Our Q2 Breakfast Series got off to a great start in New York City on April 10 with 17 major corporations plus key law firm leaders participating in a roundtable discussion on Corporate eDiscovery Best Practices and Maturity.

The New York corporate discussion leaders from Pfizer, Merck, AIG and Rabobank shared their experience in building best practices, growing and maintaining eDiscovery programs and their vision of what’s next for our industry.

Other corporate guests included JP Morgan Chase, CitiBank, Metlife, Unilever, Cablevision, Consolidated Edison, Coty, AXA Financial, Time Warner, and RBS.

Our conversation focused on:

  • What are the new and evolving best practices for corporate eDiscovery
  • How do you stack and manage the corporate eDiscovery team of the future(internally and externally)
  • The difference between cost savings, predictability and avoidance
  • The economic impact on outside counsel of these best practices programs

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I look forward to further exploring the current state of corporate eDiscovery maturity and the cost of doing business at our upcoming breakfasts in Washington, DC (April 24), Chicago (May 15), and San Francisco (May 22). I expect these breakfasts will add new insights to our learnings on cost savings, cost predictability, and cost avoidance. Specifically, is the actual cost of doing business in eDiscovery going up, down, or staying the same? I’ve spoken to 15 major law firms and corporations and there is no common answer yet.

As usual, I look forward to bringing some clarity to this challenging and evolving topic and look forward to seeing you at breakfast.

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David Cowen