Extract from George Socha’s article “eDiscovery Leaders Live: Michael Stack of Bricker & Eckler LLP”
As the Practice Support Director at Bricker & Eckler LLP, a leading Midwest law firm with offices throughout Ohio and clients across the country, and a licensed member of the Ohio and Florida bars, Michael provides litigation and technology support to the firm’s practice groups in areas of eDiscovery across the EDRM lifecycle while applying best practices and using state-of-the-art legal technology tools. With almost a decade of experience in electronic discovery, Michael previously served as an eDiscovery project manager and contract attorney. Michael earned his JD from Florida Coastal School of Law, where he was the Technical Editor on the Florida Coastal Law Review and an award-winning oral advocate on the Moot Court Honor Board, and a BS in Business Administration from Auburn University. Michael became a Certified E-Discovery Specialist through ACEDS in 2020.
Michael started by discussing about his current role at the firm and the significance of practice support versus litigation support. From there, he talked about TAR as it is traditionally performed and compared that with capabilities offered by newer forms of AI. After looking at AI from AI models to computer vision, he discussed factors driving adoption, and then turned to comparing law firm and technology cultures. We talked about lawyers’ ethical duty of competence and how that plays out in the eDiscovery arena as well as changing law firm service models, and closed with how an evolving eDiscovery value propositions is altering the law firm – client dynamic.