Litigation Support Project Managers are responsible for the execution of litigation support projects and ensuring the quality and timeliness of each project. This includes coordinating all phases of electronic discovery for a matter, from preservation and collection to production of ESI and beyond (deposition prep and coordinating documents and witnesses for trial in some cases). Project Managers provide in-house eDiscovery support by developing recommendations, plans, cost estimates, budgets, procedures, and specifications for case-specific eDiscovery projects. Project Managers are responsible on a case level for handling multiple projects concurrently and provide solutions to meet the specific matter requirements. Project Managers provide technical support as well, ranging from strategic level collection methodologies and effective database design, to loading data into review platforms, running searches, back-end operational support, and utilizing case or project management software.
Managing eDiscovery projects along with day to day support of litigation technology needs.
Supervision Received From
Receives direct supervision from the Chief Technology Officer
In the absence of the Chief Technology Officer, Team Lead may assist with prioritization of projects and activities.
Consult with attorneys’ and staff about litigation technology and eDiscovery project management
Create and manage document review databases
Generate document productions and privilege logs
Meet attorney and client expectations often and early
Prepare exhibits, video clips and demonstratives for trial
Attend and support trials using trial presentation software
Consult with client Information Technology departments regarding document collections
Construct and run complex document searches within discovery review databases
Work with eDiscovery vendors on multiple matters, assisting with all phases of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model
Perform related duties and responsibilities as required
Some travel may be required
Maintain eDiscovery field certifications
May be required to provide 24X7 on-call support
Stay up to date on new trends and innovations in the eDiscovery field.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
All leading eDiscovery review platforms
The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM)
Principles and practices of project management
IT computer systems
Document retention policies
Litigation Support tools, supporting bates labeling, document ocr, web and video captures
Trial support technology
Skill and Ability to:
Analyze and assess the technology needs of multiple practice groups
Learn principles and practices of budget preparation and administration
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
Develop project timelines and identify project tasks and procedures
Assist attorneys’ and clients with technology and discovery needs
Adapt to a rapidly changing eDiscovery landscape
Manage attorney relations and expectations
Work independently in the absence of supervision
Effectively communicate with vendors on client and firm needs
Education and Experience Requirements
Associates degree or higher from an accredited college or university or at least three to five years of experience in law firm litigation support with advanced knowledge of best-of-breed applications, best practices, and the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) as well as understanding all phases of litigation. Industry certifications a plus.
Along with several years of experience with law firm litigation support, skills must include managing eDiscovery projects, preparing budgets and managing document reviews.