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

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: February 01, 2017
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  • 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.

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Ellen Blanchard

Director of Discovery & Information Governance

As Director of Discovery and Information Governance at T-Mobile, Ms. Blanchard leads a team of experts who with the business to develop sound information governance best practices and respond to government inquiries and complex litigations. She uses her deep knowledge of the intersection of litigation, technology and discovery to work with all areas of the legal department on document retention and preservation, collection and review issues. She participates in several enterprise wide groups tasked with strategy decisions related to implementing new technologies and systems.

Prior to joining T-Mobile, Ms. Blanchard was 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.

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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.

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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.

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Jamie Berry

Executive Vice President & Business Lead, Litigation Services

Jamie joined Integreon in early 2018 and leads our Litigation Services business unit. He has spearheaded solution development that led to the creation of comprehensive solutions to address clients’ discovery and legal operations needs including Integreon’s Cyber Incident Response service and Integreon’s Subpoena Processing and Compliance service.

Jamie has developed, implemented and managed innovative strategies for eDiscovery and information management challenges that plague both law firms and corporate law departments. He routinely provides thought leadership on industry topics and enjoys collaborating with team members, peers and clients to create effective and efficient solutions for the industry.

Over his 20-year career, Jamie has held various leadership positions within the law firm and legal services provider sectors. Prior to joining Integreon, he was a Senior Vice President at UnitedLex Corporation and previously served as a Managing Director at Huron Consulting Group and Capstone Advisory Group. Prior to those companies, Jamie directed eDiscovery and litigation consulting services at Navigant Consulting, Thomson Reuters. Initially, after graduating from law school, Jamie was the global litigation support manager for DLA Piper.

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