5 Reasons Why 'Managed' eDiscovery Document Reviews Can Help You Grow Your Small Law Firm

17 May 2018 by Anith Mathai eDiscovery document-review small-law-firm

Got too many eDiscovery documents to review? With a ‘managed document review,’ experienced attorneys help you review files quickly and thoroughly while saving you money. Which makes it much easier to grow your small law firm.

Even with the best eDiscovery software, you sometimes need a bit of extra help.

The best eDiscovery apps are Cloud-based, need no setup, and are easy to use. But even then, you might not be able to handle eDiscovery review in-house. You’ve got to deal with hundreds (if not thousands) of Word documents, emails, PDFs, and other electronically stored information (ESI). And it’s easy to drown in data.

That’s why a ‘managed document review’ is useful.

Here, you get a team of outside attorneys to review eDiscovery documents on your behalf. The more popular teams are highly qualified, experienced, and affordable. And they come with many advantages.

5 reasons why a ‘managed document review’ can help you grow your small law firm . . .

Reason #1: You can take on more work.

As a small/midsize-firm attorney, you’ve probably got more work than you can handle. But you still can’t afford to turn clients away. Because once you do, you’ve probably lost them for good. And even if you take them on, you’ll struggle to keep your deadlines. And you’ll probably make more mistakes than usual. This is a problem when it comes to reviewing files. Overlook even a couple of crucial files and it can cost you your case. That’s why a managed review can help. You get to ‘add on’ a team of specialized attorneys on a case-by-case basis. This immediate boost to your workforce will mean you effectively get more work-hours. Which means you can take on much more work than if you kept the review in-house.

Reason #2: You can stay focused on building your case.

With a skilled team of attorneys to help you with the grunt work, you can stay focused on the important stuff. Because each eDiscovery case comes with a ‘story.’ I.e., What happened? When and how? Who was involved? What did they do? How are they connected to each other? What were their motives? etc. These are what really matter. But you’ll lose sight of this if you’re distracted with the mechanics of document review. Your attention gets hijacked. And you’ll figure this out too late–when you’re preparing for trial. With a managed review, though, you let other people handle the technical side of things. So you can stay focused on the ‘story.’ And new clients will notice this.

Reason #3: You save money.

Your workforce has a lot on their plate. They have to prepare for depositions, file motions, draft briefs, etc. If instead they’re reviewing eDiscovery files, they’re being underutilized. By bringing in help to review your case files, you allow your paralegals, associates, and partners to work on legal tasks with a higher rate of return. I.e., they get to use their time and skills doing things that only they’re trained to do. Obviously, this is going to bring in more money, which can help your firm grow.

Reason #4: You’re guaranteed a high standard work.

Managed reviews are handled by experienced attorneys. They’ve mastered the art of reviewing cases. And unlike you, they don’t have to deal with the day-to-day challenges of running a law firm. So, you’re guaranteed focused, quality work. For example, they’re much less likely to run a bad search and miss out on that important file that could sway your case. And when they’re tagging/coding files, they’ll be much more consistent than if multiple attorneys at your firm try to do the same thing. Also, they know how to do their reviews right, so they’re in line with court mandates and norms. This prepares you for when opposing counsel questions your eDiscovery process. And this preparedness will help build a reputation for your firm.

Reason #5: You’re outsourcing the hassle.

With a managed review, you don’t have to worry about putting a team together, making sure everyone shows up on time, handling personal issues that pop up, or Googling ‘Why has my computer stopped working?’ You can hand all this over to your review attorneys and get on with growing your practice. Plus, you’ll get regular updates from your reviewers and a useful outsider’s perspective.

So, how do you get a managed review?

Most good eDiscovery providers can set up a managed review for you. For example, GoldFynch has tied up with Legal Outsourcing 2.0 (headquartered in New York), which is a leader in managed document review. When you feel like you need a bit of extra help with your case, just click the ‘managed review’ button in the GoldFynch interface. And:

  • A representative from Legal Process Outsourcing 2.0 will contact you for case details.
  • They will then provide you with a detailed quote. This will depend on how many documents you need reviewed, how soon you want it done, and the number of attorneys involved in the review. Just like GoldFynch, this managed review service is very competitively priced.
  • If you decide to use the service, GoldFynch then securely shares your case with them. Find out more about how to get a managed review.

Not using GoldFynch yet? Here’s why small law firms are talking about it.

GoldFynch is a fresh, adaptable eDiscovery app. And it’s designed for small law firms like yours. Here’s why it’s cool:

  • No set-up required. It runs in the Cloud, and you use it through your web browser. Plus, your trial case is free. So, you can start working immediately. No sales calls or emails. And no credit card.
  • You can work from anywhere. All you need is an internet connection.
  • It’s easy to use. Just like any other app on your phone.
  • It’s secure: Your data is backed up on multiple Cloud-servers with bank-grade security and encryption.
  • You get the best technical support: Its designed, developed and run by the same team. So, the technical support isn’t outsourced. Which means prompt and reliable service.
  • Most importantly, it’s affordable. Just $10 a month for a basic case. That’s $25 less–every month–than the nearest comparable software. And hundreds of dollars cheaper than many others.

Want to learn more about GoldFynch?

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