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Preston Gates launches E-Discovery weblog

One of the nation’s premier law firms, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, announced yesterday the launch of Electronic Discovery Law, a LexBlog designed blog devoted entirely to e-discovery issues. Visitors to the site can access a proprietary database of case listings and summaries, monitor the latest news and trends in e-discovery and learn about upcoming events and resources.

“The blog allows us to share the depth of our knowledge on electronic discovery,” said Martha Dawson, a partner at Preston Gates and head of the firm’s Document Analysis Technology Group (DATG). “We used to send out a 160-plus page report to our clients and prospects, detailing what we knew about e-discovery. It was impressive in size but it wasn’t efficient. Now all of that information is just a click away and available to everyone.”

The Electronic Discovery Law blog features a first-of-its-kind database containing nearly 300 case listings and summaries of groundbreaking legal decisions in electronic discovery. The tool, which is updated on a regular basis, condenses the most pertinent information on current and past electronic discovery litigation into one easy-to-search system that could save hours of research for anyone examining such issues.

In addition to the e-discovery case database, the Electronic Discovery Law blog contains a myriad of e-discovery tidbits including recent news stories, information on upcoming events, additional external resources and the latest information on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules for Civil Procedure.

The blog is published by DATG, a practice group within the firm’s litigation department that delivers document review, production, litigation support and discovery counsel to clients.

DATG uses cutting-edge technology, specially trained discovery attorneys, and proven business processes to review and produce electronic and hard copy documents, often in a fraction of the time and generally at a much lower cost than traditional review methods. In the past two years, DATG has processed more than 5,000 gigabytes of electronic documents, the approximate equivalent of 250,000,000 pages or 83,000 boxes of paper documents.

It’s an honor for LexBlog to be serving a firm such as Preston Gates, founded here in the Northwest in 1883 and long recognized as one of the premier, full-service law firms in the country. The firm has more than 430 attorneys in 11 strategic locations on the West Coast, in Washington, D.C. and in Asia.

What’s most exciting about LexBlog’s working with a marketing and legal team like Preston Gates is that they are not afraid to harness the latest in technology. They do it not only to serve their clients and the public but also to make their marketing efforts more efficient. Throughout the planning, implementation and now the support and online marketing of the blog, Preston Gates listened to our advice to achieve the most possible from this latest marketing technology.