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Discovery Challenges Posed by Collaborative Work Environments


This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


This is a complimentary program offered as a part of the Bloomberg Law Big Law Business Special Report Series.

Technology has brought enormous change to today’s corporation. Cloud-computing, collaborative communication platforms, and organizational applications are just a few of the technologies creating collaborative work environments.

These are changing the traditional data ownership or “custodian” model many companies and their legal counsel are accustomed to when it comes to discovery. In the collaborative work environment, employees may have theoretical access to significant amounts of data, though they never interact with it in a meaningful way, if it at all. Collaborative environments present challenges for determining who truly is the custodian of data, what data is relevant to a litigation or investigation, and how to access, review, and produce it.

During this 60-minute program, panelists will discuss:

• How business technologies designed to increase work productivity and collaboration present unique challenges to discovery, especially of electronically stored information
• How and why the notion of key custodians has changed as a result of business technology innovations
• How and when to deploy technology to manage collaborative work environment data
• How and why methods and concepts regarding custodian discovery may still be relevant and useful even in today’s technology-driven world

Educational Objectives:

• The unique discovery challenges presented by collaborative work environments, especially as it relates to custodial records
• The information governance technologies and techniques to manage collaborative work environment data, and custodial records
• The e-discovery technologies and techniques to review productions from collaborative work environments
• The importance of continuing to seek out custodians through surveys and key employee interviews to ensure the quality of the production

Who would benefit most from attending this program?

• Outside litigators, paralegals, research librarians, and support staff
• In-house attorneys responsible for information governance, as well as litigators and support staff
• Technology and knowledge management professionals

This webinar is made possible with the support of the following sponsors:


Moderator: Ethan Bowers
  • Deputy Editorial Director
  • Bloomberg Law

S. Ethan Bowers is a Deputy Editorial Director at Bloomberg Law and is managing editor of both E-Discovery & Legal Tech News and the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct. Prior to Bloomberg Law, Ethan practiced law in New York and served as a law clerk for the Hon. Richard Owen, S.D.N.Y.

Jeffrey C. Sharer
  • Chief Innovation Counsel
  • Actuate Law

Jeffrey C. Sharer is a veteran lawyer, technologist, and innovator who concentrates on matters at the critical intersection of law, technology, information, and operations. Jeffrey advises clients on all aspects of privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, information governance, electronic discovery, and related areas across a broad range of industries. He also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to developing and implementing innovative models for delivery of legal services in these and other areas.

Michelle Treadwell Briggs
  • Counsel
  • Goodwin

Michelle Treadwell Briggs is a counsel in Goodwin’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on advising Goodwin lawyers and clients on legal, technical and strategic issues involving electronic discovery and information management. She has wide experience in managing all aspects of discovery and subpoena compliance, including developing and implementing the full range of electronic discovery and response strategies for government investigations and for complex commercial, antitrust and intellectual property litigation.

Continuing Education

1.0 CLE, 1.0 General COA
Practice Areas:
Knowledge of data ownership models and collaborative platforms
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