Tom O'Connor

Tom O’Conner is an attorney, educator, and well respected electronic evidence expert. He has also written three books on legal technology and worked as a consultant or expert on computer forensics and electronic discovery in some of the most challenging, front page cases in the U.S.

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Last Mango In Paris: COVID-19 Effect On eDiscovery

on Fri, Mar 20, 2020 By | Tom O'Connor | 0 Comments | Trends Conferences
A week ago at this time, I thought I would spend today flying to Gainesville Florida to speak at the 8th Annual University of Florida Levin College of Law E-Discovery Conference. But on Wed March 11th, the Florida University system ordered all of their schools to shut down ( see the press release ) and by Friday the 13th Professor Bill Hamilton, University of Florida Levin College of Law Skills Professor and Executive Director of the International Center for Automated Information Retrieval at the law school, who leads the conference, was forced to send the following email to all the faculty:
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ABA TECHSHOW 2020: Woodstock For Techies

on Mon, Mar 09, 2020 By | Tom O'Connor | 0 Comments | Conferences
I was originally going to call this review of the Techshow “Why the ABA Techshow is like Mardi Gras” until Reid Trautz, the Director of the Practice and Professionalism Center at the American Immigration Lawyers Association And Chair of the Techshow in 2012) told me he overheard one attendee say this to another at an escalator at the show. Although I think the Mardi Gras comparison is a good one (crowds, excitement, good food among the reason) I find the Woodstock comparison even better. Here’s why.
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A Tale Of Two Conferences - Legaltech 2020 Debrief

on Tue, Feb 11, 2020 By | Tom O'Connor | 0 Comments | Conferences
I recently attended the Legaltech conference in New York. The first conference was in 1990 and I’ve been there as either a speaker or an attendee for roughly 25 years (with a stint somewhere in the middle as a member of the Advisory Board) so it has been interesting to watch its evolution. The latest phase of that development is the concept of Legalweek with Legaltech placed in the center (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) of several other overlapping events with a similar legal technology focus.
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The Changing Standard of Discovery In Criminal Cases

on Mon, Feb 03, 2020 By | Tom O'Connor | 0 Comments | Trends
ORIGINAL STANDARD Discussions about electronic discovery have traditionally focused on civil matters because civil cases have historically been more document intensive and thus that discovery process has been more richly nuanced. In addition, when criminal matters do have relevant documents, the discovery standard has been the so-called Brady rule, named after the  landmark Supreme Court ruling Brady v. Maryland (373 U.S. 83 (1963) which held that a prosecutor is only required to share evidence deemed exculpatory of the defendant.
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What's Wrong With eDiscovery in 2020? eDiscovery Trends

on Fri, Jan 03, 2020 By | Tom O'Connor | 4 Comments | Trends
Several months ago, the good folks at Digital War Room asked me to write several blog posts on technology topics that they wished to address. One of those topics was this one, and when it came up in our discussion, I said I was sure it would be topical because I fully expected it to be addressed in a conversation with a client before the end of the year. When I was asked why I could be so certain of that, I replied “because it’s come up at the end of each year for the past 4 or 5 years.”
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Has Legal Artificial Intelligence (AI) Become a Fight Club?

on Mon, Dec 02, 2019 By | Tom O'Connor | 0 Comments | Trends
Artificial Intelligence has become the biggest buzz word in legal technology since, well the last biggest buzzword. ECA, TAR, Blockchain, Analytics, Big Data, Collaboration, Disruption, Innovation. Every 6 months we have a new “big thing” and right now it’s AI.
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eDiscovery Costs - How to Manage in Cases Under 500 GBs

on Mon, Oct 08, 2018 By | Tom O'Connor | 1 Comment | Pricing
Questions about eDiscovery costs? Visit our pricing page, schedule a demo, or write us a direct message.   Introduction I’ve written many times about how eDiscovery software is traditionally viewed as only a large case, federal forum issue. Most recently in the eDiscovery Buyers Guide (Copyright Burney Consultants & Lex Tech Review), I noted that firms of all sizes must now understand how to handle electronic discovery cost-effectively and successfully. To that end, I discussed the roots of what is now often called “The Small Case Dilemma.”
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