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ESI Protocols: Planning for eDiscovery
By Kelly Twigger
An ESI protocol is your roadmap to handling ESI issues in any litigation. Like any trip you take, the more planning you do, the less speed bumps you hit. In litigation, those speed bumps can include expensive and time-consuming motion practice, failure to capture key evidence, waiving privilege on inadvertently produced materials, not being able to search data effectively, and not being able to understand the timeline or relationships of the data, among others. On average, we go back to the ESI protocol between 30-50 times in any litigation. Civil litigation is won and lost on the documents, and the ESI protocol is THE agreement that defines what documents you get and how.
So how and when do you plan for an ESI protocol?
The when is simple: from the minute you start talking about a case.Whoever you have that knows ESI, include them in your initial conversations about the case. You should know many of the answers to the questions raised below right away, and when a user has the ability to delete evidence with a simple click, dropping of a phone, or a system can be auto-deleting data, time is of the essence.
Top Four Tips for Building Resiliency Into Your Law Firm in 2021
By Nicole Black
We’ve finally left 2020 behind us and are looking forward to a new year – and hopefully a much less tumultuous one! Of course, times continue to be uncertain and until everyone is fully vaccinated it makes sense to build resiliency into your law firm in order to ensure that your law firm is able to thrive no matter what curveballs we encounter in the coming year.
The good news is that there are a few simple and actionable steps that you can take to prepare your firm for whatever the future brings and make it possible to operate and profit no matter where your firm’s employees are located. You may have already implemented some of the following ideas into your firm’s processes, and, if so, great job! But there are undoubtedly a few other tools you can add to your firm’s arsenal that will ensure both stability and success in 2021.