The ever-increasing amount of electronic information means that careful planning, open communication, and efficient workflow are essential through all phases of the e-discovery process. Outside counsel needs to effectively collaborate with clients to achieve desirable outcomes while also managing and containing costs.
What Is E-Discovery?
Not so long ago, documents produced in discovery were almost exclusively found in paper form. Even if a document was created in a word-processing program or other computer software, it was usually located, reviewed, and produced on paper.
As technology evolved, so did discovery practices. At first, requests for electronic data were considered as a supplement to traditional requests for paper documents, and the term “e-discovery” was created to describe a process conducted in parallel to “regular” discovery. Now, electronically stored information (ESI) is where discovery usually begins and where most effort in the discovery process is concentrated.