ALSP – Not Just Your Daddy’s LPO, Part Two: eDiscovery Trends
By Tom O'Connor
Editor’s Note: Tom O’Connor is a nationally known consultant, speaker, and writer in the field of computerized litigation support systems. He has also been a great addition to our webinar program, participating with me on several recent webinars. Tom also wrote a terrificfourpartinformationaloverviewon Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) titled eDiscovery and the GDPR: Ready or Not, Here it Comes (and participated with me on awebcaston the same topic) and wrote anotherterrificfivepartinformationaloverviewon Understanding eDiscovery in Criminal Cases. Now, Tom has written another terrific overview regarding Alternative Legal Service Providers titled ALSP – Not Just Your Daddy’s LPO that we’re happy to share on theeDiscovery Daily blog. Enjoy! – Doug
Tom’s overview is split into four parts, so we’ll cover each part separately. We coveredpart one last Thursday. Here’s part two.
What is an ALSP?
The first consideration in understanding new generation ALSPs is to understand how ALSP is defined. In general, ALSPs are niche companies that specialize in providing such high-demand legal services as:
Discovery and Electronic Discovery
Contract Lawyers and Staffing
Investigation Support and Legal Research
Industries such as banking started outsourcing IT services as a means to reduce costs almost 30 years ago. And now businesses and law firms are doing the same thing in the area of document services by turning to these new generation ALSP companies for even routine legal services that are too expensive and time-consuming to do in-house.According to the Thompson-Reuters Legal Executive Institute report, there are five categories of ALSPs.
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