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Defensible e-discovery

Global law firm Howrey is enhancing its e-discovery capabilities through an alliance with Guidance Software. Howrey's e-discovery and complex litigation expertise is being coupled with Guidance Software's EnCase eDiscovery solution, which enables companies to search, collect and process electronically stored information (ESI) from servers, laptops and work stations worldwide.

Howrey COO Ralph Allen says, " ... Howrey continues to provide added value to its clients with a defensible and repeatable e-discovery process that at the same time reduces the ever increasing and burdensome cost of e-discovery. Our clients rely on us to provide timely advice on best practices in e-discovery for defensible electronic discovery preservation."

Allen continues, "We are well aware that if e-discovery is mishandled, it can adversely affect the course of litigation and could result in severe judicial sanctions. Our clients have indicated to us that what they want is a strategy that combines our litigation expertise with superior technology ... to minimize risk while making more predictable the costs of the discovery of ESI."

Howrey, which specializes in antitrust, intellectual property and commercial litigation, will offer clients the ability to conduct ESI collections of any size and scope using the EnCase technology across the company's network—overseen by Howrey's lawyers and e-discovery project managers. Clients also can acquire EnCase to establish an in-house process, with Howrey's attorneys implementing policies and procedures supporting the installation, according to a recent news release from Guidance Software.

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