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September 25, 2020

New ABA book offers analytical and strategic guidance on discovery problems

CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2020 — The American Bar Association has published an updated edition of “Discovery Problems and Their Solutions, Fourth Edition,” which provides analytical and strategic guidance on problems in discovery faced by relatively inexperienced lawyers and, in the case of document production, legal assistants.

This book describes the problems that civil litigators encounter most frequently in pretrial discovery and presents suggestions and strategies for solving them. Following a background discussion on the scope and types of discovery, discovery problems are presented as hypotheticals (many of which the authors have encountered in their experience), followed by a discussion that includes the law and helpful practice tips. In this edition, particular emphasis is placed on discussion and interpretation of the new rules, and evolving case law, concerning discovery of electronically stored information.

About the authors:

Paul W. Grimm, a U.S. District Judge serving in the District of Maryland, was previously chief magistrate judge on that court, where he had many years’ experience resolving discovery disputes in civil cases. Prior to his judicial appointment, he handled commercial litigation in private practice and has also served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Maryland, assistant state’s attorney for Baltimore County and captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Judge Grimm serves as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he teaches trial evidence and pretrial civil procedure. He is a frequent lecturer on evidence and procedure at CLE seminars throughout the country.

Charles S. Fax is a senior litigation partner at the Maryland firm of Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC. He concentrates in business, commercial and class action litigation, representing individuals, corporations and their officers in state and federal courts and in arbitration. Fax served as an associate editor and columnist for Litigation News, a quarterly publication of the ABA Section of Litigation, from 2008-18, publishing more than 40 articles on recent developments in civil procedure, and from 2006-08 served as editor of Litigation News Online, the section’s bimonthly. Fax received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his law degree with honors from George Washington University Law School.

Paul Mark Sandler is of counsel in the law firm of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler P.A., and represents many notable clients in a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts. Sandler is a frequent lecturer on trial and appellate practice, founder and former chair of the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, past secretary of the ABA Litigation Section, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and chair of the college’s boot camp program for young lawyers. He received his undergraduate degree from Hobart College and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1972.

Title:                      Discovery Problems and Their Solutions, Fourth Edition
Publisher:              ABA Publishing
Pages:                   584
Product Code:       1620794
ISBN:                     9781641056755
Size:                      6 x 9
Binding:                Paperback
Price:                     $99.95
Orders:                  800-285-2221 or

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an email to Francine Bennett-Beasley at [email protected]. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Francine Bennett-Beasley, ABA Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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