Apr 04, 2022

What is eDiscovery?

A quick guide that answers your questions about legal technologies and the discovery process

Hello, my name is Peter Sanchez, and I’m the IT Director for Conrad & Scherer. Welcome to our video about eDiscovery.

In this video, we will be discussing what eDiscovery is and how it helps attorneys win cases. We hope that this video series will help with your legal challenges and answer your questions regarding legal technologies.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Anyone involved in lawsuit or government investigation has, or will be part of a discovery process. So let’s start there.

What is eDiscovery?

Discovery is the pre-trial procedure in a legal case where parties exchange evidence. Evidence used to mean boxes and boxes of paper, as well as physical evidence, meaning something that’s tangible.

Now, discovery has expanded to electronically stored information or ESI. This information is stored across a myriad of devices, such as hard drives, cell phones, tablets, computers, and servers, all your emails, work processing documents, spreadsheets, text messages and social media posts are all considered ESI in a lawsuit or investigation.

All those data sources contain potential evidence, and that means that they could be subject to discovery. And that’s where e-discovery comes in. E-discovery takes data from its original source and uses specialized software based review platforms to filter down all that data into evidence. These review platforms even use artificial intelligence or AI to further enhance the review process.

Together, they can find evidence that may prove or disprove claims in a case. Now it’s important to note that there are many stages in the e-discovery process that require legal data or processes that require specialized expertise. Conrad & Scherer pairs seasoned legal attorneys with e-discovery professionals and use eDiscovery to find the information that’s relevant to winning your case.

Many law firms today rely on e-discovery as a fundamental tool in complex litigation. So there you have it. That’s eDiscovery. In a nutshell, the benefits are clear. It can produce accurate evidence. It will save time and reduce costs associated with your litigation by dramatically reducing review time and finally, it can find actionable information that litigators can use to win your case. Speak with your attorney today and find out how eDiscovery can be beneficial in your case.

Thank you for watching.