Managing Providers in a Shrinking Ediscovery Market 

04-12-2017 19:58

The pace of merger and acquisition in the ediscovery field has accelerated dramatically over the last five years. With ediscovery matters lasting two to five years or more, provider stability in this consolidating market raises concerns for corporate and firm counsel. Many depend on providers to document and defend the often chaotic discovery process. Are you prepared to manage your matters if your preferred hosting provider is acquired and goes through a substantial downsizing? Who knows exactly what was culled before or after search terms were applied? In this webinar, we will explore:

  • Recent ediscovery vendor mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
  • What typically happens to providers following M&A or a round of investment
  • How firms and corporate legal departments deal with provider transformations
  • The potential implications when a vendor essentially goes away
  • What happens when you sign a managed services contract with a provider and they're acquired by another provider?
  • What about long term legal cloud SaaS providers hosting matter management, legal holds or preservation repositories?

Greg Buckles
is the founder and Principal Consultant of the eDJ Group, covering the information governance and ediscovery markets. His research and consulting focus on the intersection of enterprise technology and discovery. He has over 25 years of experience in roles spanning law enforcement, legal service provider, corporate legal, law firm and legal software design. This deep and diverse background combines with constant exposure to the discovery challenges of Fortune 500 and Am Law 200 clients to provide a unique industry perspective. He blogs and manages the online research engine and discovery knowledge portal focusing on independent perspective and expert opinion.

Duane Lites, the Director of Litigation Support at Jackson Walker, manages all litigation support technology services for attorneys, paralegals and support staff, and frequently assists clients in the use of litigation technology and the ediscovery process. He is a member of the firm's ESI consulting group and works with firm management to create and implement a strategy for the litigation support department emphasizing quality work product, customer care and leading-edge technology solutions. A Certified Computer Forensics Examiner, he has 27 years of experience in litigation support, including 20 years managing major law firm litigation support departments. Duane is a frequent speaker on litigation technology and electronic discovery.

Recorded on: 04-12-17

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