Safeguarding a company's electronic evidence or getting it ready
for trial can be daunting, even for the most technology-savvy
business owner or attorney.
If litigation occurs, thousands of e-mails can be considered
evidence, as well as multiple versions of the same document. When an
attorney must sort through virtual mounds of electronic evidence for
his or her review, the result is often less time spent on actual
preparation for the case. For a business owner, peace of mind means
having information properly preserved should litigation occur.
To provide a solution for those problems, a trio of Oklahoma
businessmen with decades' worth of experience in digital forensic
analysis, information technology and trial preparation has teamed to
create a new company. Calvin Weeks, president of Calvin Weeks &
Associates; Chris Black, president of R.K. Black Inc.; and Greg
Robinson, president of TR Legal, have pooled their talents and
experience to launch Black, Robinson, Weeks EDD Management Services.
They are marketing their services to two primary markets: attorneys
who are gathering evidence for litigation, and to large and medium-
sized companies that need to have their documentation in order
before legal action ever occurs.
Weeks said the service to attorneys is called Hosted and Managed
E-Discovery Solutions. It references the Electronic Discovery
Reference Model, which outlines the life cycle that electronic
evidence takes, from its identification to its preservation and
collection to its analysis and presentation, and several other steps
in between. Weeks said he and his colleagues' goal was to cover
every step of that process with technology that saves time for
attorneys. Such a service also means fewer people handling the
evidence, which decreases the chance of contamination, he said.
When attorneys save time, Robinson said, clients save money.
"Insurance companies that insure corporations in lawsuits are
pushing the law firms to reduce their costs," he said. "So the
corporations are saying, 'We can't spend all this money on your
review. Is there a faster, more efficient way to get it done?'
That's part of what this software and our services will allow them
to do - reduce their review time by 30, 40 or 50 percent over what's
been done in the past, which decreases the cost to their clients.
"What excites me the most is being able to provide an enterprise-
class solution to law firms in Oklahoma," Robinson said. "To have
this type of service, typically they have to go to Houston, Dallas,
Washington, D.C., places like that. We're able, with the joining of
our resources, to offer that in Oklahoma for these firms. That's an
added benefit to these firms to have someone local who can assist
them 'cradle to grave' with their cases."
Weeks, Black and Robinson aren't giving up their existing
careers, but they see potential for their new venture and have been
working on it for more than a year. They have invested heavily in
the technology, Weeks said, and the vendor providing the proprietary
software has designed it for scalability. That's important, he said,
because a single case could include hundreds of thousands of pieces
of electronic evidence.
They also felt the time was right to launch the new service,
Weeks said. …