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Legaltech 2019 Preview Edition: eDiscovery Trends

OK, everybody gets hung up on Legalweek vs. Legaltech®.  Technically, Legaltech is part of Legalweek and it starts in earnest on Tuesday.  So, what’s happening this year?  Let’s take a look.

One thing that’s happening is that CloudNine will be at the show in a big way!  Of course, we will have a booth in the exhibit hall (booth #310), but that’s not all.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, CloudNine will launch its new NineForum Discovery Education Series where prominent and highly respected eDiscovery and litigation support experts will deliver 9 TED-style talks, 20 minutes each, covering important topics impacting the legal community.  We’ve got a great list of eDiscovery thought leaders lined up for our first NineForum, so if you are at the show, come check it out.  The schedule for the topics and speakers is available here.

Not only that, but on Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm is the 3rd annual Drinks with Doug (as in me!) and Mary (as in Mary Mack!), sponsored by ACEDS, CloudNine and Compliance Discovery Solutions.  Believe it or not, you can still register here.  We have a ton of people who have already registered and, trust me, you don’t want to be left out.  We’re going to take over Ruth’s Chris Steak house.  Seriously.

Anyway, as always, there are some interesting sessions happening at the show this year.  Here are some of the highlights.  Next week during the show, I’ll cover the sessions each day that relate to eDiscovery, Information Governance, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy to give you a complete sense of options.  In the meantime, here are some notable sessions to check out at the show:

Tuesday, January 29:

1:00pm – 2:00pm:

Everything I Learned About Legal Ops I Learned in eDiscovery

A decade ago, most lawyers would have struggled to describe the responsibilities of a legal operations manager, let alone considered it a hot career path. Now an increasing number of law departments are hiring operations professionals and consider their operations teams as indispensable. Many of the professionals in legal operations started out as attorneys or eDiscovery professionals. In this session, you will hear from corporate counsels and eDiscovery professionals on how they have successfully transitioned into the legal ops roles by utilizing their experience in eDiscovery and law. Whether you are new to legal operations or a season veterans this session will provide tips and tricks on strategic planning and areas where you as a legal ops professional can make the most impact.

Moderator: Steven O’Donnell, Director, Product Marketing – MITRATECH; Speakers: Jim Michalowicz, Senior Manager – Legal Operations – TE Connectivity, Jack Thompson, Sr. Manager – eDiscovery & Legal Operations – Sanofi US, Melissa DeHonney, Corporate Counsel – Information Governance – Novo Nordisk, Inc., Eric Lieber, Director of Legal Operations & Litigation Support – Toyota Legal One c/o Toyota Motor North America Inc.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Rethinking Your eDiscovery Approach for In-House Counsel

How are in-house counsels navigating eDiscovery’s technology driven sector to protect their companies from litigation threats? Our session will discuss the innovative ways in-house counsel are managing eDiscovery and litigation risks.

  • In-sourcing vs. out-sourcing
  • Single source provider vs. preferred provider programs
  • Custodian spoliation of electronic information

Moderator: Jon Kerry-Tyerman, VP – Business Development & Intelligence, Everlaw; Speakers: Tara S. Lawler, Partner – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Tom Morrissey, Sr. Director, Legal Operations & eDiscovery – Purdue Pharma LP, Brian Corbin, Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel – JPMorgan Chase & Co., Dawson Horn, III, Associate General Counsel – AIG.

4:00pm – 5:00pm:

AI Collaborations between Legal Departments, Law Firms, and Solutions Providers

Like many types of legal technology, we know that AI solutions are not “push-button” and require a significant investment of time and human capital in addition to financial resources. Attend this ILTA session to hear from a panel of experts designing and managing successful AI projects in corporate legal departments and law firms. The panel will share case studies covering the lifecycle of an AI solution, from assessing contractual risk issues to upstream/downstream customization of the tools to developing internal champions who will ensure adoption. The session will conclude with a future-focused discussion on other ways AI may gain ground in the legal field.

Moderator: Amy Sellars, Associate General Counsel & Legal Discovery Operations Group Lead – Walmart; Speakers: Huu Nguyen, Partner – Squire Patton Boggs, Scott Bailey, Global Director of Research Services – Squire Patton Boggs, Lara Trujillo Webb, Manager, Forensic Data Solutions – PwC, Adam Nguyen, Co-Founder & President/COO – eBrevia.

Wednesday, January 30:

10:30am – 11:30am:

The International Legal Cloud 2019: Discovery, Security, and Business Considerations

Every time you pick up your phone, you’re using the cloud, and legal teams are no exception. In 2019, the cloud is fait accompli, a ubiquitous part of life for just about everyone. What does it mean for your legal team? This session will examine important considerations as your legal team and business move to the cloud, including security advantages, cross-border e-discovery strategies, and data privacy and protection issues from the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the California Consumer Privacy Act and other legal and regulatory considerations.

Moderator: Chris Dale, Editor – eDisclosure Information Project; Speakers: Dera Nevin, Senior Associate, IPTech, Information Governance and eDiscovery, Baker McKenzie LLP, Sean Pike, Program Vice President, Security Products – IDC, David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel & Legal Education Director – Relativity, Heidi Stenberg, Principal and Americas and Global Leader, Discovery Services, EY, Mark Anderson, Senior Project Consultant – Complete Discovery Source – London.

1:30pm – 2:30pm:

The State of the e-Discovery Union: A Roundtable on the Industry and the Profession

How should you plan for your career and the future of your business or law firm when the e-discovery industry and the legal profession are in a period of rapid change? Where is the industry going, and what does the future hold for the legal professionals who make up the e-discovery profession? Join us for this session where leading journalists, industry analysts, and legal experts will examine the current state of e-discovery, the market, and legal forces affecting the industry, your firm or company, and your career. In addition, our panel of industry leaders will be making predictions on what the future holds for all of us.

Moderator: David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel & Legal Education Director – Relativity;  Speakers: Bob Ambrogi, Attorney and Founder – LawSites,  Ari Kaplan, Principal – Ari Kaplan Advisors,  Mary Mack, Executive Director – Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS),  Zach Warren, Editor-in-Chief – Legaltech News, Kelly Twigger, Principal – ESI Attorneys, Ryan O’Leary, Senior Research Analyst, Legal, Risk, & Compliance – IDC.

Thursday, January 31, 2019:

9:30am – 10:30am:

The State of Data Breach Litigation: What You Need to Know and How to Protect Yourself

The number of records compromised in data breaches since the start of 2017 has increased at an astounding rate. This huge uptick has led to numerous data breach litigations in the civil and regulatory contexts. In this session, highly experienced lawyers and technologists will discuss the major cases and trends from 2018 and will address practical measures organizations can take to try to reduce their risks of breaches and resultant legal liability.

Moderator: Robert Brownstone, Chair, Electronic Information Management (EIM) Group, Technology & eDiscovery Counsel, Litigation, Fenwick & West LLP; Speakers: Douglas H. Meal, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP, Christopher Sitter, Information Security Director, Forensic Technology, Juniper Networks, Matthew Todd, Ph.D., CISM, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, GCED, Isis Miranda, Associate, London Fischer, Roberta Anderson Sutton, Esq. – RAS Enterprise Risk Management.

1:30pm – 2:30pm:

GDPR 8 Months Later: Trends in Litigation and Regulation

Europe’s data protection law went into effect on May 25, 2018 and technology giants such as Facebook and Google immediately started facing regulatory proceedings and multi-billion dollar lawsuits alleging lack of compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our panelists will analyze the most recent enforcement proceedings and lawsuits and also discuss the GDPR and Privacy Shield compliance and litigation trends they foresee for 2019.

Moderator: Robert Brownstone, Chair, Electronic Information Management (EIM) Group, Technology & eDiscovery Counsel, Litigation, Fenwick & West LLP; Speakers: Kenneth N. Rashbaum, Partner – Barton LLP, Amie Taal – Stratagem Tech Solutions Limited, Rich Vestuto, Managing Director – Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory.

That’s just a sampling of the sessions at Legaltech next week.  If you’re there, look me up at the CloudNine booth, especially during the NineForum sessions!  Hope to see you there!

So, what do you think?  Are you going to Legaltech next week?  It’s just four days away!  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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