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Litigation & Practice Technology Discovery Advisor - Projects

Job ID: 6833

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Information Technology

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As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,000+ lawyers) operating from 18 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer

Essential Job Functions

The Litigation & Practice Technology (“LPT”) Discovery Advisor, will work at the direction of LPT Directors, eDiscovery Committee and other firm attorneys to lead and manage eDiscovery, Information Governance and related technology consulting projects.    

Ideal candidates will have 10 years (preferred) of experience supporting complex projects at a consulting firm, in-house legal team or AMLAW 100 law firm.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

Project Planning, Consulting and Management   

  • In partnership with firm attorneys, determine, document and recommend options in support of client efforts to identify and address eDiscovery and information governance needs, including: system mapping, data preservation and collection strategies, records management workflows, defensible disposition and technology selection and implementation.
  • Lead and manage delivery of projects through facilitation of fact gathering sessions and assessment of client policies, systems and processes to align with industry standards and legal guidance.
  • Provide clients objective guidance and recommendations on service providers and new technologies.
  • Support execution of internal eDiscovery Committee and LPT Team projects. 

Qualifications & Requirements

A successful Discovery Advisor will have a strong combination of the following consulting, project management and technical experience, capabilities and knowledge.

Required

  • Ability to analyze and document application business functions and propose effective retention, litigation hold and deletion protocols in line with client goals, capabilities and environment.
  • Experience in assessing and consulting on information governance needs associated with common enterprise data sources including M365, G Suite, Slack, ERP systems, CRM databases, cloud applications, mobile devices and other employee-issued hardware. 
  • Experience with leading contract lifecycle management, matter management or document management technologies. 
  • Experience collaborating and reaching consensus with common information governance stakeholder groups including client business teams, IT, information security, HR, records management and legal teams.
  • Ability to create client deliverables with minimal oversight from senior level leadership.
  • Experienced and skilled at developing status reporting and writing documentation using tools like MS Word, PowerPoint, Visio (or equivalent), Excel and other project management tools.
  • Strong understanding of technology, computers and computer networking.
  • Thorough knowledge of the EDRM and IGRM lifecycles and related best practices.

Preferred

  • Hands-on experience leading complex legal technology implementations, advanced understanding of database setup, mapping and extraction.
  • Working knowledge of common data security, privacy and records management standards, protocols and regulations.
  • Familiarity with computer forensic tools or techniques (i.e. Encase, Forensic Tool Kit, MacQuisition, Kali Linux, Cellebrite).
  • PMP and/or certifications in the Information Governance space including IGP, ERM, CRM, CIPP.
  • Familiar with capabilities and utilization of PowerShell, Python and other scripting tools.

Other Qualifications & Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate (preferred)   
  • Ability to express thoughts, ideas and information in a clear and compelling manner by highlighting critical points, adjusting messaging to suit the audience, addressing questions and points from others with appropriate responses.
  • Ability to identify problems by detecting patterns or connections, researching and analyzing problems, determining alternative solutions and creating action steps to solve the problem.
  • Ability to think and act quickly, effectively, and appropriately in a variety of situations and solve problems while balancing time, quality, cost and risk. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a cross-office team, building relationships, delegating work and escalating risk appropriately.
  • ‘Can Do’ attitude.  Ability to proactively manage case team expectations, recognize needs and adapt plans accordingly.
  • Willingness and ability to identify gaps, propose solutions, and take ownership of projects.
  • This position requires some weekend and after hours support and may require occasional travel.

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