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ACEDS-Special Counsel Press Release

Wednesday, December 5, 2012   (0 Comments)
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ACEDS Contact:
Robert Hilson
Editorial Director

Special Counsel becomes first e-discovery staffing firm to require all permanent project managers to become CEDS-certified

The publicly traded company, a legal staffing leader, will also give opportunity to temporary project managers to earn CEDS credential after one year, at Special Counsel’s expense

Miami – The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists announced today that Special Counsel, the largest provider of legal staffing services to corporate legal departments and law firms in the United States, will require all of its permanent project managers to earn the Certified E-Discovery Specialist certification.

Christopher Gallagher, Senior Vice President at Special Counsel, in New York, said, “Working with ACEDS to certify our permanent project managers allows us to feel certain that we have hired the highest quality individuals who not only have knowledge of the law but also of the workflow and processes that surround the review.”

Special Counsel will also be CEDS-certifying several of its top executives.

“We are proud that such a household and respected name in the legal staffing and e-discovery community as Special Counsel is taking this important step to assure the core competence of its project managers. This will also serve its many clients well and buttress the confidence and comfort they have in the knowledgeable and skillful work of Special Counsel’s professionals,” said Lanny Morris, Executive Director of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists.

“Special Counsel is taking a crucial step to reduce the time, cost and risk of the assignments its project managers undertake. Requiring the CEDS certification will foster confidence within Special Counsel and with the clients it serves,” Morris added.

All Special Counsel temporary project managers will be required to undergo CEDS Certification Examination training and be eligible to earn the CEDS certification after one year of continued employment through Special Counsel.

About Special Counsel 
Special Counsel is the largest provider of legal staffing services to corporate legal departments and law firms nationwide. Its services include customized staffing and project management for e-discovery and document review projects of any size and location, as well as providing experienced legal professionals for general workload management, litigation support, and business transaction support. Specialized services include search and direct hire placement of legal professionals at all levels, medical document review, TurnKey Legal Center document review space, document review management under SightManager® document review management tool, Concise® deposition digesting, and Alderson® Court Reporting. For more information, visit

About ACEDS 
ACEDS, a member organization devoted to the professional interests of the global e-discovery community, seeks to enhance competence through certification, conferences, online and live training, community-building through live and electronic events, and news, information and guidance. It will hold the ACEDS 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibition from April 2-4 at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, FL. For more information about sponsorship and exhibiting, contact Matt Dodge, ACEDS Senior Account Executive, at 786-517-2721 or via e-mail at

Persons interested in attending the conference can register online or contact Debbie Pelland, Member and Customer Service Manager, at 786-517-2701 or email at

Persons may register for CEDS certification, including groups of three or more, at or by contacting Executive Vice President Mathew Baum by phone at 786-517-2724 or e-mail

(Accredited members of the media may obtain credentials to cover the conference and access to the rich members-only portions of, by contacting Robert Hilson, ACEDS Editorial Director, at 786-517-2714 or

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