Reducing Spend for In-House Legal Teams: One Simple Change

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The new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure re-emphasize the importance of Rule 1, which requires “just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding” and proportional legal spend when litigating civil matters.  Because of this, in-house legal teams and especially legal managers are looking to take advantage of these new rules by cutting costs with new techniques, such as project management.

Additionally, as more large organization begin to insource eDiscovery activities, due to the cost savings of outsourcing such services as ECA, collection, processing and first pass analysis, in-house legal teams can no longer treat cases as a reactive fire drill.  To realize the potential cost savings of insourcing eDiscovery, in-house legal teams must lay a foundation via project management principles and tools to successfully reduce legal spend.

This panel discussion will change how legal professionals view their current legal process. Legal project management takes best practices from business and IT processes and applies those techniques to the traditional legal process.  Attendees will walk away with new ideas for streamlining their current legal process, which will lead to reduced legal spend.

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Mr. Tom Mullane has 14 years of experience in Information Technology support at United Technologies Corporation (UTC).  In 2008, he was selected as a founding member of the Electronic Discovery Team, a cross functional group tasked with developing in-house processes and procedures for handling electronic discovery for all UTC business units.  Prior to his work in eDiscovery, Mr. Mullane served as Security Operations Center Team Lead.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from the University of Connecticut and Master of Science degree in Information Assurance from Norwich University.  He is an active member of the Discovery Managers’ Round Table.



Mr. James Duffy is a research analyst at Blue Hills Research focusing on enterprise risk management, compliance and policy management and legal technology.  Mr. Duffy is interested in using his background as a legal practitioner to translate the potential of emerging, new technologies as tools to improve the efficiency of the provision of legal services.  He is an attorney licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Previously, he has held roles in the Solicitor’s Office of the United States Department of the Interior; the chambers of the Honorable Timothy S. Hillman, a federal trial judge for the District of Massachusetts; the General Counsel’s Office of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.; and the law office of Seth H. Salinger, a business litigation firm.  Previously, Mr. Duffy was a member of the problem resolution team for LifePlans, Inc., where he mediated issues between contractors and clients; and a sportswriter for ShorePublishing, LLC., where he covered local sports along the Connecticut shoreline.  Mr. Duffy holds a B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from Boston College, and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.