The story of computer technology in law practice has been very much about changing the products we use and very little about changing the thinking lawyers do to work with them. We offer the alternative approach - where what a lawyer can achieve intellectually and tactically in a trial practice evolves more profoundly than does the technology.

As the legal profession has matured with digital technology and communications, we have understood well how they have changed our habits, our lifestyles, and made time-consuming tasks easy to execute. We have also become more adept at adjusting to each generation of emerging technology. Yet we have still not adapted the revolutionary new methods of analysis, interpretation, and pattern recognition to gain the deeper insights into evidence that our technology allows.

It is always the lawyer who must lead the dance when a creative mind is paired with a digital device. Computers and software can count the beans, but it is the trial team who must decide what beans really count. Discovering what facts make a difference, and applying them in a creative combination and with narrative development is the higher purpose litigation technology must serve.

So far, the litigation support industry has been able to sell lawyers products and services, but not teach the process of organizational and professional change. Having encouraged us only to buy new things, but not to use them in a new way, technology vendors have been offering only empty canteens to lawyers dying of thirst.

Our firm's guiding principle as consultants in discovery management and strategic information tactics is that we must get past technology to produce results. The most vital and integral transformation in trial practice is to change how we collaborate with others to interpret, analyze, and visualize our clients' best facts.

Guiberson Consulting supports lawyers preparing for trial by demonstrating how new organizational, analytical, and intuitive work processes can be difference makers in complex cases. We engage trial lawyers in a working dialogue about the expansion of our intellectual reach, the art of persuasion and the mastery of facts before juries. We measure our success in the success of our client's causes of action, the growth of our client's expertise, and the quickening of their reflexes in the exploitation of new information science, new technology, and new models of organization and insight in a litigation practice.