BigLaw Wary As Discovery In-Housing Trend Grows

Law360, New York (April 24, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT) -- While Milberg LLP's recent appointment of a former legal services vendor to the seemingly unprecedented position of chief discovery officer may offer further legitimacy to those advocating for the in-housing of law firm discovery work, experts warn there are downsides to disrupting the existing lawyer-driven model.

The high costs of electronic discovery have driven the growth of a lucrative third-party vendor outsourcing market for years, but experts say some firms are looking to trim their cost margins by investing in IT infrastructure in order to bring discovery operations in-house.

"I'm seeing a lot of law firms transferring e-discovery responsibility in-house and...

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