PDF files are very popular form of production among attorneys and paralegals. Users value the ability to bates label documents and produce documents without getting e-discovery experts involved. However, producing in PDF format is not without risk. Make sure you know exactly what you are giving to opposing counsel.
Project Management, Part 2: The Value of Managed Services (By David Hancock, CEDS)
Over the past 5-8 years, the prevalence of Managed Services has expanded. I’ve introduced such a solution to two law firms (one AmLaw 100 and one AmLaw 200) with excellent results. Law firms of all sizes have moved toward models that allow them to deliver Litigation Support/eDiscovery services to their clients in different, more efficient ways. MSAs, though still not commonplace, offer some of the smartest, most cost-effective options.
Vendor Management, Part 3: Evaluating Vendor Statements of Work (SOWs) (By Cash Butler)
Once you’ve selected a vendor bid from the RFP process, you should move onto efficiently, quickly, and transparently generating a master services agreement and/or a statement of work. These documents serve as the written contract between your firm and the vendor. Without them, in the event something goes wrong, contract terms between your firm and the vendor must be cobbled together from the RFP, bid document, and emails between your firm and the vendor. Having the written document allows you and the vendor to dictate those terms. And with a standard RFP process in place, it should be a simple task to generate an MSA and/or SOW from the terms of the RFP and vendor’s bid. At a minimum, MSAs and SOWs should cover:
Vendor Management and Upcoming CLEs (By Carla Bauer, PMP, RCA)
As we move into March, E-Discovery iQ is bustling with events. We are working hard to generate quality content and helpful advice for all attorneys and paralegals working with e-discovery. We continue to build on our mission to level the e-discovery playing field for attorneys and their clients, regardless of the firm size. By leveraging our unique knowledge and experience of the e-discovery industry, we can provide you the best service in the industry.
Vendor Management, Part 2: Vendor Selection (By David Hancock, CEDS)
I’m going to tell on myself and say that I’ve been in this industry since it became an industry. I remember a time when there were maybe a dozen or so service providers (we called them vendors back then…and for purposes of this article, I’ll revert back to that moniker). Now, it seems everybody and their brother/sister does processing and hosting, among other things. However, some do things better than others.
Vendor Management, Part 1: Evaluating Vendor Requests for Proposals (RFPs) (By Cash Butler)
One of the more challenging and time consuming processes for law firms and corporate legal departments is to compare litigation services vendor proposals and work bids. No two bids or proposals are often ever directly comparable to one another, so review becomes an inefficient, tedious process. But there are steps your firm can take to add clarity and transparency to the RFP process.
Budgeting for e-Discovery: A 3-Part Series (By Carla Bauer, PMP, RCA)
This year is off to a great start at E-Discovery iQ. We have started a new series of blog posts and podcasts "Budgeting for E-Discovery." We focus on the practical everyday aspects of e-discovery and offer methods to evaluate and reduce e-discovery expenses.
Budgeting, Part 3: E-Discovery Cost Reduction & Recovery (By Carla Bauer, PMP, RCA)
E-discovery costs are a major concern for law firms and their clients. Addressing e-discovery issues such as search terms, date ranges, and production formats with opposing counsel at the onset of the case will lead to reduced costs and higher client satisfaction. When costs are understood and anticipated, all parties can focus on the legal strategy instead of worrying unnecessarily about e-discovery issues. Merging the legal strategy and the e-discovery strategy at the beginning serves to benefit the entire case and team. There are 5 steps that law firms need to take to recover e-discovery costs.
Budgeting, Part 2: Budgeting for e-Discovery (By Angela Masciulli, ACP, MPS)
Budgets are not new or difficult. We use budgets in our everyday lives for personal needs and wants, but when it comes to legal budgets, it is easy to lose focus on their importance to client service and case success. Thoughts of eDiscovery budgets can provoke even more fear because of the anticipated complexity and cost. A few budget fundamentals, however, can move you from upside down to right side up at a lower cost with better client outcomes and less stress.
A New Year Brings Growth & Introductions (by Carla Bauer, PMP, RCA)
Does e-discovery frustrate or confuse you?
Since 2002, I have worked in law firms as a paralegal, senior litigation support specialist. and as a project manager. I have also worked for as a project manager for service providers and in fortune 500 companies. I understand intimately the business of law, the practice of law, litigation and where e-discovery does and does not have its place.