DiscoverReady’s New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year! As we turn the calendar to 2016 and reflect on what the year ahead might bring, I asked some of my DiscoverReady colleagues to share some of their resolutions for the new year. Here’s what they resolve to accomplish in 2016. . .

Phil Richards, Chief Technology Officer: I resolve to continue improving our e-discovery workflows to make those processes more closely mirror the science of information retrieval. I also want to do more work with clients to help them better understand their data from a “big picture” perspective. Companies are keeping too much information that has little or no business value, which drives up cost and risk—not just when it comes to discovery, but in other important functions, such as compliance and data security.

Amy Hinzman, EVP Review Operations: One of my resolutions is to persuade more clients and counsel to incorporate advanced analytics into their standard document review workflows. But the reality is that many matters still rely on good ol’ fashioned search terms, and so I also resolve to promote the routine use of our Search Term Optimization process to test and verify search terms, and boost the defensibility of search terms. And I resolve to move further towards “paperless” document review training.

Daniel Blair, VP Innovative Strategies: I resolve to educate more organizations on the need to conduct individualized data security risk assessments, and consider in-place protection for sensitive data. I also intend to encourage companies to explore how they can apply traditional e-discovery solutions in new ways, such as compliance initiatives and data privacy programs.

Sean McMechan, VP Project Management: One of my resolutions is to work towards a mobile app that will make all of our various project management reports available on smart phones. I also resolve to further automate our conflict resolution processes, so they are more seamlessly integrated in our workflows. And I will promote more use of our document repository solutions, which allow for easy reuse and comparison of coding calls across multiple matters—so many of our clients with significant litigation portfolios would benefit from this.

And what about my resolutions? I think Calvin put it nicely:

eDiscovery New Years Resolutions
Copyright © by Bill Watterson

Just kidding, folks. I resolve to ramp up my focus on the intersection of litigation and regulatory discovery with data security and privacy. And I also resolve to get even more creative about helping our clients find opportunities to make discovery more efficient, more effective, and less expensive. To accomplish that resolution, I think I need another one—valuable both in and outside of work—“listen more, talk less.”

The DiscoverReady team wishes you all the best in 2016!

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Senior Vice President, Discovery Strategy & Data Privacy/Security
A recognized thought leader in e-discovery, Maureen collaborates with the company’s clients and operations teams to develop innovative information strategies for legal discovery, compliance, and sensitive data protection. She speaks and writes frequently on significant issues in e-discovery and information governance, and participates actively in the Sedona Conference Working Groups on Electronic Document Retention and Production and Data Privacy and Security. Prior to DiscoverReady, Maureen was a partner at Paul Hastings LLP, where she represented Fortune 100 companies in complex employment litigation matters.
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