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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

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

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

Legal Innovation in Government: An Interview with Josh Schaffer

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Jul 13, 2017 8:17:00 AM

As data volumes continue to grow, state and local governments have to do more, fast – even when the budget is tight. To learn more about what cities are doing to address these issues, I’ve invited Josh Schaffer, City Records Manager for the City of Minneapolis, for a conversation about how they are leading innovation for the city’s public records management.

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Topics: state and local government, legal innovation