The effective use of data analytics is quickly changing the legal landscape and the practice of law for the better. This is a fast-changing area where today’s “use cases” will be quickly superseded by new and more powerful uses of these technologies. This post discusses key areas where in-house counsel may consider the use of data analytics either as a solely in-house measure or in connection with engagements with outside counsel.
1. Meeting E-Discovery Search Requirements
Analytics in the form of predictive coding (also known as technology-assisted review or TAR) allows savvy in-house counsel to be more efficient in searching through the huge and ever-increasing volume of electronically stored information (ESI) in corporate data repositories, in response to discovery demands. In-house legal departments can use predictive coding methods to deal with several facets of litigation, including performing an early case assessment at the very outset of a case (or even prior to its filing with early notice), performing the culling down of documents, performing document analysis to zero in on the most relevant documents, and filtering for privilege. The latest analytics software packages also provide for the visualization of data in a multitude of ways.