Fall 2016 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey Results
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Fall 2016 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey Results

When: 12/14/2016
1:00 PM (EST)
Where: Live Online
United States

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The Fall 2016 Survey Results Webinar

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. During this one hour presentation led by ACEDS Executive Director Mary Mack, expert panelists will share and discuss the results of ComplexDiscovery's Fall eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey. The discussion will feature eDiscovery leaders including George Socha, BDO Managing Director and Co-Founder of the EDRM.


The quarterly survey eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey is designed to gain a general understanding of responder business confidence and may be useful for eDiscovery-related business planning. Individual answers are kept confidential, with the aggregate results published by ComplexDiscovery upon completion of the response period. The results are also shared quarterly by ACEDS as part of its quarterly survey results series.

During this ACEDS-hosted webinar, an esteemed group of eDiscovery experts led by Mary Mack, the Executive Director of ACEDS, will highlight the results of the nine question, 30-second Fall 2016 survey.


What are the experts saying about the eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey?


“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.”

   Mary Mack, Executive Director, ACEDS

"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.”

   George Socha, Co-Founder of the EDRM and Managing Director, BDO

“While Canada is a smaller market north of the border, our cultural and jurisdictional differences contribute to the advancement of eDiscovery in distinct ways. This survey offers a unique opportunity for Canadian eDiscovery professionals to have their insight measured and heard.”

   Jennifer Johnson, Vice President, Commonwealth Legal, a Division of Ricoh Canada.

“As the law and technology of eDiscovery continue to evolve, so does the need to understand the business conditions affecting the delivery of eDiscovery software and services,” shared David Horrigan, E-Discovery Counsel and Legal Content Director at kCura. “With the eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey, the industry and the profession have a valuable new resource to obtain insight into how the professionals in industry feel about the business climate for eDiscovery.”

   David Horrigan, E-Discovery Counsel and Legal Content Director, kCura


About This Quarter's Webinar Panel

Mary Mack | Executive Director | ACEDS

E-discovery pioneer Mary Mack leads the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) leads the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) as the executive director. Mary provides ACEDS and its membership more than a decade of strong credibility and sound leadership within the e-discovery community. ACEDS and its membership more than a decade of strong credibility and sound leadership within the e-discovery community.

Mary is known for her skills in relationship and community building as well as for the depth of her e-discovery knowledge. Frequently sought out by media for comment on industry issues, she has spoken at venues including Gartner Symposium, the American Bar Association International Law Committee, the Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Conference, and others. 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 most recently 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 Consulting

A Managing Director for BDO, George Socha is the co-founder of EDRM and the president and founder of Socha Consulting LLC, an electronic discovery consulting firm. George is an advisor and expert witness who focuses on the full range of electronic discovery activities. His clients include corporations, governmental agencies, legal vertical market software and services providers, investment firms and law firms. Before launching his consulting firm in 2003, George spent 16 years as a litigation attorney in private practice. He received his law degree from Cornell Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Eric Mandel | Founder & Managing Member | Indicium Law PLC 

Eric is the founder and 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 protection, and information governance. As an attorney, legal technologist, and well-recognized industry thought leader, Eric has served on multiple industry policy and standards setting bodies. Currently, Eric is the Chair and President of the LTPI, a trade association representing consumers and providers of legal technology products and services.


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.


David Horrigan | E-Discovery Counsel and Legal Content Director | kCura

David Horrigan is e-discovery counsel and legal content director at kCura.  An attorney, law school guest lecturer, award-winning journalist, and former legal technology industry analyst, David has served as counsel at the Entertainment Software Association, reporter and assistant editor at The National Law Journal, and analyst and counsel at 451 Research.  A frequent legal media contributor, David has been cited in The American Lawyer, American Public Media, Corporate Counsel, The Wall Street Journal CIO Journal, The Washington Examiner, and others, and he serves on the Data Law Board of Advisors at Cardozo Law School and the Editorial Advisory Board of Legaltech News. He holds a juris doctor from the University of Florida, studied international law at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands, and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.


Jennifer Johnson | Vice President | Commonwealth Legal

As the Vice President of Commonwealth Legal, a division of Ricoh Canada, Jennifer oversees company strategy, operations, client services and overall business results. She is dedicated to designing and implementing differentiating solutions that deliver exceptional value while forwarding the marketplace at the same time. Jennifer has over 15 years of industry experience and an M.A. in Curriculum Design and Organizational Learning and is committed to evolving the eDiscovery landscape from a people, process and technology standpoint. She brings her passion for education and community together to spearhead our signature Technology in Practice Conference which provides a unique blend of thought leadership and practical strategies to the community each year. Jennifer’s background in consulting and professional services brings deep insight into the business needs of organizations as they strive to enhance their own service capabilities in an evolving marketplace.

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 e-Discovery Daily blog, which has become a trusted resource for e-Discovery news and analysis and is an EDRM Education partner.  Since its inception in 2010, e-Discovery Daily has published over 1,350-lifetime posts regarding e-Discovery case law, trends and best practices, which has included case law for over 300 unique cases.



ACEDS is grateful for the work our sponsors do to bring us the highest quality e-Discovery information:

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The company’s flagship offering is its cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivered, simplified eDiscovery automation software, also known as CloudNine. This eDiscovery automation software streamlines the discovery, investigation, and audit process for attorneys and compliance managers and is currently used by more than 50 of the top 250 Am Law firms as well as extensively used in many of the world’s leading corporations. Covered in recent reports and surveys by Gartner, 451 Research, Blue Hill Research, and Corporate Counsel, CloudNine is a leader in eDiscovery automation.


ComplexDiscovery is the sponsor of this informational webinar and is an industry blog of current news, views, and insight related to data discovery and governance. Learn more today at ComplexDiscovery.com.


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