Aaron Pierce, LexisNexis' Director of Product Planning, discussed the rapidly changing e-discovery landscape, and how legal professionals can succeed in this environment, during a Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by LexisNexis at the 2015 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum in Chicago on Sept. 30. In his presentation, "In-House Early Case Assessment for e-Discovery: Imagine the Possibilities," Pierce noted that in-house counsels and corporations are taking a stronger role in control over their own e-discovery.
Outsourcing e-discovery to an outside firm or vendor is increasingly common, according to Pierce. However, using in-house staff or counsels can be valuable as well, Pierce said. In addition, finding the right balance between outsourcing e-discovery and leveraging an in-house team can help an organization make the most of its resources: "When you’re tackling the work directly a lot of times it makes a lot of sense to work directly with service providers to take on some of the heavy lifting or handle more of the technical aspects around the e-discovery process while still keeping in-house eyes on the data."
Pierce pointed out that an organization must determine what works best for e-discovery based on the tools and resources at its disposal. By doing so, Pierce noted that like-minded individuals can ask the right questions, work together and make the best possible decisions relative to e-discovery: "Stay flexible. It may make sense to keep certain early case assessment work in-house and at the same time hand off that complex and time-intensive pieces to a certain provider. ... Don’t look at e-discovery through that single lens."