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eDiscovery & Information Governance

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Our combination of focused legal know-how and real-world business experience helps you protect your organization’s information, and balance the risks it creates.

The challenges and opportunities presented by information have never been more numerous or critical. These challenges are compounded by constantly changing international and domestic data privacy regulations, cybersecurity breaches, electronic discovery litigation issues, and costs and fines stemming from the long-term storage or premature destruction of information, no matter where located.

HOW WE HELP

With the global and national focus on privacy, cybersecurity, and discovery of electronically stored information, poor information governance can lead to steep fines and sanctions, liability, and devastating reputational damage. Fortunately, proactive information governance provides reciprocal if not greater benefits in cost savings, risk avoidance, and reputational enhancement associated with how organizations store, use, protect, and destroy the information within their care and control.

Faced with the legal, strategic, and operational challenges of information governance, clients choose us for practical and innovative solutions in proactive counseling and response engagements in the areas of eDiscovery litigation, data retention, privacy, cybersecurity, regulatory response, internal investigations, and data analytics.

Unlike most eDiscovery and information governance attorneys, the practitioners in our group dedicate their entire practice in this space and come armed with hands-on business and information technology (IT) experience. This combination of focused legal expertise and real-world business and IT experience positions us to provide innovative information governance solutions. We truly have the hands-on experience and legal knowledge to understand and appreciate the competing business needs and legal risks of creating, maintaining, and using information–the lifeblood of any successful organization.

Our risk-based approach is focused on the practical needs of our clients to balance the competing business demands, realities, and legal risks of creating, maintaining, and using information. Apart from being skilled litigators, our eDiscovery and Information Governance attorneys leverage extensive backgrounds and training in information technology systems, computer science, digital forensics and investigations, data analytics, and information security and privacy. Our attorneys’ background and training include Certified Information Privacy Professionals, Certified Forensic Examiners, Certified Discovery Practitioners, and a Certified Ethical Hacker, as well as degrees in computer science, mathematics, and years of hands-on IT experience in private industry. This depth of knowledge is critically important to our clients. It allows us to simultaneously operate at a technical level of with IT team members, as well as the CIO/CISOs, as well as the Law Department, C-Suite, and Board as needed.

We further employ our unique technical skillset to craft truly innovative and defensible approaches to electronic discovery and information management issues, leveraging the latest in predictive technologies, such as continuous active learning and artificial intelligence. Our focus is to aggressively keep the matter focused on the merits, minimize unnecessary costs, and to preemptively define the scope and narrative of discovery-leveraging technology and legal argument.

THE SEYFARTH EXPERIENCE

Our eDiscovery and Information Governance team is on the forefront of integrating data science and analytics into our offerings. Our group’s work in spearheading the firm’s use of data analytics in litigation and counseling matters has contributed to keeping the group and the firm on the cutting edge of the legal practice. Our groundbreaking work in this area has enabled the firm to obtain favorable settlements for clients, reduce significant areas of potential liability, and undermine class certification arguments.

eDiscovery and information governance is a complex area, and our team understands the issues at play from both a legal and technical perspective. Our attorneys are certified in quantitative and technical subjects like mathematics, computer science, digital forensics, data science, and cross-border privacy. In addition, we are committed to staying on top of cutting-edge new developments and training in the area to assist our clients in managing current and future risks of information technology innovations.

Our skills as technologists and forensic investigators also uniquely position us to conduct and manage cybersecurity threat assessments, as well as internal investigations, including matters involving potential whistleblowers, theft of confidential information, internal harassment or disparagement, and other related investigatory matters.