Jon Lavinder is Director, Technology-Assisted Review, at DTI. DTI has now merged with Epiq to become one of the largest players in the eDiscovery market and one with more experience of technology-assisted review than many others.
In this interview, John Lavinder talks about the very wide range of technology tools covered by the term “technology-assisted review”, and how the existence of these tools is helping lawyers to change the way they do things.
While it is obviously right that technology-assisted review can bring most value to very big cases, John Lavinder stresses that it can be used on smaller volumes – email threading and duplicate analysis are commonly used on small cases as an obvious means of cutting review time and costs.
The prevalence of big data and the growth of internet of things data is forcing the use of modern technology because we simply cannot handle volumes which now include, for example, data from Alexa and phones which track where you are and what you are doing. Technology-assisted review, Jon Lavinder says, can help us find the truth.
Increasingly, the tools are moving to the left of the EDRM, helping with identification and collection as well as with the actual review. They have a value even further left in the management of information when used to cut down the volume of worthless information kept by organisations. Getting rid of material which has no business value and which is not the subject of any legal restraint cuts the risk of inadvertent disclosure as well as reducing the cost of keeping and searching an organisation’s data.