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Steven Berrent

Senior Professional

Managing Director, WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions

Berrent, Steven

Steven Berrent is the managing director of WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions. His primary responsibilities include leading the firm’s efforts with respect to developing and implementing strategies and staffing models for the management of complex litigation/controversy matters with specific emphasis on e-discovery, document review and bringing added value to WilmerHale clients through WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions. He joined the firm in 2008.

Practice

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Berrent was the director of Litigation Services at another firm in New York, where he managed more than 100 paralegals, legal technologists, case managers and staff attorneys. He also advised clients, attorneys and case teams on issues relating to electronic documents, e-discovery and information management. Previously, Mr. Berrent was an associate at a firm in New York, where he was a member of the Electronic Discovery Task Force and worked on complex commercial litigations, arbitrations and investigations in diverse industries.

Mr. Berrent has worked as the Director of Information Technology for Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign, where he designed, implemented, and maintained computer networks and related technologies for the campaign and advised the Vice President and staff on information technology issues, solutions and strategy.

Mr. Berrent volunteers with the William J. Clinton Foundation and has worked with President Clinton on his Harlem Small Business Initiative, Hurricane Katrina relief, and the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative. In that capacity, Mr. Berrent has traveled to Louisiana, Beijing, Sydney and elsewhere on behalf of the Clinton Foundation.

Mr. Berrent received his JD from the Cornell Law School in 2004 and a BA in Political Science from Emory University in 1997.

Publications

Honors & Awards

In 2011, Mr. Berrent was selected by the ABA Journal as a “Legal Rebel” — one of the legal industry’s top 10 innovators among professionals at the nation’s top 250 law firms. He was profiled for his ability to forecast the direction of litigation and technology and conceptualize results for clients. In 2012, WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions was recognized by InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology, for its e-discovery and document review technology. WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions was also recognized in 2012 by US Financial Times, in its annual report of law firms that are bringing fresh thinking and practices to solving business problems across the nation.

Publications & News

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June 20, 2013

What's Your Discovery IQ?

An article by Steven Berrent published in The Cowen Group's Opportunity Knocks Blog.

October 1, 2012

The Litigation Data Avalanche: Time to Move To the Cloud?

An article by DiscoverySolutions Managing Director Steven Berrent, appearing in the October 2012 edition of Legal Tech Newsletter, Vol. 29., No. 6.

September 12, 2012

WilmerHale Earns Spot on 2012 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America

March 19, 2012

Disclosing Novel Document Review Methods

An article by Partner Robert W. Trenchard and DiscoverySolutions Managing Director Steven Berrent, appearing in the March 19, 2012 edition of New York Law Journal.

April 18, 2011

Hope for Reversing Commoditization of Document Review?

An article by Partner Robert W. Trenchard and Steven Berrent, appearing in the April 18, 2011 edition of New York Law Journal.

February 3, 2011

The Defensibility of Non-Human Document Review

An article by Partner Robert W. Trenchard and WilmerHale Discovery Solutions Managing Director Steven Berrent discussing how advances in technology now hold the promise of reigning in e-discovery review costs and improving quality. Published in Digital Discovery & e-Evidence, a Bureau of National Affairs publication.

February 1, 2010

WilmerHale Selects Recommind's Axcelerate eDiscovery

Firm Licenses Industry’s Leading Automated eDiscovery Platform for Early Case Assessment, Predictive Coding™ and Production

November 16, 2009

Two Roads Diverge in Managing E-Discovery Costs

An article written by Partner Robert W. Trenchard, Omar Khan and Steven Berrent, published in New York Law Journal.

Professional Activities

Mr. Berrent is a member of the Electronic Discovery Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Federal and Commercial Litigation Section and the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.
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Education

JD, Cornell University Law School, 2004

BA, Political Science, Emory University, 1997