The Vorys Litigation Technology Department is an authority on electronically stored information (ESI). The seven-person team is led by Julie Brown, a certified e-discovery specialist and nationally recognized expert on the mechanics of e-discovery. With more than 20 years of experience managing large scale e-discovery and document productions, Julie is certified in Lean Six Sigma and received the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)’s 2011 Distinguished Peer Award for Litigation and Practice Support. The award recognized her work streamlining Vorys’ litigation technology processes, reducing client costs and ensuring that processes are consistent throughout the firm, particularly as it relates to e-discovery.
Vorys’ main processing and review platform for discovery is Lateral Data’s Viewpoint (a subsidiary of Xerox). Viewpoint is an all-in-one solution that has increased efficiency from processing through production. With Viewpoint, the firm’s case teams manage all phases of the e-discovery process using a single solution, with integrated collection, pre-processing, processing, early case assessment, analytics, review and production functionality. Viewpoint has state-of-the-art technology including email threading, near duplicate detection and technology assisted review. These tools have been used to reduce data volumes and significantly reduce costs associated with document review. Viewpoint assisted review and advanced analytics have enabled Vorys to save clients millions of dollars in document review costs.
Vorys litigation technology professionals have more than 60 years of combined experience in the legal field. All seven of the Vorys litigation technology professionals are certified as Viewpoint Processing Administrators and Viewpoint Review & Analytics Administrators. In addition to Viewpoint, the team has five certified e-discovery specialists, five Summation certified trainers and five analysts certified in LAW 5.0. All of the litigation technology staff have been trained in various online review tools including: Relativity, Catalyst, Kroll Ontrak, Applied Discovery and Clearwell.
Members of the department have participated in the Sedona Conference and the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) project since 2006, participating on the EDRM Advisory Committee and leading various EDRM Projects including Metrics. The team plans to continue to participate on various EDRM projects and will assist with revision of the EDRM Production Standards.
Additionally, the firm’s litigation technology professionals have presented at the International Litigation Support Leaders Conference, the ILTA conference, Kroll Ontrak ESI certification course, ACEDs Conference and Legal Tech New York. Members of the team also serve on the ILTA Litigation Support Steering Committee and have taken the lead in coordinating monthly ILTA meetings in central Ohio.
In addition, members of the department developed an ABA approved E-Discovery curriculum for Capital University and began teaching this course in 2013.