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The American Lawyer Litigation Report
Reprinted with permission from The American Lawyer
For Nelson Mullins, the 2009 launch of the firm’s wholly owned e-discovery practice Encompass started four years earlier when a big pharmaceutical client liked how the firm argued the e-discovery motions in a case. In a subsequent matter, that company was being represented by Jones Day, but it asked Nelson Mullins to handle the e-discovery component. From there, things snowballed.
“To do this well, you can’t just stick your toe in this water,” says John Martin, a Columbia, South Carolina, partner in charge of Encompass. It requires a dedicated internal staff of lawyers and technologists, data review centers and data hosting centers that can run 24/7 at scale, he says. “It’s been hard for that investment to make sense for a lot of other firms,” Martin says.
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