Document review is an underrated, but important, aspect of every step of the litigation process.
The proper review of internal documents for protection from production based on legal privilege before they are produced to an adversary is a crucial incipient step in any litigated matter. Hand-in-hand with the review process is the preparation of a legally compliant privilege log to protect your client’s rights and to avoid waiver of privilege issues. Automated document review, which can be a time-saving supplement, is no substitute for the eyes of a trained litigator when it comes to identifying and preserving privileged material. Likewise, the review of your adversary’s documents by experienced litigators can mean the difference between success and failure of your case. Nobody wants to miss the proverbial smoking gun that your opponent secreted in the middle of a grouping of innocuously labeled documents. Recognizing how documents apply, or do not relate, to the strategies both you and your adversary intend to employ, and segregating them from the pile of irrelevant material in which they inevitably are hidden, is crucial not only for depositions and trial preparation, but for drafting motions and ensuring they are included in an appellate record.
Integrated Legal Research & Drafting Solutions is a legal outsourcing firm that provides document review services and is ready to help both in-house and privately retained lawyers save time and money for their clients. Integrated specializes in researching and drafting memoranda, trial documents, motions, and appellate briefs in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Of course, reviewing the relevant documents is a prerequisite to the preparation of any of these materials.
If your client has a document intensive matter that is heading to litigation, Integrated can be there at the initial stages to set the lawsuit down the right path from the beginning. It can coordinate with automated document review services for additional cost-savings. Integrated will review and collate documents to ensure the preservation of privilege before your client’s documents are produced. It will review documents produced by adversaries for use in future filings, to be used by our attorney partners in depositions and at trial, and for inclusion in summary judgment, trial and appellate briefs. If your adversary is too demanding, or uncooperative, Integrated can draft the briefs to protect your client’s interests. We can also draft discovery demands and responses that are consonant with your litigation objectives.
In addition to document review, Integrated provides its attorney clients with a full panoply of legal research and drafting services. Whether you need a private “eyes-only” comprehensive memorandum that alerts you to the pitfalls in your case and how to respond to them, or an incisive brief on a targeted issue designed to present your position in its best light, you can easily integrate out document review services with drafting assignments.
You no longer have to be concerned about tackling time-consuming tasks that hinder the effective operations of your law firm or in-house legal department. Integrated will handle all the tasks associated with document review for you.
Integrated for Private Attorneys
Managing a law firm is time-consuming and onerous; handling personnel issues even more so. Knowing when to hire new lawyers to handle additional work, and whether future workload will support those new hires is mostly guesswork, at best. Once the decision is made to hire, finding the right lawyer for your firm is a lengthy process that detracts from the time available to handle legal work and client relations and development. Ultimately, you’re losing the very time you need to be spending on new matters to find the right lawyer to handle them. Often, by the time a new lawyer can even be hired, the additional work that led to the decision to hire is completed without the level of attention it deserved. Integrated’s principles have decades of experience managing law firms and have dealt with these very issues. We empathize with our clients.
If you are unsure your firm really needs another lawyer, another salary and benefits to pay, and more personnel issues, Integrated will handle time-consuming document review, research, and drafting tasks. Your firm can pass our fees along to the client, and in many cases, supplement them.
Integrated for Insurers, Staff Counsel, and Third Party Administrators
Integrated’s services are ideally suited for busy staff counsel firms and legal and claims departments at insurance companies. One of the founders of Integrated boasts more than 30 years of experience in insurance coverage, insurance defense, complex tort, and business litigation. Our team has represented insurers and their insureds. We are sensitive to the unique considerations faced by insurance companies that are engaged in litigation.
Integrated will coordinate with automated document management vendors contracted by insurance companies to help ensure that otherwise protected documents are not subject to inadvertent production, and that documents that are obtained from adversaries are properly used to advance the positions that Integrated’s in-house clients wish to pursue.
Integrated’s consulting services will help craft a strategy for its clients’ cases based on the documents reviewed, will prepare briefs on those issues, as well as memoranda to assist management teams in deciding how they might want to proceed.
Integrated For Business
Integrated is an invaluable resource for corporate counsel. Outside legal advice is costly, but research is time-consuming and usually not consonant with the time pressures placed on busy corporate counsel who need to multi-task and simultaneously cater to the immediate needs of multiple internal clients. Rather than expensive outside referrals to law firms, Integrated’s corporate counsel partners can simply and confidently refer questions about legal issues to Integrated and quickly receive answers that are supported by legal citation. From analyzing thorny legal issues, to assisting in the formulation of strategies that defuse potential problems, you can rely on Integrated to economically and reliably answer the questions confronting you and your internal clients.
Summing up: Advantages of hiring a document review service
Here are some of the many benefits of hiring a legal document review company to assist with document review and more:
If you manage a law firm and are looking to reduce expenses, a document review service can help you. Law firms can achieve significant savings on personnel costs by outsourcing their document reviews.
2. Greater efficiency
Lawyers are used to heavy workloads, and document review only adds to the burden. When it becomes too much for your firm or legal department to comfortably handle, and you see a diminution in efficiency and quality, you can outsource with legal document review firms. This way, you not only enhance the professionalism and productivity of your lawyers, but facilitate their work-life balance, reducing expensive turnover.
3. Easy access to a high quality team
Firms that offer outsourcing services have experience in the areas in which your firm occasionally needs help. When they integrate with their talented attorney partners, outsourcing firms help with both temporary and long-term legal needs and obviate the necessity to invest in additional resources. The time and money lost in hiring new lawyers and getting them up to speed can be relegated to more important activities and to business development.