Because of the continuing complexity of cases involving e-discovery, legal teams are required to work closely with colleagues throughout the organization. IT must be collaborated with in collecting data, and must interface with e-discovery software or service providers. Records Management, if such a department or individual exists, often holds the keys to big troves of potentially relevant data. And “line” employees, who can be potential witnesses and data custodians, must be contacted and relied upon to preserve any potentially relevant evidence.
This three-part series will help in-house counsel and other legal professionals to effectively work with IT professionals, records managers, and other employees.
In the instance of court ordered forensic collections, you will need help and likely someone certified in a forensic collection tool. You will also need to instruct the IT or data collection specialist on what to collect, how much, and using what methodology. Even if you have a court order to perform forensic collection and preservation, you may have various options and tools to comply with the court’s request; your IT team can talk you through the implications of each. This gives you an opportunity to work with the IT or collection specialist and for them to provide you with a consultation on how they will perform the work to meet the needs of your case’s collection efforts.