June 17, 2022
The American Lawyer
At least one e-discovery law firm is laying off 10% of its timekeepers, likely as a result of the commoditization of technology.
Given that e-discovery is such a competitive sector, firms that can combine e-discovery with other litigation offerings discover themselves having a competitive leg up over separate offerings and technology vendors.
John Martin, head of Nelson Mullins’ e-discovery group, Encompass, said he is seeing “strong” demand for e-discovery, especially in the firm’s litigation and investigation work. Depending on economy fares, he does, however, foresee a delay in mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactional work.
“Litigation-driven and investigation-driven discovery has remained strong throughout the pandemic and into the current day,” Martin said. Although he has seen that the pandemic afforded some clients the opportunity to use the shuffling of litigation and court deadlines as an opportunity to slow down and reflect about how Nelson Mullins was handing discovery in its attorneys’ cases. “We have seen some consolidation with major clients, in the form of moving business to more comprehensive and top providers where they can obtain e-discovery counsel as needed,” Martin emphasized.
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