Cost Predictability in eDiscovery: A Real Innovation That is Long Overdue

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: February 01, 2017
Click here to share this program
Download PDF


  • Trends in eDiscovery
  • Cost analysis of eDiscovery
  • Traditional Models
  • Cost predictability and cost reduction
  • "New" AFA Models
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: February 1st, 2017


You have already heard it: ECA, TAR, AI and AFAs are the answers. Despite all the hype, there are legal departments that can control and predict the internal and external contributors to the total cost of eDiscovery. They are doing so in the face of typical uncontrollable variables like the number of custodians in a matter, the number of pages per document that are in a gigabyte of data, and the speed at which documents are reviewed. In this session, our experts go beyond the theoretical and will discuss their first-hand experiences in creating predictable eDiscovery budgets and reducing total eDiscovery costs.

This program was recorded on February 1st, 2017.

Provided By



Ellen Blanchard

Managing Corporate Counsel

As Managing Corporate Counsel, eDiscovery at T-Mobile, Ms. Blanchard uses her deep knowledge of the intersection of litigation, technology and discovery to work with all areas of the legal department on document preservation, collection and review issues. Ellen regularly works with a variety of business segments at T-Mobile in connection with Government inquiries and private litigations as well as assessing Records Management practice and information governance across the company. She participates in several enterprise wide groups to implement new technologies and systems.

Prior to joining T-Mobile, Ms. Blanchard spent 14 years as a litigator at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where she represented several Fortune 50 companies in a variety of complex litigation matters as national eDiscovery Counsel. She also spent 2 years as Associate General Counsel and Director, eDiscovery Consulting at Evolver Legal Services where she counseled core clients to develop litigation plans that included negotiating the scope of discovery as well as conducting early case assessment and understanding the options for review, including technology assisted review.

Ms. Blanchard earned her J.D. from American University, and Bachelor's degrees in International Business, Japanese Studies and Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is admitted to the Washington State Bar and Virginia Bar. An active member of Sedona and Women in eDiscovery and a frequent speaker at eDiscovery conferences, Ms. Blanchard enjoys talking with others about Discovery Best Practices and sharing war stories.

Judith Beall

Associate General Counsel & Senior Vice President
Bank of America

Judith Beall is an Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Bank of America. She is a member of Bank of America’s eDiscovery Legal team and serves as in-house counsel for discovery-related issues. She engages with the in-house case teams on legal or strategic discovery issues on specific litigation and regulatory matters and works with the bank’s outside counsel and vendors to ensure consistency and compliance with bank guidelines. She was previously in the bank’s Discovery Management Group and Regulatory Inquiries Group.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Ms. Beall was employed by Huron Consulting Group where she advised numerous clients, including Fortune 50 legal departments and AMLAW 100 law firms on all aspects of electronic discovery, including document collection, review, and production strategies.

Prior to joining Huron, she was a litigator at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School.

Constance E. Mockaitis

Senior Manager
AbbVie, Inc.

Connie is the Senior Manager of eDiscovery and Records Management in the Legal Operations Department of AbbVie Inc. She works on cross-functional teams that include members of Legal, Records Management, Data Privacy, Information Security and IT Technical Delivery Teams to craft Information Governance strategy, policy and procedures. She ensures that those practices are implemented so that data is stored from its inception in a manner that is conducive to the needs of the business as well as those of the eDiscovery team. Connie is responsible for identifying, verifying, analyzing, and implementing process improvement and re-engineering opportunities for the eDiscovery team. She facilitates the working relationship between Legal IT and members of the Legal Division in refining processes related to AbbVie’s Legal Hold Order Tracking System and AbbVie’s In-house Enterprise-wide ESI Collection and Preprocessing tool. Her current role also permits her to participate in the daily operation of data collections, processing and governance for all the facets that influence Legal, Privacy and eDiscovery. Her hands on approach to the development of workflows, mitigation of risk and the management of the processes at the execution level has allowed her to successfully manage, implement and govern the information for a multinational corporation.

Jamie Berry

Senior Vice President

Mr. Berry has provided clients with expertise in all facets of litigation discovery, including proactive corporate litigation readiness programs and episodic litigation and investigation response planning. He has directly managed many large-scale discovery efforts, including many second requests, involving productions to the Federal Communications Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal agencies. Mr. Berry has developed critical, well-rounded experience in positions as a litigation support manager within a law firm, a director of client services consulting firm and many different leadership positions at a large litigation support service provider, senior managing consultant at an electronic discovery services consultancy and a Managing Director at multiple electronic discovery services companies.

Similar Courses

Card image cap
65 minutes
#MeToo - Media Frenzy, New Era in Sexual Harassment, or Both?
Sexual harassment claims against celebrities and high-profile men continue to dominate media coverage in 2018. There is no question that employers are legally required to investigate complaints of harassment in the workplace and take action to punish employees who commit acts of harassment.

American Bar Association


Add to Cart
Card image cap
92 minutes
#MeToo: Empowering Employees and Employers to Address Workplace Sexual Harassment & Violence
Join our expert attorneys as they discuss how employers can work to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment and violence in their workplace, and create an environment in which employees are able to respond to and report incidents without fear of retaliation. Not only is there a deep moral imperative to rectify sexual harassment in the workplace and promote an equitable work environment, but also there is significant monetary liability as a potential consequence for employers who fail to address harassment in the workplace.

American Bar Association


Add to Cart
Card image cap
77 minutes
§ 363 Sale Issues
Dive into Section 363 sales issues, including whether there are limits to “free and clear”; the GM conflict between Sections 365(h) and 363(f) (“lease-stripping”); sales free and clear of leasehold interests, restrictive covenants and override royalties; being free and clear of successorships in CBAs; selling free and clear of environmental liabilities (La Paloma, Exide); and loan-to-own strategies.

American Bankruptcy Institute


Add to Cart
Card image cap
63 minutes
2018 CA Consumer Privacy Act: The Big Tail Wagging the U.S.
In this session, two leading information governance attorneys will share why you need to and how you can be ready.



Add to Cart
Previous Next