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eDiscovery Planning for the Plaintiff Lawyer

Leveraging hold notices, ESI protocols, meet and confer, and other opportunities obtain the evidence needed to successfully build a case. Trial lawyers often represent the primary requesting party for document-complex discovery and litigation. Increasingly, this can overwhelm how they traditionally have reviewed productions and marshalled potential evidence.

Plaintiff lawyers, particularly if operating on a contingency basis, must carefully budget their time investment and client expenditures, while continually revaluing the case potential. Exploding electronically stored information (ESI) collection sizes in modern litigation makes this a difficult balancing act, requiring litigators to thoughtfully plan their document request, create reasonable agreements with opposing counsel and aggressively advocate for their eDiscovery rights.

Craig Ball, a noted authority on eDiscovery and computer forensics, offers practical advice as to how trial lawyers can obtain the evidence they need to successfully build their case and effectively advocate for their clients.

Key Points

  • Responsibilities of the requesting party in setting the eDiscovery agenda
  • Best practices for litigation holds
  • How strategic agreements with opposing counsel can advance effective discovery
  • Dealing with preservation and spoliation issues
  • Preparing for Rule 26 conferences
  • Closing advice and take-aways

About the Speaker

Craig Ball is a Board Certified trial lawyer, certified computer forensic examiner, law professor and electronic evidence expert He’s dedicated his career to teaching the bench and bar about forensic technology and trial tactics. After decades trying lawsuits, Craig limits his practice to service as a court-appointed special master and consultant in computer forensics and e-discovery.

A prolific contributor to educational programs worldwide – having delivered over 1,600 presentations and papers–Craig’s articles on forensic technology and electronic discovery frequently appear in the national media. For nine years, he wrote the award winning column on computer forensics and e-discovery for American Lawyer Media called “Ball in your Court.” Craig Ball has served as the Special Master or testifying expert on computer forensics and electronic discovery in some of the most challenging, front page cases in the U.S.

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