The courts have created a marketing opportunity for law firms with the promulgation of new guidelines for e-discovery. Firms that have an expertise in electronically stored information have a new marketing angle, in presenting themselves as experts in this hot new area of law.
Electronic discovery is the factor that will have the greatest impact on the practice of law over the next five years, according to a survey of 300 lawyers by Robert Half Legal, a legal staffing firm. (For more on the survey click the Continue Reading... link below for a news article about the survey.)
The survey results reflect the reality that e-discovery has changed the way law is practiced. If you're looking for a smoking gun, it's going to be in someone's e-mail at a defendant company. In the old days, you'd get boxes of papers in discovery. Today you get a CD with millions of emails and documents -- and lawyers have to find the 1% of content that is relevant.
Two top Google search results include law firms that have put teriffic information online:
- Jones Day, which has a 12-page PDF article online. The site announces that its laweyrs are "leading scholars in the field of e-discovery. "
- KL Gates offers a whole webiste at ediscoverylaw.com that includes case summaries, e-discovery case database, events, federal rules amendments, news & updates, resources and archives