How We are Different

We have a focused Ediscovery practice group that is proactively involved in our cases from beginning to end. From the onset of a case, we develop a strategic Ediscovery plan that is defensible, cost-effective, and efficient at fulfilling all of our clients’ discovery needs. This customized plan determines what information needs to be preserved and collected and what does not. This allows us to define the universe of information that ultimately gets collected, and in turn, the amount of time required to review documents for production, ultimately reducing the overall cost of document production.

Our Ediscovery group is a specific team who works closely with our litigation teams to provide innovative solutions for document identification, preservation, collection, review, production, technology solutions, and trial presentation. This team approach allows us to be consistent, efficient, and cost-effective to our clients.

Our Experience

We come to the 26(f) conference with an in-depth understanding of our clients' systems, and armed with knowledge and solutions for how to best conduct complex cases in an efficient and effective manner. We use our experience to obtain Ediscovery stipulations that govern how information will be produced in the case and what information does not need to be preserved or collected. This allows us to produce and receive documents in a way that works best with our systems and, in turn, saves our clients time and money and gets to what’s at issue in the case.

Identifying the Ediscovery issues early on is key. Every case has unique circumstances, and developing a customized plan for how to handle these issues is key. Our knowledge in this area allows us to be nimble and to address any issue that arises.

The Process

The discovery process takes place in six phases: Identify, Preserve, Collect, Process, Review, and Produce. We employ our experience throughout these phases to ensure that the preservation and collection process is completely defensible and to create innovative solutions that will reduce discovery-related expenses as much as possible. Many times we are able to do this through targeted custodian interviews, strategic development and usage of keyword search terms, culling strategies, and of course, an in-depth understanding of Ediscovery law. This is a direct way to significantly reduce the costs and expenses of discovery early in the process. These methods, for example, reduce the volume of information that needs to be stored and the attorney time spent reviewing documents.

Document Review Strategies

We also have our own in-house document review attorneys who work with our litigation teams to develop strategies to efficiently review documents and transfer that information in real time to our litigation teams. Here, we determine how the information can most effectively be carved up so teams of reviewers become subject- matter experts on that information. We also put strategies in place to test the quality and efficiency of the review to bypass irrelevant information and get to what’s key in the case. This is an iterative process that is customized to every case.


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Shelley R. Gilliss, Ph.D.

Chief Business Intelligence Officer

Michael A. Collyard


Chair, Banking and Financial Fraud Litigation;
Chair, Ediscovery Group

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