April 25, 2008

Announcing My New E-Discovery Position

I'm very pleased to announce that I've joined Electronic Evidence Discovery, Inc. (EED) as Senior Consultant, reporting directly to the VP of Consulting Services. In my new role, I'll be advising law departments in their overall litigation readiness, legal hold, and e-mail and document retention strategies, processes, and solutions. In addition, I'll be consulting on active litigation matters to provide enhanced strategy and guidance.

On a personal note, I'm pleased to join a company who has been a trendsetter in directing eDiscovery technologies and methodologies for over 20 years, a rarity in this often volatile market. Great company, with fantastic people who really know their stuff. I'm particularly excited as my new responsibilities will draw on my deep experience with corporate legal departments, law firms, and enterprise business units and systems. In other words, I understand their specific challenges as I've been there too, as a practicing attorney, corporate legal IT manager, and large law firm and legal technology consultant. As a law firm executive director recently shared with me, "finding someone who can think like a lawyer and understand 'tech speak' is a rare animal."

I'm also a Six Sigma Green Belt with extensive experience with systems and processes that include e-mail and document retention, electronic invoicing, matter and document management, and enterprise content management. Thus I understand the challenges corporate teams face in managing their data, as well as in designing and implementing effective processes to improve defensibility and compliance. In addition, a number of companies are looking ahead to their "next steps" to proactively address these issues, which include evaluating whether and how to bring more preservation and collection efforts in-house, retooling or refining their data retention policies and practices, and further automating and systemizing their litigation hold processes.

I'll repeat the disclaimer that the posts and opinions expressed on this blog are solely my personal opinions and viewpoints. They do not represent or reflect (nor are they intended to represent or reflect) the positions, opinions, viewpoints, policies and/or statements of my employer or any other entity or person.

As always, if you'd like to discuss anything or just want to bounce ideas around, please feel free to contact me via the e-mail link at the top of my blog.

Topic(s):   Electronic Discovery  |  Other Musings
Posted by Jeff Beard