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Technology: What Sun Tzu can teach us about e-discovery

It all boils down to the age-old mantra: “be prepared”

Sun Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, strategist and general, wrote “The Art of War” in the fifth or sixth century B.C. “The Art of War” is accepted as one of the greatest works in history on strategy. The KGB studied it during the Cold War. The CIA makes all of its officers study it. Mao used its precepts to establish communist China. Even Tony Soprano relied on it to control his “family.”

So what does a book used by Mao and Tony Soprano have to do with electronically  stored information (ESI)? A lot. In almost every type of trial work, ESI is a key strategic element. “The Art of War” is a bible on strategy and can help any lawyer strategically deal with ESI.


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Dave Walton

Dave Walton is a member in Cozen O'Connor’s labor & employment practice group and co-chair of the firm's e-discovery task force. He has extensive...

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