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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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eDiscovery Gone Global: Best Practices for Legal Service Providers

Posted 11/5/19 8:00 AM by Sarah Brown

Managing and analyzing large volumes of data in response to litigation, regulatory inquiries, or internal investigations is no easy task. Legal professionals must be able to find and collect data quickly, protect it once they have it, and handle it according to best practices - which vary by jurisdiction, country, state or region, and even between organizations.

As you might expect, eDiscovery tasks may become even more difficult when the discovery involves data sources across international borders, raising important questions about how to organize and conduct eDiscovery activities.

 

Relativity Fest 2019: Top Buzzed-About eDiscovery and Legal Trends

Posted 10/25/19 9:00 AM by Sarah Brown

This week we attended the tenth annual Relativity Fest – the annual gathering of eDiscovery wonks of all stripes in Chicago – to talk technology, legal services, and all things discovery with clients and colleagues from all over the world.

 

It’s not often we eDiscovery wonks get to really let our geek flags fly – and as one of the biggest gatherings of eDiscovery experts in North America, Relativity Fest is one of our favorite events for doing exactly that. From the big-production fanfare of the keynote and the real talk of the judicial panel to the down-and-dirty details of the panels and presentations in between, it’s always a great time for learning and celebrating everything we as an eDiscovery community can do.

 

International eDiscovery & Cross-Border Compliance: Expert Perspective

Posted 10/16/19 11:00 AM by Sarah Brown

Wrongdoers know no international borders - so investigators of wrongdoing must be able to operate nimbly across borders, too. In particular, it behooves international organizations - and the law firms that service them - to pay particularly close attention to high-risk geographies and ensure they have the expertise and infrastructure needed to quickly respond to any incidents that arise.

 

When it comes to multinational investigations and eDiscovery response, there are a few best practices that legal and compliance practitioners should look for. Chris Dale, of the eDisclosure Information Project, sat down with Inventus expert Erin Plante recently for a video interview on the topic.

 

Legal Supplier Diversity: Top Takeaways from NAMWOLF 2019

Posted 10/1/19 10:35 AM by Sarah Brown

This year’s National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Annual meeting took place last week in sunny Los Angeles, attracting some of the best legal minds from all over the U.S. It was a star-studded event, kicking off the same night as the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. In between celebrity sightings, attendees arriving on Sunday took part in the traditional Amazing Race scavenger hunt around the city – getting to know their fellow attendees and see some of the sights around the city. 

 

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. 

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