources via sampling. Although a litigant may not be required to produce the information found, it is crucial that pre-litigation investigation be handled appropriately to ensure it is accurate.