Laying a Good eDiscovery Foundation

Laying a Good eDiscovery Foundation: eDiscovery Best Practices

Preparation helps in laying a good eDiscovery foundation for your project or case and Dr. Gavin Manes of Avansic discusses two areas where preparation can pay off “in spades”!

His post (Laying a Good eDiscovery Foundation, available here) discussed how it can be very easy to be so involved with the eDiscovery process on a daily basis that bigger-picture questions are pushed to the bottom of the list. This can be anything from asking whether the tool you’re currently using is actually the best fit for the type and number of cases you’re handling, how eDiscovery costs are being handled within the firm, or whether the people performing eDiscovery are well trained. Gaps in any of these areas can mean a process built on a cracked foundation.

Fortunately, there are ways to step back, take stock, and shore up your eDiscovery footing. As in many areas of life, eDiscovery outcomes are based mainly on the amount and quality of preparation. In the end, the execution of the eDiscovery project is only a small portion of what will determine overall success.


There are five principal areas in which preparation can pay off in spades and Gavin discusses two of them – artificial intelligence and custodial interviews – here. Check out what he says about these two areas in his post here, then you can check out the on-demand webinar 5 Things To Do EARLY to Reduce Your eDiscovery (or Expert) Costs By Half where he discusses all five with Kassi Burns, Senior Attorney at King & Spalding, Julie Brown, Director of Practice Technology, Vorys.

Speaking of on-demand webinars, Gavin, Jack Petracek (Manager at Lawgical Choice) and I recently discussed Trends Driving eDiscovery to the Cloud and how the increased variety of use cases makes a cloud-based eDiscovery solution a smart bet for any organization today. You might be surprised just how many eDiscovery use cases there are today!

So, what do you think? What steps do you take for laying a good eDiscovery foundation? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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