Day 1 of Legalweek(year) is Here!: eDiscovery Trends

Hey, that rhymes!  😉 As I noted last Friday, it’s a busy week this week with regard to Legalweek(year) (which starts today) and EDRM’s Expocom, which concludes today!  As I’ve done for years during Legalweek (and Legaltech, as it used to be known), I will identify some of the sessions each day that relate to eDiscovery, cybersecurity and/or data privacy.  And don’t forget that the Fifth Annual Drinks with Doug and Mary this afternoon from 4-6pm at Expocom!

For Legalweek, you can still register for LIVE Only Access events for FREE.  If you want on-demand content and CLE credit, it’s only $299 for the entire week!  Here’s the link to register – there’s still time to catch lots of great educational content!  Once you do, you should receive an email with login details – at least I did, but it took a little while, so hurry!


Here’s a list of sessions of note you may want to check out (all times ET):

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM:

Emerging Technology Session: Solving the Ever-Changing eDiscovery Technology Puzzle – How to Get Past the Lingo to Develop and Implement a Holistic and Dynamic Bundled eDiscovery Solution

As data volume and variances continue to expand, the litigation and eDiscovery technology market has never been more crowded or complex to navigate. Selecting the eDiscovery tools that best work for your organization is a complex task that requires an evaluation and implementation framework that can be both costly and risky to design. In this roundtable discussion we will discuss the following:  

eDiscovery Assistant
  • Critical factors and trends related to emerging eDiscovery data types and how those trends factor into selecting eDiscovery technology
  • How to spot technologies that are emerging as well as how to create a framework to evaluate these technologies
  • Examples and benefits of holistic approaches to solving eDiscovery challenges


  • Katie Harvalis, Director Delivery, DWF Mindcrest
  • Seth Hughes, eDiscovery Lead, DWF Mindcrest
  • Jamie Whalebone, Director of Legal Consultancy & Transformation, DWF

Hosted by:

DWF Mindcrest

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM:

WFH Cybersecurity Risk Management from a Legal, Business and IT perspective

This CLE session is a highly relevant panel discussion on cybersecurity risk management in our new “Work From Anywhere” world in the COVID19 era. Speakers from leading law firms, managed review, hosting and cyber security companies, will discuss issues the legal community faces with remote workers. Topics include document review planning and staffing, project initiation, management, and quality control — all with an eye on infosec and data loss prevention at a moment where most contract document review attorneys are working from home. With time for participation and Q&A, session attendees will take away several rich perspectives on cybersecurity and compliance issues facing legal teams engaged in remote review projects.


  • Todd Mattson, Esq. – Director Practice Systems Covington & Burling
  • Jamie Berry – SVP Litigation Services Integreon
  • John Wilson – CISO HaystackID
  • Jordan Ellington – CEO SecureReview
  • Trisha Sircar – Partner, Katten

Hosted by SecureReview

Meeting the Challenges of Information Governance in the Cloud

Meeting the challenges of Information Governance in the Cloud Today, business is powered by best-of-breed apps with fast-growing collaboration apps leading the way. On average, companies are using 129+ applications to power their workforce – resulting in data taking on new formats and accumulating in more hard to reach silos than ever before. This data fragmentation is creating new challenges for eDiscovery, legal hold, archiving, and more.

In this session, we’ll discuss how organizations like yours can meet the challenges of cloud technology. In 60 short minutes, you’ll learn:

  • How to work with other departments, like IT, compliance and security, to streamline information governance
  • The best practices for implementing new applications
  • How to partner with solution providers to manage your data

Moderator: Brian Hupp, Special Advisor to Onna


  • Rajan Gupta, Head of Global Technology, Legal & Compliance, Facebook
  • Stephanie Corey, Co-founder and general partner, Uplevel Ops
  • Jeanne Somma, Chief Legal Officer & Head of Managed Review, Lineal Services

Hosted by Onna

Reinventing the Model: Leveraging AI and Analytics to Detect Privilege

The old models to detect privilege have become outdated and ineffective. Over the last few years, the industry has been introduced to a myriad of technological advances in the field of AI and analytics that have dramatically increased efficiency and efficacy in the search for attorney-client information. Tune into this panel to learn first-hand how industry leaders are leveraging cutting-edge technology to rapidly identify privilege to reduce their overall spend and risk.


  • Rob Hellewell, Vice President – Lighthouse
  • Christian J. Mahoney, Senior Attorney, Cleary Gottlieb
  • Sara Lockman, Senior Director, eDiscovery and Information Governance – Walmart

Hosted by Lighthouse

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM:

Navigating Regulatory Compliance Through Effective Data Protection and Governance Strategy

53% of countries will have GDPR-like regulations within the coming two years. With remote work becoming a new normal, exponential growth of data and increasing complexity across regulations organizations need to ensure data protection and privacy remains top of mind. Lawyers today must be ready to not only navigate the changing and sometimes contradicting regulatory landscape but also play a vital role in a company’s overall success by ensuring the risk of non-compliance is effectively reduced and the company sensitive data is handled in a secure and defensible manner.  Hear from Microsoft legal and security experts how they are helping their customers stay compliant.


  • Steve Vandenberg, Advanced Compliance Global Black Belt, Security Solutions Area, Microsoft
  • Lindsey L.Tonsager, Partner, Covington & Burling
  • Mark Young, Partner, Covington & Burling
  • Sean Sweeney, Global Leader of the Chief Security Advisors, Security Solutions Area, Microsoft
  • Sarah Armstrong-Smith, Chief Security Advisor, Security Solutions Area, Microsoft

Sponsored by Microsoft

Becoming Iron Man – Moving from Science Fiction to Reality with Legal AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the legal profession as it has done in finance, entertainment, healthcare, and manufacturing, and this has some lawyers and technologists worried. During this one-hour CLE presentation, you will learn how today’s AI technology is perfect for repetitive tasks that require human intelligence, where an increase in productivity and decrease in errors and cost are the goals. Document review is an ideal candidate for the application of AI technology and its benefits.


  • Cat Casey, Chief Innovation Officer, DISCO
  • Scott Milner, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • Richard Robinson, Director of Legal Operations & Litigation Support, Toyota
  • Jeremy Burdge, LPM Lead -Litigation Practice Group, Hogan Lovells

Hosted by DISCO

When an Investigation Hits: Strategies for Effective and Rapid Resolution When Your Team is Remote

Investigations are on the rise – and collecting data from remote workforces that use unmonitored applications on personal devices is among the greatest challenges. A delicate balance must be struck between finding potential evidence from new data sources, such as ephemeral messaging apps and social media, and individual data privacy rights. Further, unlike traditional eDiscovery, investigations conducted remotely require coordinated communications and operational management. 

In this CLE-accredited session, hear from leading legal experts on how they have short-circuited often expensive and time-consuming investigations efforts to find the evidence that will tell the story. They will share their experiences on collecting data from remote employees, ephemeral data preservation obligations and effective instant messaging, social media and BYOD policies, project management techniques, and use of targeted analytics approaches to assess potential evidence.

Moderator: Thomas Gricks, Esq., Lead Strategy Consultant, OpenText


  • Lindsay White, Senior Director, Global Litigation and Investigations, Applied Materials
  • Tracy D. Drynan, Esq., Principal Consultant, OpenText
  • Andrea L. D’Ambra, Head of eDiscovery and Information Governance, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Richard Day, Head of eDiscovery – UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO)

Hosted by OpenText

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM:

Navigating the Pitfalls of E-discovery for Boutique Litigators

This session is geared towards smaller and medium-sized law firms who want to learn more about the E-discovery process. Here are many of the questions we will answer:

  • Why do large law firms ask for strange production formats like DAT, OPT and metadata files with single page tiffs?
  • Is there an advantage to receiving data in such a format?
  • When should parties use search terms to respond to document requests and are there other ways to locate responsive data?
  • How can I make sure that my E-discovery process is defensible and that I won’t get sanctioned?
  • Is there an ideal way to produce text messages in litigation?
  • How do I make sure the other side is giving me all the documents that are responsive to my document requests?
  • When should my client hire an expert to forensically image computers and phones and when can they avoid the costs?
  • What can I do to prepare for a meet and confer with opposing counsel regarding identification, collection, and preservation of data for litigation?
  • How should I respond to requests for production that aren’t precise?


Marc Hirschfeld, Owner, Precision Legal Services

Hosted by: Precision Legal Services

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM:

Transforming Legal Data into Business Intelligence: Leveraging BI to Make Better Data-Driven Legal and Business Decisions

The panel will discuss the best practices around how to utilize business intelligence to drive meaningful legal and financial impact for your law department and the business client you support.  We will explore the types of data that should be leveraged and the common tools used to visualize the data.

Moderator: Peter Eilhauer, Managing Director – Epiq


  • Brian Corbin, Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel, Legal Discovery Management – JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Justin Brownstone, General Counsel – Gavelytics
  • David Cunningham, Chief Information Officer – Winston Strawn

Hosted by Epiq

Litigation Analytics in a New Era of Data-Driven Law

Harnessing the power of data to drive case strategy is no longer a secret held close by the most tech-savvy attorneys—it is a near mandate in an industry that has seen its fair share of disruptions. The application of data-driven insights results in data-driven law, which is transformative across the entire legal spectrum, yielding better customer outcomes, increased transparency and access to insights in ways that were never previously possible. See how litigators are leveraging analytics, via a simplified end-to-end litigation experience, to develop stronger case strategies, build confidence and deliver premium customer service.


  • Carla Rydholm, Director of Product Management – Lex Machina
  • Karl Harris, CEO – Lex Machina

Hosted by LexisNexis

In addition, Expocom has a more limited schedule today with a couple of meetings regarding the IGRM project (9–10 am) and the Mediation project (12–1 pm).  Then, from 4-6pm, the Fifth Annual Drinks with Doug and Mary will occur in (or just outside) the Expo Hall!  Apparently, nothing can derail DwDaM!  Not a change of employers (for each of us over the years), nor a pandemic.  Probably not even the zombie apocalypse!  So, if it’s inevitable, you might as well join us and network with your colleagues!

So, what do you think?  Are you attending the EDRM Expo or Legalweek this week?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

Disclaimer: The views represented herein are exclusively the views of the authors and speakers themselves, and do not necessarily represent the views held by my employer, my partners or my clients. eDiscovery Today is made available solely for educational purposes to provide general information about general eDiscovery principles and not to provide specific legal advice applicable to any particular circumstance. eDiscovery Today should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a lawyer you have retained and who has agreed to represent you.

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