Replace the Term ‘Litigation Support’

Replace the Term ‘Litigation Support’?: eDiscovery Trends

Should we replace the term ‘Litigation Support’? That’s what a new survey from Legal Tech Media Group (LTMG) is asking.

LTMG announced it will conduct a survey to assess if the title “litigation support” accurately reflects the work performed by legal professionals in law firms, legal departments, and service providers. Is the title too limiting? Does it still adequately describe the nature of the work or the professionalism of the title holders? That’s what LTMG wants to know.

The seeds of this survey were planted at two recent major legal tech conferences. At both ILTACON 2023 and Relativity Fest 2023, David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel and Legal Education Director at Relativity, asked panelists and the audience if the title ‘Litigation Support’ fully encompasses the professional litigation and eDiscovery services of the position. Horrigan suggested it may be time for a new or additional title.


Note: I was at both of those sessions and was a panelist for the traditional ILTACON Litigation Support Roundtable where David asked if it was time to change the name of that session.

“Those discussions raised a valid question: Does the title adequately represent the professional qualities of the position holders?” said Cathy Kenton, CEO of LTMG. “We want to hear directly from legal tech professionals.”

The LTMG survey requests input from legal professionals in all segments of the profession. The short, 2-question survey (with an additional comment section) assesses whether we should replace the term ‘Litigation Support’, and if so, what it should be replaced with.

I have my thoughts on the subject, but I’ll hold back for now to avoid influencing the survey. Again, the survey is here, let them know your thoughts!


So, what do you think? Should we replace the term ‘Litigation Support’? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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