ACEDS Announces Partnership With AccessData, a Global, End-To-End Forensic Investigative Solutions Provider

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Aug. 21, 2020– EAGAN, Minn. – The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading e-discovery training and certification professional association and part of The BARBRI Group, is pleased to announce that AccessData, an industry leader in forensics investigative solutions, has joined as an ACEDS Affiliate Partner.

Through this partnership, employees and partners of AccessData can leverage ACEDS’ breadth of job tools and networking forums, a global chapter network and events, and a best-practice-oriented worldwide community of professionals. As an ACEDS Affiliate Partner, AccessData plays an important role in the global ACEDS community, leveraging and contributing to the community’s collective knowledge and expertise, and the association’s education, marketing, training and professional development resources.

“AccessData is a great example of the diverse professions and specializations represented by ACEDS partners and within our larger e-discovery community,” Michael Quartararo, president ACEDS and professional development said. “The contributions of the AccessData will provide valuable insights and learnings around the specific area of forensics data. I’m excited about what the organization brings to ACEDS and our members.”

“AccessData is committed to working with e-discovery professionals in corporate, government and law firm environments to help them reduce the costs and risks associated with data collection and e-discovery management,” said Abdeslam Afras, president and chief revenue officer of AccessData. “This strategic focus is perfectly aligned with ACEDS’ mission, and is at the heart of the training, education and certification programs they deliver with such skill. We look forward to partnering again with ACEDS to help advance the e-discovery profession.”


The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global member-based association for professionals who work in e-discovery, information governance, compliance and the broader legal community. ACEDS provides training and certification in e-discovery and related disciplines to corporate legal departments, law firms, the government, service providers and institutions of higher learning. Our CEDS certification is recognized around the world and used to verify skills and competence in electronic discovery for organizations and individuals through training, certification and ongoing education. The CEDS credential is held by practitioners at the largest Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 200 firms and government agencies. ACEDS has 23 chapters, with locations in most major US cities, the UK, Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa (with Australia and South America chapters coming soon). Our goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with e-discovery while helping to improve and verify their skills and advance their careers and overall technology competence in e-discovery and related fields.

About AccessData®
Whether it’s for investigation, litigation or compliance, AccessData® offers industry-leading solutions that put the power of forensics in your hands. For more than 30 years, AccessData has worked with more than 130,000 customers in law enforcement, government agencies, corporations and law firms around the world, providing both stand-alone and enterprise-class solutions that can synergistically work together. The company is backed by Sorenson Capital, a leading private equity firm focused on high-growth portfolios. For more information on AccessData, please go to

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