Group Aims to Cut e-Discovery Costs and Risks for Clients
(May 16, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA) – Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of 14 members to its new e-Discovery practice. The group will work from the firm’s Global Customer Care Center in Pittsburgh. A majority of the group begins working today, the remaining members are wrapping up current projects and facilitating the transition and are expected to be in-house shortly.
The Practice Group is led by David R. Cohen, who joined Reed Smith in early May from K&L Gates, where he formerly co-founded and served as co-chair of that firm’s e-Discovery Analysis and Technology Practice. Cohen has more than 25 years of complex commercial litigation experience, with a long-term focus on e-discovery, automated litigation support and records management issues.
All members of the team were formerly part of the e-Discovery Analysis & Technology (e-DAT) Group at K&L Gates in Pittsburgh. The group includes eleven e-discovery attorneys, led by Senior Manager Beth Wurzel. These attorneys will provide document review services and other support to lawyers and clients firmwide on discovery matters, investigations, and other matters requiring large scale record review and support. The attorneys will be joined by Administrative Assistant Tammie Parker, and experienced Litigation Support Analysts Patty Novak and Mandy Crawford, who focus on technical support for e-discovery and hard copy document reviews, document productions, and other litigation support. Ms. Novak and Ms. Crawford will join about 20 other litigation support professionals already employed by Reed Smith across the firm’s platform.
“I am delighted to have so many of my valued former colleagues join me at Reed Smith,” said Mr. Cohen. “Their arrival will further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness with which Reed Smith can service clients, and will allow us to reduce client expenses on e-discovery and litigation support, while also reducing risk exposure. Both of these goals are accomplished by combining advanced technology with the talents of this very experienced but low cost group.”
The Senior Manager, Ms. Wurzel, is a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She has experience in a variety of legal areas including insurance coverage, pharmaceutical claims, financial matters, intellectual property, construction, and government agency investigations. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Wurzel worked with an electronic discovery service provider where she assisted corporate and law firm clients with document collection and review matters. Before that, she managed large-scale document review projects with another Pittsburgh law firm. The other experienced e-discovery lawyers joining Reed Smith include Andy Codelka, Ryan Del Greco, Frank Gilberti, III, Chris Kenny, Marcin Krieger, Jim Leety, Juliet Leopardi, Katie Salynski, Jeff Sradomski, and Brian Wood.
“Reed Smith has an exceptional platform upon which to develop a world-class e-discovery practice,” said George Stewart, managing partner of the firm’s Pittsburgh office. “Most of this group has been working together for several years, and have proven themselves to be a cohesive team. We are very excited about adding this talent and experience to our practice group and look forward to the further growth opportunities at Reed Smith.”
According to Mr. Cohen, the firm’s e-Discovery and Records Practice team already has projects lined up at Reed Smith, with additional new assignments coming in the door. While the majority of the review work is to support litigation and investigation matters, the group also can perform electronic and hard copy records analysis for corporate transactions and other legal matters.
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