There are Four Languages of eDiscovery. Do You Know Them?: eDiscovery Best Practices

Despite the title, this isn’t a post about translation services in eDiscovery – it’s about the different “languages” that an eDiscovery provider needs to be able to speak to provide excellent services to their clients. As this article by Cobra Legal Solutions illustrates, becoming fluent in the four languages of eDiscovery is key to communicating effectively with your clients and within the discovery team.

Their article The 4 Languages of eDiscovery discusses the four languages of eDiscovery (duh!). By “languages”, they mean the terminology that each of us uses to do our respective jobs. Understanding the terminology associated with our own disciplines is required to be able to satisfy our job responsibilities but understanding the terminology of the other participants in the discovery process is necessary to effectively communicate with them to effectively achieve the overall goal of the discovery project.

Becoming fluent in the various languages is key to communicating effectively with your clients and within the discovery team. It’s also key to educating your clients and your team to understand the concepts and terminology of discovery that may lie outside of their normal expertise or comfort zone. And it keeps projects running much more smoothly as well!

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So, what are the four languages of eDiscovery?  I won’t steal Cobra Legal Solutions’ thunder, you can check out the article here on the specifics.  Or maybe you can try to guess first – see how many you can identify! Could be fun!  😉

So, what do you think?  Have you ever had a miscommunication with a client, partner or team member because you didn’t speak the same “language”? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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