Name: Britt Endemann
Location: Washington, DC
What kind of work were you doing before litigation support found you?
I was a Senior Litigation Paralegal and a Case Manager for a large law firm dealing with Antitrust litigation. I also provided trial support by sitting in the hot seat for many years.
How did you get the opportunity to join the litigation support community?
The opportunity came about when I interviewed for an analyst position with a firm that needed someone who could speak “legal” to the case teams and understand what the teams needs; what a docket is. The firm hired me. I was already self taught with the basic loading of data into platforms like Concordance, Summation, Livenote and CaseMap and I was an experienced end user but needed more training with manipulating data and preparing data for productions.
When did you realize that this career would be a good fit for you?
After dealing with a vendor on a large international matter back in 2006. There was a total of 33TB processed and hosted around the world. I saw how the technology, law and my skills as a case manager were all related and that this was the future of litigation. I was infatuated with the robust databases and the processing of the data. The life cycle of the raw data converting to a usable format was exciting.
Do you prefer to be out in front and working with the clients or behind the scenes working with the technologies?
I prefer to be out front working with the clients and legal teams. This opens you up to so much and understanding the case and the data and what the teams needs will be. But I still love to play with the data.
Is there an area of litigation support that had a steep learning curve for you?
Yes, the data setups at client sites. Having to learn about servers and backup systems and different software programs. It took lots of reading on my own personal time and learning the systems myself. There was nobody there to teach me.
What do you consider to be one of the coolest things about working in litigation support?
Meeting all my collegues in the industry and seeing the different backgrounds. And most of all seeing the technology change every day and finding new ways to manage the data and provide the data to the legal teams in a format that is understandable and usable.
Which types of employers have you had while working in litigation support?
- Law Firm
Litigation Support is a well-paying career. How much has your salary increased since joining the litigation support community?
$50,000 – $70,000
How many years have you been working in Litigation Support?
Care to share any words of encouragement or advice?
Be ready to change your mind set when moving over to Litigation Support. You will work with all practice groups in the law firm as well as IT, the client’s IT department and multiple vendors.