Today's business is practically paperless. With the rampant growth of e-mail and instant messaging systems; server-based voicemail; electronic storage of sensitive files, such as health records, claims data, competitive business information, and intellectual property; and vast financial databases, less of the information that powers business is reduced to paper. Simply put, all companies, regardless of size, depend on electronically stored information to conduct, record, and drive their business.
We understand that the sheer volume of electronically stored information has made the ability to successfully navigate e-discovery in any litigation matter or regulatory investigation critical. At the same time, the cost associated with maintaining, collecting, reviewing, and producing electronic evidence is a significant litigation-related expense for general counsel at most companies. As courts increasingly favor broad e-discovery, and demonstrate a growing willingness to award sanctions against noncompliant parties, a proactive, cost-efficient, defensible e-discovery strategy is paramount.
Composed of trial lawyers equipped with technological know-how and skilled litigation support specialists, Robinson+Cole's E-Discovery and Information Governance Team is well positioned to assist its clients with e-discovery needs and information governance issues, whether responding to a subpoena or developing data storage protocols.
Our skilled e-discovery lawyers and litigation support specialists have the training and experience to guide our clients through the ever-changing landscape of e-discovery and information management, both prior to and during litigation or a government investigation. Robinson+Cole uses the latest technology to achieve maximum efficiency and compliance for our clients. We also maintain an extensive network of relationships with vendors and providers to tailor our approach to best suit the needs of each client in each circumstance.
Although the conversion to a near paperless environment presents certain challenges, including the sheer volume of data and the expense of retrieval, the overarching principles of discovery and its role in litigation are not new. Because our lawyers actually try cases, we understand the tension between the old and the new and work to creatively devise strategies to meet the technical concerns presented by e-discovery while keeping our eyes on the big picture and the budget. We have never engaged in discovery for the sake of discovery, and we hold strong to this philosophy, whether dealing in paper or bytes.
Whether working as a part of a larger Robinson+Cole trial team or as dedicated e-discovery counsel, we believe that assessing e-discovery or information governance considerations as early as possible—preferably well before litigation or receipt of a subpoena—is the single best strategy to ensure long-term success. Regardless of when we become involved, we immerse ourselves in our clients' business and data management practices, working directly with their information technology personnel to identify where relevant materials are stored, how they are maintained, and the most efficient method of retrieval. We understand the cost and complexities associated with any e-discovery project and strive to leverage our experience and available technologies to your advantage.
In conjunction with patent action being litigated concurrently in several jurisdictions, conducted review of several terabytes of data on behalf of Fortune 500 client.
Collected, reviewed, and produced over two million pages of documents, consisting primarily of e-mails from over 35 custodians, as part of defense of insurer in class action alleging unfair business practices related to payment of claims.