Law Firm E-Discovery Reaches Crossroad

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Litigation support departments in law firms — now largely tasked with helping attorneys manage nonlegal e-discovery services for clients — are at a crossroad: invest or divest.

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  • Tom Morrissey

    I often wonder how a law firm's management would develop a business plan around e-discovery. The ROI on the discovery segment is clearly driven by the firms clients and the need to litigate. It’s hard for a law firm to compete outside their client base for discovery dollars, but I presume it could be done. Do Law Firm Management teams plan for the long term or simply the active base of clients? Lawyers at firms need to consider the clients (corporations) appetite for firm processing/hosting as it can sometimes lead to strained relationships if the work is not well received. (Shopping new vendors is easier than shopping new law firms) As the article points out, vendors are focused on corporations and have the business model and staffing to manage ebbs and flows. I hope that law firms considering their options look down the road at all the options available. Jason Lichter stated the it well when he said the “focus is on ensuring we provide the best litigation discovery support to clients”.



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