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Corporate Counsel: Do You Have To Do All E-Discovery Yourself?

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By Minara El-Rahman on January 20, 2011 5:45 AM

E-discovery has been a blessing and a curse for most attorneys. While e-discovery has been something that most law firms have outsourced, there is more e-discovery in house going on than ever before.

This allows corporations to conduct corporate e-discovery on a smaller budget, according to FindLaw's Technologist Blog. But does that mean that an in house attorney is alone in ways to tackle e-discovery?

That is not necessarily the case, as here are some ways how you can benefit from in house e-discovery:

It Helps You Stand Out: While most attorneys, even in house counsel don't want to admit this, they may be overwhelmed with the new technology that comes with e-discovery. While it was not necessarily a subject taught in law school, knowing how to conduct e-discovery will set you apart from the rest of the pack.

It Is Cost Effective: Any in house counsel worth their salt know that they are expected to work within a corporate budget. If a corporation outsources e-discovery versus conducting its own corporate counsel e-discovery, it becomes expensive. It is a lot more cost effective to conduct e-discovery in house.

Work With Other Teams: While it may seem daunting to place the burden of e-discovery on in house counsel, there are teams such as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Information Technology (IT) group that are on hand to help you get started. It gives in house counsel a chance to work with other teams.

Given these benefits, any in house counsel can figure out ways to be more successful in their practice of law. So while it may be hard to let go of old habits when it comes to e-discovery, it may be a good thing in the long run.

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