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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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It’s Friday at 5 and I Need Data Processed to Review this Weekend - eDiscovery Humor

August 22, 2014

By Doug Austin

We’ve referenced Ralph Losey’s excellent e-Discovery Team® blog several times before on this blog – it’s a great read and you won’t find a blog that gets more in depth than his does (he has also been gracious enough to participate in our thought leader interview series for the last three years). And, as Ralph has demonstrated before, he has a sense of humor when it comes to electronic discovery.

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Other Production Parameters from a Provider’s Point of View - eDiscovery Best Practices

August 13, 2014

By Doug Austin

Yesterday, we began to discuss some of the production parameters that CloudNine Discovery collects from our clients in order to ensure that the production includes the correct documents in the required format. But, wait – there’s more! Let’s take a look at some other examples of information we collect from our clients.

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Production from a Provider’s Point of View - eDiscovery Best Practices

August 12, 2014

By Doug Austin

We sometimes forget that the end goal of the discovery process is production: to produce responsive electronically stored information (ESI) to opposing counsel. But, do you realize how many parameters and potential permutations there can be to the production process? Let’s take a look.

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Government Ordered to Maintain Expensive Custom Database Shared with Criminal Defendant - eDiscovery Case Law

June 06, 2014

By Doug Austin

In the criminal case of United States v. Shabudin, California Magistrate Judge Nandor J. Vadas ordered the Government to continue to provide access to a Relativity Database used by the parties to review documents produced by the Government, instead of discontinuing access for the defendants several weeks before trial was to begin due to budgetary issues.

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Smaller Law Firms Save Big with Cloud-Based eDiscovery - eDiscovery Trends

April 01, 2014

By Doug Austin

According to a new article in ABA Journal (Cloud-based e-discovery can mean big savings for smaller firms, written by Joe Dysart), if you are a smaller law firm, it may make more sense to “rent” your eDiscovery applications in the “cloud” rather than bring a full-fledged hardware and software solution in-house.

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Planning for the Unexpected: Changing eDiscovery Providers on Short Notice - eDiscovery Best Practices

March 18, 2014

By Ronke Ekwensi

About a month after assuming my role as head of eDiscovery for one of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies, I was suddenly forced to change eDiscovery vendors. The experience forcefully taught me the importance of carefully choosing an eDiscovery vendor. Here are some lessons I learned from the experience.

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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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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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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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Tom Gelbmann of Gelbmann & Associates, LLC - eDiscovery Trends

February 27, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Tom Gelbmann. Tom is Principal of Gelbmann & Associates, LLC. Since 1993, Gelbmann & Associates, LLC, is a consulting practice serving the legal services industry. Tom has an extensive record of working with law firms, corporate counsel and legal services providers as a consultant, advisor, project manager, and has also held the CIO position at two major law firms. Tom has also been co-author of the leading survey on the electronic discovery market, The Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey; in 2011 he and George Socha converted the Survey into Apersee, an online system for selecting eDiscovery providers and their offerings. In 2005, he and George Socha 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.

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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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2013 eDiscovery Year in Review: eDiscovery Case Law, Part 4

January 21, 2014

By Doug Austin

As we noted on Thursday, Friday and yesterday, eDiscoveryDaily published 78 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to proportionality and the first half of the cases related to sanctions (yes, there were that many). Today, here are the rest of the cases related to sanctions.

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Six eDiscovery Predictions for 2014, Part Two - eDiscovery Trends

January 13, 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. Friday, we covered my first three eDiscovery predictions for 2014. Here are the remaining three predictions.

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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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Is a Blended Document Review Rate of $466 Per Hour Excessive? – eDiscovery Replay

November 22, 2013

By Doug Austin

Remember when we raised the question as to whether it is time to ditch the per hour model for document review? One of the cases we highlighted for perceived overbilling was ruled recently.

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Someone Else’s Money – eDiscovery Best Practices

October 22, 2013

By Doug Austin

Leave it to Craig Ball to liken lawyers’ delegation of eDiscovery to Prince Akeem’s “royal backside wipers” in the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America.

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New Survey Sheds Light on How Corporate Legal Departments Handle Outsourcing – eDiscovery Trends

October 18, 2013

By Doug Austin

These days, it seems as though every company is outsourcing work overseas. Are corporate legal departments following suit?

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Data Held Hostage by eDiscovery Provider! – eDiscovery Best Practices

October 04, 2013

By Doug Austin

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we discussed 10 Things to Know Before Moving eDiscovery to the Cloud, emphasizing the importance to know where your data is located. This example illustrates the importance of that principle.

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Five More Things to Know Before Moving eDiscovery to the Cloud – eDiscovery Best Practices

October 01, 2013

By Doug Austin

Yesterday, we covered the first five items in Joel Jacob’s article in Information Management.com (10 Things to Know Before Moving E-Discovery to the Cloud), which provides an interesting checklist for those considering a move to cloud computing. Here are the remaining five items, with some comments from me.

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10 Things to Know Before Moving eDiscovery to the Cloud – eDiscovery Best Practices

September 30, 2013

By Doug Austin

Software as a Service (SaaS) accounted for 49 percent of all eDiscovery software revenues tracked in 2011, according to Gartner’s report, Market Trends: Automated, Analytical Approaches Drive the Enterprise E-Discovery Software Market. Joel Jacob’s article in Information Management.com (10 Things to Know Before Moving E-Discovery to the Cloud) provides an interesting checklist for those considering a move to cloud computing. Here they are, with some comments from me.

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