Dorsey & Whitney partner Bill Dossett chairs a firm electronic discovery committee.
I asked him about the impact of this vast sea of electronic data on litigation practice.He
discerns a trend for litigation counsel to meet and confer to determine what data will actually need to be reviewed for production.Increasingly, documents are screened and produced in native electronic file format.Lawyers have beefed up their ability to manage electronic evidence and consultants work in tandem with law firms on these issues.Dossett
says one effect of all this electronic discovery is to enhance honesty in litigation.Going through e-mails and other electronic files, "you find things you never would have found before," he
Caroline Sweeney, a paralegal who works with Dossett
, said the firm has centralized litigation support so that files are accessible anywhere, from any of the firm's offices.