DiscoverReady Appoints Maureen O’Neill as Vice President of Discovery Strategy and Bay Area Marketplace Leader
NEW YORK – September 9, 2010 – Continuing on its plan of sustained growth and expansion, DiscoverReady LLC, a leading provider of outsourced discovery management and fixed-fee document review services to Fortune 500 companies and their counsel, today announced the appointment of Maureen O’Neill as Vice President of Discovery Strategy and marketplace leader for the San Francisco Bay Area, signifying the company’s deeper expansion in the region.
In addition to overseeing all DiscoverReady operations for the region, O’Neill is also responsible for leading the company’s Employment Practice Group. With an extensive background in all aspects of employment law, and particular expertise in discovery matters in complex litigation, she will play a critical role in consulting with clients and their counsel on discovery strategy and best practices. O’Neill reports to DiscoverReady Chief Operating Officer John Ritter.
“We’re extremely pleased to add talent to our team with Maureen’s depth and breadth of experience, and to also have her lead our further expansion into the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Steve Harber, co-founder and president. “Her extensive background in employment litigation and complex e-discovery issues will be an immediate benefit to our growing business.”
Prior to joining DiscoverReady, O’Neill was at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, co-chairing the firm’s national E-Discovery Practice Group. As a partner, she was also actively practicing in the area of employment litigation. Her client base included Fortune 100 and multinational companies in technology, pharmaceuticals, communications, entertainment, and retail. There she led teams of attorneys defending various employment claims, with a focus on defending class and collective action litigation.
While participating in all aspects of legal proceedings, O’Neill’s particular expertise developed in managing the document discovery process in complex, multi-party litigation. She has counseled clients on various e-discovery issues, such as identifying and inventorying sources of electronic information, drafting legal hold notices, and developing protocols for document collection, review, and production.
“I’m quite excited to be joining the DiscoverReady team at a time of dynamic company growth and evolving change in the legal profession,” said O’Neill. “I’m also looking forward to bringing my expertise and experience to the table in partnering with our growing client base in the Bay Area. Our clients are facing increasingly complex and involved matters related to discovery, and I am confident that DiscoverReady can provide effective solutions.”
O’Neill graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and received her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Miami. She actively participates in the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production.
DiscoverReady® is a leading professional services firm with an exclusive focus on streamlining discovery management for corporate legal departments and their counsel. We are driven to find better ways to lower costs, reduce risk and improve quality within the discovery process, propelled by the best and brightest discovery professionals, leading technologies, and time- and court-tested processes. As pioneers in fixed-fee document review and now, automated review, DiscoverReady leverages our collective intelligence to bring our clients solutions and services which are tailored for today’s evolving legal needs.
DiscoverReady was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in New York City with a main operations center in Charlotte. It is majority-owned by The Dolan Company (NYSE: DM), a leading provider of professional services and business information to the legal profession. For more information, visit DiscoverReady.com or the DiscoverReady blog http://discoverready.com/blog/. For more information about The Dolan Company, visit www.thedolancompany.com.
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This release contains forward-looking statements that reflect DiscoverReady’s current expectations and projections about future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. The words “anticipates,” “expects,” “believes,” “continue,” “will,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to DiscoverReady and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to be materially different from those expressed in, or implied by, such forward looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, the following: DiscoverReady operates in a highly competitive industry and changes in this industry could have an adverse effect on revenues, cash flows and profitability; DiscoverReady’s performance is highly dependent on the skills and knowledge of the individuals serving as its chief executive officer and president; and DiscoverReady’s business revenues are concentrated among a few customers and if these customers choose to manage and perform their discovery internally or with another provider and if DiscoverReady is unable to develop new customer relationships, operating results and the ability to execute growth strategies at DiscoverReady may be adversely affected. Please also see “Risk Factors” contained in Item 1A of The Dolan Company’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 8, 2010, which is available at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov, for a further description of risks, uncertainties and factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, forward looking statements. Except as required by federal securities law, no party assumes any obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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