An increasing number of law firms have created practice areas or task forces dedicated to eDiscovery. Every firm handles eDiscovery differently. The Legal Intelligencer ran a special supplement on eDiscovery, with a look at how firms in the Commonwealth deal with this ever-more-important issue.

Ballard Spahr's E-Discovery and Data Management practice is led by Philip Yannella. He said that, upon arriving at the firm, his first step was to assess the firm's eDiscovery technology and staffing levels to see what changes were necessary. Attorneys in the practice handle every issue in the eDiscovery lifecycle. They develop document and records management policies to help prevent retention and eDiscovery problems, and advise on litigation readiness and legal hold plans to ease the burden of future discovery and ensure that clients are well positioned to respond to discovery requests involving electronically stored information (ESI), should they occur.