Electronic Discovery is both a legal and technical process. As a technical process it involves information management; the identification of custodians and sources of ESI; the use of forensic write-blocking hardware and imaging software to preserve and collect ESI; and the forensic recovery of potentially relevant computer evidence. The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) below provides an excellent overview of eDiscovery phases and workflow. It provides a flexible, extensible and internationally accepted framework for the electronic discovery process.
According to edrm.net, the diagram represents a conceptual view of the e-discovery process, not a literal model. The diagram is intended as a basis for discussion and analysis, not as a prescription for the one and only right way to approach e-discovery. One may engage in some but not all of the steps outlined in the diagram, or one may elect to carry out the steps in a different order that shown here. One might repeat the same step numerous times, honing in on a more precise set of results. One might also cycle back to earlier steps, refining one’s approach as a better understanding of the data emerges or as the nature of the matter changes.
Electronic Discovery need not be distruptive to normal business operations or even a significant burden on employees. PenrodEllis FDD forensic computer examiners work closely with clients and attorneys prior to litigation to determine the scope of the inquiry and reduce the potential inconveniences and costs of eDiscovery. We also work deligently to ensure that neither client nor attorneys are exposed to judicial sanctions due to violations of eDiscovery rules. Sanctions in eDiscovery are increasing and PenrodEllis FDD is in a unique position to advise and assist our clients in fulfilling their obligations under the law.
With our offices and laboratory located in Denver, PenrodEllis FDD is easily accessible to clients in need of Electronic Discovery services in Colorado and Wyoming and only a phone call away for clients in other Western States.
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Denver, Colorado 80222