2004 E-Discovery Staffing: A Quick History 2000 2008 2009 20112013 2016 The Rise of e-Discovery The Wild, Wild West Form Standardization Stabilization Collapse Price Compression Redefinition New Tools New Rules In Come Schools Maturation Sophistication Indoctrination Bi-polarization Consultation Core-poration High price of processing 20-40% salary increases in job moves 30-40 AmLaw Directors/Managers per year Popular tools rule Cost reduction or profit center Tenure becomes valuable 10-30% salary increases in job moves New leaders build new practices Economic collapse changes everything Processing pricing bottoms out Rapid consolidation begins in vendors Foreshadowing of law firms folding Rise of Relativity begins New federal rules Certification: vocation vs. education Spotlight on Information Governance Leadership layoffs Temporary lit support staffing up 30% Salaries flatline Consulting is king Continued vendor consolidation Compartmentalization of EDRM roles TAR/CAR/PC arrives Explosive project management demand Vendors shift focus to Fortune 1000 Managed services vs. enterprise licensing (DIY vs. SaaS) More hiring, lower salaries CorporationLaw FirmVendor
Current Landscape Law Firms Mostly In-Sourced Mostly Out-sourced Mega Hybrid Model Vendors/Consultancies Relativity Vendors vs. Proprietary Vendors Niche Expertise vs. “All-In” Model Transactional vs. Managed Services Corporations Forensic Collection Processing TAR and Litigators
Legal Technology Roles Processing Analyst Hosting Analyst Lit Support Analyst Software Developer Project Manager Project Coordinator Lit Support Manager Lit Support Director Sales Sales Engineer Consultant
Career Pathways Least advisory Most advisory Hands-on Technical Operational/Administrative more less Computer Science Major Legal IT Professional Attorney Paralegal Entry Level Processing or Hosting Analyst Software Developer Operations ManagerE-Discovery Project Manager Legal Technology Sales Professional Lit Support Analyst (firm) Document Review Attorney Processing Lit Support Manager (firm) Discovery Team Lead ConsultantPartner/Director Sales Engineer/Legal Solutions Advisor Client Services Manager
Current and Future State Placement Stats Employer Stats Geography Stats
14 Employer Categories 2012 vs. 2013 20122013 Law firms outsourcing more, hiring less Very little analyst opportunity at law firms Slight uptick in in-house corporate hiring Dominant vendor growth with acceptance of master service agreement sales PMs becoming Consultants Consultants in demand The Trends
17 20122013 Placement Geography 2012 vs. 2013 New York: still the capital of e-discovery Significant D.C. growth California getting quiet Third-tier markets becoming second-tier markets E-Discovery is everywhere The Trends
Alternative Career Paths Information Governance Information Security Privacy PMB Beyond Legal Legal & Data Analytics Risk Analysis Sales Solutions Architect
To Recap Where have we come from? How and why have we changed? The present landscape of the legal technology job market Professional pathways to pursue in the future
23 eDiscovery Tools Are More Usable Time Usability 2014 2002 High Low Lit support Analysts Directors of IT Paralegals Attorneys CIO’s
24...And More Affordable Time Price 2014 2002 High Low Server fees Processing fees Hosting fees User fees Endorsing fees OCRing fees TIFFing fees ECA fees Fees to analyze the fees.. Subscriptions Managed services Access to justice!
25 This change is enabling more legal professionals to do more with less. Fear Not...
26...But Push Here Button pushers get automated
27 Are You A Button Pusher? Answer this question: “What percentage of your day is spent doing repetitive software tasks VS advising & project managing?”
28 Percentage of your day doing repetitive software tasks 0-25%25-50%50-75%75-100% Modern tool userMild Button PusherAspiring Button PusherButton Pusher You want to be here! You do not want to be here!
Nancy Bachelor’s Degree Paralegal Certificate Works in Litigation 10 years of experience Stable work history Great performance reviews Major metropolitan city Hired at ABC Law Firm 4 yrs ago Paralegal at AmLaw 100 Firm
Erica Bachelor’s Degree Paralegal Certificate Works in Litigation 10 years of experience Stable work history Great performance reviews Major metropolitan city Hired at ABC Law Firm 4 yrs ago
The Tale of Two Paralegals What’s the difference?