What is the survey?
The eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey is a non-scientific quarterly survey designed to provide insight into the business confidence level of individuals working in the eDiscovery ecosystem. The term ‘business’ represents the economic factors that impact the creation, delivery, and consumption of eDiscovery products and services. For more on the survey, click here.
What are the panelists saying about it?
“The business of eDiscovery is an ever-present and important variable in the equation of legal discovery,” shared Mary Mack, Executive Director of the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS). “As financial factors are a primary driver in eDiscovery decisions ranging from sourcing and staffing to development and deployment, ACEDS sees value in regularly checking the business pulse of eDiscovery professionals. The eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey provides a tool to help take that pulse on a systematic basis and ACEDS looks forward to sponsoring, participating, and reporting on the results of this salient survey each quarter.”
"In my experience, the successful conduct of eDiscovery is comprised of a balance of in-depth education, practical execution, and experience-based excellence,” highlighted George Socha, Co-Founder of the EDRM and Managing Director of Thought Leadership at BDO. “The eDiscovery Business Confidence survey being highlighted by ACEDS is one of many industry surveys that positively contributes to this balance as it provides a quarterly snapshot into the business of discovery. I highly encourage serious eDiscovery professionals to complete and consider this survey as one of their tools for understanding the business challenges and opportunities in our profession.”
About the presenters:
Mary Mack | Executive Director | Association of E-Discovery Specialists
E-discovery pioneer Mary is ACEDS’ executive director. Mary Mack is known for her skills in relationship and community building as well as for the depth of her e-discovery knowledge. Mary is the author of A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery, considered by many to be the first popular book on e-discovery. She is the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel.
Prior to joining ACEDS, Mary served in a leadership role for ZyLAB, a global provider of e-discovery and intelligent information governance software. Before that, she was with Fios, Inc. a provider of e-discovery services to Fortune 1000 corporations and major law firms. Among her professional affiliations, Mary is a member of the Illinois State Bar and the Association of Corporate Counsel. She received her bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
George Socha | Managing Director | BDO
Co-founder of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), George Socha is a Managing Director in BDO Consulting’s Forensic Technology Services practice. Named an “E-Discovery Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer, he assists corporate, law firm, and government clients with all facets of electronic discovery, including information governance, domestically and globally. Prior to joining BDO, George spent 16 years as a litigation attorney in private practice before starting his own consulting firm focused on e-discovery issues in 2003.
Doug Austin | Vice President of Professional Services | CloudNine
Doug Austin is the Vice President of Professional Services for CloudNine. At CloudNine, Doug manages professional services consulting projects for CloudNine clients. Overall, Doug has over 25 years of experience providing legal technology consulting, technical project management and software development services to numerous commercial and government clients. Doug has managed projects in all phases of the EDRM eDiscovery life cycle.
Doug is also the editor of the CloudNine sponsored eDiscovery Daily blog, which has become a trusted resource for eDiscovery news and analysis and is an EDRM Education partner. Since its inception in 2010, eDiscovery Daily has published over 1,400-lifetime posts regarding eDiscovery case law, trends and best practices, which has included case law for over 300 unique cases.
Eric P. Mandel | Attorney at Law | Indicium Law PLC
Eric is the Managing Member of Indicium Law PLC, a boutique firm focused on navigating clients through the legal, technology, and process issues related to eDiscovery, cyber risk, data privacy, and information governance. As an attorney, legal technologist, and well-recognized industry thought leader, Eric serves on multiple industry policy and standards setting bodies, including the Steering Committee of The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 (WG1) and the Board of Directors of the Legal Technology Professionals Institute (LTPI). Eric is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and California.
Zach Warren | Editor in Chief | Legaltech News
Zach Warren is editor-in-chief of Legaltech News, a national magazine from ALM Media. Based out of Minneapolis, Zach covers topics ranging from e-discovery to cybersecurity to legal department operations.
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