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Most attorneys in private practice are employed by law firms with fewer than 20 lawyers and, in fact, half of all U.S lawyers in private practice are solos. When e-discovery came on the scene, these attorneys viewed it as the exclusive domain of large firms with large cases in Federal court. But with the increase in digital activity by people in all areas of their lives, e-discovery has become an issue in smaller cases, from domestic disputes, and employment cases, to even criminal matters – cases typically handled by small firms and solo practitioners. So, now firms of all sizes must know how to handle electronic discovery efficiently and cost-effectively.
Additionally, the initial Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing ESI (Electronically Stored Information) have now been emulated in over 2/3 of the states. Even the agreed-upon e-Discovery exchange protocol between the offices of the U.S. Attorney and the Federal Defenders for criminal cases has found its way into state matters. Coast-to-coast, from California to Florida and from states as populous as New Jersey to mostly rural states such as Louisiana and Alabama, e-Discovery is now a local issue and is a factor in cases of all sizes, and can no longer be dismissed by attorneys in small firms or solo practitioners.
During this webinar, e-discovery expert Tom O’Connor, will review available solutions and tools that will help you collect, store, and find the evidence you need for cases, efficiently and cost-effectively.
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Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center
Tom O’Connor is a nationally known consultant, speaker, and writer in the field of computerized litigation support systems. A New England native who graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1972 with a BA in Political Science, Tom attended law school for one year at The University of Notre Dame before returning to Baltimore and undertaking a career as a paralegal specializing in complex litigation. While conducting his consulting business over the years, Tom earned a J.D. at an evening law school program.
Tom’s consulting experience is with both small firms and complex litigation matters including the BP litigation in New Orleans and several current opioid MDL matters as well as with the Office of the Federal Public Defender. He has been appointed as a technical consultant by various federal and state courts on cases dealing with large amounts of electronic evidence and specializes in negotiating ESI exchange protocols.
A frequent lecturer about legal technology, Tom also teaches CLE courses nationwide and is a prolific writer. He was a co-author of the 2006 award winning article, “In Katrina’s Wake”, which covered recovery efforts in the legal community of post Katrina New Orleans, in which he participated. He was also the author of the Second, Third and Fourth Editions of The Automated Law Firm: A Guide to Computer Systems and Software published by Aspen Law & Business as well as The Lawyers Guide to Summation and EDiscovery for Small Cases, both published by the ABA. He also contributes to several blogs including his own, called Techno Gumbo. (https://wordpress.com/view/technogumbo.wpcomstaging.com) Tom has also been awarded numerous professional accolades including the inaugural Betsy Ann Reynolds Award for Excellence in Litigation Support from the Litigation Support Leaders Conference and the first Scarpitti Award for Professional Achievement from the Masters Conference for Legal Professionals.
Tom currently resides down the Mississippi down in New Orleans with his son Seamus, a technical guru and current Captain of the Kings of Crescent City skateboard championship team.