Catalyst Releases New eBook on Legal Operations Strategies for Effective Oversight and Control of Discovery Spend

Gone are the days when corporate law departments could fly under the radar, operating outside of budgets (or without budgets) because litigation was deemed too capricious and unpredictable to effectively manage like other business units within the company.

Today’s corporate law department is expected to run like any other high-performing business department: on budget, with measurable results. In-house counsel and e-discovery teams, increasingly led by legal operations professionals, thus need to learn how to accommodate and work within shrinking budgets, controlling costs without sacrificing outcomes.

In this ebook released by Catalyst, we present and discuss five key steps that high-performing, efficient law departments take to control discovery costs and develop—and then stick to—workable budgets, making discovery a repeatable, predictable business process.

Thankfully, technology is evolving to meet our needs. With a few best practices, well-chosen tools and experts to help you improve productivity using technology, you can maximize the bang for your discovery buck.

These technological advancements come not a moment too soon: Improving discovery processes, without increasing costs, is more urgent than ever. In the past 20 years, we’ve seen an explosion of content and data sources. Cases that once involved a manageable 30,000 documents routinely encompass 3 million documents. (How can anyone collect, manage or review that much data in a cost-effective, timely manner?) Yet the pressing time demands of investigations and “rocket docket” discovery cases haven’t let up.

That’s why we never stop looking for ways to improve the discovery process (and outcomes) and reduce costs.

We start by establishing the core foundations and themes that we’ll rely on to control costs and build successful discovery budgets: Focus on legal operations as a business process, know your people and know your data. Your budgeting success depends on how well you’re applying and supporting these themes. We also touch on proportionality as a reminder that “perfect” discovery is an unattainable myth, the pursuit of which can bleed a budget dry.

We then dive into five practical steps that can help keep your discovery budget on track. These strategies are arranged from left to right on the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), and include strategies to help legal departments:

  • Become more efficient and high performing.
  • Turn e-discovery from a one-off, costly and risk-prone endeavor into a repeatable business process.
  • Gain valuable business intelligence across casework for better decision-making and budget control.

Don’t miss this valuable learning tool—with insights and input provided by some of the most forward-thinking legal professionals. Download your copy here.