Electronic Discovery Compliance And Litigation

Business today is practically paperless. Email is a key source for business records contributing to an estimated 210 billion messages sent every day worldwide. Despite those challenges, companies continue to adopt new and useful modes of electronic collaboration, communication and record-keeping. Now there are text and instant-messaging systems, server-based voicemail, online storage of sensitive files such as medical records, insurance claim information and financial records. Businesses even store intellectual property electronically.

Given these technological developments, it is no surprise that the cost associated with preserving, reviewing and producing electronic evidence is a significant litigation burden for businesses and other entities. Even in the absence of litigation, companies face potentially crippling — and sometimes conflicting — electronic records retention requirements under various statutes and regulations.

Practical, Cost-Effective Advice

At Edwards Law Group LLC in Madison, we are uniquely equipped to provide businesses and lawyers with practical, cost-efficient advice on these issues. Attorney Tim Edwards is a Working Group member with the Sedona Conference and a Committee Member for the 7th Circuit's Pilot Program on electronic discovery. Tim is a well-recognized author and speaker on e-discovery issues and one of the few Wisconsin lawyers who is recognized as a Certified E-Discovery Specialist by the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS). Tim also has substantial experience with highly complex litigation involving electronic discovery and is known for providing cost-effective solutions to complicated e-discovery questions. He provides strategic counseling in the prelitigation context and routinely works with in-house counsel and information technology and records management personnel to formulate sensible document retention and preservation plans tailored to an organization's specific needs.

Our discovery practice can be broken down into consulting, risk management and direct representation in litigation. For consulting purposes, attorney Tim Edwards is available to law firms that are involved in litigation and may need guidance in electronic discovery challenges. Tim also provides advice and counsel in the preparation and implementation of document retention policies, litigation hold policies and social media policies that are designed to reduce risk and clarify employee obligations in these important areas of risk management. Finally, Tim directly represents businesses, entities and individuals as lead counsel in ongoing civil litigation and draws on his e-discovery experience to fashion cost-effective, winning strategies for his clients.

For More Information About E-Discovery

To find out how you can use our experience to meet your e-discovery compliance and litigation needs, please call 608-390-3394 or complete our contact form for a free initial consultation.