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That’s a Wrap! Reflecting on ILTACON 2017

Following the Path to Maturity amidst Innovation

A few weeks before more than 1,600 members descended upon ILTACON 2017 in Las Vegas, I had a chance to catch up with a couple distinguished peers in our industry to talk about their latest areas of focus. Always respected as “Blue Ocean” strategists, I was keen to hear their views on the latest and greatest challenges. The response was, perhaps, a surprising precursor to one of the major underlying themes amongst ediscovery and information management professionals at ILTACON this year: ensuring mature processes are in place.

The Newer Generation Unites with Seasoned Professionals

The primary focus of ILTA has always been peer-to-peer education. It was apparent at this year’s annual conference that, amongst a mature community, there is also a growing third generation of newer ediscovery professionals. Full EDRM lifecycle project management, processes and support; balanced outsourcing; use of multi-faceted Technology Assisted Review (TAR) strategies, predictive coding and Continuous Active Learning (CAL); and upstream, holistic information governance and effective legal hold were all familiar, prevalent themes at ILTACON 2017. The major difference is that this new generation of professionals are learning and adopting mature, data-driven principles, management skills, discovery processes and innovative technology derived from the path others have been blazing and curating over the last decade or two. So, foregone questions about “should we do this” or “how can we do this” have evolved into deeper discussions about “how do we do this best” and “which tools do I need to get the job done.”

From Predictive Coding to the Cloud…and Everything in Between

Corporations continue to build process, control and maturity around their approach to ediscovery as part of their broader efforts to help outside counsel efficiently respond to discovery under more astringent financial and information security constraints. Therefore, the community came to ILTACON 2017 seeking ideas and tools to maintain control of data, complement corporate movement to the cloud and build process efficiency into the EDRM lifecycle.

First, the debates over predictive coding have more or less waned. Instead, we found a deliberate focus on stronger implementation and significant rates of adoption, especially given enhanced methods such as CAL, which is fully built into KrolLDiscovery’s TAR solutions and complimented by our suite of technologies to accelerate document review. For instance, we learned during the ILTACON session I moderated, “Latest Trends in Leveraging Analytics in Litigation Support,” that 62 percent of the ediscovery professionals in attendance use predictive coding sometimes and 40 percent sometimes used CAL, too. Meanwhile, 27 percent have never used predictive coding. These statistics alone demonstrate great levels of acceptance and also reveal that the up-and-coming generation is ready to jump in!

Another significant ILTACON 2017 theme was the cloud. When it comes to corporations moving some data sources to the cloud, ILTACON attendees came seeking truly cloud-enabled and optimized ediscovery technology like KrolLDiscovery’s tool, NebulaTM. While one ILTA session poll revealed that 10 percent of corporate clients always use ediscovery analytics behind their firewall and an additional 29 percent do so sometimes, the majority do not. Therefore, when faced with the average ediscovery project, stakeholders continue to rely heavily on third-party expertise and technology.

Last, but certainly not least, was the topic of data security and control. There continues to be a trend toward centralized information management systems to better maintain and analyze corporate data and ensure effective legal holds through solutions like KrolLDiscovery’s Unified Archive. Yet, the majority of projects or initiatives continue to be motivated by reactions to the cyber attack and data loss epidemics, GDPR readiness and increases in litigation or investigations. Of course, the truly global ILTA community also came seeking secure, nimble and portable solutions that they could operate, such as KrolLDiscovery’s Remote Collection Manager (RCMgr®) to complete data preservation, collection and transfer anywhere in the world.

See You Next Year: ILTACON 2018

Whether the session labels touted “analytics,” “cloud,” “ediscovery,” “information governance,” “artificial intelligence,” “business intelligence” or “Blockchain,” the entire ILTA community, across peer groups, came together with one overarching theme in 2017: how do we more efficiently leverage better technology to compile, process, distill, analyze and transform information into actionable results. At ILTACON 2017, it was my privilege to tackle these challenges with legal technology colleagues from around the country and around the world. I am definitely looking forward to doing it again, August 19 – 23, 2018 in Washington, DC.

ILTACON 2017 – Pre-show Preview: Viva Las Vegas!

Look out Vegas, here comes ILTA (again)! After a brief 2016 hiatus to the Gaylord in National Harbor, Maryland, ILTACON is back in Las Vegas for 2017. This year’s conference will be held at the Mandalay Bay, just a couple blocks down the strip from Caesar’s Palace for those of you that attended ILTACON 2015.

When you reach the shimmering gold exterior of the Mandalay Bay, you might be overwhelmed with the abundance of food, entertainment and nightlife opportunities. So, just to make sure you don’t miss any of the valuable activities as ILTACON celebrates its 40th birthday, we thought you might appreciate a pre-show preview.

DATE: This year’s show occurs a week or two earlier than in years past: Make sure you have August 13 – 17 blocked off on your calendar.

SESSIONS: ILTACON is known for its stellar educational sessions and keynote addresses and this year is certain to not disappoint. For those of you tracking trends in predictive coding and analytics, make sure you attend the following session on Monday, August 14 from 1-2pm, where my colleague Tom Barce will be speaking as a part of the panel “Latest Trends in Leveraging Analytics in Litigation Support.”

DEMOS: Many vendors at ILTACON will be demonstrating their innovative products to make your legal technology jobs easier. KrolLDiscovery’s private suite (Surf C Suite) will be open to clients each day. We’ll keep food and beverages stocked for you to take a break from all the action. Plus, we’ll have space for you to learn more about our products, services and how we can help you. Schedule a demo with us today.

PARTIES: After a long day of sessions, make sure you make time for some refreshments! The exhibit hall will open on Monday night from 7-9pm with food, drinks and fun. The theme is “galaxy,” so bring your space-age costumes. Be sure to stop by KrolLDiscovery’s booth #500/502 for cool margaritas after a hot day in Vegas. We will also have snacks and happy hour at booth #500/502 on Tuesday and Wednesday; we look forward to seeing everyone at ILTACON 2017. Viva Las Vegas!

Mobile Data Extraction: A Combination of Wizardry, Genius and Magic

In early February, KrolLDiscovery sponsored a Legaltech educational session focused on mobile devices and extracting the data contained therein. You need not be a computer wizard to appreciate the volumes of relevant data housed on the mobile device in your hand; however, extracting that data does take a spark of genius. The standards and technology for extracting mobile device data are still progressing, variable and slightly confusing.

The Legaltech panel assembled to discuss this very topic included the following mobile device wizards:

  • Michael Burg, corporate counsel for DISH Network,
  • Clifford Nichols, senior counsel for Day Pitney,
  • Rich Robinson, ediscovery and information manager for JCPenney, and
  • Jason Bergerson, director of consulting operations for KrolLDiscovery.

The panel focused on four key topics:

  • How mobile phones and applications differ across device types
  • How to get access to mobile device data (or try to prevent collection from mobile devices in the first place)
  • How to collect and extract data once you have access
  • How to develop findings from the reporting and information you attain

A journalist in the audience memorialized some of the panelists’ remarks and advice. Take time to read the article “Mobile Data Extraction 101: How to Deal With Complex Mobile Data Structuring” to increase your own mobile forensics magic skills.

Welcome to KrolLDiscovery!

Today marks the last day of #LTNY17! Congrats to everyone on another successful Legaltech New York. For those of you that did not get a chance to attend, here’s a recap of two key developments from our industry’s busiest conference.

Legaltech 2017, Now Known as Legalweek (the Experience)

Building on the popularity of its annual Legaltech New York conference, this year, ALM launched a new event, “Legalweek, The Experience,” in an effort to broaden its reach past the technology sector. Legalweek was designed to focus on seven key areas of legal business: Legaltech, LegalExecutive, LegalCIO, LegalPros, LegalMarketing, LegalSmallFirm and LegalWomensForum.

Habitual LTNY attendees were happy to report that the stalwart event remained largely unchanged as part of the greater Legalweek experience, with many attendees appreciating the additional keynotes occurring throughout the week. The LegalWomensForum and LegalCIO breakouts seemed to gain the most traction in Legalweek’s inaugural year, with plenty of room to grow the experience in years to come.

Two Great Companies, One New Name: KrolLDiscovery

Legaltech was not the only entity to reveal a new name this week. In December 2016, Kroll Ontrack was acquired by LDiscovery, and LTNY17 was the perfect opportunity to unveil the combined companies’ new name brand. Now, two renowned ediscovery companies are coming together to form one global leader: KrolLDiscovery.

KrolLDiscovery will use the combined resources of both companies to provide our clients with the best ediscovery services on the market with the same reliability they have come to expect. Having served clients for over 30 years, the combined organization will have offices in 19 countries with approximately 1,300 employees worldwide.

Legaltech was a buzz over the new KrolLDiscovery brand and, not surprisingly, many Legaltech attendees turned to social media to express their excitement. If you are looking to stay up to speed on all things KrolLDiscovery, make sure you follow us on our new LinkedIn page.

Legaltech New York 2017 is Here!

For those of us in the legal technology realm, next week is the most anticipated week of the year: Legaltech New York (LTNY). While it has a new name, “Legal Week, the Experience,” it will likely be the same, familiar LTNY with its informative sessions, reunion-like networking and enjoyable celebrations.

Just as in past years, Kroll Ontrack (an LDiscovery company) will be at LTNY en masse. We are excited to once again send a contingent of people to brush up on their CLEs and RCEs (Relativity Continuing Education credits), pass out trinkets at our popular booth and conduct enlightening sessions. As you are building your itinerary for the show, make sure to include the three sessions in Kroll Ontrack’s “Ediscovery Everywhere” educational track.

  • Cathleen Peterson will be presenting the session 3 Situations, 2 Lawyers, 1 Corporation: Using Relativity in a Data Breach, an Investigation and Litigation. Brian Hengesbaugh from Baker Mackenzie will join Cathleen in presenting this session. Learn how Relativity works in a real world situation and how a fictitious corporation uses new document review work streams to assist with three different types of hypothetical legal matters—a data breach response, an investigation and litigation.
  • Jason Bergerson will be moderating the session Mobile Device Investigations: From Android to iPhone and Back. Check out this session to learn from a mobile forensics expert, a law firm attorney and in-house legal teams about how mobile data might be helpful during litigation and how it differs from other ESI. Joining Jason on this panel will be: Rich Robinson, Ediscovery & Information Manager at JCPenney, Michael J. Burg, Corporate Counsel at DISH Network, and Clifford E. Nichols, Senior Counsel at Day Pitney.
  • Tom Barce will be moderating the session Information Governance – Hindsight is 20/20: A Moderated Debate. Attend this panel featuring speakers Patrick J. Burke, Seyfarth Shaw, Ben Hubble, Wendy’s, and Jessica Escalera, Barclays, to watch the information governance showdown as the panelists debate the merits of taking a reactive approach versus applying a proactive model in a global ediscovery matter.

Learn more about everything LDiscovery and Kroll Ontrack have planned for the show by visiting our Legaltech events page. Also, before you head out next week, make sure you stay connected with your mobile device: Search for “Legaltech” in your app-store and download the free app!

Fall is the Time for Fests!

The chill in the air, the pumpkin spice lattes and the plethora of fests mean only one thing: fall has arrived. Fall is the time of year for all things “fest,” as Oktoberfests, Harvest Fests, Apple Fests and more fill our calendars. For the ediscovery community, Relativity Fest is another reason to celebrate this time of year.

The Ediscovery Fest of the Year

Relativity Fest is a greatly anticipated event in the ediscovery community and this year it kicks off in Chicago on Sunday night, October 9.

Kroll Ontrack will be there en masse. We are excited to once again send a contingent of people to brush up on their RCEs (Relativity Continuing Education credits). And several of Kroll Ontrack experts will speak at these sessions, providing a unique opportunity to share their experiences:

More Reasons to Celebrate: Chicago Review Center & Corporate Legal Projects

It wouldn’t be Fest without a party! Some of the most extravagant parties are hosted by kCura, but Kroll Ontrack has its own reason to celebrate in Chicago, adding to the fun by hosting a pre-party happy hour on Monday the 10th.

Kroll Ontrack is celebrating the launch of its new Corporate Legal Projects offering. From time to time, a transaction, merger, or regulatory change may require that a modification be made to a body of corporate contracts. This change often involves collection, extraction, analysis, disposition and repapering of contracts or other corporate documents. Kroll Ontrack understands that these complex legal projects are better managed by process experts – experienced professionals who take a methodical, defined approach to contract review. This is the foundation for our Corporate Legal Projects solution.

Also, recently, Kroll Ontrack opened a new document review center in Chicago to streamline the contract review and document review processes. The new Chicago center, which joins several other Kroll Ontrack review centers around the world, contains:

  • 12,800 sq. ft. – ready to be deployed for your next review project;
  • Space for 130+ reviewers;
  • Three conference rooms for review training; and
  • Offices for visiting attorneys and clients.

There is no better time to celebrate these new offerings than with a party at Relativity Fest. After a long day of keynotes, workshops and breakout sessions, you’re going to want a drink and some food before you head out to kCura’s evening bash. We’ll have it all at the 720 South Bar & Grill (in the Hilton lobby) on Monday, October 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. If you are attending Relativity Fest, stop by and celebrate with us!

Cheers to Fall and Fests!

#LTNY16: That’s a Wrap!

Whew! After three electrifying (and tiring) days, Legal Tech New York 2016 is in the books!

For those of you that experienced the show first-hand, we don’t have to tell you that this year’s conference was another incredible year for networking, new technology, neuron-stimulating educational sessions and nights out on the town. In the event you hung back and enjoyed a productive week in the office, here’s a quick #LTNY16 wrap-up.


With more than 60 educational sessions, there was no shortage of top-notch speakers, interesting commentary and hot-topics.  Here were the top 5 themes:

  1. Predictive Coding
  2. FRCP Amendments
  3. Safe Harbor
  4. Information Governance
  5. Office365 and the Cloud

Also, Kroll Ontrack and the EDRM co-sponsored a panel “25 Ediscovery Warnings in 75 Minutes”, which was standing room only and featured more speakers than any other session!


Legal Tech sponsored several outstanding keynote speakers and panels.  Topics included:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Analytics, AI & Big Data
  • Technology in the Courtroom


In addition to good food and fine drinks that are native to New York City, there were several lively vendor parties (kudos to kCura!). Legal Tech also sponsored two rock concerts inside the Hilton, with proceeds benefiting two great causes.  If the parties were not enough, there were some great interactive booths on the exhibitor floor — one booth even had puppies!

See you at Legal Tech West Coast in San Francisco from June 13-14, 2016!

Are You Ready for LegalTech 2016?

Who’s ready for LegalTech 2016? We’re ready for LegalTech 2016! After months of prep work, the show is about to start. At Kroll Ontrack, ediscovery is everywhere…

Educational Sessions

There’s a lot to see and do at LegalTech. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of educational sessions you simply can’t miss:

The Science of Predictive Coding 10:30 – 11:45 AM on Wednesday, February 3
Listen to this panel of predictive coding gurus and veterans. Anyone who uses – or is thinking about using – predictive coding will benefit from this.

Turn on the Lights in a Dark [Data] Room 2:00 – 3:15 PM on Wednesday, February 3
An interactive session that will teach you what ‘dark data’ is and how you can use it to your organization’s benefit without breaking the bank.

25 Ediscovery Warnings in 75 Minutes 3:45 – 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 3
Join ediscovery experts in a fast-paced series of live stories from audience members who will share their stories and tips for common problems that stump litigation teams.

Coffee Talks

Come for the coffee – stay for the talk.

Spend 15 minutes with ediscovery experts from the US and EU to talk about recent Safe Harbor developments. Tuesday, February 2 at 1:30 and 3:30 PM at booth #216.

Significant FRCP amendments became effective December 1, 2015. Join expert Tom Allman to get up to speed. Wednesday, February 3 at 1:30 and 3:30 PM at booth #216.

Schedule a Demo

Schedule a demo with Kroll Ontrack to see our ediscovery solutions at work. This year’s offerings include:

Relativity by Kroll Ontrack – As a Relativity Best in Service Partner and winner of Best Service Provider Solution at Relativity Fest 2015, Kroll Ontrack offers customized workflows, nearline technology, and assisted redaction tools. Review – With Review, you can conduct early data assessment, analysis, review and production within a single platform. Give your teams unprecedented control to manage data through nearline and predictive coding technologies. Manage – A management tool that allows you to view and manage all ediscovery projects as a portfolio from any device. Interactive dashboards, real time metrics, data volumes, forecasting and trends.

Find more information about what Kroll Ontrack will be doing this year (prizes, exhibit hours, etc.) at our LTNY 2016 page.

Our Twitter account will be the place to go if you need any information during the show. Be sure to follow us for updates – and Tweet at us. See you next week!

Top 10 List: #LTNY15 Wrap-up

LegalTech New York 2015 is history, and, if you’re like me, you probably needed this week to recover. Below is my top 10 list of memorable moments in New York City last week, in case you missed it.

(Make sure to click on the hyperlinks below to see some of the best articles, pictures, videos and tweets from #LTNY15.)

10: The cold never bothers us, anyway. For the second year in the row, the east coast was blanketed in snow, ice and sleet the week of LTNY. But just like last year, the weather did not put a damper on the event – attendance was stellar – despite some pretty horrid travel delays.

9: Missing Browning: Make no mistake about it, one formidable LTNY giant was missing this year. The conference was just not the same without Browning Marean.

8: The Changing of the Guard. The big story at LTNY was the retirement of Monica Bay, LTN editor. Monica’s 30+ years of covering legal technology news offered a well-deserved reason to turn LTNY15 into a giant going-away party. From her picture in Times Square to a tribute rock-concert, it was nice to toast Monica’s accomplishments.

 7: New Name, New Editor. With Monica’s departure, American Law Media took the opportunity to announce a new name and new editor for its flagship brand. LTNY was a perfect opportunity to showcase Erin Harrison and Legaltech News.

 6: Expanded Exhibit Hall. In addition to all the usual players, the exhibit hall was filled with up-and-coming legal technology start-ups. This year LTNY partnered with CodeX (The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics) to bring new legal technology applications to the conference.

 5: Swag. Everyone loves a good give-away! From prize wheels to ducks and shoe shines, no one walked away empty handed.

 4: Hot Parties!  As tradition, the first night of LTNY kicked-off with a welcome reception hosted by Kroll Ontrack. It was a pleasure to grab a drink, enjoy some swinging music and catch-up with old friends. For after-hours socializing, the young-at-heart made sure to get their kCura Relativity wrist-bands to secure their admission into the late night LTNY extravaganzas.

3: Killer Keynotes. Top-notch speakers with interesting commentary: cyber security, privacy, innovation, international corruption and more!

 2: IG and PC. Information governance and predictive coding dominated the educational tracks once again this year.

1: A True Tech-a-Thon. Above all, the chief reason to come to LTNY is to vet prospective solutions and look for new legal tech ideas. From early morning breakfast meetings to vendor announcements, this year did not disappoint.

See you next year for #LTNY16: February 2 – 4, 2016!  (Or for you real die-hards, see you at Legal Tech West Coast in San Francisco, July 13 – 14.)

LTNY 2015: See You Next Week!

Kick-off February with a bang!

The first few days of February are jam-packed full of fun.  The Super Bowl on February 1, Groundhog Day on February 2, and finally – the grand finale – Legal Tech New York 2015, February 3-5.

At LTNY there’s a lot to take in, but to help you set your schedule, we’ve put together a list of some of the can’t-miss sessions sponsored by Kroll Ontrack:

Succeed or Screw Up? How to Evaluate (and Validate) Results in Your Next Predictive Coding Project 10:30-11:45am, February 4

Make sure to join this session moderated by Jonathan Sachs, including a panel of Ralph Losey, Cliff Dutton, and Shannon Capone Kirk, on how to understand the methods and key metrics for evaluating effectiveness in your next predictive coding project.

Around the World in Less Than 80 Minutes – Delivering Successful Ediscovery Projects Across the Globe 2:00-3:15pm, February 4

Use your time wisely and check out this discussion on international ediscovery. Andrew Szczech will be moderating a discussion between Emily Cobb, Jerami Kemnitz, Brian Calla and Kate Chan on the quickly evolving best practices in international litigation and investigations.

Applying Technology to Information Governance: Data Management, Litigation Holds, Records Retention and Destruction 3:45-5:00pm, February 4

Attend this panel of Bennett Borden, D. Casey Flaherty, David Stanton and Jessica Escalera, moderated by Cathleen Peterson, on all things information governance. The panel will hit on such hot topics as how to develop information governance programs and what IG projects companies are undertaking today.

Lastly, if you want to top off Day 1 of the show, don’t forget to stop by the West Grand Ballroom on February 3rd from 5-7pm for the welcome reception sponsored by Kroll Ontrack, “Glitz and Glam New York Style.”

Find up-to-date information about what Kroll Ontrack will be doing this year (prizes, parties, exhibit hours, etc.) at our LTNY 2015 webpage. And, don’t forget to follow Kroll Ontrack on Twitter for live tweets, pictures and videos from the show floor!