A specialized field such as ediscovery produces a specialized workforce. Today, ediscovery consultants play a critical role in guiding clients through the complicated process of electronic discovery. Here at Kroll Ontrack, we are lucky enough to have some of the most seasoned and knowledgeable consultants. To get to know a little more about ediscovery consulting, we’re getting to know one of Kroll Ontrack’s very own consultants, Adam Strayer.
Q: Why should law firms and corporations use ediscovery consultants?
A: Ediscovery consultants have a wealth of experience with a wider variety of cases and have encountered more challenges and employed more ediscovery solutions than most law firms or in-house counsel. Further, a large ediscovery project can overwhelm even the most robust litigation support or in-house legal department and can drain resources from other cases and other clients.
Q: Tell us about your background and what led you to becoming an ediscovery consultant.
A: Before working as an ediscovery consultant, I was an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where I reviewed proposed mergers and investigated anticompetitive conduct. While there, I drafted and negotiated a number of Second Requests and gained a lot of insight into federal agency document requests. That was a great foundation for what I am doing today—helping Kroll Ontrack’s clients develop strategies for responding to similar requests. I’ve also worked on the private practice side, defending companies in antitrust investigations and helping them respond to Second Requests and similarly large data requests in commercial litigation. After these roles, I moved into the ediscovery service provider world, where I worked on the managed review side—designing workflows, driving strategy timelines and responses, and meeting production deadline goals.
Q: What types of services do ediscovery consultants provide to a client?
A: Consultants have seen ediscovery solutions that have worked for other clients, as well as the solutions that haven’t worked. Specifically, we can assist with everything on the EDRM, from identifying and collecting key documents to custodian interviews and review and production strategies. Ediscovery consultants are also particularly helpful in developing predictive coding workflows and discovery stipulations.
Q: What value does an ediscovery consulting team bring to a client?
A: On a substance level, and as I’ve said before, consultants bring an assemblage of experiences that law firms and in-house counsel rarely possess. What that means for clients at the end of the day—cost savings and risk mitigation.
Q: Since we’re getting to know your work, it would be great to get to know a little about you. What is your ideal day outside of the office?
A: I live in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, but I really like to escape from the city as often as possible. This past summer, I spent a lot of time hiking in upstate New York and in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I’m also currently training for my first marathon.
Thank you Adam for sitting down with us and giving us some great insight into the world of ediscovery consulting!