Sitting with the C-Suite: Hal Brooks of HaystackID

On October 29, 2020, I sat down via Webex with Hal Brooks, the CEO of HaystackID. Hal and I covered how to best choose an eDiscovery partner, the influence of the global pandemic on both information governance (IG) practices and remote document review, and a host of other topics. 

Hal has served as the CEO of HaystackID since 2018.  HaystackID recently merged with NightOwl and offers, along with eDiscovery technology and litigation support, its ReviewRight remote document review services.  A long-time industry veteran, Hal previously served as Regional Vice President of Ikon Document Services/Atlanta Legal Copies, and founded Onsite, a litigation support company. (more…)

Sitting with the C-Suite: JP Midgley of Avalon

On October 30, I sat down via Webex with JP Midgley, the CEO of Avalon. JP and I covered transitioning to RelativityOne, standing out among the competition, and tips on how to go paperless. 

JP began his career at Avalon in an entry-level position before being appointed director of client services.  In 2008, he opened Avalon’s Buffalo office and became that location’s managing partner.  JP has been the CEO of Avalon since 2011. (more…)

Sitting with the C-Suite: Mandi Ross of Prism Litigation Technology and Insight Optix

On October 28, I sat down via WebEx with Mandi Ross, the CEO of both Prism Litigation Technology and Insight Optix. Mandi and I covered a broad range of topics relevant to modern litigation, specifically proportionality, remote work during the pandemic, and staying up to date on technology. 

Mandi has about 35 years of experience in the eDiscovery space. She started as a paralegal, and has worked as an expert and consultant. She previously served as the Vice President of Ciara Inc. and Jurist Systems Group. (more…)

Sitting with the C-Suite: Mark Hawn of Trustpoint.One

On October 19, I sat down with Mark Hawn, the CEO of Trustpoint.One, via Webex. Mark and I covered how one size does not always fit all in eDiscovery, embracing remote technology and opportunities in the market. 

Mark is an experienced entrepreneur, having founded and served as the CEO for Legal Copies International for eight years before it was acquired by Ikon. He also founded DocForce/Onsite Sourcing in 2002, which was later acquired by a private equity firm. Mark has served as the CEO of Trustpoint.One since 2010. (more…)

Sitting with the C-Suite: Alma Asay of Litera Microsystems

On September 30, I sat down with Alma Asay, an Evangelist at Litera Microsystems, via Webex. Alma and I covered her advice for legal technology entrepreneurs, the future of legal technology, and key questions to ask law firms about technology. 

Alma  began her career as an associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in the litigation department.  She founded Allegory, a cloud-based litigation management platform, in 2012, serving as the CEO from its inception until 2017, when Allegory was acquired by Integreon.  She is now an Evangelist for Litera, having joined the company earlier this year.  Litera recently acquired Allegory from Integreon, and has rebranded the platform as Litera Litigate. (more…)

Sitting with the C-Suite: Andy Macdonald of Consilio

On September 17, I sat down with Andy Macdonald, the CEO of Consilio, via Webex. Andy and I discussed the need (and challenges) of accessing capital for the legal services industry, Consilio’s growth model and service mindset, and managing a corporate litigation spend in a time of uncertainty.

Andy has a long history of executive leadership, having grown his previous company, First Advantage, through a series of 60 acquisitions in five years. First Advantage Litigation Consulting was rebranded to Consilio in February 2013. Since then, Andy has grown Consilio into one of the largest providers of managed services in the world, overseeing a series of significant acquisitions. (more…)