Expert, consultant, thought leader

An award-winning attorney, expert witness, and consultant and co-founder of EDRM, 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

Exploring Electronic Information in Criminal Investigations, Part 3/3

Please join Ron Hedges, James Francis, and me on Thursday July 2 at 1 pm EST for the third in a series of EDRM webinars on exploring electronic information in criminal investigations. This segment will consider cooperation between prosecution and defense as well as admissibility. Register at (more…)

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What folks are saying

In the past six weeks, I have had more than a hundred discussions about the future of e-discovery. On individual calls, in small group sessions, in Zoom meetings with 50 attendees and more, I have heard a wide range of views expressed. I also have seen patterns emerging. Here are two. (more…)

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New e-discovery case law section

I have gathered together the e-discovery case law summaries I prepared for the Weekly Trends Reports published on the ACEDS blog from December 2018 until February 2020 – and which I am starting up again. Those summaries are available at the E-Discovery Case Law page in the resources section of my website. (more…)

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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)


Founder-Advisor Member, EDRM Global Advisory Council

Member, ACEDS Global Advisory Board

Co-President, ACEDS Twin Cities Chapter

Member, CIGO Association Board of Governors


J.D., Cornell Law School (1987)

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

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