K&F Founder Greg Fordham to Lead
Nationwide Teleconference on Negotiating E-Discovery Protocols:
The Hidden Secrets to Effective E-Discovery
ATLANTA, Ga. -- K&F Founder Greg Fordham will lead a nationwide teleconference on Negotiating E-Discovery Protocols: The Hidden Secrets to Effective E-Discovery for the National Business Institute. The conference will be held on April 20, 2011.
Repeatedly the cases reveal that one of the causes for increased e-discovery cost is the lawyers. Just review the conclusion to Judge Scheindlin’s latest opinion in National Day Laborer Organizing Network v United States Immigration Customs and Enforcement Agency, 2011 WL 381625 (Feb 7, 2011)
“Once again, this Court is required to rule on an e-discovery issue that could have been avoided had the parties had the good sense to ‘meet and confer,’ ‘cooperate’ and generally make every effort to ‘communicate’ as to the form in which ESI would be produced. . . . Lawyers are all too ready to point the finger at the courts and the Rules for increasing the expense of litigation, but that expense could be greatly diminished if lawyers met their own obligations to ensure that document production is handled as expeditiously and inexpensively as possible. This can only be achieved through cooperation and communication.”
Protocols are one way to accomplish Judge Scheindlin’s suggestion. One of the problems for lawyers is that protocols are not just contracts. While memorializing agreement on common issues like form of production can reduce e-discovery costs by avoiding discovery disputes, leveraging their use for even greater savings by reducing document volumes and related processing and review costs requires incorporation of other technology, process and analytic features.
The conference will cover key aspects of sucessfully negotiating protocols for effective and econcomical e-discovery, including:
- Mandates for Increased Planning and Cooperation
- Identification and Preservation of ESI
- The Accessibility or Inaccessibility of the ESI and Topics for Discovery
- Negotiating Search Terms and Techniques
- Exchanging Data and Form of Production
- Picking Sides or Using Neutral Experts as Data Processors
- Issues Related to Privilege and Other Sensitive Data
About K&F Consulting Inc.
With offices located in metro Atlanta, GA and the Washington-Baltimore area, K&F Consulting services a nationwide clientele. Since 1991 the firm has provided a variety of e-discovery, computer forensic and damages quantification services. In addition, K&F founders have testified as expert witnesses in numerous state and federal cases involving e-discovery, computer forensics and damages quantification. For more information on K&F Consulting visit www.knfcon.com or call 1-800-335-1188.