San Diego (PRWEB) November 25, 2005
In the electronic discovery age, successful litigation requires technological savvy, project management, organization and a plan. Litigation Support Department, published by Ad Litem Consulting, Inc., and in its second printing, tackles the copious amount of work faced by Litigation Support by offering strategic methods designed to improve the management of case technology, department operations and the finance of both.
Along with a discerning probe of the hierarchy, marketing, financial, and operational aspects of a litigation firm, practical tools – such as a budget spreadsheet and CD-ROM – are enclosed. The attorney can use the spreadsheet to estimate the cost for the majority of goods and services required throughout the entire case lifecycle. The spreadsheet is a key component for the implementation of the book’s strategies. Worksheets help track discovery projects as well as cull discovery, thereby lowering costs.
As a companion piece to the book, Ad Litem also publishes the free document, Litigation Support Technical Standards. LSTS details the technical specifications needed to generate a consistent product regardless of vendor. There is also a “what not to do” section where errors relating to media labels, load files, transcripts, and general issues are illustrated and discussed. All examples are drawn from real life experiences and can help any firm or vendor avoid unnecessary headaches which delay review, productions and the efforts of litigators, paralegals and the Litigation Support Department technicians.
To aid the firm and legal team in their efforts to implement best practices, the following files are included either as templates in the book or on the accompanying CD-ROM:
- Case Lifecycle Task List
- Department Status Reports
- Deposition and Trial Resource Sheet
- Discovery Lifecycle Flowchart
- Litigation Budget Spreadsheet
- Litigation Support QC Tasks
- New Matter Assessment Email
- Server Organization Email
- Technical Standards
- Vendor Compliance Email
- Litigation Support Technical Standards
Author Mark Lieb works from San Diego, consulting with firms, service bureaus and software companies on litigation technology and standards. His previous experience includes providing Litigation Support to legal teams for cases ranging from two parties with several small collections to multi-national, multi-party litigation, involving millions of pages of discovery harvested from multiple caches of electronic discovery. He is the co-founder and technical hand behind the Litigation Support Vendors Association (LSVA). A non-profit organization, the LSVA provides free forums with discussion moderated by industry experts and representatives from major software companies, covering topics from job listings, computer forensics and electronic discovery to best practices and standards.
Litigation Support Department is published by Ad Litem Consulting, Inc. – a firm run by Mr. Lieb, providing clients with a scalable business model applicable to practices ranging from a single attorney to international firms with many geographically dispersed locations and Litigation Support teams. Litigation Support Technical Standards, also produced for Ad Litem, serves as a technical supplement for the book and is available at http://www.eDiscovery.org.
Title: Litigation Support Department
Publisher: Ad Litem Consulting, Inc.
Pages: 314 Pages
Size: 8½x11 text book size with CD-ROM
Price: $520.00 USD - Hardcover
Orders: Readers can order the book by credit card through http://www.litigation-support.info, or by sending a check to PO 124873 San Diego, CA 92112.