Reducing Your Legal Fees
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Reducing Your Legal Fees

When: Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
1-2 PM ET
Where: United States
Contact: ACEDS Customer Service

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eDiscovery is unpredictable, disruptive, and stressful. Nobody likes it. eDiscovery does not generate revenue for the organization, it disrupts businesses and limits the time and energy that management could otherwise invest in their core activities.

eDiscovery also is the most expensive part of litigation. Many corporations still provide unprocessed and pre-culled content to their third-party eDiscovery service provider and outside legal counsel. Consequently, external processing and review costs continue to double at the same pace as the data volumes. And since nobody exactly knows what is in that data, required IT resources and litigation budgets are impossible to plan.

The high costs of eDiscovery are incurred over the whole process. But even if you do not want to bring the entire eDiscovery process in-house, you can still save tremendously by doing parts of it in-house. Join us for this webinar moderated by Mary Mack, with Johannes Scholtes and Adam Platt, Senior eDiscovery Analyst at FirstBank and hear what and how.

Topics to cover

  • Which parts of the eDiscovery process can be brought in-house?
  • How do use a phased approach.
  • What priority does make most sense?
  • What does it take per phase and what are the expected returns?
  • What are the risks and how do I control those
  • What are the overall savings one can expect?

Takeaways from the webinar

  • How to eliminating third-party collection and processing fees;
  • How to conduct a first-pass review and the best early case assessment yourself to estimate the complexities of a project, estimate required resources and define the right strategy in the very early phases of the project.
  • How to keep the review and production platform in your control and monitor the productivity of your advisors.
  • What are your peers in the market doing?


Johannes C. Scholtes, Ph.D.
Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer

Johannes C. Scholtes, professor and holder of the Extraordinary Chair in Text Mining in the Artificial Intelligence group at the University of Maastricht and CSO of ZyLAB.

Johannes C. Scholtes, Ph.D. is Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of ZyLAB. Scholtes, who was the company’s President and CEO from 1989 to 2009, shaped ZyLAB as an Information Management powerhouse across the globe. With his leadership and vision, ZyLAB is a partner for the United Nations War Crime Tribunals, FBI-Enron investigations, and the United States White House Executive Office of the President.

Before joining ZyLAB, Scholtes was a lieutenant in the intelligence department of the Royal Dutch Navy. Scholtes holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Delft University of Technology and a Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from the University of Amsterdam. As of 2008, he holds the Extraordinary Chair in Text Mining from the Department of Data Sciences and Knowledge Engineering in the Artificial Intelligence group at the University of Maastricht.

Mary Mack
Executive Director

Mary Mack is a long-time industry expert with over 25 years of experience and leadership to her credit. Under her leadership, ACEDS furthers its commitment of building an international community of e-discovery practitioners for the exchange of training, certification, professional development and networking. Mack is known for her strength in relationship and community building, as well as for the depth of her e-discovery knowledge. Before joining ACEDS, Mary was the Enterprise Technology Counsel for ZyLAB, a global eDiscovery and Intelligent Information Governance software company focused on helping organizations insource eDiscovery to reduce legal spend and prevent privacy breaches and IP leakage.  Prior to eDiscovery, Mary designed, coded, tested and maintained mission critical enterprise systems for banks, health insurers and pharmaceutical companies.  Certified in eDiscovery, security, access and identity management, forensics and computer telephony, Mary is admitted to the Illinois bar and a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. Mary is the author of A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery and the co-editor of Thomson Reuters West’s eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel.

Adam Platt
Senior eDiscovery Analyst

Adam Platt is Senior eDiscovery Analyst at FirstBank. He is an experienced attorney and technology professional, having spent ten years as a litigator and technology consultant before moving in-house. Adam initiated the eDiscovery program at FirstBank, selecting and implementing the on-premise platform that he continues to manage as part of his litigation-management duties. Adam has recently also taken charge of Software Licensing and Software License Audit defense at FirstBank.

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