Posted by: johnocunningham | August 3, 2012

Client Development: Opportunities Abound in e-Discovery

As Law Technology News recently noted, demand is quickly growing for electronic discovery expertise in law firms. This is a natural consequence of the explosion of electronic data creation, storage, retrieval and sorting capabilities. It is now commonplace for even routine cases to involve or even necessitate sorting through terabytes of information (millions of printed pages) to discover relevant, privileged or proprietary documents pertinent to the issues in controversy.

Despite the fact that it is obvious that humans can no longer efficiently sort through this information, and despite the many studies showing that discovery methods aided by artificial intelligence are faster, cheaper and more accurate, many law firms insist on doing things “the old-fashioned way.”

Those firms are losing out to firms that are adopting automated review systems, which are now abundant in the marketplace and have, in many instances, been developed by teams of experienced lawyers and tech experts (see: i-Decision, as just one example).

Bottom line: As clients see the costs of discovery skyrocketing along with the volume of information involved in their cases, they are demanding electronic discovery expertise that includes knowledge of the state-of-the-art tools available for searching and sorting that information for trial.

(Disclosure: i-Decision is but one of many e-Discovery solutions, and it is offered by a company for which I have provided communications services).



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