In managing a complex discovery project, knowing what decisions to make and when to make them is the difference between going to trial with a Samurai sword or a butter knife.
We manage complex trial discovery to learn what facts will walk in our direction, not merely to inventory them. Management of a discovery review project is successful only when the trial team can evaluate all possible outcomes that flow from all possible models of factual assumptions. Every way of organizing the discovery, every way of testing the discovery from all possible perspectives and interpretations, must be as unique as the facts of the individual case. We do not design discovery review projects from a pile of stock parts, building the same black sedan a thousand times over. There is no standard list of programs, personnel or procedures we employ. Every project is a one off combination of analytical methods, professional judgments, leadership and a lifetime of experience preparing for trial. The tools we use are as varied as our goals. We well understand that trial lawyers are not bricklayers hiring us to just hand them bricks. Case evidence management is about finding new opportunities in evidence - delivering creative output, not computer input.
We respond to each trial project with a team collaboration that is as dynamic and flexible as the trial team's changing assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of our case theories. Every organizational decision is made to preserve all options of analysis. We don't permit ourselves the luxury of conclusions; we put all facts in many contexts, juxtapose related and unrelated information to discover common threads, causal relationships and unforeseen results. Our review process is an interrogation of every fact about every conclusion that relies upon that fact.
In today's environment of terabytes of polymorphous discovery types, how we explore the beneficial relationships in digital and document text, behavioral patterns, digital metadata, audio recordings, cell tower signals and video images is like a musical composition bringing many different notes and voices into harmony. Whether we are dealing with computers or software technology, or the group dynamics, training and talents of our evidence research teams, we blend together each component of our methodology to follow what the discovery itself tells us about its best trial value. It takes a refined instrument to find the perfect pitch of persuasive evidence against the background noise of useless information. We build such instruments and we teach others to play them in your orchestra.