As part of Exterro’s E-Discovery Masters series, we’ve been profiling various e-discovery professionals about how they came to be involved in e-discovery as a career and what they’ve learned about achieving e-discovery success. Today, we profile Steve Ihm, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Allstate. Steve is presenting, along with Deloitte’s Rich Vestuto, on Exterro’s upcoming webcast, “Is Your Legal Hold Process ‘Reasonable’ Under the Updated FRCP?,” which will look at proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and their potential impact on legal hold and preservation requirements and practices. You can learn more and register for the webcast here.
We asked Steve a series of questions about his current e-discovery responsibilities and what he’s learned throughout his career. Read more
By: Andrew Bartholomew
Corporate e-discovery practitioners are assembling in Portland this week for Exterro’s fifth-annual inFusion ’14 user conference. The event comprises three days of educational sessions, Exterro product training and networking events. Global giants Siemens, Starbucks and Kroger are among the more than two dozen global corporations taking part in the conference. inFusion will also showcase Exterro’s fast growing partner network, with Deloitte, Huron Consulting, Epiq Systems, RSD , Alvarez & Marsal and other leading e-discovery technology and services companies sponsoring many of the educational sessions.
One of the prominent themes of this year’s inFusion conference is the evolution of e-discovery as a business process. Sessions will address how e-discovery demands are being transformed by growing data complexity, evolving legal standards and changing workplace dynamics.
The conference kicks off with a panel discussion on the impending amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and their potential impacts on corporate e-discovery practices. Audience members will be treated to three unique perspectives on the topic from Federal Judge David Waxse (Dist. of Kansas), Michael Klein, assistant general counsel for Altria; and Ronni Solomon, a partner at King & Spalding. Read more
By: Andrew Bartholomew
E-Discovery processes are both dependent on and supported by electronic information and data from a variety of sources throughout the enterprise. Over-reliance on manual data handoffs and poor communication between departments regarding the exchange of information are commonly-cited process shortcomings from e-discovery practitioners.
One way organizations can minimize these issues is by integrating corporate systems and data sources with their e-discovery technology investments. Unfortunately, technology integration is a topic that is not well understood by the legal community. Most organizations are unaware of the many opportunities they have to streamline e-discovery by making these connections. Read more
For folks hoping to stay on top of the latest case law and technology trends impacting e-discovery practices, Gibson Dunn’s “Mid-Year Electronic Discovery Update” has become a must-read. If the recently published 2014 report is any indication, this year is shaping up to be as transformational as any we’ve recently experienced. According to the report, “e-discovery is being impacted like never before by the revolution in big data analytics and new forms of communicating and interacting, such as text messaging, instant messaging and social media.” Couple that with the increased use of powerful new data analytics tools, including wider acceptance of predictive coding, and it’s easy to see why the report labels 2014 the “year of technology” in e-discovery.
I had a chance to speak with two of the report’s co-authors, Gibson Dunn partners Gareth Evans and Jennifer Rearden, about some of the highlights. Read more
By: Andrew Bartholomew
As data volumes increase and become more complex, having an integrated e-discovery environment where systems and data sources are automatically synching information and exchanging data with e-discovery applications has become critical for organizations. This is true of unstructured and semi-structured data sources, such as email servers and content management systems, as well as structured data sources, like databases and data archives. The topic of systems integration will be discussed on Exterro’s E-Discovery Masters series webcast, “Optimizing E-Discovery in a Multi-Vendor Environment.” The webcast is CLE-accredited and will air on Thursday, September 4 at 1pm ET/10am PT. Learn more and register here.
I recently interviewed Jim FitzGerald, Sr. Director for Exterro, and Josh Alpern, VP ILM Domain Experts for Informatica, about the important and often overlooked role structured data plays during the course of e-discovery. Read more