As eDiscovery becomes increasingly complex, it requires those handling the collection and review process to have expertise in multiple areas of technology and the law. Vast quantities of data and new data types means eDiscovery team members need to work together more than ever before.
Before any raw or native data can be reviewed for eDiscovery, it must first be “processed.” For those new to eDiscovery, the jargon and steps involved in data processing can be confusing. Our goal is to demystify data processing by describing what happens during this phase of eDiscovery at a high level and explaining some common processing terms and phrases.
Law firms and corporations have come to expect certain professional service levels from their eDiscovery providers…The challenge for firms and companies is to find a service provider who strikes the right balance between client-centric flexibility and process-driven support.
Once a law firm or corporation has engaged an eDiscovery service provider, the hard work of implementing the project begins. There are several steps both parties can take to streamline the relationship and work more efficiently with each other. This article provides six important tips to ensure you maximize your eDiscovery partnership.
When law firms and corporations select service providers to assist with their eDiscovery needs, there is typically a comprehensive RFP process that focuses on many factors like security, technology, process and pricing. Often times, the vendor evaluation guidelines that most firms follow miss one of the most important criteria in any successful vendor relationship, the people! Here is a list of ten questions you should ask when evaluating the professional service offerings of your eDiscovery provider.
Lawyers should understand that eDiscovery is neither a magic box (where documents go in and then a production comes out) nor a single piece of software or singular technology – it is a collection of tools, methodologies, and workflows that must be used in the correct way to achieve optimal results. eDiscovery is a science, and like any other science it can be studied, learned, and understood. We also stress to Lawyers the important of planning and creating even a basic Discovery strategy vs diving in head first into a large pool of documents…
For laypeople, it is important for everybody to know that their data could be subject to the litigation or eDiscovery process at any time. Mobile phones, laptops, text messages, email, Facebook, and social media posting – you never know if or when your information can be collected, reviewed, and produced so watch out when creating documents and writing emails! Be conscious of this fact, be smart, and be informed.