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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Electronic Discovery for the Rest of Us: Part 2

on Mon, Jul 12, 2021 By | Tom O'Connor | 0 Comments | Best Practices Trends
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Electronic Discovery for the Rest of Us: Part 1

on Mon, Jun 28, 2021 By | Tom O'Connor | 0 Comments |
In 2010, noted e-discovery consultant Craig Ball wrote a fascinating article in Law Technology News entitled "E-Discovery for Everybody." That column came to be known as the "Edna Challenge" because in it, Craig posited a solo practitioner named Edna with an e-discovery budget of $1,000 and asked how she could possibly perform any e-discovery on that amount.
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Are Hyperlinks the same as Attachments? Judge Parker opinion Nichols v. Noom

on Fri, May 21, 2021 By | Tom O'Connor | 0 Comments |
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Exchange Protocol Checklist

on Mon, May 03, 2021 By | Tom O'Connor | 0 Comments |
THE RULES  Your first consideration needs to be, what do the rules require?
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ABA Tech Show 2021: First Time Online

on Mon, Apr 19, 2021 By | Tom O'Connor | 0 Comments |
I always like to wait a few days before I review a big tech conference to let the impact settle in. And not just for me but for attendees and exhibitors as well. That said, here’s my thoughts on the ABA Techshow 2021
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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 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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