Adding Value to Our Litigation Services
Discovery in litigation matters has undergone revolutionary change in recent years. With the explosion of technology and massive growth of electronically stored information (ESI), discovery in larger litigation matters can now require attorneys to manage and assess hundreds of thousands of documents. This trend will only continue. The emergence of ESI presents numerous challenges as attorneys must now counsel clients on how to preserve and collect the wealth of relevant information in a particular litigation matter. Attorneys are then confronted with analyzing ever larger amounts of data to determine which information is relevant to the case at hand, which requires significant labor and can come at staggering costs.

Providing Support During the Entire E-Discovery Cycle
The Litigation Support Department, as an adjunct to the Gibbons E-Discovery Task Force, offers quality assistance in addressing the various issues related to e-discovery, along with guidance in the management and analysis of those large amounts of data. The department serves as a resource to assess and manage the relevant data over the course of a litigation and to determine the most cost effective way to process that data and present it in a format suitable for attorney review and production when needed. The Litigation Support Department provides guidance and support to our case teams during all stages of the electronic discovery life cycle. The Litigation Support Department draws on years of technological experience and particular knowledge about processing ESI received in litigation matters and advises attorneys on efficiently and cost effectively preparing that data for review and production. The Litigation Support Department works closely with our trusted vendors to ensure quality work is performed on our clients’ behalf and constantly evaluates emerging technologies and pricing structures in the e-discovery industry. The Litigation Support Department assists attorneys and clients in identifying and engaging the most suitable vendor for a given engagement.

The general case tasks the Litigation Support group handles, and its workflow throughout each stage of the litigation timeline, include:

Pre-Litigation

  • Review and assist Gibbons attorneys and their clients in developing document retention and/or document collection plans and policies
  • Assist in drafting keyword search term lists
  • Identify and refer approved e-discovery service providers
  • Train attorneys and paralegals in document review systems

Discovery Planning

  • Coordinate with vendors to help Gibbons attorneys and their clients determine how certain document types should be collected, processed, and reviewed
  • Suggest resources, platforms, and third party service providers to best perform tasks and match case teams with most-qualified service providers based on these tasks
  • Coordinate with vendors to assist in estimating potential costs and processing times during budget and deadline planning

Collection, Processing, and Review of Documents

  • Assist in communicating with client’s IT during collection process
  • Analyze review plan and platform post-collection, based on volume and deadlines
  • Coordinate processing of ESI with service providers

Vendor Management: E-Discovery is a competitive and rapidly changing industry. The Litigation Support Department regularly vets and identifies appropriate vendors for use by our clients and keeps abreast of changing pricing structures in the industry. Accordingly, the department negotiates competitive rates for our clients with our trusted vendors and constantly reviews vendor performance and pricing to ensure that we are offering our clients outstanding value.

Factual Investigations: Our litigation support, knowledge management, and paralegal staffs are adept at accessing information to assist in the factual investigation that is standard in almost every matter the firm handles. Through online judicial, governmental, and more general resources, the ligation support group provides Gibbons attorneys and their clients with a wealth of information relevant to the matter at hand. They interact extensively on behalf of attorneys and, as a result, are highly knowledgeable about the particular rules of various courts and procedures of different agencies and individual judges, which leads to solid and very helpful professional relationships with key staff.