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Demystifying eDiscovery for Greater Productivity

Mar 12, 2021

Electronic discovery is a data-driven, technology-dependent endeavor, but the most vital, valuable component rests entirely with human beings. Attorneys, project managers and litigation support professionals are responsible for the crucial coding decisions, productions and presentations that support or refute the legal arguments in a matter.

eDiscovery spend often hinges on the accuracy and efficiency of contract review. A well-executed project should increase predictability and improve outcomes while reducing headaches and expenses. eDiscovery technology exists precisely to make it humanly possible to parse large volumes of digital information and make informed, expedient decisions.

Best-in-breed review platforms incorporate technologies like conceptual analytics, AI and machine learning to help eDiscovery teams get to the heart of the matter more quickly. But in practice, these tools are often applied unevenly, and some of the best data intelligence never comes to light.

The most effective eDiscovery strategies take a holistic approach that harnesses technology to maximize review productivity, while continuously monitoring measuring and QC-ing the human review process to arrive at the best possible results.

How can we measure contributions and work product?

Powerful eDiscovery platforms (like RelativityOne) capture every move every team member makes. By mobilizing this user data, team leaders can spot bottlenecks and inefficiencies, minimize errors, and enhance team collaboration.

Data visualizations can play an integral role in delivering on the promise of streamlining eDiscovery. By aggregating and reporting on coding decisions, review speed, and accuracy of eDiscovery work product generated by attorney review teams, data visualizations can provide a window into the digital world, allowing us to see past documents, metadata, and extracted text to grasp the full eDiscovery picture.

For example, CDS Vision, our proprietary set of matter-centric dashboards for RelativityOne, includes a dedicated “Scoreboard” that provides real-time metrics and visualizations of the review in progress. Each CDS Scoreboard is customized to display the unique coding criteria of user matters, delivering immediate insights and actionable intelligence on critical work product. Teams can then re-prioritize on the fly, refine their decision-making, and quickly find the truth hidden in the electronically stored facts at their disposal.

About the Author

<a href="https://cdslegal.com/team/michael-milicevic-esq/" target="_blank">Michael Milicevic, Esq.</a>

Michael Milicevic, Esq.

In his role at CDS, Michael oversees all Midwest operations including support of enterprise law firm and corporate relationships. He has over 10 years of eDiscovery and legal experience and has worked on multiple large matters for a variety of clients, including Am Law 100 firms, global financial services organizations, and multi-national manufacturers. In his time with CDS, he has overseen challenging eDiscovery matters including second requests, international government proceedings, and intellectual property disputes. Michael is a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois.

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