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ConocoPhillips reduced document-related discovery costs by 60 percent by creating a coordinator

Ron Denton, Manager of Legal Businesses Services at ConocoPhilips, explained one of the steps his law department had taken to reduce discovery costs. Speaking at a DataCert conference (Generals of the Revolution), Denton said that they had created the position of document discovery coordinator. “This professional takes charge of document production internally and selects and manages appropriate third-party vendors, such as electronic discovery providers.” Certainly a sound idea (See my post of May 3, 2008: internal discovery teams with 8 references.).

The new position, and other efforts related to e-discovery, Denton said had reduced his company’s document related discovery costs by an astounding 60% (See my post of Sept. 8, 2010: costs of e-discovery with 11 references.).