Mike Quartararo

Mike Quartararo is the President of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), which provides training and certification in e-discovery and related disciplines to law firms, corporate legal and the broader the legal community. He is also the author of the 2016 book Project Management in Electronic Discovery and has been successfully consulting in information governance, e-discovery, project management and legal technology for two decades, including 10-year stints at both Skadden Arps and Stroock. He is a certified Project Management Professional and a Certified E-Discovery Specialist. He frequently writes and speaks on e-discovery, legal operations, project management and technology topics.

Remembering Gayle McCormick O’Connor

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West The industry lost a dear friend this past weekend. Gayle McCormick O’Connor. She wore several hats over the more than 40 years she contributed to the legal industry, from law librarian to paralegal to marketing strategist and consultant to …

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An Update on International and Cross-Border Discovery

Parties in the US are allowed broad and liberal discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) relevant and proportional to the claims and defenses in a legal action. When a US-based litigant seeks ESI stored in other countries, however, it raises thorny legal and practical issues. ACEDS recently conducted a webinar on this topic entitled “Now …

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Towards Developing a Proposed TAR Framework

Recently, ACEDS hosted a webinar entitled “Point|Counterpoint: A Proposed TAR Framework,” during which a stellar panel of lawyers, including Redgrave’s Christine Payne and Kirkland & Ellis’ Michele Six represented the defense bar, and Suzanne Clark and Chad Roberts from eDiscovery CoCounsel represented the plaintiff’s bar. Retired US Magistrate Judge James C. Francis, IV, now with …

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If We Have the Courage and the Will: Remarks on Race, Equality and Justice

If We Have the Courage and the Will: Remarks on Race, Equality and Justice

(Note: These remarks were originally shared by ACEDS President Michael Quartararo with leaders of our 25 global chapters during ACEDS’ monthly chapter leadership call, and since then many have asked that the remarks be made available publicly) I want to say a few words about the conversation we are having, certainly here in the United …

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Paralegals Are Project Managers Too!

I wrote this piece a few years ago for my own personal blog because I thought then and I still think now that paralegals are e-discovery project managers. I also wrote something similar for NALA’s Facts & Findings publication, and again, my argument holds up. Whether you’re traveling a long distance, going on a short road …

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My First 10 Days . . . An Open Letter to the ACEDS Membership

Dear ACEDS Community, Ten days in and it has been a whirlwind of meetings and phone calls as I begin to immerse myself in this exciting new role. I’m not sure everyone knows that the ACEDS community includes individuals from around the globe. Currently, we have 1360 CEDS certified members, nearly 2500 active members, and …

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EDRM at Duke Law School Releases TAR Guidelines for Legal Industry

For about two years, a group of legal professionals from the EDRM at Duke Law School –judges, lawyers, e-discovery and litigation support professionals—from across the country have been working on guidelines designed to educate and inform the legal industry about technology assisted review. The Technology Assisted Review (TAR) Guidelines have now been released and are …

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Who’s Afraid of Project Management Tools?

As part of the Summer School Webinar Series, eDPM Advisory Services recently teamed up with ACEDS to review the project management landscape. Our objective: to categorize and identify some of the project management tools on the market that may be used to help automate e-discovery processes. Although we identified several potential tools, the central message …

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