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This bio page is used to publish submissions by contributing writers. We welcome contributions from the legal community and are especially keen for contributions from our customers. Please review previous submissions published here and the “About Us” section to get a sense for what topics work for this blog. All posts must be original content not published elsewhere for at least 30 days. To submit an idea for consideration please email blsssocial@lexisnexis.com.

UTBMS: A Breakthrough for M&A Codes

A Breakthrough for M&A Codes in UTBMS

The new M&A Codes reflect a breakthrough for measuring the cost and business value of legal work, writes contributor Aileen Leventon in this piece for the LexisNexis Business of Law Blog. In the late 1990s, the concept seemed simple enough. Clients established outside counsel guidelines which included the requirement to submit invoices through an ebilling system. Lawyers and other timekeepers ... Read More »

ECA and “Smart Review” Gives eDiscovery a Boost

ECA and “Smart Review” Gives eDiscovery a Boost

Speed, efficiency, smarter analytics and cost predictability. In dozens of focus group conversations with LexisNexis representatives, that’s what eDiscovery professionals say they need. In order to pursue those four goals, litigation teams are increasingly finding that early case assessment (ECA) is critical. “An effective ECA effort helps legal professionals identify the data right away, narrow down the pool of electronic ... Read More »

Choosing the Right ELM Solution for the Law Department

Choosing the Right ELM Solution for the Law Department

Peyton Manning’s recent championship win teaches a valuable lesson about how to buy the right enterprise legal management (ELM) solution, according to Jeff Skott, principal solutions architect for LexisNexis® CounselLink®. Say again? Although Peyton Manning is a great quarterback, says Mr. Skott, without the support of a stellar defensive and offensive line, the outcome might not be the same. However, ... Read More »

10 Signs Small Law Firms are leaving $10k a Year on the Table

10 Signs Small Law Firms are leaving $10k a Year on the Table

“If you’re not earning adequately, you’re probably not taking care of your clients adequately,” says law firm practice management consultant, Ann Guinn. Ms. Guinn believes a majority of solo and small firm attorneys are leaving money on the table, upwards of $10,000 annually and unnecessarily. “In my 30-something years in the legal industry, I never met an attorney or law ... Read More »

eDiscovery Panel Foresees Legal Analytics Revolution

eDiscovery Panel Foresees Legal Analytics Revolution

The year 2016 may well turn out to be the turning point for how we viewed the paradigm of linear eDiscovery review. In recent weeks, many litigation experts have voiced challenges to the concept of linear review – where electronic evidence travels from one stop on the EDRM to the next – and have begun to shift the conversation toward ... Read More »

5 Things to Know About the New CaseMap Version 12.1

5 Things to Know About the New Version of CaseMap

For litigators, every day spent working on a challenging case includes the mental exercise of analyzing multiple facts and issues with an impact on the dispute. This process, which was historically done on legal pads, sticky notes and dictaphones, is now aided by case analysis software products that collect, categorize and store all of those pieces of information. One of ... Read More »

4 Tips for LEDES and Establishing Client eBilling

4 Tips for LEDES and Establishing Client eBilling

Electronic Billing or eBilling isn’t about generating a PDF file of an invoice and emailing it to a client according Dana Riel of Business Solutions, Inc. during a recent LexisNexis webinar: “Electronic Billing in Time Matters and Billing Matters.” “Electronic billing is when your client comes to you and says you are not going to give us a paper bill ... Read More »

5 Things Legal Tech Should Know About ISO 2013 Certification

5 Things Legal Tech Should Know About ISO 2013 Certification

Peer to Peer, the official publication of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), published a special editorial feature in its Winter 2015 issue regarding important developments in the world of data security. Among the subjects tackled was the new ISO 27001:2013 certification for information security. International Organization for Standardization (English acronym is ISO) develops standards for a number of global ... Read More »

Legal Ops Grows; CLOs Strive “See Around Corners,” says Survey

Legal Ops Grows; CLOs Strive “See Around Corners” says Survey

Corporate legal departments will experience healthy growth this year, according to the latest findings from the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) Annual CLO Study. The survey finds legal operations roles are in high demand and broadly, CLOs plan to invest more money in-house, than in previous years. Last week we wrote about how the survey relates to current corporate legal ... Read More »

What “Multi-Core” and “Hyper-Threading” Mean for eDiscovery

Litigation What “Multi-Core” and “Hyper-Threading” Mean for eDiscovery

The heartbeat of any computer hardware is the processor, that incredibly powerful microchip-powered brain of the machine. For legal professionals, advancements in the power of processing technology are now translating into tangible benefits when it comes to running eDiscovery software applications. Today’s new eDiscovery software products are able to perform much faster imports of documents by taking full advantage of ... Read More »