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Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins, President and CEO of CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years of experience leading customer focused companies in the litigation support arena. Brad has authored many articles on litigation support issues, and has spoken before national audiences on document management practices and solutions.

Doug Austin

Doug Austin, Professional Services Manager for CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years experience providing legal technology consulting and technical project management services to numerous commercial and government clients. Doug has also authored several articles on eDiscovery best practices.

Jane Gennarelli

Jane Gennarelli is a principal of Magellan’s Law Corporation and has been assisting litigators in effectively handling discovery materials for over 30 years. She authored the company’s Best Practices in a Box™ content product and assists firms in applying technology to document handling tasks. She is a known expert and often does webinars and presentations for litigation support professionals around the country. Jane can be reached by email at [email protected]

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eDiscovery Daily is Two Years Old Today!

September 20, 2012

By Doug Austin

It’s hard to believe that it has been two years ago today since we launched the eDiscoveryDaily blog. Now that we’ve hit the “terrible twos”, is the blog going to start going off on rants about various eDiscovery topics, like Will McAvoy in The Newsroom? Maybe. Or maybe not. Wouldn’t that be fun! Here are some highlights from the past six months.

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eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting? – Consulting Opportunities

September 12, 2012

By Jane Gennarelli

The last post in this series on eDiscovery consulting in a law firm started discussion of opportunities to provide consulting services in a typical case (using the Electronic Discovery Reference Model as a guide). This post provides a continuation of that discussion, starting with the Review step.

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eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting? – Consulting Opportunities

September 05, 2012

By Jane Gennarelli

This blog series is aimed at helping you to move into an eDiscovery consultant role in a law firm. We’ve covered the advantages to doing so, transitioning into a consulting role, and tips for being an effective consultant. In the last posts in the series, I’m going to discuss opportunities to provide consulting services in a typical case. And, I’ll use the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) as a guide through potential consulting tasks.

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eDiscovery Milestones: Our 500th Post!

August 30, 2012

By Doug Austin

One thing about being a daily blog is that the posts accumulate more quickly. As a result, I’m happy to announce that today is our 500th post on eDiscoveryDaily! In less than two years of existence! So, what have we covered over the first 499 posts?

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eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting? – Consulting Tips for Meetings

August 29, 2012

By Jane Gennarelli

Last week in this blog series on eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting?, I gave you some tips for working with your clients in a consultant capacity. Those suggestions were aimed at a general approach to take to consulting on your projects. As a consultant, you will likely be involved in meetings with litigation teams. Here are some tips – some do’s and don’ts – for those meetings.

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eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting? – Consulting Tips

August 22, 2012

By Jane Gennarelli

In this blog series on eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting?, we’ve talked about moving into a consulting role and skills you need to develop to be an effective consultant. In this installment and the next, I‘ll give you some tips for working with your clients in a consultant capacity. I’ll start with tips regarding a general approach to take on your projects:

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eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting? – Consulting Skills

August 15, 2012

By Jane Gennarelli

Last week, we talked about shifting from order-taking to consulting. Having knowledge and experience isn’t enough to be an effective eDiscovery consultant in a law firm. There are several hats you need to wear and skills you need to hone to do it well. Here are a few of the key skills you’ll need to develop.

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eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting? – Shifting from Order-taking to Consulting

August 08, 2012

By Jane Gennarelli

In the first posts in this series, we talked about order taking: we defined it, we talked about why and how it happens, we talked about the problems it causes, and we talked about the benefits of moving from order-taking to consulting. Now we’re ready to move on to shifting from order-taking to consulting.

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eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting? – Why Make the Shift?

August 01, 2012

By Jane Gennarelli

If you work in a law firm and find yourself functioning as an “order-taker”, it’s fairly evident that moving into a consulting capacity is a good career move for you. It’s likely to lead to career advancement, a higher salary, and elevated status in the firm. It’s important to recognize, however, that making this shift also benefits the litigation teams with which you work. Most significantly, as a consultant, you can help litigators to avoid the land mines that too many of them have stepped on in recent years. This is a “win-win” for everybody. Here are a couple of key ways in which you can help.

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eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting? – What is “Order-taking” and Why is it so Prevalent?

July 25, 2012

By Jane Gennarelli

I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about “order-taking” in the field of electronic discovery and about why it’s so prevalent. I think understanding why it happens is the first step in turning the situation around. Before I get into that though, let me describe what I mean by “order-taking”, so we’re all on the same page and starting with a common understanding of the predicament.

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eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting? – Introduction

July 18, 2012

By Jane Gennarelli

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. 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.

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