The CEDS Exam: Becoming a Certified E-Discovery Specialist

studying for the CEDS exam
Recently I sat for the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) examination offered by the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS). For those not familiar with the organization, ACEDS is a BARBRI Professional Association that “is building a community of e-discovery specialists for the exchange of ideas, guidance, training and best practices.” Having attended m...
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Lola v. Skadden: Maybe It’s Not So Obvious Doc Review is the Practice of Law

We last blogged about a contract attorney overtime suit and whether document review is the practice of law in 2013. Since then, another contract attorney, David Lola, filed suit against Skadden Arps and Tower Staffing with the same claim – that he is owed overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules. The FLSA generally provides overtime pay of time ...
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A Discovery Explainer for Non-Attorneys

So, what kind of lawyer are you? I get this question a lot, and I sometimes find it hard to give a quick answer. For lawyers or other professionals in my field, informing them that I am an eDiscovery Attorney usually provides enough information to allow them to slowly back away from me. For the uninitiated -- friends, family, and the few unfortunates who make the mistake of str...
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We’ve Moved!

We moved into our new office space on Tuesday and are excited about how the place is shaping up. Check out a sneak preview of the space below. The new offices are located at 1100 H Street NW Suite 305 Washington, DC 20005. And let's add one obligatory shot of the mountain of recycling after furniture assembly:
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Movin’ On Up!

new space pre-construction
After the firm hit its 8th anniversary in October, I started thinking about moving our headquarters to a larger space. We’ve been at 1325 G Street since the beginning, and as much as I enjoy the location and its familiar faces, it was time for us to expand. Although we began looking at office space at the end of October, it was January by the time we (okay, technically, Charles...
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New York’s Rule 11-b: the Categorical Approach to Privilege Logs

Summary of the Rule An innovative New York civil procedure rule which became effective on September 2, 2014 embraces a more practical and cost-effective style of privilege log. The new rule encourages parties to depart from the traditional “document-by-document” type of privilege review in favor of more economical categorical designations. This categorical approach allows ...
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Are Managed Review Vendors Allowed to Supervise Document Review Projects in Virginia?

I have written many posts analyzing and applying the D.C. Unauthorized Practice of Law opinions to various situations involving contract attorneys performing document review. In D.C., the rules are pretty clear that non-law firm managed review vendors cannot supervise the legal work of attorneys, but in other jurisdictions, the rules have not be laid out with as much specific...
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Recent Feedback from a Client

We received the following testimonial from a client yesterday evening and I wanted to share it here. It's really the cherry on top of a job well done. I know our team always does a fantastic job on any document review, but it is gratifying when someone takes the time out of their day to comment on the caliber of the work performed. Our firm continues to succeed by having...
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D.C. Document Reviewer: An Attorney By Any Other Name

Last week we received the following comment from a reader on one of our most popular blog posts, Quinn Emanuel States the Obvious: Document Review Is Practice of Law, voicing concern about whether his current employer, a staffing agency, could be running afoul of D.C. Bar rules.  I wanted to highlight his comment and offer my response as a blog post.  If you are familiar wi...
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