As DiscoverReady’s Charlotte Marketplace Leader, the past 18 months have been an incredibly exciting time. Our office, which launched with a 10-person review in April 2009, just moved into a state-of-the-art facility that will house more than 300 reviewers. During this same period of time, I transitioned from an intellectual property litigator with a 100-year-old law firm, to a practice group leader with a six-year-old company in a rapidly growing professional services arena. While the risk averse attorney in me is still a little bit in shock over this turn of events (in a very good way), I’ll readily admit that my legal education and law firm experience did not fully prepare me for the past year.
To that end, here are four lessons I didn’t learn in law school:
- More Whiteboards! I’m invoking this as my new mantra. Coming from a profession where flipcharts and PowerPoints rule the day, I’ve succumbed to the siren song of the whiteboard. I’m not too proud to admit that I’ve started hoarding erasable markers.
- With the new DiscoverReady branding campaign, website and color palette coinciding with our office expansion, I can now distinguish between 10 different shades of orange (in our corporate logo). That being said, I can’t match any other color with them.
- A shared workspace beats a big corner office any day. Our old office had one shared space that lasted three weeks before we had to convert it into a review facility. Our new facility boasts four conference rooms, three huddle rooms, a dedicated training review space with full AV capabilities, a shared workspace for full-time employees and offices for visiting attorneys. Some might call that overcompensation; I call it planning for growth.
- Most importantly, contrary to my experiences over the past decade or so, there is a better way to conduct electronic discovery in large scale matters without eviscerating your entire litigation budget on document review.
Against that backdrop, I’d like to invite all of our current and prospective clients by the new facility to verify points one through three. And to anyone interested in a “better” way to conduct discovery in large litigation and regulatory matters, we should definitely talk about lesson four.