Monday, June 22, 2009
Come visit us at our blog and let us know what you think!
We look forward to seeing you at our new digs!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
New visitors to the TERIS.com web site will notice some changes. The most exciting upgrade is the addition of video - we are now featuring two of our prized clients providing video testimonies on the home page. We plan on adding more of these in the coming weeks and months.
We also have a legal industry news headline section and make it easier for visitors to track our latest blog posts and Twitter "Tweets"- all of these steps are aimed at helping our clients and visitors glean as much information as possible from us online.
Please check out the site and let us know what you think about the changs. We welcome your input!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
You have more reasons than ever
to attend this FREE event.
May 14-15 | Phoenix, Arizona
Notable Industry Speakers Including
William Kellermann, Electronic Discovery Manager for Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Cliff Dutton, expert in the litigation support industry with more than 20 years experience as an entrepreneur, technologist, and executive
George Rudoy, Director of Global Practice Technology & Information Services for Shearman and Sterling
Karen Brookman, President and Cofounder of Commonwealth Legal
J. Bart Holladay, Director of Litigation Support Language Services for Linguistic Systems, Inc.
Peter vR Sternkopf, Chief Technology Officer of Teris
John Auman, Director of Forensics Services for Forensics Consulting Solutions
Terry Harrison, Managing Director of Hobs Legal Docs
For all the details, go to the IPRO Innovations Registration Page
Monday, May 4, 2009
Written By Micah Kasdan (mkasdan@TERIS.com)
Earlier this year, the government postponed the Digital TV Transition rollout by six months to allow for a significant amount of viewers to upgrade their television set-ups. One reason was that a lot of older and lower income citizens were about to lose their television access which is a major resource for the Emergency Broadcast Network. This was a perfect example of technology outgrowing those who rely on it. Similarly, something of this very nature is playing out in the California Courts system.
On December 1st, 2006, the Federal Rules for Civil Procedure was amended to specifically address the handling of Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Since that time, attorneys and their clients have been wading through the ambiguity of these rules. Sanctions aplenty, legal practitioners have been learning the hard way how to keep aggressive opponents and opinionative judges content. Time and again, the lessons learned are fairly simple:
* Keep a transparent approach to handling data
* Handle data with kid gloves (never delete/alter anything without an approved approach)
* Understand the Rules and follow them
* Always consult eDiscovery professionals before making judgment calls on perceived best practices
Generally speaking, many practices have become quite effective at approaching ESI productions. In fact, the mere presence of ESI has significantly altered the strategic approach to discovery. Many of these practices are based at law firms with a national footprint. Here, they have had the resources and money to add technology and personnel to help grind out the eDiscovery process and yield positive results. With having access to watch the progress of federal court practices, one might deduce that California practitioners had advantages with the State’s wait-and-see attitude. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the case.
In a town like San Diego, many talented and competent attorneys practice in the California Courts system alone. They tend to have smaller budgets than those of the national opponents and many have put off learning this new part of the game. Just like the last breath of relief sighed in February when the Digital TV Transition date had been postponed, many California attorneys felt the relief when Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a previous measure to amend the civil procedure rules for handling ESI. Sadly enough, there is still a strong contingent of practices that is no more prepared to address this elephant in the room than they were in December of 2006.
Recently, there have been growing concerns amongst local attorneys that they may not be ready to face this sleeping dragon. The first concern is that they are simply not prepared. More alarming to some, however, is that they regularly oppose national counsel. After 2 years of difficult lessons learned, these opponents are ready to attack. They have faced their fears of sanctions and they have trained their clients to be prepared for the invasiveness and costs of litigating in the information age. They have used the rules to their advantage and they know how to size up a rookie. But there are some saving graces.
Right now, there are very hungry attorneys, consultants and vendors that are excited to share a piece of this new pie. They have worked for, and with, the national firms on the national cases. They have proven their approaches and they are ready to hold some more hands. And, conveniently, the costs associated with this assistance are cheaper than ever. These pending changes are probably only months away. The smart ones will heed all of the warnings and embrace what is to come. The rest will start to build the State’s ESI case law library soon enough.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Los Angeles, CA (April 28, 2009) – iCONECT Development, LLC’s award-winning litigation support platform, iCONECTnXT, will now be offered by TERIS as part of their e-discovery, hosting, and litigation consulting services. nXT is used by 83 Am Law 100 firms, corporate legal departments, Fortune 500 corporations, and government agencies to organize, review, and analyze e-discovery.
“TERIS is excited to offer iCONECT's leading litigation support software to our growing client base. It provides an ideal blend of flexibility, power and security that law firms and corporate legal departments alike require with their e-discovery projects,” said Stefan Wikstrom, TERIS founder and CEO. “We look forward to a very productive relationship with iCONECT.”
TERIS is a full-service litigation support solution provider that works with leading law firms and corporate legal departments to provide sophisticated consultation-based solutions, state-of-the-art technologies and highly experienced project management. Backed by an experienced staff of over 275, TERIS also offers traditional hosting and scanning services for law firms and corporate legal teams across the U.S. and internationally. The company was named one of the top e-discovery service providers by industry researcher Socha-Gelbmann in 2008.
“As part of our commitment to iCONECT users, we only permit companies with excellent services and top-notch customer support to license our software, and TERIS exceeds that high standard,” said Cynthia Williams, CEO of iCONECT Development, LLC.
nXT has a proven track record with over 980 cases and 3.7 billion pages hosted worldwide. Key features include support for Chinese, Russian, Arabic and over 250 other languages worldwide, e-mail grouping for faster review, advanced searching, and scalable database technology to keep up with growing e-discovery demands. To learn more, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1996, TERIS (previously known as ALC Legal Technologies, Duplex Legal Discovery Solutions, and Digital Discovery Solutions), provides legal support and sophisticated e-discovery solutions to law firms and corporate legal teams across the U.S. and internationally. TERIS’ staff of over 275 was named one of the top 20 e-discovery service providers by industry researcher Socha-Gelbmann in 2008. The company operates a free job board for the legal profession at www.discoverlegaljobs.com and has offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. To learn more about TERIS, visit www.TERIS.com.
About iCONECT Development, LLC:
iCONECT® Development, LLC is your reliable choice for litigation support software, with products trusted by prestigious Am Law 100 firms, corporate legal departments, Fortune 500 corporations, and government agencies to host, organize, review, and analyze e-discovery for litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and multi-party international cases.
Awards include: #1 Web-Based Litigation Software (Am Law Tech Survey), Top 10 Service Provider for Review, Analysis, Production and Best Overall (2008 Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey), Honorable Mention Winner (Oracle 2007 North America Titan Awards), #1 Online Document Repository (Am Law Tech Survey), and #1 Litigation Support Software (Law Technology News Awards).
For more information, or if you would like to schedule a demo, send an e-mail to email@example.com or visit www.iconect.com.
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iCONECT is a registered trademark of iCONECT Development, LLC. All brand names are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
TERIS adds leading litigation support professionals Julie Hinkle, Josh Rasmussen and Christy Harder to serve growing San Francisco office
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 21, 2009 – TERIS announced today the addition of three leading litigation support sales professionals to its growing San Francisco office. Julie Hinkle joins as a new Electronic Projects Manager; Josh Rasmussen as Electronic Account Manager and Christy Harder as Account Manager for the company. The trio brings a combined mix of experience from both the legal and litigation support industries that bring immediate value for new and existing TERIS clients.
“We are excited to have a group of very valuable professionals with such caliber and experience join TERIS,” said Rob Robinson, TERIS San Francisco Managing Partner. “As our San Francisco office continues to grow, our clients are requiring a greater level of experience and proficiency in eDiscovery and related services. Josh, Christy and Julie are valuable additions as we continue to expand our considerable expertise and success to serve an ever-growing market requiring unique knowledge in eDiscovery and digital forensics.”
A certified paralegal, Hinkle brings more than 15 years of litigation support experience to TERIS. She was both a Senior Production Manager and Project Manager at First Advantage litigation consulting. She previously served as Production Manager of large scale Electronic and Paper Scanning projects with ALC Legal Technologies (now TERIS). Hinkle has special expertise with older microfilm/fiche technologies and converting film to electronic images.
Rasmussen has experience working with various Fortune 500 companies with projects that involved complex procedures with high confidentiality documents and has conducted discovery reviews for numerous private lawsuits involving complex electronic and paper discovery, which included millions of pages each. He also has experience working with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Attorney’s Office.
Harder comes to TERIS after a successful four-year stint at a legal industry leading software company CT Summation, where she most recently served as West Coast Regional Sales Director, with a territory that spanned 24 states. A driven sales professional with more than three-years experience focused on software sales and account management, Harder has demonstrated success building relationships with upper management in Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 200 firms alike.
Founded in 1996, TERIS (previously known as ALC Legal Technologies, Duplex Legal Discovery Solutions, and Digital Discovery Solutions), provides legal support and sophisticated eDiscovery solutions to law firms and corporate legal teams across the U.S. and internationally. TERIS’ staff of over 275 was named one of the top 20 eDiscovery service providers by industry researcher Socha-Gelbmann in 2008. The company operates a free job board for the legal profession at www.discoverlegaljobs.com and has offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. To learn more about TERIS, visit www.TERIS.com
Media Contact: David Kaufer, Director of Marketing, 425-275-8814; 206-521-8717 or DKaufer@TERIS.com
Friday, April 10, 2009
This is one of those topics that seems to straddle legal/ethical/practical lines with employer/employee relations and practices and depending on which side of the fence you sit, you undoubtedly have your own view of the practice.
From the blog Mashable (which we highly recommend if you are at all interested in social media developments) comes this post: NFL Scouts Wants NFL Prospects ASL on Facebook. The post is a synopsis of a Yahoo Sports report that outlines how NFL teams are setting up fake Facebook accounts (appearing as attractive women) and then asking to become friends with college players/prospects. Once they are accepted as a friend, they then have access to all kinds of personal information including potentially embarrassing photos, links and friends/connections.
The NFL draft is a huge financial gamble for teams. First and 2nd round draft picks typically receive multi-million dollar guaranteed contracts. It is hard to blame a team (as a potential employer) for doing as much due dilligence as possible before committing to a potential prospect. Yet if you are a young player, how would you feel if you found out your potential (or actual) employer/team used this tactic to access what you thought was your private life?
It is likely only a matter of time before this practice spreads even further into the private sector and companies begin employing similar measures with prospective employees. How long will it take before this practice is legally challenged?