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

Cowen Cafe: Budgets in the time of COVID

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, 45 participants gathered for another invitation-only 75-minute Cowen Cafe call, sponsored by Ipro, NightOwl Global, and Onna, examining the essence of resilient leadership. A vibrant discussion about budgets drove this call (no – that is not a contradiction in terms) and speculation about GTP-3 sparked thoughts about the future that might be. (more…)

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Cowen Cafe: Worth Doing Well

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, 64 participants gathered for another invitation-only Cowen Cafe call, sponsored by Ipro, NightOwl Global, and Onna. With an eye on how to get from now to next through resilient leadership, this week’s question was, what have been the newest challenges you have faced? Some calls crystalize around a single concept; others end up…

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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)