A couple of weeks ago, a $384 million class action was filed in Canada against professional services firm Deloitte LLP on behalf of hundreds of lawyers working at a document-review company it acquired last year. Even in Canadian dollars, that’s a lot.
As we have reported in the past, the eDiscovery industry is still growing at an impressive rate. One recent market report estimated that the global eDiscovery market is forecast to reach $15.65 billion by 2020. So, who is investing in the eDiscovery industry?
Let’s party! Fifty four months ago today, eDiscovery Daily was launched. 1,129 posts later, a lot has happened in the industry that we’ve covered. Twice a year, we like to take a look back at some of the important stories and topics during that time. So, here are just a few of the posts over the last six months you may have missed. Enjoy!
Though I write a daily blog, believe it or not, I do have a “day job”. I’m Vice President of Professional Services at CloudNine, and I also coordinate our marketing and software rollouts. Sometimes, I’m able to write my blog post during the work day; other times, I have to wait until the evening to do so, possibly as late as 8 or 9 PM, depending on my workload for that day. When blogging interferes with your “day job”, it can be difficult to do both.
According to a new survey of more than 125 legal technology professionals released by Huron Legal earlier this week, 68% of respondents expect their organizations’ investment in legal data analytics to increase in the next two years.
Today’s thought leader is Craig Ball. A frequent court appointed special master in electronic evidence, Craig is a prolific contributor to continuing legal and professional education programs throughout the United States, having delivered over 1,500 presentations and papers. Craig’s articles on forensic technology and electronic discovery frequently appear in the national media, and he currently blogs on those topics at ballinyourcourt.com.
Last week, we announced that eDiscovery Daily is a new Education partner of EDRM. University of Florida Levin College of Law is another EDRM Education partner and will be teaming up with EDRM to host the 3rd Annual UFLaw and EDRM Electronic Discovery Conference on Friday, March 27.
Today’s thought leader is Ralph Losey. Ralph is an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP, where he is a Shareholder and the firm's National e-Discovery Counsel. Ralph is also a prolific author of eDiscovery books and articles, the principal author and publisher of the popular e-Discovery Team® Blog, founder and owner of an online training program, e-Discovery Team Training, with attorney and technical students all over the world, founder of the new Electronic Discovery Best Practices (EDBP) lawyer-centric work flow model. Ralph is also the publisher of LegalSearchScience.com and PreSuit.com on predictive coding methods and applications.
Today’s thought leader is George Socha. A litigator for 16 years, George is President of Socha Consulting LLC, offering services as an electronic discovery expert witness, special master and advisor to corporations, law firms and their clients, and legal vertical market software and service providers in the areas of electronic discovery and automated litigation support. George has also been co-author of the leading survey on the electronic discovery market, The Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey; in 2011, he and Tom Gelbmann converted the Survey into Apersee, an online system for selecting eDiscovery providers and their offerings. In 2005, he and Tom Gelbmann launched the Electronic Discovery Reference Model project to establish standards within the eDiscovery industry – today, the EDRM model has become a standard in the industry for the eDiscovery life cycle and there are nine active projects with over 300 members from 81 participating organizations. George has a J.D. for Cornell Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Today’s thought leader is Jason R. Baron. An internationally recognized speaker and author on the preservation of electronic documents, Jason is a member of Drinker Biddle’s Information Governance and eDiscovery practice and also a member of the leadership team for the Information Governance Initiative. Jason previously served as Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and as trial lawyer and senior counsel at the Department of Justice. He was a founding co-coordinator of the National Institute of Standards and Technology TREC Legal Track, a multi-year international information retrieval project devoted to evaluating search issues in a legal context. He also founded the international DESI (Discovery of Electronically Stored Information) workshop series, bringing together lawyers and academics to discuss cutting-edge issues in eDiscovery.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that we have frequently covered announcements by EDRM that range from announcements about new practical tools (such as those here, here and here) to announcements about new partnerships (such as this one here). We love EDRM because they regularly have something interesting to announce which gives us plenty of topic ideas for this blog. Now, EDRM’s latest announcement includes eDiscovery Daily as we are now an Education partner of EDRM!
Today’s thought leader is Tom O’Connor. Tom is a nationally known consultant, speaker and writer in the area of computerized litigation support systems. A frequent lecturer on the subject of legal technology, Tom has been on the faculty of numerous national CLE providers and has taught college level courses on legal technology. Tom's involvement with large cases led him to become familiar with dozens of various software applications for litigation support and he has both designed databases and trained legal staffs in their use on many of the cases mentioned above. This work has involved both public and private law firms of all sizes across the nation. Tom is the Director of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center in New Orleans and he just joined Advanced Discovery as a Senior ESI Consultant in January.
Today’s thought leader is Alon Israely. Alon is the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Business Intelligence Associates, Inc. (BIA) and currently leads the Strategic Partner Program at BIA. Alon has over eighteen years of experience in a variety of advanced computing-related technologies and has consulted with law firms and corporations on a variety of technology issues, including expert witness services related to computer forensics, digital evidence management and data security. Alon is an attorney and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Today’s thought leader is James D. Zinn. James is Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group. James is responsible for leading Huron Legal’s technology vision and strategy globally. He directs the practice’s software engineering, information technology, and product management teams. James is responsible for driving innovation by identifying and incubating emerging technologies and technology-driven solutions with relevance to Huron Legal. He has more than twenty years of experience developing and delivering services and solutions to clients.
As will soon be reinforced in our upcoming thought leader interviews, one of the major focus areas at this year’s LegalTech® New York 2015 (LTNY) was a continued emphasis on Information Governance (IG). One of our perennial interviewees, Ralph Losey, has some thoughts about the battle in the legal tech world between IG and Search and reveals that it doesn’t have to be a battle after all.
If you’re like me, you get a lot of email invites to webinars for all sorts of topics. Most are free and I wish I could attend them all, but I have a day job (beyond my role as editor of eDiscoveryDaily, I’m also VP of Professional Services for CloudNine), so I don’t have a lot of free time and have to pass on most of them (including many that I’d like to attend). If that’s true for you too and the webinar that you’re missing is provided by EDRM, you might be happy to know that you can probably still view it, whenever you have time.
The appearance of the dancing light bulb can only mean one thing – it’s time for another thought leader series! Over our nearly 4 1/2 years of our existence, eDiscoveryDaily has published several thought leader interviews from various thought leaders throughout the eDiscovery community, including an annual series of interviews at LegalTech New York (LTNY). For the fifth consecutive year, we’re pleased to introduce the schedule for this year’s series, which will begin next Monday, February 23.
As we noted on Monday, for the second year in a row, weather caused significant travel delays and cancelled flights at last week’s LegalTech® New York 2015 (LTNY). As a result, on the last day of the show, I decided to tour the exhibit hall and ask some of the exhibitors their thoughts about this year’s show, how it compared to previous years and whether American Lawyer Media (ALM) should consider moving LTNY to a different (i.e., warmer) time of year. Here is some of their feedback.
One of the most discussed topics at last week’s LegalTech® New York 2015 (LTNY) was cybersecurity. And, with good reason, as it seems as though every other day, there is another report of a data breach (last week, it was health insurance company Anthem with an estimated 80 million people affected). Now, 27001 Academy has prepared an informative infographic with stats regarding 2014 data breaches and an offer of a free eBook with cybersecurity best practices.
Did you attend LegalTech® New York 2015 (LTNY) last week? We did, and for the fifth year in a row(!), we interviewed several industry thought leaders to get their thoughts on the significant trends for 2015. As for the show itself, here are some of my miscellaneous observations.
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