eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting? – Introduction
July 18, 2012
I work with attorneys and electronic discovery professionals in a lot of law firms, and I witness a variety of law firm cultures and litigation team dynamics. In the best environments, I see litigators turning to the electronic discovery professionals in their firms for advice and guidance in handling discovery. Unfortunately, however, I too often see talented electronic discovery professionals – who have a wealth of knowledge and significant expertise – functioning as “order-takers”. And all too often, this means that electronic discovery work isn’t done as cost effectively as it could be, and the work product suffers.
I would like to see more electronic discovery professionals shift from order-taking to consulting. And I don’t mean opening up a shop and hanging out a shingle. I mean providing substantive consultative support to the litigation teams in their firms.
In this blog series, we’re going to talk about electronic discovery consulting in a law firm, and making that shift from order taking to consulting. Specifically we’ll cover:
- Order taking: why it happens and what problems and issues arise?
- How do you make the shift from order-taking to consulting?
- What are the characteristics of a good consultant?
- Some handy consulting tips
- What are the consulting opportunities in a typical case?
Look for posts in this series over the next several weeks. And please let us know your thoughts on this. Do you function as a consultant in your firm, or do you do more order-taking than you’d like? Have you successfully shifted from order-taking to consulting? If so, how did you make that happen? Do you have tips you can share? Please let us know or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.
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