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Litigation Finance: Best Practices and Emerging opportunities

Legal finance plays an increasingly common role in high-stakes commercial litigation. No longer merely a tool of necessity for cash-strapped claimants, financing is used by sophisticated lawyers and their clients as a more efficient way to manage the cost and risk of both plaintiff and defense matters while also unlocking working capital for the firm or business.

This presentation draws on Burford Capital’s experience as the world’s largest provider of commercial litigation finance and its work with nearly 75% of the AmLaw 100, and provides a broad overview of key concepts as well as emerging trends and opportunities for firms and clients to leverage legal finance in ways that enhance success and fuel growth.

Key Points

  • Defining litigation finance
  • What’s driving the growth of litigation finance?
  • Benefits of litigation finance
  • How it works
  • Case studies and trends
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Best Practices to Avoid Missing Key Evidence in Large Doc Review (Uber Index)

Nothing can be more disastrous than showing up at a depo and finding that your team missed a key piece of evidence in document review, but your opposition found it. Not finding that “smoking gun” admission, or allowing critical privileged information to slip through into a production can be avoided, but only if your search tools are fully functioning. Many attorneys assume that all eDiscovery processing approaches and search tools and techniques are basically the same, but nothing could be further from the truth. In this webinar learn crucial search functions and critical indexing differentiators that will protect you from inadvertently missing important evidence during eDiscovery.

Key Points

  • Overview Modern Search and eDiscovery Indexing Technologies
  • Basic and Advanced Search Options in Use Today
  • Search Indexing ‘Gotchas’
  • Pitfalls of Relying Solely on Image-Based OCR Indexing
  • Why Native Extraction Alone is Ineffective
  • Complexities of Working with Foreign Language and Translated Text
  • Optimal Seach with a Concatenated Indexing Approach
  • Takeaways
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Best Practices in Use, Authentication and Admissibility of Social Media Evidence

Social media can yield the most important evidence of your case, but only if you gather and use it properly. Social media has allowed individuals and businesses to communicate in new, unprecedented ways. Not surprisingly, it can be the most important evidence in your case. But identification, collection, authentication, admissibility and ethics rules require special consideration. Joining us for this webinar is Robert Keeling, partner at Sidley Austin and industry expert on the complex topic of social media eDiscovery.

Key Points

  • The Prevalence of Social Media
  • The Use of Social Media
  • Using Social Media as Informal Discovery
  • Applicable Ethics Rules, Guidelines, and Opinions
  • Takeaways, Tips, and Other Considerations
  • Authentication and Admissibility Considerations
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eDiscovery Planning for the Plaintiff Lawyer

Leveraging hold notices, ESI protocols, meet and confer, and other opportunities obtain the evidence needed to successfully build a case. Trial lawyers often represent the primary requesting party for document-complex discovery and litigation. Increasingly, this can overwhelm how they traditionally have reviewed productions and marshalled potential evidence.

Plaintiff lawyers, particularly if operating on a contingency basis, must carefully budget their time investment and client expenditures, while continually revaluing the case potential. Exploding electronically stored information (ESI) collection sizes in modern litigation makes this a difficult balancing act, requiring litigators to thoughtfully plan their document request, create reasonable agreements with opposing counsel and aggressively advocate for their eDiscovery rights.

Craig Ball, a noted authority on eDiscovery and computer forensics, offers practical advice as to how trial lawyers can obtain the evidence they need to successfully build their case and effectively advocate for their clients.

Key Points

  • Responsibilities of the requesting party in setting the eDiscovery agenda
  • Best practices for litigation holds
  • How strategic agreements with opposing counsel can advance effective discovery
  • Dealing with preservation and spoliation issues
  • Preparing for Rule 26 conferences
  • Closing advice and take-aways
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A Lawyer’s Guide to In-House eDiscovery

The decision to bring eDiscovery solutions in-house for a legal team is more than evaluating the software. The growth of e-discovery and data combined with adoption by the federal and state courts of FRCP rules for litigants to comply with judge expectations continues. This opens opportunities for legal teams and law firms to take control of the eDiscovery process, contain costs and improve efficiency, service levels and most important, meet attorney obligations.

Key Points

  • Growth in eDiscovery and the changing landscape of industry
  • Advantages of bringing your eDiscovery process and solutions In-house
  • Evaluating software platforms: onDemand vs. In-house
  • Improved Early Case Assessment (ECA) in facts and issues stage
  • Benefits of review speed through processing capability
  • Cost Containment with greater efficiency in hosting/review
  • Litigation Timelining
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