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What Do Employees Want Most In a Job?

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Nov 10, 2017 10:05:00 AM

What do employees want most in a job and in a company? According to Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace report, employees want a job that allows them to do what they do best, have greater work-life balance, as well as the opportunity to work for a company with a great brand reputation. However, the dream job for many is elusive, as the report found that only one-third of the American workforce of over 100 million full-time employees is what Gallup calls “engaged at work”. Furthermore, more than one in three employees (35%) have changed jobs within the past three years, and 91% of employees left their company to do so.

Conversely, DISCO has seen an increase in our workforce in 2017 by 78% with some of the best and brightest talent in the industry seeking us out to join the team. I had the privilege of sitting down with one of our newest team members, Kim Pruitt, to discuss her background and why she chose to work for DISCO.  

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Topics: Disco Philosophy, Company Culture

Why Entrepreneurs Are Joining DISCO: An Interview with Michael Garlie

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Oct 26, 2017 7:58:00 AM

At DISCO, creative thinking is not just a buzzword – it’s a principle foundation of the company’s culture to not follow the status quo, but to push the limits of technological boundaries. For example, cross-functional teams of talented engineers, project managers, professional services, and legal practitioners meet weekly to review and vet new features to make sure they work intuitively, as a legal professional would expect.

Disrupting the status quo not only applies to the marketplace, but to the workplace. As evidenced in recent news (here and here), “the most disruptive companies are often just as stuck in the thinking of the past when it comes to workplace innovation…" If you're moving and growing so quickly, individuals in the workplace are the “things” that you ignore the most. Uber was being pushed hard by shareholders to grow more in new markets and to add more customers, not thinking about the individual in the workplace.

DISCO has chosen to address workplace and company culture by developing grassroots employee initiatives like the DISCO Culture Committee, town hall events where employees share “a day in the life” on their team, and service-oriented groups such as DISCO Cares. These initiatives seem to be having an impact, as DISCO has grown its workforce by 78% in the past year and continues to draw some of the best and brightest talent.

I had the opportunity to sit down with new employee and entrepreneur – Michael Garlie – to understand what attracted him to DISCO and hear about his experience joining the team. Michael is the founder of DSU Discovery and has worked with Bay Area law firms for over 18 years. He brings a unique perspective to the industry, as a result of being both an entrepreneur and litigation support provider in the space, and can approach a data problem from all sides.

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Topics: Disco Philosophy, Company Culture

DISCO Cares – The Power of Moments During Hurricane Harvey

Posted by James Buck Bracey IV on Oct 13, 2017 11:25:00 AM

Proud is an understatement.  Writing this blog with watery eyes is a much more accurate description.  I am beyond fortunate to be part of a team that clearly showed and continues to show its true colors post-Hurricane Harvey.

The DISCO team has the heart and fortitude that no one else can match.  Harvey was, and continues to be, a monster, but a monster that we will overcome and never forget...we are Houston Strong!

At the end of the day, it is all about the “Power of Moments”.  We do not remember days, we remember moments.  And here are just 9 moments that I will never forget about the DISCO team:

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Topics: Disco Philosophy

Lean, Innovative Ediscovery with Marissa Downs

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Sep 14, 2017 10:23:00 AM

I had the opportunity to chat with Marissa Downs, Principal at corporate law firm Much Shelist in Chicago, IL. As an experienced litigator and active board member of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, Marissa shares how her firm differentiates their litigation practice with innovative, tech-conversant attorneys who understand how to marshal big data.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry

Professor Reflects on Lessons Learned Over 3 Decades in Legal Education

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Aug 24, 2017 7:12:00 AM

I had the honor of sitting down with Jim Fine, Professor at Roosevelt University, to chat about his experience in legal education, and learn his advice for legal professionals looking to differentiate themselves in today’s increasingly competitive market.

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Topics: Legal Education

Advice to Young Lawyers: Stay Ahead of the Technology Curve

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Aug 17, 2017 12:08:00 PM

As a part of our series of DISCO client interviews, I had the pleasure of interviewing Greg Leighton, Partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, about his career and the various changes his career has undergone, influenced by new technology and today’s shifting legal landscape.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry

Plaintiff's Perspective: Brian Clark of Lockridge Grindal Nauen

Posted by Jonathan Wiley, CEDS on Aug 10, 2017 3:43:32 PM

Jonathan Wiley, Sr. Solutions Consultant, recently sat down with Brian Clark of Lockridge Grindal Nauen, P.L.L.P. to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing plaintiffs in discovery and the importance of storytelling for trial lawyers.

Brian Clark's practice focuses on plaintiffs'-side antitrust class actions and ediscovery advice for businesses of all sizes. Brian has practiced his entire career at Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., a firm that for nearly 40 years has been at the forefront of class action and complex litigation. Brian frequently presents at CLEs regarding ediscovery, served on the Minnesota State Bar Association Ediscovery Working Group, is a Member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1, and is a Board Member for the Twin Cities Chapter of the Association of Certified Ediscovery Specialists. Since 2014, Brian has taught an ediscovery seminar at the University of Minnesota Law School. Brian also co-founded and serves on the steering committee for the Complex Litigation Ediscovery Forum, which is an annual gathering for plaintiffs'-side complex litigation attorneys to discuss best practices for ediscovery.

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Topics: ediscovery

Trial Paralegal Shares Advice About 30+ Years in the Legal Industry

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Aug 4, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Rose Walker LLP, a trial law firm based in Dallas, has consistently been ranked among top the trial firms in Texas. With over 30 years of experience handling large complex cases, I had the pleasure of interviewing Trial Paralegal at Rose Walker LLP, Joni Rose, about her background and advice for young professionals getting into the legal industry.

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Topics: ediscovery

3 Tips to Understand, Not Just Review, the Opposing Party’s Production

Posted by Drew Lewis on Aug 3, 2017 1:50:00 PM

There are two aspects of discovery when thinking about documents: reviewing the documents and reviewing to understand the contents of the documents. When you are the party receiving documents, then your document review efforts are more concerned with understanding those documents. Your job is that of investigator charged with the task of understanding what opposing counsel has delivered to you. Whereas the document reviewer is focused on the responsive, the investigator is trying to separate the outcome determinative, from the merely helpful or the barely responsive. Presumably the documents your strategy will hinge upon is a faint signal submerged in a sea of white-noise.

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Topics: ediscovery

10 Steps For Preparing Your Production Population

Posted by Tracy Hallmann on Aug 1, 2017 7:58:00 AM

If there is one thing we learn in law school, it is that preparation is key. The process of production is no exception. While DISCO’s user-friendly production tool allows clients the control and transparency of generating their own productions, a production is nonetheless only as good as the population of documents within.

Each time I run a production for a client, I go through the below-outlined steps. While some steps may seem unnecessary, they take much less time than discovering problems once the production is already run, or worse, after it has been submitted to opposing counsel. The littlest steps are very often the most profitable ones in terms of discovering potential issues.

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Topics: ediscovery, tips, best practices