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Sitting with the C-Suite: Rakesh Madhava of Nextpoint

On July 23, 2020 I sat down with Rakesh Madhava, the chief executive officer of Nextpoint, via WebEx. Rakesh and I covered a multitude of subjects, including how the eDiscovery landscape has changed from paper to digital, technology adoption within the legal industry, and how COVID-19 will permanently alter certain aspects about how law is practiced.

Rakesh has extensive litigation experience, first as a litigation paralegal at, among other law firms, Kirkland & Ellis, and then as a litigation data consultant at FTI Consulting in the late 1990s. He was also the creative director of Hubbard One, now a division of Thomson Reuters, in 2000, where he “cut his teeth” on internet-based technologies supporting the practice of law.  In 2001, Rakesh founded Nextpoint, which has been an internet-based platform since its inception. read more…

Sitting with the C-Suite: Ian Wilson of Servient

On July 21, I sat down with Ian Wilson, the founder and chief executive officer of Servient, via WebEx.  A former lawyer turned legal tech entrepreneur, Ian discussed a wide range of topics from the relationship of machine learning and searching, information governance implementation and what’s next on the horizon for Servient. 

Ian handled complex commercial litigation in private practice.  He founded technology-based company DiscSense in the early 1990s, which was later sold to West Publishing Company in 1998.  Ian then went on to found Servient in 2013. read more…

Sitting with the C-Suite: Jay Leib of NexLP

On July 9, I sat down with Jay Leib, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NexLP, via WebEx. Jay and I covered a broad range of topics regarding the application of artificial intelligence to eDiscovery, information governance and compliance activities.

Jay Leib founded NexLP in 2013 after many years in legal technology. Jay held management roles at numerous companies including DocuLex, FTI Consulting, and Ernst & Young. Prior to founding NexLP, Jay was the Chief Strategy Officer for Relativity. read more…

Sitting with the C-Suite: Chris Weiler of KLDiscovery

On July 8, I sat down with Chris Weiler, the CEO and Founder of KLDiscovery, via WebEx. Chris and I covered a broad range of topics, including the lessons he has learned providing technology and services to the legal industry, how he would suggest in-house counsel evaluate eDiscovery service providers, and the most likely new eDiscovery developments.

Chris Weiler’s ties to technology services in the legal industry date back to his founding of On-Site Sourcing in 1992 after his military service as a naval officer.  On-Site Sourcing provided services for litigation copying and digital printing. Chris then went on to found LDiscovery in the first quarter of 2005, which became KLDiscovery in 2016. read more…

Sitting with the C-Suite: Dr. David Lewis of Brainspace

On July 2, I sat down with Dr. David Lewis, the Chief Data Scientist of Brainspace, via Webex. Dave and I covered a variety of topics dealing with the current application of machine learning to eDiscovery, ways to evaluate eDiscovery technology solutions, and what is likely to develop in the future of eDiscovery technology offerings.

Dr. David Lewis has over 30 years of data science experience, specifically with machine-learning and text classification. Dave holds numerous patents and joined Brainspace Corporation, an AppGate Company, in 2016. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. read more…

Sitting with the C-Suite: Marc Zamsky of Compliance

On June 18, I sat down with Marc Zamsky, the Chief Operating Officer of Compliance, via WebEx. Marc and I covered many issues. In the segments below, the focus is on analytics, including the potential to (a) gain pre-processing control over eDiscovery collections, (b) provide proactive compliance and information governance intelligence, and (c) normalize business practices, including the lessons learned in the eDiscovery process.

Marc has been involved in the eDiscovery provider community since 1996. He joined Compliance in May 2013 as the Chief Operating Officer. In that role, Marc expanded the eDiscovery solutions offered by Compliance by, among other things, adding discovery processing and hosting capabilities and expanding the managed services platforms. He regularly participates in an eDiscovery podcast with Mary Mack, Chief Legal Technologist at EDRM, “Musings with Marc & Mary.” read more…

Sitting with the C-Suite: Andy Wilson of Logikcull

On June 10, I sat down with Andy Wilson, Chief Executive Officer & Cofounder at Logikcull.com. Andy and I discussed how corporate legal departments should be measuring the performance of their eDiscovery service providers and how to begin that process if you haven’t already started. We also talked about employee engagement, features of world-class eDiscovery products and services, and what the future of eDiscovery technology might look like.

Andy launched Logikcull in 2004 with Chief Technology Officer and Cofounder Sheng Yang. As CEO, Andy has grown Logikcull into one of the fastest growing eDiscovery service providers in the United States. read more…

Sitting with the C-Suite: Barry Dark of Legility

On June 4, 2020, I sat down with Barry Dark, the Chief Executive Officer of Legility, via WebEx. Barry and I covered how he has translated the changes he has witnessed in a long career in technology to the trends occurring in legal. We also discussed the strategic thinking behind certain acquisitions, how to remain adaptable in the face of change, and how to measure value from the in-house perspective.

Barry spent over 30 years in Financial Technology (FinTech), mainly helping large global banks leverage the rapid adoption of technology to optimize their businesses for the digital world, and joined Legility as CEO in May 2017. read more…

Sitting with the C-Suite: Dan Regard of iDS

On May 29, 2020, I sat down with Dan Regard, the Chief Executive Officer of iDS, via WebEx. Dan and I discussed how data can be leveraged as a “digital witness”— one that is more informative and more accessible—which is a product of “the new oil.” We also covered his passion for eDiscovery pro bono work, measuring eDiscovery success, and several other key topics. Check out the videos below for more in-depth discussion.

Dan Regard is an attorney and programmer by training and has been involved in eDiscovery and legal technology since the late 1980s. In his national and international work, he has advised on, among other things, electronic discovery, computer forensics, data analytics, structured data, and information management. Dan founded iDiscovery Solutions (iDS) in January 2008, after experience in eDiscovery consulting with large organizations, like LECG, FTI Consulting, and Deloitte & Touche. read more…

The Case for eDiscovery Managing Counsel

The latest show that our family has picked up watching during quarantine is “Insane Pools Off the Deep End,” which features Lucas Congdon, a Florida-based designer that builds custom pools. The show has a formula where he meets with the homeowners, then designs and builds the pools using both his crew and a variety of subcontractors. Congdon always knows just the right person to go to when he needs to create that custom piece of furniture, where to buy the right rocks, where to have boulders cut, etc.

Successfully completing a custom construction project like the ones that Congdon specializes in takes years of experience and, as a professional, he makes it look easy. EDiscovery projects are much the same. EDiscovery done well is a carefully orchestrated project that requires a lot of experience to bring the right partners to the table, to ensure the resources are at the right place at the right time, and to focus on bringing everything toward a great result. That is what eDiscovery Managing Counsel does. Whether on a significant matter, or on a portfolio, the eDiscovery Managing Counsel acts as a general contractor that is responsible for the project and sets up everyone involved in the project for success. read more…