Technology Continues to Provide a Piece of the Answer in Litigation

As firms increasingly adopt alternative fee agreements, better models of staffing will take on more importance (including outsourcing).  But technology also has a role to play in helping law firms figure out how to deliver legal services “better, faster, cheaper”.

I don’t follow the e-discovery world that closely; but do I take notice when law firms adopt innovative approaches.

Therefore,  a press release I received today from Squire Sanders LLP and Equivio, a software company that manages data redundancy, caught my attention.

“Modern litigation triggers a deluge of discoverable information that cannot be effectively managed with traditional strategies that rely on using associates or contract lawyers to page through ever-escalating volumes of data,” said Howard J. C. Nicols, Squire Sanders’ global managing partner for practices and head of the firm’s advocacy practice area. “That type of review multiplies the time and expense of discovery and, if not managed effectively, can sacrifice quality.”

“Our strategy, which we call intelligent discovery, is an alternative approach that we believe provides clients with the best possible value by delivering enhanced review quality within a well-controlled cost framework,” Nicols said. “Intelligent discovery seeks to reduce e-discovery costs by eliminating to the greatest extent possible the cost of human review. Intelligent discovery combines review by experienced trial lawyers with automated analysis and prioritization of potentially relevant documents to deliver reliable and cost-effective results.”

The key here seems to be using intelligent systems to prioritize documents (i.e. rather than simply look for key words).

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