- Ahead of the Curve
- Specialized Expertise
- Depth of Experience
eDiscovery is one of the most significant developments in the legal world in recent years, literally transforming every aspect of evidence in litigation and information management in the workplace. As a result, the field of eDiscovery has become a hotbed of activity in its own right. eDiscovery continues to develop at a rapid pace, especially as data volumes expand exponentially, businesses and individuals alike move to a digital platform, and new sources of technology emerge almost on a daily basis.
Very early, Littler recognized this trend and its importance to employers operating in a global workplace who were faced with an explosion of electronic data and emergent technologies. Littler pioneered the practice of hiring attorneys at the shareholder level to focus exclusively on eDiscovery and has at the ready, a team of attorneys dedicated full-time to managing eDiscovery nationwide.
Littler’s eDiscovery team is led by Paul Weiner, one of the nation’s premier thought leaders in e-Discovery. Paul has assembled a group of lawyers with impressive credentials and extensive knowledge of leading-edge e-Discovery issues, including a former director of legal operations for a Fortune 100 Company who helped develop internal technologies, policies and procedures for handling Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in nationwide litigation, and a former DOJ special prosecutor who is an active member of the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 1 (U.S.) and Working Group 6 (International).
Littler’s eDiscovery lawyers focus only on eDiscovery, allowing them to remain current on the latest legal developments and to proactively advise clients before disputes with opposing counsel arise. Each of our eDiscovery shareholders also has real-life trial experience, so they bring a practical and cost-effective perspective to what can otherwise appear to be esoteric eDiscovery issues that can hijack a case. They also never lose sight of the fact that the goal of all discovery – including eDiscovery – is to win the case. So not only does Littler’s eDiscovery team assist in responding to discovery, but also we can advise clients about the best ways to secure responses from the other side. Thus, our eDiscovery lawyers have not only deep substantive knowledge in this constantly evolving area, but also the practical, hands-on experience that comes from litigating scores of cases in today’s digital age.
In addition to its eDiscovery lawyers, Littler also employs a nationwide team of Litigation Support Specialists who leverage technology to streamline the collection, management, review, production and presentation of evidence, in a cost-effective yet powerful manner, using state-of-the-art eDiscovery technologies that have been rolled out firm-wide, including: Relativity®, a second-generation, evidence review and production application; LiveNote®, a real-time transcript reporting and enterprise transcript management application; TimeMap® timeline graphing tool; Microsoft SharePoint® web-based collaborative workspaces for distributed teams; and TrialDirector® trial presentation software.
Littler has also built the Littler National Data Center that can perform an array of tasks associated with eDiscovery, including processing electronic evidence and hosting case databases. With this unique resource, Littler provides clients with a turn-key solution that typically is more cost-effective and streamlined than using outside vendors.
Littler has preferred vendor relationships that our clients can leverage for specialized assistance in various aspects of eDiscovery including: harvesting electronic data; forensic analyses of electronic media; and managed “document review” (offering an alternative pricing approach to what can sometimes be the most costly aspect of large cases).
In short, Littler offers clients a full range of eDiscovery services to meet the needs of any case, from small, single-plaintiff administrative charges or internal investigations where only a handful of key custodians’ emails are at issue, to trade secret matters where disputes over unique data sources are the central focus of the case, to bet-the-company, nationwide class or collective actions where hundreds of gigabytes and multiple types of electronic data are in play.