When ESI Production Goes Wrong and How to (Successfully) Challenge It

January 24, 2022

I recently wrote an article for the Federal Defenders about US v Morgan (Western District of New York, 1:18-CR-00108 EAW, decided Oct 8, 2020). The case is an example of diligent defense counsel challenging the government on how it produced terabytes of data and features a detailed analysis of those productions and their failings by Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford which resulted in a dismissal without prejudice.

You can read the entire article on the Defenders blog below

Let’s Try the ESI Forum in San Diego Again In February

January 12, 2022

Chad Roberts Interviews Tom O’Connor About Small Case Solutions

January 3, 2022

Rachi Messing and I are just teeing up our 2022 interviews for the eDiscovery Channel so in the meantime I thought I’d start the new year with this little gem. Chad Roberts turned the tables on me at the Georgetown AEDI in Washington DC last year shortly before Thanksgiving.

Chad, for those of you who dont know him, is the founder of  eDiscovery CoCounsel, an electronic discovery firm for plaintiffs based in Florida. Chad is well known in eDiscovery circles as a seasoned litigator with a solid technical background. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking on several panels with him over the years, so I was delighted to accept his invitation to interview me.

You can find the video at Chads eDiscovery CoCounsel YouTube channel here , on my EDiscovery Channel YouTube channel here or the link below.

Happy New Year!!

Judge Paul Grimm of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland chats with Rachi and Tom

December 27, 2021

Anyone who missed our traditional end of year chat with a member of the judiciary, here is a repost of Rachi and I talking with Judge Paul Grimm of the USDC Maryland. Judge Grimm is insightful, thoughtful and well spoken so Joe Bob says check it out.

AI Redux or The Other End of the Horse

August 17, 2021

Think my July 26th post on legal AI was a little harsh or over the top? (https://technogumbo.blog/2021/07/25/is-the-new-nist-standard-for-ai-looking-at-the-wrong-end-of-the-horse/ )

What, Me?

Tom O’Connor?

Over the top?

Nah. I was being nice. But my old friend Bill Gallivan, CEO and co-founder with his brother Dan of Digital WarRoom, asked me if could narrow my focus a bit and write something about AI with the thesis that legal AI requires specificity of scope and the scope of current applications is NOT very wide.

As Dan put it during our conversations on the new post,:

“one of the better descriptions of “modern” AI comes from IBM (https://www.ibm.com/cloud/learn/what-is-artificial-intelligence) which makes it clear all current AI is weak (narrow).  Specific and useful tools based on (beautiful) piles of math but ultimately not the focus of general solution or strategy in any domain let alone one as nuanced as “legal” .”

Well at the same time I came across two other articles that took nearly the same position as I did in my original post so I wrote something up around Bills concept and those articles. The folks at Digital WarRoom have posted it on their site under the title Legal AI Misses the Bullseye and you can read it on their blog at https://www.digitalwarroom.com/blog/legal-ai-misses-the-bullseye .

Amy Bowser-Rollins, the Original Litigation Support Guru, Chats with Rachi and Tom

August 17, 2021

Did you miss this post last week? No worries, listen here to learn how Amy came to become the Litigation Support Guru. Her LSG site and blog have been a great resource for many years and this is your chance to learn more about Amy and her journey through #ediscovery.


#litigation #mentoring #coaching #leadership

Did You Miss Last Weeks Chat with Rich Robinson of Toyota on the EDiscovery Channel? Take A Look Here.

August 3, 2021

Rich Robinson of Toyota chats with Rachi & Tom about growing up in Rhode Island, working with disadvantaged youth then transitioning to law firm database work. After stints at firms in Boston and Dallas he ended up in working for a short time with an eDiscovery vendor then finally found his home in the corporate world. A fascinating story I’m sure you’ll enjoy hearing.


July 6, 2021
Chris Dale (@chrisdaleoxford) | Twitter

here’s what Chris had to say about it …his comments include a link to the recording on the YouTube EDiscovery Channel

Did You Not See Meribeth Banaschik of EY Germany Talking with Rachi and Tom O? Here It Is Again.

June 22, 2021

Hear Meribeth tell the fascinating story of her journey from Texas to Germany, with a stop to become a Solicitor of England and Wales along the way, and her approach to consulting with her clients on complex cross-border matters. Not to mention recounting her mastery of Denglish. A great conversation you will not want to miss!

In Case You Missed It: Scott Cohen of Winston & Strawn Chats with Rachi and Tom

June 7, 2021

Scott is the manager of eDiscovery & Information Governance/Practice & Client Services for Winston & Strawn where he is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s litigation support technology, electronic discovery operations, and document review center management. Listen to him tell us how get there and give his thoughts on how to build a great team.

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