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Early Case Assessment:  The Haystack is Getting Bigger

Early Case Assessment  The Haystack is Getting Bigger

Upwards of 90% of all data has been created in the last two years alone, according to Aaron Pierce.  The data statistics are staggering; the needle is the same size, but the haystack is getting bigger.

He presented a session at ILTACON that walked attendees through two tools our company provides in support of early case assessment: the Early Data Analyzer and LAW PreDiscovery® tools.  Software updates to these products that enhance searching and reporting were released in May 2015.

We caught up with Mr. Pierce following his session to drill down with a few questions following his session.  A video of the interview is posted nearby.

What are these tools?

The Early Data Analyzer (EDA) product is a high speed processing and culling tool allows litigation support to take eDiscovery data and cull it down before moving onto the next step, such as processing or production. The LAW PreDiscovery tool provides value on the production side of eDiscovery.

Why is early case assessment important?

Early case assessment (ECA) is a category of tools provides an earlier look at the data. There’s pressure from attorneys to understand the facts of the case sooner. Early cases assessment gives litigation support and attorneys a chance to collaborate on eDiscovery data sooner.

What are the benefits?

In short, cost savings and efficiency.  ECA  enables corporate counsel to tackle more work in-house and take on larger cases with bigger data sets.  For law firms, it provides an earlier look a the data and will save some time down the road by reducing the data sample to just what is needed for the case. As MarketWatch wrote in an eDiscovery article earlier this year:

“Reduce data as much as you can before you turn it over, because that is where you’re going to keep your costs down.”

 New! Are you in New York? Attend this CLE Seminar:  Building an eDiscovery Plan on a Budget: Tips to Quash the Cost of eDiscovery with Craig Ball
September 9, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the New York Marriott East Side


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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.