Advantages & Methodology
Advantages & MethodologyAdvantages
WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions is comprised of consulting attorneys, staff attorneys, discovery attorneys, litigation support and technologists who work collaboratively to achieve the best results for our clients.
We work to deliver the following for our clients:
- Fewer irrelevant and duplicative documents to review
- Faster identification of key documents
- Timely provision of key documents and facts to our internal and external partners
- Internal management of data analysis and document reviews, ranging in size from gigabytes to terabytes
- A strong platform (DISCO) designed to enhance fact discovery and drive down document review costs
- Application of clients’ best practices on every matter
- Developed, defensible and tested workflows for processing, reviewing and producing data utilizing the capabilities of any platform
- Robust data security practices to ensure our clients’ data is handled with the utmost care
- Competitive, simple and predictable pricing
Our Smarter Discovery methodology is platform agnostic and enables us to use the strengths of various technologies to streamline the eDiscovery process through every phase of the EDRM. Smarter Discovery leverages technology to enhance fact discovery and lower review costs. Our methodology is comprised of six tenets:
- Reduce the volume of documents to review
- Review more efficiently
- Use technology to help code documents where appropriate
- Use workflows to minimize time-consuming human intervention
- Use metrics to track, analyze and prevent errors
- Enhance defensibility and quality while reducing risk
WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions tailors its approach to supporting clients when managing their electronic data, from strategic and technical advice to discovery services. Our professionals include:
Consulting attorneys provide strategic and tactical advice on all aspects of eDiscovery. They advise colleagues and clients on best practices, emerging issues and industry trends. Consulting attorneys design and implement workflows using advanced AI, predictive analytics, statistical modeling and other Smarter Discovery tools. Focusing on efficiency and risk mitigation, they analyze and coordinate data preservation, collection, processing and production protocols with in-house information technology departments, litigation support and external service providers.
Staff attorneys implement eDiscovery best practices, as recommended by our consulting attorneys, to manage client data from document preservation and collection through processing, review, production and presentation. Applying their deep industry knowledge, Smarter Discovery methodologies and legal project management techniques, staff attorneys increase efficiency and quality throughout the eDiscovery process across diverse legal matters. They are the chief eDiscovery liaisons between clients and firm attorneys and collaborate closely with consulting attorneys, discovery attorneys and litigation support. They consult with case teams and clients on effective use of eDiscovery platforms, designing and implementing tailored workflows to best meet clients’ needs.
Senior Discovery Attorneys
Senior discovery attorneys manage document review workflow and execution; assist in the day-to-day oversight of eDiscovery matters; and support the effective implementation of quality control procedures, Smarter Review methodologies and pre-production processes. They serve as liaisons with WilmerHale's litigation support professionals, discovery and staff attorneys, and matter teams to help guide discovery review projects from inception to completion.
Discovery attorneys provide eDiscovery and document review support to firm clients across industries and practices. These attorneys leverage our cutting-edge, in-house technology and third-party eDiscovery platforms to provide the most effective services possible. Discovery attorneys work seamlessly with our case teams to build greater efficiency into the discovery process and embody the high expectations of performance and quality that are hallmarks of the firm. Our discovery attorneys are capable of providing full-scale first- and second-level English language review services, as well as small-scale review services for documents in Spanish, French and German.
Litigation Support professionals provide consulting, project management and specialized data services related to the technical aspects of eDiscovery. Whether utilizing our DISCO platform or engaging with an external service provider, Litigation Support leverages many years of experience and industry-leading best practices to identify and implement tailored technical solutions that deliver efficiency and quality through every phase of the EDRM. Our team proactively advises attorneys and clients on strategic decision points, technical risk mitigation, QC methodology, procedural logistics, data integrity and security, document production planning and specifications, and the latest technology available to handle novel and emerging data types and sources.
WHDS Technology Group
The WHDS Technology Group includes service engineers and processing specialists who have experience in using DISCO, our technology platform. The group collaborates with Litigation Support and is responsible for loading and processing data to our internal eDiscovery platform, managing internal database access and security permissions, ensuring optimal database performance, troubleshooting data exceptions, testing and implementing application upgrades, and monitoring adherence to internal service-level agreements and best practices.
WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions offers clients a competitive and simplified pricing structure to meet their various needs.
Clients who choose to use technology other than the WilmerHale offering will still benefit from the advantages of utilizing our professional team of discovery consultants and eDiscovery attorneys at competitive hourly rates. The firm is open to considering alternative fee arrangements.
Clients may opt to use the WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions DISCO platform to process and host their electronic data at a simple, competitive and predicable cost. DISCO’s features allow us to deliver efficiency and quality through application of AI and other advanced analytical capabilities.
What are the benefits of WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions?
Clients with electronic data aspects to their legal matters expect to receive the highest-quality legal representation in a predictable and cost-effective manner. Our eDiscovery and document review processes and Smarter Discovery methodology enable us to increase efficiency, accuracy and advocacy in our client representations.
Which eDiscovery platform does the firm use in-house?
WHDS uses DISCO, an innovative eDiscovery platform that is efficient, effective and intuitively designed. DISCO maximizes performance by automatically scaling and reorganizing itself based on the volume of data and the number of users, ensuring that all tasks—no matter how complex—are implemented almost instantaneously. Additionally, the platform provides robust data security, consistent with WilmerHale’s expectations and those of our clients.
What are the benefits of using WilmerHale’s in-house platform?
We leverage DISCO’s advanced technology to enhance our Smarter Discovery approach, which allows us to increase the efficiency and value of electronic data analysis and management while reducing the time and costs involved.
WilmerHale and DISCO offer:
- Custom-designed platform capabilities, developed by WHDS and DISCO, optimized for WilmerHale’s eDiscovery best practices
- The next iteration of technology-assisted review—Continuous Active Learning—which, with minimal investment of time, automates and simplifies complex and error-prone tasks through the sophisticated employment of AI
- Simple and effective review management and quality control processes
- A clean, seamless and intuitive user interface, with customizable views, workflows and security, that performs most functions within two clicks
- Highly trained WHDS professionals, with industry-leading knowledge of how best to implement DISCO’s advanced features and capabilities
Can WHDS be used post-discovery? Can it be used for production, trial prep, deposition prep or to analyze the opposing party's data?
Yes, our technology can be used for all our clients’ post-discovery needs.
How is the service priced?
The cost of eDiscovery falls into two categories: technology and professional services. For technology, we price our offerings in a competitive and predictable way. Professional services may be billed at our hourly rates or by way of alternative fee arrangements, negotiated between the firm and client. We reduce costs through effective matter management, including utilization of our Dayton-based discovery attorneys.
How do WilmerHale's eDiscovery capabilities impact the firm's ability to offer alternative fee arrangements?
With the adoption of a firmwide methodology and standardized processes supported by next-generation technology, we are better able to predict costs, manage work and align fees with the value of legal services we deliver. We reliably and accurately track and report on a wide range of performance metrics. This information serves as the basis for developing alternative fee arrangements for our clients, based on data and experience.
Does WilmerHale offer CLEs to clients related to eDiscovery or document review?
Yes. Contact Nathan Reichardt, WilmerHale DiscoverySolutions Director of Operations, at +1 937 395 2138 or [email protected] for more information.