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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Firm Update

With the hire of five new team members and the promotion of two others, we've seen some big changes around here lately! To recap: Bill George is now Senior Counsel and Director of Managed Review. Bill has been directing and managing document review projects with the firm since 2010, and we're excited to continue to grow our managed review services under his leadership. ...
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Document Review & Paralegals in the District

In response to our latest blog post discussing how document review should be considered the practice of law, Mark Miller of Mark W. Miller & Associates, a Litigation Support and Document Services company, asked us to address how this idea relates to document review performed by attorney-supervised paralegals.  We certainly recognize the tremendous value experienced paralega...
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Quinn Emanuel States the Obvious: Document Review Is Practice of Law

Licensed Attorneys, Not Out-of-Work Actors, Perform Doc ReviewIn the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Quinn Emanuel is currently defending a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) case brought by a former contract attorney who had been hired to review documents in connection with a pending litigation. The Plaintiff, William Henig, is complaining that he was...
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Why a Discovery Counsel Law Firm Provides the Best Model for Completing Discovery

Background Over the last twenty years, drastic changes have taken place in the way parties meet their discovery obligations.  Historically, broad discovery rules resulted in companies paying extraordinary fees to their trial firms for associate review of voluminous materials in response to subpoenas, litigation document requests, and other demands for information.  It was not ...
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Predictive Coding Primer Part Two: Key Variables in a Predictive Coding Driven Review

As discussed in “Predictive Coding Primer Part One: Estimating Cost Savings,” the potential cost savings from predictive coding are substantial. If you are planning to implement the technology in your discovery plan, this article should be a useful primer on key points you’ll need to be aware of, variables at play, and their associated cost. (1)   Predictive Coding Technolog...
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