E-Discovery and Data Management
Proper management of eDiscovery-related issues requires a team familiar with the complex technological, legal, and logistical challenges of electronic discovery and with the creativity to develop cost-effective, defensible strategies for compiling, storing, and protecting vital information.
Our attorneys work with clients to identify, analyze, and deliver information in civil, regulatory, and criminal matters. In addition, we have argued significant eDiscovery motions on behalf of Fortune 500 companies in federal and state courts.
Our clients span a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, chemical, banking, utilities, manufacturing, real estate, software, health care, and education.
When working on eDiscovery issues, we are able to call upon attorneys throughout the firm with experience in class actions and complex litigation, corporate and government investigations and white collar defense, securities litigation, intellectual property litigation, antitrust matters, labor and employment law, and product liability and mass torts.
- A major international pharmaceutical company engaged us to review its global IS infrastructure and produce a "road map" for electronic discovery. We produced a comprehensive resource covering the technology systems, functionality, and assets likely to be areas of focus during eDiscovery. It was designed as a living, working document, to be continually updated and referred to in preparing for then-active litigation and future litigation.
- We represented a chemical company in federal and California State class actions alleging that it had agreed to fix prices and shut down production facilities, and in related federal civil class action litigation and a DOJ grand jury investigation. We developed an eDiscovery schematic of the process, from subpoena receipt through records production. We settled the federal action. Summary judgment was denied as to the remaining defendants. The State action was stayed, pending federal case resolution.
- A national bank and national credit card company, defendants in consumer class action lawsuits, engaged us to handle litigation holds to address statewide, multistate, and national actions. We helped identify the claims, key personnel or groups/departments within the clients' company, and types and date ranges of records to preserve. We assisted with mapping systems to identify record locations and identify, develop, or confirm preservation protocols. We recommended cost-effective ways to preserve specialized record types.