Moving from Reactive to Proactive E-Discovery

Reactive Proactive

While e-discovery is by nature a reactive process, legal teams can – and should – be leveraging their data for strategic legal purposes. Ideally, defense counsel should be able to determine within the first 60-90 days of the matter: (1) If there’s merit to the complaint (2) The likely scope of the e-discovery parameters (3) […]

Fast Tip Friday – Create Full-Text Index Across Multiple PDFs


This fast tip will demonstrate how to create a full-text index across folders and subfolders of PDF files. This enables the user to run searches across all of the PDF files at once, including bookmarks and comments if desired. In last week’s Fast Tip Friday, I demonstrated how to use an index to increase search […]

Case Study – David Hancock


Name:  David Hancock Location: Tampa, FL What kind of work were you doing before litigation support found you? I was a Litigation Paralegal for 15 years prior to transitioning to the Litigation Support world, when Litigation Support became “a thing”. How did you get the opportunity to join the litigation support community? The firm at […]

Electronic Discovery – Chain of Custody

Chain of Custody

In previous electronic discovery articles, I discussed the Subpoena/CID, the Legal Hold, the Identification of Custodians, and the Collection. One very important component of the collection of electronic discovery is preservation of the chain of custody. If the collection process is being handled by forensic professionals, they have very strict procedures for maintaing the chain of custody. They […]

Search for Profanity

Search for Profanity

Imagine the associate attorney sitting in front of their computer staring at a database containing tens of thousands of documents. It is the beginning of the litigation matter and no one on the legal team has a good sense of what is in the document collection yet. At some point, the legal team will want […]

OCR Text vs. Extracted Text

OCR Text vs Extracted Text

Another topic when training a litigation support newbie is the concept of how we go about getting searchable documents for our document databases. One of the most important reasons why we provide litigators with document databases is to enable the legal team to perform searches across all of the documents in order to find the […]

Control Numbers vs. Bates Numbers


When training a newbie in litigation support, I always explain to them the concept of control numbers versus bates numbers. In order to create a litigation document database, we need every record (document) in the database to have a unique identifier field. The criteria for the contents of this field is as follows: 1. The value […]

Concatenate – Fancy Word, Simple Meaning


Concatenate is one of many fancy words we learn while working in litigation support. It is a technical term and it is a verb defined as “to link (things) together in a chain or series.” Most of the time we are using concatenation to piece together multiple values. We also have the ability to insert additional values […]