Creating an E-Discovery Model in a Company or Law Firm

, The Legal Intelligencer


A few years ago, many corporations would leave the heavy lifting of e-discovery to outside counsel and vendors. Additionally, many of those outside counsel firms would do the same, playing more the role of a broker than a participant.

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  • Bradley Davis

    I find it amusing that law firms and corporations are once again trying to insource features and functions beyond the scope of their legal and/or corporate practices. Firms act as if this is something new, or that the technology aspects of electronic discovery give more credence to insourcing. However, the issues with insourcing are the same and still do not point to this being the best solution. Even law firms and corporations with regular ESI needs pipelined from multiple locations face the issues of economies of scale, labor/HR, process improvement, defensibility and more. Why would you want your employees potentially testifying as to their methodology, etc.? As a law firm, are you engaging in the practice of law or are you an e-discovery vendor? Many law firms that attempted to insource e-discovery have since outsourced it again due to the above factors. And, with cloud security increasing and the likelihood that firms can use a DIY process along with the cloud in the future to defray the high costs of IT associated with bringing ESI in house, insourcing is roundly not a good idea (with perhaps a few very large multinational corps as exceptions for the next year or two only).

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