Tim will discuss the topic of “Holding the Data”-- providing insight on the importance of electronically stored information (ESI), particularly in plaintiff’s litigation. He will cover the importance of serving preservation notices early on in litigation to identify sources of potentially relevant data for your case, preserving client data, and identifying sources of information from defendants and third parties, such as personal computers, email, mobile devices and networked data, including metadata. Tim will discuss preparation for successful F.R.C.P. 26(f) conferences and the benefits of establishing an order pertaining to ESI and production methods early in the litigation lifecycle. From his corporate experience, he will provide specifics of the legal hold process and how corporations manage the process to gain insight on areas and sources of data in your case. He will also provide insight on key terms used in production formats and tips and tricks paralegals and attorneys may use to understand and review data quicker in a production of documents.
BIO – TIM THAMES
With more than 24 years of experience in the legal services industry, Tim Thames is a legal technology manager for a cutting-edge boutique plaintiffs’ litigation firm in Columbia, South Carolina. Tim began his career as a paralegal and transitioned into litigation support and eDiscovery. He has held numerous management level eDiscovery positions including with large corporations, such as BlueCross, the federal government’s Executive Office of United States Attorneys and private law firms. He enjoys sharing industry knowledge and experience with attorneys and paralegals who are seeking to apply new technology in their practices.
Tim is well known in the industry, especially his home state of South Carolina. He is an Adjunct Professor with Midlands Technical College in Columbia, S.C. teaching legal technology, law office management and eDiscovery coursework. Tim leads CLE’s locally and at national conferences on topics including trial support, eDiscovery and litigation to advance technology resources in law firms. He held leadership positions with local professional associations and is a member of numerous national associations. Tim established eDataSC, LLC a consulting firm providing services to legal professionals in 2016.
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