Beyond Legal

We’ve been thinking creatively about how to best serve our clients since our founding in 1909. As such, our lawyers and professional staff are consistently evaluating the services that we provide to our clients and developing innovative and creative ways to advance our clients' legal and business goals. We know that many times this means assisting our clients in ways that extend beyond the traditional practice of law.

We have numerous in-house professionals who work hand-in-hand with both our attorneys and our clients to identify and implement client-focused solutions that extend beyond legal services.  By going beyond legal, we provide our clients access to additional business consulting across a variety of disciplines, including government relations, strategic communications, data strategy and project management.  Learn more about our services below.

Vorys Advisors

Vorys Advisors LLC provides business and strategic counsel to Ohio businesses in manufacturing, health care, energy, real estate, venture capital, technology and other industries. Former Ohio Senate President Thomas Niehaus (R), former Ohio State Senator Lou Gentile (D), Karen Cincione and David Hoeffel serve as principals for Vorys Advisors. The bi-partisan team assists companies that are working with state, local and federal government; consults on economic development and infrastructure projects; helps to establish important relationships and networks for clients; and consults on public policy strategies.  Learn more.

Practice and Litigation Technology

The Vorys Practice Technology Department assists with a variety of business issues for all types of matters.  From data analytics and reporting, to eDiscovery services and practice-specific technologies, the certified experts leverage innovative technology to help our clients solve even the most complex business and legal problems.  Vorys practice technology professionals have more than 60 years of combined experience in the legal field.  The department is led by Julie Brown, a certified e-discovery specialist and nationally recognized expert on the mechanics of e-discovery.  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.

What we do:

eDiscovery Services

We have access to advanced technology to help our clients collect electronic data (chats, texts, social media, emails, etc.) and convert to a usable, reviewable format, as well as predictive coding technology which leverages artificial intelligence to help analyze and filter data and documents.  Vorys’ main processing and review platform for discovery is Conduent’s Viewpoint.  Viewpoint is an end-to-end solution from processing through production resulting in increased efficiency.  Viewpoint’s Continuous Active Learning, Technology Assisted Review and advanced analytics have saved Vorys clients millions of dollars in document review costs.

Vorys practice technology professionals are certified as Viewpoint Processing Administrators and Viewpoint Review & Analytics Administrators.  In addition to Viewpoint, the team has four certified e-discovery specialists.

In addition to Viewpoint our Practice Technology team leverages the power of OPUS2 for evidence management.  OPUS2 is a secure, cloud based solution Vorys attorneys use to collaborate and prepare for depositions and trials.

Data Analytics and Automation

From data that lives inside our brains and electronic records saved to our system, to hard copy data contained in legal pads, periodicals or paper files. Our attorneys and our clients, have a wealth of information that can be tapped into for any given matter.  The Practice Technology Department uses various analytics tools, automation and artificial intelligence to collect, analyze, optimize and transform data into user-friendly dashboards making esoteric data comprehensible and actionable.  

Strategic Communications

Vorys’ communications professionals assist firm clients with media relations issues, such as crisis communications, litigation, investigative reports and basic reporter inquiries.  The team is led by two former reporters with significant experience in public relations, crisis communications and media relations.

What We Do:

The Vorys strategic communications team has assisted firm clients from several industries including: energy, financial institutions, health care services, pharmaceutical and education. The team maintains the firm’s attorney-client privilege.  Our professionals are quickly brought up to speed by Vorys attorneys and can immediately begin working on a communications strategy for our clients.

Who We Are:  

Rob PhillipsRob Phillips: As a former legal reporter for newspapers in Ohio and suburban Chicago, Rob covered hundreds of cases and trials in both civil and criminal court. While earning his MBA, he focused on marketing messaging and business communications and previously handled public relations for The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  He understands what messages, timing and tactics best smooth over difficult situations being pursued by media. Read more.

Jen HouseJen House: Jen is a former public radio reporter and has several years experience in public relations/strategic communications. While leading media relations efforts for the Ohio Department of Health, she responded to sensitive media issues and advised and educated leaders of 126 local departments. Jen is a proven, quick-thinking spokeswoman who has experience crafting messages on behalf of clients. She also has valuable relationships with countless reporters across Ohio. Read more.

Legal Project Management

To help our attorneys and clients manage their cases in a strategic and cost-efficient manner, Vorys employs legal project management through industry certified experts using a proven methodology and practice specific tools. The firm employs a sophisticated workflow and project management system to manage its cases and to monitor metrics.  This enables Vorys to implement complex, yet efficient, logistical planning.

At Vorys, we have a dedicated Project Management Office, with two Lean Six Sigma certified project managers on staff. The staff  also have Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

What We Do:

Our project management professionals work with our attorneys and clients to utilize practice-specific templates to help:

In addition to the staff in the Project Management Office, all of the firm’s paralegals have completed legal project management training.  Training for Vorys attorneys – which is taught by a renowned expert in legal project management – is ongoing.

Who We Are:  

Scott DavidScott David: Scott is the head of Vorys Project Management Office. He has spent more than 20 years working as a project manager in a variety of industries. At Vorys, Scott has managed a variety of legal project management and process improvement projects focused on creating efficiencies. He holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute and is certified in Lean Six Sigma.  Read more.

DoreenDoreen Watt: Doreen is the senior project and process manager in the Vorys Project Management Office.  She has managed projects for nearly 20 years.  At Vorys, Doreen provides legal project management expertise and spearheads process and practice improvement projects to redefine processes that improve productivity.  Doreen holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute and is certified in Lean Six Sigma.  Read more.

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