Many lawyers are overwhelmed with the new federal rules governing electronic discovery. It’s no wonder: Effective compliance with the new rules requires a fundamental understanding of how digital technology works; sufficient skill to manage the identification, harvesting and production of electronic information; and an ability to communicate with the court, opposing counsel, outside litigation counsel and the client in a way that both serves the objectives of the new rules and protects the client’s litigation interests.
Michael A. Gold is a partner in the litigation department of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP in Los Angeles and is co-chairman of the firm’s discovery technology group. Ryan Mauck, an associate with the firm’s litigation department, helped prepare this article, which originally appeared in Legal Times, a Washington, D.C., affiliate of Texas Lawyer.