E-Discovery & E-Neutral Services

Special Master and Mediated E-Discovery Management Plans

CEDS-LOGOtransparentTinyUpchurch Watson White & Max's most experienced mediators, John Upchurch and Lawrence Watson, are Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists (CEDS), credentialed by the technology community’s Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists. Additionally, Lawrence Kolin, who chaired the effort to amend the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure to include Electronically Stored Information (ESI), is available to resolve electronic discovery disputes. We are now prepared to serve as Special Masters (Special Magistrates under the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure) to assist in e-discovery issues in state and federal matters, including:

  • Hosting federal Rule 26 “Meet and Confer” sessions; facilitating cost effective, mutually cooperative, and relevant e-discovery programs
  • Mediated Case Management or Pretrial Stipulations under Florida Rules 1.200 or 1.201
  • Monitoring discovery compliance and outcomes, and
  • Adjudicating legal or technical disputes if necessary.

In given cases, by agreement, we can also serve as “e-discovery mediators” or E-Neutrals to conduct negotiated settlement discussions to resolve issues relating to identification, preservation, collection, review, and production of ESI.

Early, proactive involvement of an e-discovery special master or mediator educated in the realm of electronic discovery may yield immediate benefits in both the efficiency and economy of litigation, keeping the discovery process on track to producing the best information available for trial or settlement.

For more information from Mr. Kolin, who was a speaker at the ACEDS annual conference in 2012 and 2013, please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/events/dispute_resolution/Newsletter%20articles/Kolin.authcheckdam.pdf