Optimizing Law Firms: Managing EDiscovery Teams

The growing demand for the security of legal data during the process of eDiscovery is expected to increase the demand for eDiscovery software among large and small enterprises. eDiscovery was once only a small part of the litigation field. However, now it has moved to the center stage as a primary component. It would not be an exaggeration to say that most litigations and law enforcement, now function on eDiscovery, that is enabled by technology – software and infrastructure.

Today, almost every law firm has specially trained eDiscovery teams and employees to work round the clock, to review and analyses information as per need. eDiscovery is complex, expensive, and error-prone most of the times. With new discovery rules and ever-changing technology, a deeper collaboration between practicing lawyers and technology experts is essential. To assemble and manage both these team, firms need the right skills and experience.

Most eDiscovery firms work with various reports to keep track of every single source of information in the various stages of eDiscovery. The purpose of these reports is to give those who are currently on the team or who may join the team, the chance to get up to speed with the entire process. It saves a ton of time in the long run. In times of litigation, eDiscovery software can help the team locate all of the email and instant messages, documents, files, etc. that pertain to a specific client, topic or team member required during an investigation.

Attorneys are bound by ethical duties. It is important for them to understand their evolving ethics and how those are changing and expanding in the face of technological changes and advancements in eDiscovery. Hence, for them, managing and coordinating with eDiscovery teams will become a more and more mainstream area of responsibility going forward.