By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
In Thursday’s Legal, I wrote about Drinker Biddle’s new subsidiary, Drinker Discovery Solutions, in which the firm will offer its clients and other firms’ clients e-discovery services.
Drinker bought its own software and is looking to replicate what e-discovery vendors are offering their clients.
Drinker and consultants said they hadn’t heard of other firms taking a similar approach and creating a wholly owned subsidiary, though they expected it might catch on at other firms.
As it turns out, there are firms that have taken similar approaches.
Holland & Hart created a subsidiary several years ago that has since spun off into its own company, Catalyst Repository Systems. Other firms, including K&L Gates and Morgan Lewis (as mentioned in our article) have taken a number of e-discovery technology functions into the law firm practice.
Legal affiliate Law Technology News wrote an article earlier this year about how firms were handling e-discovery for their clients.
More recently, Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders created a subsidiary in early June known as eMerge. It is run by Troutman Sanders partner Alison Grounds, who also heads up the law firm’s e-discovery and data management practice.
The goal of eMerge sounds a lot like Drinker Discovery Solutions’ mission.
From Troutman Sanders website: “eMerge provides consulting, project management and technology services related to the preservation, collection, processing, hosting, review, and production of ESI in litigation and internal/governmental investigations – all at competitive rates.
“Our mission is to leverage technology to reduce irrelevant data and get to the relevant documents efficiently,” Grounds said. “This reduces manual review costs and wasted fees in hosting junk.”
Here is a link to eMerge’s website.
Here is a link to Drinker Discovery Solutions’ website.