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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. 


At LegalTech New York this year, Gregory Bufithis of Project Counsel interviewed Paul on this and other topics. Originally posted over at Project Counsel Media, this video covers a lot of ground. Take a look:


The Human Element in eDiscovery Algorithms


Deploying sophisticated eDiscovery algorithms on large, complex sets of data takes the human element – no legal project can be completed in a vacuum, and no data set is exactly like another. There simply is no one-size-fits-all approach to eDiscovery.


For every matter, a human – preferably a human with a breadth and depth of knowledge that allows them to draw from experience to make crucial choices at each decision point – to choose wisely what algorithms to use and when. They must:


  • - Evaluate the data sources involved in each case
  • - Test the variety of eDiscovery algorithms that are out there
  • - Determine which are right for the particular data types at hand, each matter, each business, and each use case
  • - Give recommendations to clients based on statistically sound methodologies
  • - Apply the correct algorithms and present results in a way that makes sense and is useful to the parties involved

These best practices can be applied outside the litigation space as well – for example in  contract analysis abstraction, contract lifecycle management, and other areas of legal service outsourcing. 


About Gregory Bufithis: Gregory Bufithis is a digital media/telecom attorney, journalist, writer, and media producer. He has over 30 years of experience in intellectual property and digital media law in the U.S. and Europe. He is also a graduate of the artificial intelligence program at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He is an expert in text analytics and the field of eDiscovery. 

About Project Counsel Media: Project Counsel Media covers the areas of digital technology, media, mobile technology and intellectual property through conferences it is invited to attend, as well as events requested by our clients. Proprietary videos are on Youtube:

Sarah Brown

About The Author

Sarah Brown is a legal technology thought leader with more than a decade of experience in the eDiscovery and information management fields. At Legility, her primary focus is on driving awareness for the company’s innovative services and solutions. Prior to Legility, 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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