By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
Pepper Hamilton CEO Scott Green, himself no stranger to starting up an e-discovery services component of a large law firm, has hired a new director of discovery services and litigation support.
Jason Lichter will advise colleagues and clients alike on how to best leverage the latest technologies and e-discovery tools to guide matters from initial document preservation and collection to production and presentation at trial, the firm said.
Prior to joining Pepper Hamilton, Lichter had been a senior counsel in the e-discovery and information governance practice of Seyfarth Shaw in New York. Before that he was with Weil Gotshal & Manges. Lichter will work in the New York office of Pepper Hamilton. He is a licensed attorney.
“Given the seemingly endless upward trend in data volumes, Jason’s focus on managing e-discovery costs while delivering superior results to our clients is more important than ever,” Green said in a statement, adding that clients are increasingly paying attention to the e-discovery phase of litigation.
Lichter has experience on topics such as the implementation of e-discovery readiness action plans, vendor RFPs, defensible approaches to preservation, forensic and reasonably tailored data collections, cloud-based and structured data considerations, efficient and cost-effective document filtering and review strategies (including technology-assisted review), and quality control techniques.
Prior to joining Pepper Hamilton earlier this year, Green was the executive director of WilmerHale. While there, he helped the firm create a lower-cost business services center near Dayton, Ohio, to house certain back-office functions that eventually included WilmerHale Discovery Solutions. The discovery group allowed the firm to hire lower-cost document review attorneys in Ohio than it would have been able to hire in major markets where it had offices.
Lichter said in a statement that the need to provide creative solutions to the “document review dilemma through the application of advanced technology, selective outsourcing and quality control processes is paramount.”
Read more in The Legal next week about what firms are doing in the e-discovery space.