Navigating the Dichotomy of Data: Tom O’Connor Speaks with Hunter McMahon This Week On the EDiscovery Channel

December 10, 2018

Are you increasingly perplexed by how to distinguish the differences among document types and whether they fit into labels such as “structured” or “unstructured” ? And is your confusion made even worse by increasingly massive amounts of data that have to be gathered and reviewed in increasingly shorter periods of time?

Well the folks at IDS  believe they have a solution.  Instead of focusing on documents and document structure, they focus instead on analyzing the actual contents of the documents, that is the context of that data.

Hunter McMahon is the Director of Data Analytics at IDS and in that role he assists clients in looking at data not documents. In this discussion, Hunter talks about how IDS does that and the remarkable increases in turn around time they accomplish with this approach.

Click here to watch the discussion.



The “Luddite” Lawyer: Will Lawyers Ever Embrace Technology?

November 26, 2018

Webinar this week ….  to register go here and to read my white paper on the topic, click here



The “Luddite” Lawyer: Will Lawyers Ever Embrace Technology?

Doug Austin and Tom O’Connor



Technology Assisted Review (TAR) has been court approved for nearly seven years now and other technologies and approaches have been proven to save time and money while even improving quality within the discovery process. Yet, many lawyers still have yet to embrace these new technologies and approaches. Why, and what needs to happen to change things? This CLE-approved* webcast will discuss a lawyer’s ethical duty to understand technology, how to address today’s challenges and embrace approaches for addressing those technologies, pertinent case law regarding the use of technology and resources for more information. Topics include:

+ Ethical Duties and Rules for Understanding Technology
+ Addressing Discovery of Various Sources of ESI Data
+ Understanding the Goals for Retrieving Responsive ESI
+ Considerations and Challenges for Using Technology Assisted Review
+ Considerations for Form of Production
+ Key Case Law Related to Technology Challenges
+ Resources for Expanding Your Technical Expertise
+ Recommendations for Becoming Technology Competent
+ Resources for More Information

Presentation Leaders:

Doug Austin is the VP of Products and Professional Services for CloudNine where he manages professional services consulting projects for CloudNine clients. Doug has over 25 years of experience providing legal technology consulting, technical project management and software development services to numerous commercial and government clients.

Tom O’Connor is a nationally known consultant, speaker, and writer in the field of computerized litigation support systems. Tom’s consulting experience is primarily in complex litigation matters.

Using Office 365 for eDiscovery: Free Seminar at ESI Forum in San Diego on Nov. 15th

November 6, 2018


This is the flyer for the next MCLE session in our 2018 series. We are pleased again to host nationally-known speaker Tom O’Connor on his annual visit to our Forum. This time he will discuss the eDiscovery challenges and tools to preserve, collect, review and produce the ESI from Office 365 applications. More and more clients, companies, and individuals are using Microsoft’s cloud-based software to manage their businesses and personal affairs. Now Microsoft is incorporating eDiscovery tools within Office 365 that allow execution of some traditional eDiscovery evolutions.  Signup now for this timely presentation.

Please forward a copy of this flyer to anyone else who might be interested.

Sign up on the Forum’s webpage at While there, check the list of forthcoming programs and calendar their dates.

Follow our LinkedIn group as an additional way to stay informed. Just click on this link or the LinkedIn symbol on the Forum’s home page.

Please join us for another excellent and timely presentation. Free and informative, as always.






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Phone: 619.238.4809 | Fax: 619.615.7909 |



Get a “Clue” Regarding Your eDiscovery Process in this CloudNine webcast

October 30, 2018

Join Doug Austin of Cloud 9 as he interviews Mike Quartararo of eDPM Advisory Services  and Tom O’Connor of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center tomorrow at 1 pm EST for the “Get a ‘Clue’ Regarding Your eDiscovery Process” webcast.

As evidenced by some high-profile recent eDiscovery disasters, managing eDiscovery projects is more complex than ever. Not only have the volume and variability of ESI data sources increased dramatically, but there are often more stakeholders in eDiscovery projects today than characters on the board game Clue©. Successful eDiscovery today means not only meeting your obligations, but also making sure that each stakeholder in the process succeeds as well.  Tomorrow’s webcast can enable you to really get a “clue” regarding your eDiscovery process.

In this one-hour webcast that’s CLE-approved in selected states, Doug, Mike and Tom will discuss the various participants in the eDiscovery process, what motivates each of them, and best practices on how to avoid becoming the next high-profile eDiscovery disaster. Topics include:

  • The Process: Managing the Project from Initiation to Close
  • The Phases: Managing the Flow of ESI Before and During the Process
  • The Players: Goals and Objectives of Each eDiscovery Stakeholder
  • Whodunnit?: Lessons Learned from a Large Financial Institution’s Mistakes
  • Whodunnit?: Lessons Learned from a Government Entity’s Mistakes
  • Whodunnit?: Lessons Learned from a Medical Center’s Mistakes
  • Recommendations for Avoiding Your Own Mistakes
  • Resources for More Information

To register for the webcast, click here.  Even if you can’t make it, go ahead and register to get a link to the slides and to the recording of the webcast (if you want to check it out later).  Three guys with beards on the Wolfman’s favorite day, what could be better!

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