Nothing can be more counter-productive than lawyers arguing technical e-discovery issues when an expert in the field could illuminate a case knowledgeably. This is where a Special Master, or court-appointed expert, becomes a valuable resource.
As lawyer technologists, we are uniquely positioned to serve either as Special Masters under FRCP 53 (or its state equivalents) or as court-appointed experts to help explain the e-discovery process in a cost-effective way.
We can help the court and counsel identify and sample only the most relevant data as evidence. Using best practices and in conformance with the amended federal rules regarding e-discovery, we also work with all counsels to devise a fair Discovery Plan, as envisioned in FRCP Rules 16 and 27.
We can help your law firm:
- Do you want to limit your motion practice to those issues that really count?
- Devise e-discovery protocols.
- Recommend search criteria and protocols.
- Provide advice on technology implementation choices (e.g., data sampling; native file format production; rolling productions; imaging protocols).
- Establish criteria for a Web-hosted document repository for court and counsel.
- Propose rulings or advise the court on e-discovery motions and cost-sharing issues.
- Assist in the selection of qualified third-party vendors as needed.
As experienced trial lawyers, Howe & Associates understands the litigation process and what is required to prepare fully for it. We also serve as Special Masters and neutral court-appointed experts to assist court and counsel in guiding and streamlining e-discovery in complex cases.
Tom Howe has been qualified as an e-discovery expert in many cases and has been recognized as “among the top 200 e-discovery attorneys world-wide” by Seth Davis, then an attorney and recruiter for Major, Lindsey & Africa, in an article entitled “E-Discovery Attorneys: Hot or Not?” that appeared in Findlaw.com.