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  • Law firms, corporate legal departments and service providers everywhere are benefiting from the core principles in Project Management in Electronic Discovery. This book outlines how to manage the most costly and time-consuming aspect of litigation, and it will help reduce costs, limit risk and increase the value of discovery services.

  • For those wanting to better understand how to manage ediscovery projects this book is a great new resource. Drawing on years of practical experience in both project management and e-discovery, it offers guidance to neophytes and experienced practitioners alike.

    George Socha, Esq., Socha Consulting and co-founder of EDRM
  • This great book takes an insightful and instructive look at the most important and least discussed part of the discovery process–project management.

    Tom O’Connor, Senior eDiscovery Consultant
  • This book is one of the most complete treatments of the project management cycle in managing discovery that I have seen. There have been some books about project management in general, but none that are specific to our industry, and project management in our industry requires unique processes. The discussions around stakeholder identification, process plan and verification are spot on and this is a book for anyone, beginning or seasoned veteran.

    Robin Athlyn Thompson, CEDS, VP Marketing, BIA

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eDiscoveryPM.com is a website created primarily to support the marketing, sale, and distribution of the book Project Management in Electronic Discovery. In time, this site will also serve as a resource for individuals in the e-discovery, litigation and legal support industry who have an interest in project management.

What is Project Management?

Project management is the structured application of skill, knowledge, tools and techniques to organize processes, activities and tasks designed to bring about a desired outcome that efficiently meets a project or business need. While this may seem amorphous or abstract, it is really quite simple: In the business world, in manufacturing, even in a service industry like the legal business, there are business needs or goals that an organization may be interested in achieving. The person with the right skills, knowledge and talent is enlisted to achieve these objectives and manage the necessary work. That person brings their industry experience, education and training, understanding of the resources, tools and workflows required to complete discrete tasks and the overall project work, and the ability to interact with different people and organizations needed to perform the actual work. That person is a project manager. But project management is not a single “thing” or practice, or a specific tool that one simply picks up and transposes over the work performed in a particular industry. Rather, it is an operational theory and series of practices; it is a way of thinking; a methodical and disciplined approach to outcome-oriented work. There are principles, defined practices, tools and techniques involved, but more than any one thing, project management is an organizational tool or framework geared toward effectiveness, efficiency, quality, cost and risk containment, and the management and leadership of people, process and technology.

What is Electronic Discovery?

Electronic discovery is the digital equivalent of traditional legal discovery procedures in connection with a legal action, lawsuit or investigation. In the past, discovery involved the parties’ exchange of relevant documents and information in paper form. In electronic discovery, the parties are obligated to identify, collect, review and produce electronically stored information (ESI) relevant and proportional to their case. This is no small task given that almost all documents today are created on a computer and the volume of ESI created by organizations around the globe has grown astronomically. Electronic discovery or e-discovery, then, is the management of the discovery processes related to producing electronic documents.

Why merge Project Management and Electronic Discovery?

Project management principles are ideally suited to the management of e-discovery projects and the operation of a litigation or practice support department because the processes and tasks are easily standardized. Application of project management to e-discovery projects is particularly appropriate given the repetitive and dependent tasks, the variety of people and organizations involved, and the need to better manage the timing and costs. Discovery is the most time-consuming and expensive aspect of litigation. It makes perfect sense, then, to find more efficient ways to manage the process. The massive volumes of disparate types of information involved in e-discovery today strongly suggests that the clients for whom e-discovery projects are undertaken will benefit significantly from the use of project management in electronic discovery.

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June 10, 2016

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eDiscoveryPM.com Announces First Published Book on Project Management in Electronic Discovery

Offers practical guidance for attorneys, paralegals, litigation support professionals and students

New York, NY – June 20, 2016.  eDiscoveryPM.com, LLC (www.ediscoverypm.com) and Michael Quartararo announce the publication and release of Project Management in Electronic Discovery: An Introduction to Core Principles of Legal Project Management and Leadership in eDiscovery, the first book in the legal industry to substantively address the integration of project management and electronic discovery. Written to help redefine the way discovery services are managed and delivered, the book merges principles of traditional project management and best practices in electronic discovery.

“I’m proud to bring to market a much-needed resource that provides a pathway to efficient, client-centered e-discovery services and quality deliverables—at scope, on time, and within budget,” said Mike Quartararo, the author of the book and the Director of Litigation Support Services at New York-based Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP (www.stroock.com). “The book comes at a pivotal time in the industry–educational needs are overwhelming, market compression and the desire for efficiency are driving ediscovery processes, and law firms, corporations, and service providers need a consistent process methodology that manages the scope of ESI, that controls cost, and that minimizes risk in e-discovery projects,” Mike says.

Attorney George Socha, who leads Socha Consulting and is the co-founder of the industry standard Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) said of the book: “This is a great new resource for those wanting to better understand how to manage e-discovery projects. Drawing on years of practical experience in both project management and e-discovery, it offers guidance to the neophyte and experienced practitioners alike.”

Released today, Project Management in Electronic Discovery is published in ebook format and in printed form and may be ordered directly from www.ediscoverypm.com.

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eDiscoveryPM.com, LLC is a legal entity formed to publish and distribute Project Management in Electronic Discovery. If you would like more information about eDiscoveryPM.com or the book Project Management in Electronic Discovery, please visit the website or contact Maribel Rivera at maribel@ediscoverypm.com.

 


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Bryan University Board Member Michael Quartararo Publishes Practice Guide on E-Discovery Project Management

PMED-eBook_Final_Cover-6.5X9We are pleased to announce that Bryan University E-Discovery Board Member and Professor Michael Quartararo, in conjunction with eDiscoveryPM.com, recently published the guidebook titled Project Management in Electronic Discovery: An Introduction to Core Principles of Legal Project Management and Leadership in eDiscovery.  Written to help redefine the way discovery services are managed and delivered, the book merges principles of traditional project management and best practices in electronic discovery.

“I’m proud to bring to market a much-needed resource that provides a pathway to efficient, client-centered e-discovery services and quality deliverables – at scope, on time, and within budget,” said Mike Quartararo, the author of the book and the Director of Litigation Support Services at New York-based Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. “The book comes at a pivotal time in the industry – educational needs are overwhelming, market compression and the desire for efficiency are driving e-discovery processes, and law firms, corporations, and service providers need a consistent process methodology that manages the scope of ESI, that controls cost, and that minimizes risk in e-discovery projects,” Mike says.

Attorney George Socha, President of Socha Consulting and co-founder of the industry-standard Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), said of the book: “This is a great new resource for those wanting to better understand how to manage e-discovery projects. Drawing on years of practical experience in both project management and e-discovery, it offers guidance to the neophyte and experienced practitioners alike.”

Released on June 10, 2016, Project Management in Electronic Discovery is published in e-book format and in printed form and may be ordered directly from http://www.ediscoverypm.com.

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E-Discovery Resources on the Web:

Electronic Discovery Reference Model – http://edrm.net

Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists – http://www.aceds.org

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The Sedona Conference – https://thesedonaconference.org/

Earn a Paralegal Degree with a Specialty in E-Discovery

Bryan University – https://bryanuniversity.edu

 

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Michael Quartararo is the Director of Litigation Support Services at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Previously Mike worked for ten years at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, leading projects related to large class action securities litigations, internal investigations, and international litigation. He has worked with lawyers and at large law firms for more than 20 years. Mike has a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York and studied law at the University of London. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI.org) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a liaison to the advisory committee of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM.org), a member of the national board of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS.org), and holds the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential. Mike frequently speaks and writes on topics involving project management, litigation support and electronic discovery. Mike also teaches electronic discovery and project management and sits on the advisory board of Tempe-based Bryan University, where he designed an electronic discovery project management simulation laboratory that teaches and tests the knowledge and skills of future project managers.

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