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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 jane@litigationbestpractices.com.

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Court Orders Sharing of Costs for Forensic Examination of Plaintiff’s Emails – eDiscovery Case Law

July 18, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Zeller v. So. Central Emergency Med. Servs. Inc., Pennsylvania Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick used the Zubulake seven factor test to rule that the costs for restoring and searching the plaintiff's emails should be shared, up to a maximum contribution by $1,500 by the plaintiff.

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Revised Federal Rule Amendments One Step Closer - eDiscovery Trends

June 19, 2014

By Doug Austin

As noted by a recent article in Law Technology News, a revised package of amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) is one step closer to being adopted.

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Forms of Production, Don’t Be Afraid to Ask - eDiscovery Best Practices

May 29, 2014

By Doug Austin

Last week, we discussed the upcoming Georgetown E-Discovery Training Academy, which will be held starting this Sunday and mentioned in Craig Ball’s excellent blog, Ball in Your Court. His latest post offers a very comprehensive guide to forms of production that covers all aspects of forms of production from the different types of forms to how to request electronically stored information (ESI) from opposing counsel.

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300,000 Visits on eDiscovery Daily! - eDiscovery Milestones

May 06, 2014

By Doug Austin

While we haven’t served over 300 billion burgers like McDonald’s, we have provided something to digest each business day for over 43 months. We’re proud to announce that on Friday, eDiscovery Daily reached the 300,000 visit milestone! It took us a little over 21 months to reach 100,000 visits and just over 22 months to triple that to 300,000! When we reach key milestones, we like to take a look back at some of the recent stories we’ve covered, so, in case you missed them, here are some recent eDiscovery items of interest from the past six weeks.

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Rule 37(e) Amended Again – eDiscovery Trends

April 24, 2014

By Doug Austin

Last month, we discussed significant changes made to Rule 37(e), which had been hotly debated and was the source of many of the 2,354 public comments filed regarding the recent proposed rules changes. Earlier this month (on April 10th and 11th), the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules met to review proposed amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, including recommended changes to those proposed amendments as published for public comment and further changes were made to Rule 37(e).

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After 2,354 Public Comments, One Major Change to the Proposed Federal Rules - eDiscovery Trends

March 28, 2014

By Doug Austin

During our recently concluded thought leader interview series, we asked each of the interviewees their thoughts about the proposed eDiscovery rules amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) that were published last August for public comment. And, of course, they had plenty to say. The majority of their comments related to the proposed amendment to Rule 37(e) which was intended to create a uniform national standard regarding the level of culpability required to justify severe sanctions for spoliation. Now, it looks like the numerous public comments that were filed have resulted in a change to the rule.

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Craig Ball of Craig D. Ball, P.C. – eDiscovery Trends, Part 2

March 21, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Craig Ball. A frequent court appointed special master in electronic evidence, Craig is a prolific contributor to continuing legal and professional education programs throughout the United States, having delivered over 1,500 presentations and papers. Craig’s articles on forensic technology and electronic discovery frequently appear in the national media, and just ended nine years writing a monthly column on computer forensics and eDiscovery for Law Technology News called Ball in your Court. He currently blogs on those topics at ballinyourcourt.com.

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Craig Ball of Craig D. Ball, P.C. – eDiscovery Trends, Part 1

March 20, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Craig Ball. A frequent court appointed special master in electronic evidence, Craig is a prolific contributor to continuing legal and professional education programs throughout the United States, having delivered over 1,500 presentations and papers. Craig’s articles on forensic technology and electronic discovery frequently appear in the national media, and just ended nine years writing a monthly column on computer forensics and eDiscovery for Law Technology News called Ball in your Court. He currently blogs on those topics at ballinyourcourt.com.

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Ralph Losey of Jackson Lewis, LLP – eDiscovery Trends

March 17, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Ralph Losey. Ralph is an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP, where he is a Shareholder and the firm's National e-Discovery Counsel. Ralph is also a prolific author of eDiscovery books and articles, the principal author and publisher of the popular e-Discovery Team® Blog, founder and owner of an online training program, e-Discovery Team Training, with attorney and technical students all over the world, founder of the new Electronic Discovery Best Practices (EDBP) lawyer-centric work flow model. Ralph is also the publisher of LegalSearchScience.com and PreSuit.com on predictive coding methods and applications.

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Tom O’Connor of Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center – eDiscovery Trends

March 14, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Tom O’Connor. Tom is a nationally known consultant, speaker and writer in the area of computerized litigation support systems. A frequent lecturer on the subject of legal technology, Tom has been on the faculty of numerous national CLE providers and has taught college level courses on legal technology. Tom's involvement with large cases led him to become familiar with dozens of various software applications for litigation support and he has both designed databases and trained legal staffs in their use on many of the cases mentioned above. This work has involved both public and private law firms of all sizes across the nation. Tom is the Director of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center in New Orleans.

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Jason R. Baron of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP – eDiscovery Trends

March 12, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Jason R. Baron. An internationally recognized speaker and author on the preservation of electronic documents, Jason is a member of Drinker Biddle’s Information Governance and eDiscovery practice. Jason previously served as Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and as trial lawyer and senior counsel at the Department of Justice. He was a founding co-coordinator of the National Institute of Standards and Technology TREC Legal Track, a multi-year international information retrieval project devoted to evaluating search issues in a legal context. He also founded the international DESI (Discovery of Electronically Stored Information) workshop series, bringing together lawyers and academics to discuss cutting-edge issues in eDiscovery.

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George Socha of Socha Consulting LLC – eDiscovery Trends

March 10, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is George Socha. A litigator for 16 years, George is President of Socha Consulting LLC, offering services as an electronic discovery expert witness, special master and advisor to corporations, law firms and their clients, and legal vertical market software and service providers in the areas of electronic discovery and automated litigation support. George has also been co-author of the leading survey on the electronic discovery market, The Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey; in 2011, he and Tom Gelbmann converted the Survey into Apersee, an online system for selecting eDiscovery providers and their offerings. In 2005, he and Tom Gelbmann launched the Electronic Discovery Reference Model project to establish standards within the eDiscovery industry – today, the EDRM model has become a standard in the industry for the eDiscovery life cycle and there are nine active projects with over 300 members from 81 participating organizations. George has a J.D. for Cornell Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Adam Losey of IT-Lex.org – eDiscovery Trends

March 07, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Adam Losey. Adam is president and editor-in-chief of IT-Lex.org, a technology law not-for-profit educational and literary organization and an attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP. Adam also served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he taught electronic discovery as part of Columbia's Information and Digital Resource Management Master's Program.

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Alon Israely, Esq., CISSP of BIA – eDiscovery Trends

March 05, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Alon Israely. Alon is the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Business Intelligence Associates, Inc. (BIA) and currently leads the Strategic Partner Program at BIA. Alon has over eighteen years of experience in a variety of advanced computing-related technologies and has consulted with law firms and their clients on a variety of technology issues, including expert witness services related to computer forensics, digital evidence management and data security. Alon is an attorney and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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Laura Zubulake, Author of “Zubulake's e-Discovery” – eDiscovery Trends

March 03, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Laura Zubulake. Laura worked on Wall Street for 20 years in institutional equity departments and, in 1991, authored the book The Complete Guide to Convertible Securities Worldwide. She was the plaintiff in the Zubulake vs. UBS Warburg case, which resulted in several landmark opinions related to eDiscovery and counsel’s obligations for the preservation of electronically stored information. The December 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were influenced, in part, by the Zubulake case. In 2012, Laura published a book titled Zubulake's e-Discovery: The Untold Story of my Quest for Justice, previously discussed on this blog and she speaks professionally about eDiscovery topics and her experiences related to the case.

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James D. Zinn, Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group – eDiscovery Trends

February 28, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is James D. Zinn. James is Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group. James leads the technology team at Huron Legal, which includes the data collection, processing, hosting, production, and forensic analysis services along with infrastructure, support, and software development. James has extensive experience managing the strategic and tactical use of technology within investigative and litigation consulting matters.

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Brad Jenkins of CloudNine Discovery – eDiscovery Trends

February 24, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Brad Jenkins of CloudNine Discovery. Brad has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, as well as 15 years leading customer focused companies in the litigation support arena. Brad also writes the Litigation Support Industry Blog, which covers news about litigation support and eDiscovery companies' funding activities, acquisitions & mergers and notable business successes. He has authored several articles on document management and litigation support issues, and has appeared as a speaker before national audiences on document management practices and solutions. He’s also my boss!

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If You’re Going to Attend Just One Session at LegalTech Next Week, Make it This Session - eDiscovery Best Practices

January 30, 2014

By Doug Austin

In just a few days, there will be big happenings in the New York area! No, I’m not talking about the big game, I’m talking about the biggest legal technology event of the year, LegalTech New York (LTNY). If you’re going to be attending the conference this year (and, if not, why not?), here is a session that is a “must attend” for anyone who wants to know leading judges’ perspectives on eDiscovery rules changes and best practices.

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LitigationWorld Quick Start Guide to Mastering eDiscovery - eDiscovery Best Practices

January 23, 2014

By Doug Austin

Sometimes, it seems like we’re going too fast when trying to explain eDiscovery to attorneys. At least it seems that there are a lot of attorneys that don’t understand the simplest basics. Now, a brand new guide is hoping to help change that. Earlier this month, TechnoLawyer published LitigationWorld Quick Start Guide to Mastering Ediscovery, written by Tom O’Connor, who is a nationally recognized consultant in legal technology.

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Six eDiscovery Predictions for 2014, Part One - eDiscovery Trends

January 10, 2014

By Doug Austin

It’s that time of year, where people make predictions for the coming year for all sorts of things, including electronic discovery trends for the coming year. Though I have to say, I’ve seen fewer predictions this year than in past years. Nonetheless, I feel compelled to offer some of my own predictions. If they turn out right, you heard it here first!

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Useful eDiscovery Information Resources: The Basics

November 20, 2013

By Jane Gennarelli

Let’s start with a few basic resources that every eDiscovery professional should know about. These are web resources that you should bookmark; resources with content that you need to know; resources that you should check periodically for updates. If you are not yet familiar with these resources, spend a bit of time learning the content. Once you are familiar with that, check them periodically for updates. Don’t lose track of these! They are essential resources for eDiscovery professionals.

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Opening Statement from Senator Coons on Proposed Rules Changes – eDiscovery Trends

November 08, 2013

By Doug Austin

Yesterday, we discussed the opening of a congressional hearing opened with at least one senator voicing concerns about whether the proposed changes to the Federal rules (drafted and approved for public comment) would be effective at curbing the skyrocketing costs of discovery. Based on a couple of questions that I received about his comments, I located the Opening Statement for the hearing in question and thought it would be of interest.

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