eDiscovery expert & thought leader

An award-winning attorney, expert witness, and consultant, co-founder of EDRM, and now Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal, I have worked with corporate, law firm, governmental, and service and software provider clients on e-discovery and litigation support challenges and opportunities for over three decades.

As a practicing lawyer at one large and one medium law firm for 16 years, an independent consultant for over 13 years, and at a large service provider for nearly four years, I have worked on just about every aspect of e-discovery. I have directed activities from early identification of potentially pertinent ESI through analyses of produced materials; designed and supervised implementation of TAR protocols using as few as two members of the core investigative team to review documents; presented content at depositions, hearings, arbitrations, and trials; and testified on issues ranging from spoliation to pricing to state of the practice.

From 2003 to 2009, Tom Gelbmann and I conducted the Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey. In 2005, Tom and I founded EDRM, which creates practical global resources to improve e-discovery, privacy, security, and information governance.

For many years my guiding philosophy has been to “give 15 minutes back” – to draw on the capabilities offered by effective deployment of legal technology to help make the legal process a bit more efficient and a bit more effective, ultimately improving the administration of justice for all.


Recent Posts

Cowen Cafe: The Curse of Shadow IT

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, about 40 corporate, law firm, and provider participants gathered for another Cowen Cafe Zoom meeting, sponsored by Integreon, Lineal Services, Litera, and United Lex. This week’s question was, “What is the most surprising trend you are seeing?” The response, dominating this week’s discussion, was Shadow IT. (more…)

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Cowen Cafe: Flying, buying, and free

On Thursday, September 10, 2020, 40+ corporate, law firm, and provider participants gathered for another Cowen Cafe Zoom meeting, sponsored by Integreon, Lineal Services, Litera, and United Lex. We started with a 30-minute group chat, separated into four breakout rooms, and reassembled for a final recap. The starting question this week was, how will your…

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Joining Reveal

I am please to announce that I have joined Reveal as Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness. Details are in this morning’s press release, George Socha, Co-Founder of the EDRM and Premier eDiscovery Expert, Joins Reveal. Please contact me with any questions. Thanks to all who have assisted in this process!

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Cowen Cafe: The Uncut Version

On Thursday, September 3, 2020, 50+ corporate, law firm, and provider participants gathered for another Cowen Cafe Zoom meeting, sponsored by Integreon, Lineal Services, Litera, and United Lex. We started with a 30-minute group chat, separated into five breakout rooms, and reassembled for a final recap. This week there was a mood of optimism, with…

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Cowen Cafe: Squeak and Bind

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, corporate, law firm, and provider participants gathered for another Cowen Cafe Zoom meeting, sponsored by Integreon, Lineal Services, and NightOwl Global, a Haystack company. As usual, we started with a 30-minute group chat, separated into four breakout rooms, and reassembled for a final recap. This week, the discussion turned to things…

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Awards

Leading Litigation Professionals, eDiscovery – Chambers and Partners (2020)

#1 in eDiscovery, 2020 Readers Choice Awards – JD Supra (2020)

MVP “Mike Becker” Award for Outstanding Contribution and Leadership, BDO Leadership Institute 2020 (2020)

100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists of 2018 – Lawdragon (2019)

Ranked Lawyer, Professional Advisors: Litigation Support – Chambers and Partners (2018)

E-Discovery Trailblazer; Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years – The American Lawyer (2013)

Betsy Ann Reynolds Award for Excellence in Litigation Support – Litigation Support Today (2009)

Top Technology Innovators and Influencers of 2008 – InformationWeek (2009)


Boards

Founder-Advisor Member, EDRM Global Advisory Council

Member, ACEDS Global Advisory Board

Co-President, ACEDS Twin Cities Chapter

Member, CIGO Association Board of Governors


Education

J.D., Cornell Law School (1987)

B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1979)

CEDS, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (2020)