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Learn What 5 Law Firms Have Resolved to Do in 2016

Anja Russell

The new year has just begun, and many of us are thinking about changes we’d like to make in 2016. Whether it’s work-related, health-related, or something completely different, there’s no better way to hold yourself accountable than by sharing your resolutions with others.

This week on the blog, we’re asking e-discovery practitioners from all kinds of organizations to share their professional resolutions with other Relativity blog subscribers. Throughout the week, we’ll share resolutions from law firms, litigation service providers, and corporate legal departments.

First up: Here’s what a few of our law firm friends have planned for the year.


Joan Washburn, director of litigation and e-discovery services at Holland & Knight

“In 2016, I plan to continue to build H&K’s unified process, integrating Relativity with the firm’s other software to tightly manage the litigation process. I may also stop talking about e-discovery at cocktail parties and family get-togethers. I need to make sure I target the right Nerd Herd.”

charlie-stewart_120x120.pngCharlie Stewart, manager of electronic discovery services at Sheehan Phinney

“Our clients realize tremendous savings when our attorneys leverage advanced analytics to reduce document review time, but not all our litigators are familiar with the tools. By the close of 2016, I would like all litigation attorneys to be able to say, ‘My favorite analytics tool is …,’ which will show that they have become both familiar and facile with all that analytics has to offer.”

martha-louks_120x120.pngMartha Louks, ESI consultant at McDermott Will & Emery

“In 2016, I’ll find additional ways to identify budget pain points for our clients and determine where and how we can leverage technology to save costs and improve efficiency. Estimating the costs of all phases of a case at the beginning of every e-discovery project helps us manage expectations and plan our resources.”

nicole-guyer_120x120Nicole Guyer McMurrian, e-discovery project manager at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd

“My resolution is to teach the attorneys and paralegals I work with about the various tools in Relativity, from running search terms reports and creating pivot charts to email threading and cluster visualization. Relativity changes and improves so quickly that it is paramount to continually learn about the product.”

darcie-spruance_120x120.pngDarcie Spruance PMP, senior litigation support consultant at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

“Over the next year, I’d like to pass the Relativity Certified Administrator exam so I can fully grasp all of the unique features Relativity offers. Here at Kilpatrick, we have a growing international practice, and because the RCA is recognized worldwide, obtaining this certification will allow me to help us connect on a global level.”

Tune in later this week to read more e-discovery New Year’s resolutions from litigation service providers and corporate legal departments.

Anja Russell was a member of the marketing team at Relativity.