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The Importance of Document Review in Litigations and Investigations

Business firms in Washington, DC can help business disputes that can’t be settled through mediation or arbitration. Proceeding with a Washington DC business dispute is a time-consuming and costly procedure, in part because it usually involves the careful, systematic review of paper and electronic documents to support evidence in your case.

In preparation for litigation, you and your business attorney and business litigation team will need to determine the best approach for sorting through the paperwork you’re required to produce for litigation or an investigation. Your counsel will advise you of various document review techniques and services available and the costs and review times associated with each alternative. Key questions for you and your business attorney to consider are:
? How experienced are the document reviewers?
? How relevant will the document search results be to our lawsuit?
? How efficient are the document search services we’re considering?
? Can these services complete the task in a timely, dependable, and consistent manner?
? Are the document search companies able to transfer case knowledge back to my business?

You may wonder why your business attorney would suggest an outside document review service instead of conducting the research with his team. Outsourcing first-pass document review to a qualified discovery management organization can offer several benefits:

? Budget control – Enlisting a company that specializes in document review ensures that you have a clear idea of the costs involved in this litigation preparation component.
? Project management – A person will be appointed to oversee your document review process from start to finish and report progress to your business attorney.
? Organization – The framework of your project is established at the very beginning to ensure efficient workflow and regular communications.
? Technology – Companies specializing in first-pass document review have the latest and greatest software and equipment to search through paper and electronic documents swiftly.
? Streamlining – Outsourcing document search services encourages business attorneys to start the process early in the lawsuit preparation cycle which assists preparation for deadlines.
? Quality control – A qualified document discovery firm has several layers of quality control built into its document review process.
? Reduced likelihood of sanctions – Document mishandling can derail litigation preparation very quickly. Use of document review companies reduces the possibility of sanctions because their staff and systems are closely supervised by in-house counsel and project managers.
? Productivity – By using a document review firm, your business attorney can be more productive in his area of knowledge—the substantive practice of law.

Remember, if your company is facing a lawsuit, your business law attorneys will need the resources to investigate all of the relevant information and evidence at their disposal in preparation for trial. An important component of your legal research is carefully orchestrated document review. In most cases, it’s in your best interest to call on a full-time document review company.

This information is provided by the Washington, DC law office of business attorney Michael Trevelline, 1823 Jefferson Place, NW, Washington DC 20035.

Business firms in Washington, DC can help business disputes that can’t be settled through mediation or arbitration. Proceeding with a Washington DC business dispute is a time-consuming and costly procedure, in part because it usually involves the careful, systematic review of paper and electronic documents to support evidence i

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