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    Survey: Law Firms Are at an E-Discovery “Watershed”

     

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    26 July 2014 – Earlier this week (click here) we noted a piece in The Washington Post about Winston & Strawn:

    “Winston wants to compete head to head with e-discovery vendors such as FTI and Kroll. This year, the firm started pushing a new service in which Winston’s e-discovery team will handle e-discovery for cases even if other law firms — often their competitors in the legal market — are handling the actual litigation of the case”.

    So far, it has been paying off but as Winston attorney John Rosenthal … who leads the practice … noted “from a dollar standpoint, it’s not that Read the rest

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Survey: Law Firms Are at an E-Discovery “Watershed”

 

Ari Kaplan photo

 

Ari Kaplan Advisors logo

http://www.arikaplanadvisors.com

 

26 July 2014 – Earlier this week (click here) we noted a piece in The Washington Post about Winston & Strawn:

“Winston wants to compete head to head with e-discovery vendors such as FTI and Kroll. This year, the firm started pushing a new service in which Winston’s e-discovery team will handle e-discovery for cases even if other law firms — often their competitors in the legal market — are handling the actual litigation of the case”.

So far, it has been paying off but as Winston attorney John Rosenthal … who leads the practice … noted “from a dollar standpoint, it’s not that Read the rest

Will the contract lawyer wage-and-hour suits open up law firms to overtime claims from a wider pool?

 

Mind numbing

(from law360.com)

 

23 July 2014 - Contract lawyers pursuing wage-and-hour suits claiming the temporary document review work they did for white-shoe firms was to “routine” to qualify as overtime-exempt face an uphill battle, but experts say their bellwether cases could open up law firms to overtime claims from a wider pool of attorneys, such as associates.

A ruling in favor of attorneys who sued Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, as well as legal staffing companies, for denying them overtime pay would give low-level attorneys precedent to fuel analogous arguments that their duties were too menial to fall … Read the rest

Winston & Strawn goes head-to-head with e-discovery vendors

 

 

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20 July 2014 – An interesting piece in The Washington Post about Winston & Strawn:

“Winston wants to compete head to head with e-discovery vendors such as FTI and Kroll. This year, the firm started pushing a new service in which Winston’s e-discovery team will handle e-discovery for cases even if other law firms — often their competitors in the legal market — are handling the actual litigation of the case”.

The piece states that one of the fastest-growing departments at Winston & Strawn is also one of the most obscure, at least to many outside of the legal world:

“The law firm has taken the unusual Read the rest

Heads up to contract attorneys: the San Francisco Health insurance program

San Fran health plan

 

 

16 July 2014 - We have been bombarded with emails about the San Francisco Health insurance program ever since word got out that several document review staffing firms in San Francisco have been audited for not complying with the San Francisco law. A number of contract attorneys have been called by the San Francisco audit team and various letters have been issued. We were able to determine via our own sources that there is indeed an audit in progress. And given a few agencies have moved out of handling placements from San Francisco due to “costs” one suspects the departures are more related to having to comply with … Read the rest

The continuing saga of the Quinn Emanuel contract attorney case

 

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25 June 2014 – We have discussed the Quinn Emanuel contract attorney case … and the rash of attorney FLSA lawsuits where the claim is “I was only doing clerical work” theory … in the past. The seemingly never-ending Quinn Emanuel case concerns whether the plaintiff (William Henig, a contract attorney) did/did not perform “attorney work.” In this regard, the plaintiff only worked there for six weeks, performing document review work in 2012. The firm claims that the documents prove Henig conducted himself as a lawyer.

Henig was seeking information relating to every applicant for the document review project, as well as the names of the interviewers of all … Read the rest

Machine vs Human translation – an update

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Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.

Founder/Chairman     The Posse List

 

30 May 2014- Ah, technology. So hard to keep up. Just on the medical front alone the cost of manipulating life’s building blocks is falling at such a rapid clip … faster than Moore’s Law predictions for silicon … that we can now tailor drugs to match a person’s genome, and fuse technology with living matter.

And so it goes in the legal field.

Last year we ran a post about Google’s quest to end the language barrier and the possible effect on non-English e-discovery document reviews. We wrote about the long way companies had come toward making … Read the rest

The contract attorney overtime case against Skadden, Arps / Tower Legal has a new twist

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12 February 2014 – A big hat tip to Posse List member Matthew Green who has been following the Skadden/Tower Legal overtime suit. Matthew popped us a note and said:

A very interesting twist in the overtime case filed against Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates and Tower Legal Solutions. The named lead plaintiff contract attorney applied to Tower Legal for a new gig, prompting the staffing firm’s lawyers to allege that his description of his duties on the project at issue is inconsistent with his claim that he did not have the responsibilities of a lawyer. But the judge appears impatient with efforts by Read the rest

In NYC starting tomorrow, LegalTech. If you are a contract attorney in the area, here is why you need to go. Plus tech guides for EVERYBODY.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

For contract attorneys, the legal industry is as equal a threat as Voldemort was to Harry Potter

3 February 2014 - LegalTech NYC starts tomorrow and runs for 3-days. It’s at the New York Hilton. It is the largest legal technology trade show/event of the year. It’s the place for hands-on practical information on all sorts of technology. For more information, click here. Until end of the day today, you can get a free pass that gives you access to the Exhibit Hall, the Keynote Speeches, the Plenary Sessions, the Super Sessions, some training preview, and the Emerging Technology Sessions. It’s all you need to see/do. You’ll see a … Read the rest

A world of seamless and immediate language translation gets closer

Language machine translation

 

25 January 2014 - “Literature is the opposite of data” wrote novelist Stephen Marche in the Los Angeles Times Review of Books last year. He cited his favorite line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth:

“Light thickens, and the crows make wing to the rooky wood.”

Marche went on to ask, “What is the difference between a crow and a rook? Nothing. What does it mean that light thickens? Who knows?” Although the words work, they make no sense as pure data, according to Marche.

But there are many who would disagree with him. With the rise of digital technologies, the paramount role of human intuition and interpretation in humanistic knowledge is

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Watson as a service: IBM preps artificial intelligence in the cloud, and e-discovery asks “can we have a bite?”

By:  Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.   Founder/CEO

19 November 2013 – The biggest news last week was probably the IBM announcement that it was offering Watson’s machine-learning system in the cloud, thereby expanding artificial intelligence’s (AI) frontiers and also monetizing the work as it happens.  More importantly, IBM’s Watson announcement is significant, not necessarily because of the sophistication of the Watson technology, but because of IBM’s ability to successfully market the Watson concept.   I have just finished the new book Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Systems by Steve Hamm (IBM Communications Strategist) and John Kelly (IBM Research Director) so the announcement was very well timed.

 

Watson … Read the rest