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Taking Back the "e": BakerHostetler's E-Discovery Advocacy and Management

It's time to take back the "e"!

Federal and state procedural rules make clear that all discovery includes relevant electronically stored information (ESI). Litigators should understand that before they deploy welcome cutting edge technologies to cut the costs of document review, they can deploy old-school advocacy techniques to reduce the amount of information that must be reviewed.

BakerHostetler is one of the world’s largest users and providers of discovery services in litigation and investigations. Our team was built on the understanding that modern discovery practice in complex litigation creates specialized advocacy opportunities in addition to litigation support challenges. We partner our mastery of technology and systems with a team that understands the role data plays (and does not play) in complex litigation and trials.

By utilizing advocacy and staged discovery we limit risks associated with e-discovery and produce better results. Our case studies demonstrate that advocacy can reduce discovery burdens by 80 percent, even before deploying modern document review processes and software. For a client facing a significant class action matter, our advocacy approach saved more than $1.5 million by substantially reducing the scope of the electronic search from an overwhelming two terabytes to a more manageable 190 gigabytes of data. Processing fees alone were shaved by nearly $634,000. Advocacy reduced the number of custodians reviewed to 10 percent of those thought to have relevant information and estimated review time was reduced from 25,000 to 2,500 hours.

Our Discovery Advocate blog takes a practical look at the trends and issues impacting those in the trenches of litigation.

BakerHostetler is at the forefront of developments in e-discovery, providing practical solutions to clients’ most complex electronic discovery and data challenges. While we respect the “e” in e-discovery, we also understand the importance of the “a” in advocacy.

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Key COVID-19 Considerations for U.S. Discovery and Information Governance
By Gilbert S. Keteltas, James A. Sherer
May 21, 2020
Many businesses have remote work and bring-your-own-device policies that cover access to company systems and information from personal devices. These policies may also state expectations or requirements for the management and security of...
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COVID-19 and U.S. Statutes of Limitation
By Justin R. Donoho, Gilbert S. Keteltas
May 21, 2020
At the federal and state levels, there have been calls to suspend statutes of limitations during the COVID-19 outbreak. A number of states have already acted, but state approaches vary and are open to future changes as the challenges of...
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Adapting E-Discovery Workflows to a Remote Work Environment
By May Tal Gongolevsky, Edward J. Jacobs, Victoria M. Rutherfurd, Joshua A. Satter
May 21, 2020
As courts and litigants adapt to the new normal by instituting social distancing measures through remote hearings and depositions, how we preserve, collect and produce documents should not be an afterthought. While the practice of...
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The CLOUD Act and the Warrant Canaries That (Sometimes) Live There
By Nichole L. Sterling
November 26, 2018
The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (Pub. L. No. 115-141 (2018), or the CLOUD Act, was enacted in the U.S. on March 23, 2018, in response to difficulties U.S. law enforcement agencies (LEAs) had when attempting to gain access to...
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E-discovery, the Cloud and Blockchain – How New Practices May Require a ‘Back to School' Approach
By James A. Sherer, Nichole L. Sterling
September 14, 2018
The practice of e-discovery has always incorporated considerations of new and emerging technologies as well as related attorney competence. With the advent of cloud services and significant use by clients, e-discovery practitioners...
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