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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!

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!

Altitude Woes: Avoiding the Dangers of BYOC in Ediscovery

In a recent article, my Kroll Ontrack colleague, Michele Lange, discussed the ominous presence of the Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) movement within corporations. As with all new technologies, the BYOC movement has its advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, by allowing employees to use personal cloud storage systems, there is an increase in efficiency, a decrease in the cost of sharing data and greater access to corporate information. However, there are lurking risks associated with such benefits. Last week’s Legaltech News included an article called Avoiding the Dangers of Bring Your Own Cloud in E-Discovery which discussed these issues in detail.

Interconnection of Devices

The greatest strength of cloud storage – the ease of access and efficiency – is also one of its major weaknesses. Cloud services are interconnected, which means that when users upload corporate information onto one device with cloud storage, the cloud server replicates the files and makes them available to other connected devices, creating multiple copies of potentially confidential data or documents across devices which may lack proper security measures. One employee’s decision to use a third-party cloud may seem inconsequential, but when hundreds or thousands of employees begin storing important documents and data on third-party clouds outside the control of corporate security, problems arise.

Dark Data, Dark Clouds

Beyond problems of security, confidentiality, compliance, and possible theft of corporate intellectual property, the use of cloud storage threatens effective ediscovery. In litigation, virtually anything is discoverable if it pertains to the case, including the information stored in personal clouds – sometimes termed “dark data.” Often, no one else at a corporation is aware of the data that resides in an employee’s personal cloud. How then must a corporation be responsible for collecting and producing said data? The efforts associated with thorough searching and production of such data may contribute to increased ediscovery costs and complication.

The future of the BYOC movement seems bleak, but there is a silver lining. If employees, IT departments and legal teams are willing to collaborate and work together to offer cloud storage with the necessary compliance and security protocols, the future use of BYOC may be sunnier than anticipated.

For a more in-depth analysis of the issues of cloud storage, be sure to check out the full article, Avoiding the Dangers of Bring Your Own Cloud in E-Discovery, on Legaltech News today!

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.)

The Sights and Sounds of LTNY

Legal Tech New York was another glowing success this year! Thousands of ediscovery practitioners and experts attended, and every big name in legal technology was present. From Kroll Ontrack’s Brilliance Party, filled with lights and refreshments, to the hundreds of booths showing off the newest advancements in technology, the conference was packed. Each day, speakers discussed ways to move forward in the legal technology industry.

Experience the sights and sounds of LTNY 2014 with us here in our highlight video!

Trekking Through LegalTech: Day Two

While the snow and ice could have put a serious damper on day two’s events at LTNY 2014, it soon became clear that attendees were willing to brave the elements when the first keynote of the day went ‘standing room only.’ But I suppose that’s exactly what one should expect when Judges  James Francis, Shira Scheindlin, Andrew Peck, and John Facciola get together to talk about everything from the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon to predictive coding and Federal Rules amendments. The rest of the day brought a frenzy of educational tracks and exhibits, culminating in several core themes that defined day two at LTNY 2014:

Predictive Coding – While the number of panels dedicated to predictive coding was notably less than in 2013, the subject nonetheless captured the attention of what felt like at least half of the educational presentations. But it wasn’t the same old song and dance from 2012 or 2013. With some sessions spreading scepticism (i.e., The End of Predictive Coding) and a handful digging into the details (i.e., Have We Reached a “John Henry” Moment in Evidentiary Search),   it was clear that the reoccurring themes around predictive coding are evolving away from the theoretical and more toward the practical, as evidenced by some of the most techie individuals taking interest in LTNY.

Information Governance – If they weren’t talking about predictive coding, chances are attendees and exhibitors were talking about information governance (IG).  IG was definitely the topic de jour at LTNY 2014, with some reporting that as many as 14 sessions  dedicated to this emerging topic alone.  As one panellist put it, “It is time for lawyers to become IG experts.” Perhaps not surprisingly, the bevy of experts dwelling on marrying ediscovery and IG best practices coincided with a wave of press releases surrounding IG offerings; it remains to be seen when, and if, this “dealing with big data” fad transitions from conjecture to reality. To give you a flavor of the discussion, here’s just a smattering of the educational sessions that concentrated on IG at LTNY 2014:

  • Advice from Counsel: One Small Step for E-Discovery, a Giant Leap for Information Governance?
  • Information Governance: Taking Your Organization to the Next Level
  • Jumpstart Your Information Governance Strategy by Taking Control of Dark Data
  • Is the Best Defense a Good Offense? Proactively Manage Information Governance to Control Ediscovery
  • Information Governance: Rightsizing Your Program to Get Funding and Succeed

Ediscovery for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) – A seemingly promising growth sector in the IT-law industry is ediscovery for SMBs. As more and more SMBs and non-Amlaw 200 law firms are exploring comprehensive ediscovery solutions in attempts to reign-in litigation spend. As exemplified by announcements at the show, such as those from HP Autonomy, Recommind and Kroll Ontrack adding Relativity to the product suite, many providers are determined to bring ediscovery into focus for smaller firms ready to infuse practice with technology.

Pricing – Several product offerings addressed the notion that organizations want to purchase ediscovery solutions in a more predictable manner. New pricing models, like those offered by Catalyst and Kroll Ontrack, seek to offer more digestible, repeatable alternatives outside the confines of per matter or a la carte pricing, and you could see LTNY attendees’ brain-wheels turning, calculating new methods for purchasing ediscovery technology.

Chock-full of educational tracks and exhibits, it was a great but tiring second day at LegalTech. As always, check back at the for more info as we round off our coverage of LTNY 2014!

LegalTech 2013: A Look in the Rearview Mirror

Ediscovery - LegalTech 2013: A Look in the Rear-view Mirror

Wow—what can I say? The LegalTech New York tradeshow never fails to disappoint. From the prizes to the panels to the parties, attendees had plenty to see and do this year!

As the buzz from LegalTech 2013 dies down, here are a couple of my quick impressions.

#1: Attendance

– As a member of the ALM Vendor Advisory Board, Henry Dicker Executive Director of LegalTech, gave my board member colleagues and me a glimpse of attendance numbers.  This year, once again, LegalTech set attendance records, with registration numbers slightly topping last year’s numbers. At our annual board meeting there was strong consensus that the quality of this year’s show was the strongest yet.  We all agreed that next year’s conference – February 4-6, 2014 – should bring some unique twists given that it will take place only days after Super Bowl 2014 is played at MetLife Stadium in New York/New Jersey!

#2: Major Themes –

Anyone that walked the tradeshow floor could not miss the predominant theme. Predictive coding, technology-assisted review (TAR), and intelligent review were all the rage.  You could not walk the show floor or sit through an educational session without hearing a discussion of how this technology will change the future of document review and ediscovery. LegalTech confirmed that 2013 will be the year that predictive coding goes mainstream!

#3: Educational Sessions

– The quality of the educational sessions at LegalTech 2013 was unsurpassed. From risk management and big data to legal IT and data security (and of course over 20 sessions on TAR), panelists set out to grapple with some of the most vexing legal technology problems facing practitioners in 2013. For example, the educational track “Ediscovery Interactive” sponsored by Kroll Ontrack included thought-provoking topics and expert speakers:

  • Panel 1: Devid Yerich (UnitedHealth Group), Rachel Rubenson (Barclays), and Martha Harrison (Ropes & Gray) prodded the audience for opinions on how they would handle three ediscovery hypotheticals on preservation, review and social media discovery.
  • Panel 2: Ralph Losey (Jackson Lewis) and Jason R. Baron (NARA) took an entirely new, and incredibly practical, spin on predictive coding/TAR. Leaving the realm of the theoretical, Ralph and Jason presented the audience with several documents that were borderline relevant to a hypothetical case, and asked them—would you code this document as relevant?
  • Panel 3: The final session involved a star-studded slate of judges (U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis, U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Margaret Smith and U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas) and an open mike for the audience, moderated by Anthony Diana from Mayer Brown.

All in all, LegalTech New York 2013 lived up to the hype.  With the bar set this high, I cannot wait to see what LegalTech New York 2014 will bring!