Discovery is inherently a team sport. The document review attorney takes the lead on a project, but non-attorney participants like legal secretaries or IT professionals are just as involved and bound to the same rules. To add another layer to the process, online and mobile communication of all types — social media, texts, involvement on public forums — throws each person into a web of ethical gray areas: How much needs to be understood about the technology we’re dealing with? What is private and public information? To what rules are the attorney and non-attorney bound in the thick of a case requiring electronic discovery?
When you need eDiscovery services, there are plenty of reasons to take on a temporary worker instead of a full-time employee. Maybe you need help fast, maybe you’ve seen high turnover for the position, or maybe you don’t have enough hands in HR to work on hiring. Whatever your reason, your first instinct will likely have you turning to a staffing agency for help.
Like any other company, a small law firm relies on making a profit in order to stay in business for the long-term. Hiring a permanent full-time employee to take on fluctuating volumes of client work can erode a firm’s profitability through the payment of salary and benefits. So, what’s the solution? Two words: contract attorneys. Hiring contract attorneys can be a cost-efficient and time-saving way to help you manage your practice. In fact, nearly 56% of law firms rely on contract attorneys to meet business demands.
Think of this: In the year 1999, 93% of all information generated was generated in digital form, on computers. Eleven years later, in 2010, the total amount of information created was 1,350 exabytes. That’s enough to fill 9,990,000 Library-of-Congress-collection-sized libraries.
Staffing an eDiscovery project today is easier than ever before, with a wide variety of on-shore and off-shore options available at your fingertips. However, as a potential client, this means that you must have a thorough understanding of your needs, as well as the eDiscovery landscape to derive best value for yourself and your business. Being proactive, and being open to trying out new technologies and business models can go a long way in transforming your business for the better! We’re now living and working in a landscape where 56% of law firms depend on contract attorneys to meet demand. That’s good news for two reasons: first, because more firms are cutting costs. And second, because finding an eDiscovery professional with exactly the skills and experience you need for a job isn’t far-fetched anymore. Not only is it possible — it’s expected, and it’s necessary.
As a talented attorney, you already have all the skills you need to quickly tick off everything on your to-do list. But getting a full caseload is easier said than done. In fact, many attorneys struggle to maintain a constant stream of clients. Instead, they’re much more familiar with “feast or famine” — either they’re up to their necks in work, or they’re flipping through the Rolodex, hoping for new leads and opportunities.