Mark Lyon

eDiscovery Attorney

Archive / 2013

May 27, 2013

Draw The Boxes Straight

Redaction is one of the most complicated eDiscovery tasks to complete. In addition to the task not lending itself to verification by technology (though this is changing), the work often requires a significant amount of attention to an exceedingly tedious task. The goal of a redaction project, though, is absolute consistency. Each person applying redactions …

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May 11, 2013

Flexibility Is Key

It’s Saturday at 3pm. Over a dozen members of my review team have been in the office since 8am, helping to complete a population of documents that are urgently needed for Monday. While we had a bit of advance warning, we received approval for weekend work less than 24 hours ago. Most of the team …

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May 2, 2013

Political eDiscovery Fight in Wisconsin

ACEDS has an interesting article today on a political fight over deleted emails in a Wisconsin redistricting case. Democrats allege that Republican staffers initially deleted a handful of emails; their investigation now points to much more significant deletion – on the order of hundreds of thousands of documents. The users accused of deletion filed affidavits indicating that …

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April 30, 2013

Minnesota Updates Discovery Rules

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In July, recent changes to Minnesota’s Rules of Civil Procedure take effect. These rules made significant changes to Rule 1 and Rule 26, pushing for proportionality, enhanced disclosure and greater collaboration. Brendan Kenny at Law Technology News has a useful update. The addition to Rule 1 is particularly important: It is the responsibility of the court and …

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April 23, 2013

Respect The Reader - Media Arts Center San Diego Digital Gym

Today, Sam Glover appeared in a couple of promo videos for the upcoming Lawyernomics conference. The key message of his videos? If your blogging is motivated by marketing, instead of a desire to provide enjoyable and informative content, it’s going to suck. He did this, of course, in videos that are actually nothing but marketing …

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April 14, 2013

Bringing Technology In-House – Consider Lock-In Costs

Daniel Garrie recently posted Ten Tips for Managing eDiscovery Vendors on the ACC website. His tips, however, focus on bringing additional technology in-house. While bringing some parts of the process in-house may make sense in some organizations, it’s important that legal departments strongly consider his first tip – whether the decision to  bring technology in-house …

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April 12, 2013

Small Firm Space: Consider Co-Working

This week, Jordan Rushie brought up the importance of office space. Carolyn Elefant followed up and noted that affordable office space would be “almost a no-brainer even for a complete newbie.” Unfortunately, even when faced with the example of Jordan’s beautiful yet affordable office space, she brings up a concern that affordable space would be …

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April 10, 2013

Handling Hot Docs

In every document review, there are certain important documents that will one day find themselves attached to a filing, blown up and used as an exhibit or endlessly picked apart in a deposition. A well-designed coding layout will provide an opportunity to easily tag and identify these documents as a priority for further review. Every so …

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April 9, 2013

Tools: Time Tracking with Toggl


I just noticed a post from Robert Ambrogi about a tool called “Attorney Timekeeper“. Simplifying time tracking goes a long way toward ensuring accurate and complete billing.  The “Attorney Timekeeper”, however, costs $50 per month. That’s more than excessive. I long ago found Toggl. It does a wonderful job of tracking time and, in its basic …

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April 8, 2013

Please Remember Your Passwords

As you shuttle between projects at different agencies, or even different databases at the same firm, it’s easy to lose track of  passwords.  Unfortunately, few things can hurt productivity like waiting for technical support to reset your account, as your peers will get a head start on reviewing.  For some platforms, a response to a …

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