Mark Lyon

eDiscovery Attorney

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November 18, 2013

Why Can’t I Use My Cell Phone During Doc Review?

New reviewers often express frustration about the number of rules involved in document review. Review attorneys are generally quite intelligent and hardworking people – being told what to wear or what to do seems, for many, insulting. Rules are necessary, though, because not everyone conducts themselves in a way that respects everyone working around them. …

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November 7, 2013

Internet Archive Scanning Center Fire – Donations Needed

The internet provides an amazing ability for immediate change. As new information is available, sites can be updated, documents republished and content refreshed to reflect new information. I first encountered the Internet Archive when I needed to be able to demonstrate what had been removed from a website. Fortunately, the Wayback Machine was ready and …

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July 22, 2013

Django for Reporting

Generating reports and logging data is a common but necessary task for all project managers. When dealing with eDiscovery, the task can quickly grow out of hand. Populations, progress, errors, deadlines, billing and all sorts of other information must be easily accessible to those managing the matter. Without the right data, you can’t work efficiently. …

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June 26, 2013

Criminal and Governmental eDiscovery

Justin Murphy of Crowell & Moring in D.C. recently published an article on dealing with electronically stored information (ESI) for criminal defendants, prosecutors and defense attorneys. He notes, as have many working to produce information to the government, that some of the protections against discovery abuses found in the civil context have not yet developed …

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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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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 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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