Name: Lana Schell
Location: Philadelphia, PA
What kind of work were you doing before litigation support found you?
Law school trying to figure out what to do when I graduated that did not involve practicing.
How did you get the opportunity to join the litigation support community?
I worked at a firm in Philadelphia and was asked to review docs in Summation. I had never heard of Summation or knew that there was software to manage cases or documents. They were not teaching this in law school at the time, shocker! After I learned Summation and then Concordance, I quickly realized I was a geek with a law degree and never looked back.
When did you realize that this career would be a good fit for you?
When I found myself working with the IT and Litigation Support teams more than fellow attorneys and when I caught the sickness of actually working 18+ hours days and liking it.
Do you prefer to be out in front and working with the clients or behind the scenes working with the technologies?
It took me a few years but I came to realize with some gentle nudging from colleagues that I was better out in front with the clients. Now I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.
Is there an area of litigation support that had a steep learning curve for you?
Forensics still fascinates me. I am still learning something new quite often.
What do you consider to be one of the coolest things about working in litigation support?
There are two. #1 It is always changing. I cannot imagine that anyone could become bored in this profession. #2 Diversity…of people and their backgrounds, technology, approaches to litigation or the lack thereof, companies, who the decision makers are, what names we give to ediscovery processes….shall I continue?
Which types of employers have you had while working in litigation support?
- Law Firm
- Service Provider
Litigation Support is a well-paying career. How much has your salary increased since joining the litigation support community?
Greater than $70,000
How many years have you been working in Litigation Support?
Care to share any words of encouragement or advice?
My Top 5: 1) Get a life outside of litigation support. Easier said than done, I understand. 2) Keep learning. Take advantage as much as you can to attend webinars and conferences, sign up for LinkedIn Groups and read the blogs that interest you; 3) Learn when to ask for help or where to get the answers = no winging it; 4) Be the type of person you would want to work with; 5) Network, network, network and when you are done, network some more.
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