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Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown is a legal technology thought leader with more than a decade of experience in the eDiscovery and information management fields. At Inventus, her primary focus is on driving awareness for the company’s innovative services and solutions. Prior to Inventus, Brown spent eight years as head of marketing communications at Epiq, where she led global marketing communications and built thought leadership, PR, and analyst relations programs. Prior to Epiq, she led marketing communications at Exterro, an eDiscovery software company, where she founded and led their content-driven marketing organization. She has a journalism background and holds a master’s degree in strategic communications from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
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Recent Posts

How Lawyers Can Help Keep Sensitive Data Safe from Hackers

Posted 09/11/19 1:31 PM by Sarah Brown

Keeping data safe used to be the sole job of dedicated departments within companies – typically not something lawyers were trained on. The largest companies would have specialized teams focused on the task of securing confidential information – while smaller organizations and even law firms might not have any certified security officers on staff at all.

 

Fire, Ready, Aim! Negotiating eDiscovery Protocols: Part II

Posted 08/27/19 11:00 AM by Sarah Brown

Expert Perspectives:The Inventus Expert Perspectives series features insightful interviews with thought leaders, technologists, and leading legal innovators at the forefront of the global business and practice of law. In today's edition, we interview Geoffrey Geftman, Discovery Consultant in Michael Best’s Information Governance and Discovery Services team, on his recommendations for negotiating eDiscovery protocols. This is Part II of II - if you missed Part I, you can read it here!

 

Fire, Ready, Aim! Negotiating eDiscovery Protocols: Part I

Posted 08/20/19 3:41 PM by Sarah Brown

Expert Perspectives:The Inventus Expert Perspectives series features insightful interviews with thought leaders, technologists, and leading legal innovators at the forefront of the global business and practice of law. In today's edition, we interview Geoffrey Geftman, Discovery Consultant in Michael Best’s Information Governance and Discovery Services team, on his recommendations for negotiating eDiscovery protocols. This is Part I of II - stay tuned for Part II next week!

 

Successful eDiscovery Vendor Selection: Four Questions with a Veteran Lawyer

Posted 08/6/19 11:00 AM by Sarah Brown

Expert Perspectives: The Inventus Expert Perspectives series features insightful interviews with thought leaders, technologists, and leading legal innovators at the forefront of the global business and practice of law. In today's edition, we interview Stephen Embry, of TechLaw Crossroads, on his 30-plus career as a practicing lawyer and the changes he's observed in the past few decades. This is Part II of II of our in-depth interview with Embry.

 

A Lifetime in Legal: Technology & The Law in 2020 & Beyond

Posted 07/31/19 11:45 AM by Sarah Brown

Expert Perspectives: The Inventus Expert Perspectives series features insightful interviews with thought leaders, technologists, and leading legal innovators at the forefront of the global business and practice of law. In today's edition, we interview Stephen Embry, of TechLaw Crossroads, on his 30-plus career as a practicing lawyer and the changes he's observed in the past few decades. This is Part I of II of our in-depth interview with Embry.

 

What Makes Discovery Truly International?

Posted 07/22/19 11:00 AM by Sarah Brown

Many eDiscovery providers claim to be “international,” “global,” or “worldwide.” But many are US-founded, US-based, and at their core, US-centric. Given the unique litigation landscape within the United States, this is not unexpected – however an entirely US-centric approach to discovery work can have detrimental effects on litigation projects conducted for clients in (or doing business in) the UK, Europe, or Asia.

If providers aren’t mindful, they can easily bring a skewed perspective to their work – favoring US-centric discovery workflows, US-centric language, and a US-centric cultural approach to client relationships. 

In Legal Operations, Cooperation is Key

Posted 05/20/19 3:10 PM by Sarah Brown

We recently attended the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) in Las Vegas, which is always a great time to connect with colleagues and clients to discuss the evolving world of legal operations. As litigation and regulatory investigations grow increasingly international in scope, it’s becoming more important than ever for corporate legal departments, outside counsel, and legal service providers to work closely together like a finely-tuned machine to ensure successful outcomes and disciplined, efficient operations.

Cloud Security & eDiscovery: Separating Myth, Fact, and Marketing Fluff

Posted 04/23/19 8:00 AM by Sarah Brown

Cloud computing – or data storage in the cloud – is often touted as a cure-all for the woes of mounting ESI costs. Whether considering cloud computing for the home with storage backup services like Google Photos or iCloud, or considering cloud computing for a business process like eDiscovery, the same considerations apply: How do you know your data is really secure? How can you be sure you won’t be subject to a breach, and how can you ensure your provider doesn’t accidentally lose or delete your data – or do something illegal with it (intentionally or by mistake)?

 

When it comes to personal privacy, these questions are worth serious consideration. And when it comes to litigious – or potentially litigious – data involved in corporate litigation or regulatory investigations, these questions can make or break a law firm or corporation’s reputation and significantly affect profitability. A cloud provider’s security vulnerabilities could, if exploited, not only compromise the security of its clients, but also extend culpability to any of the provider’s clients who didn’t properly vet their vendors.

 

So what can lawyers who handle large amounts of litigious data do to ensure that their firms, corporations, and their ownreputations are secure when working with the many vendors who handle and store discovery data on behalf of legal clients?

Electronic Discovery's Leader in Nice

Posted 04/16/19 8:00 AM by Sarah Brown

What’s the first thing we want clients to know about us? Naturally, we want them to know we can deliver legal services to them more efficiently than our competitors.

 

We have the technology, expertise, and infrastructure to handle eDiscovery projects from information governance through production, and our staff are creative and qualified – ready, willing, and able to help our clients solve the complex problems that inevitably arise during discovery projects.

The Race to the Top for eDiscovery Talent

Posted 03/12/19 11:16 AM by Sarah Brown

While many eDiscovery companies are consolidating – driving a “race to the bottom” in terms of price – Inventus CEO Paul Mankoo takes a different view. While cost savings are important – table stakes, even – the value that savvy legal practitioners are looking for today is more than just a low price.

 

To drive real value, you need experience and expertise – what he calls “the race to the top for talent.” While large consolidated companies may be driving efficiencies internally by eliminating redundancies, they are also shedding crucial talent. And to do truly stellar work in electronic discovery, you need a human element. Not just any human will do - you need critically thinking, deeply experienced experts who are relentlessly client-focused. 

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