History

Employment

DatesOrganizationPositions
2020-presentSocha Consulting, LLCOwner
2016-2020BDO USA, LLPManaging Director
2003-2016Socha Consulting, LLCOwner
2004-2016EDRMCo-founder
2011-2016AperseeCo-founder
2014-2016ABIKOSCo-president
1996-2003Halleland, Lewis, Nilan, Sipkins & JohnsonSpecial Counsel, Shareholder
1986, 1987-1996Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & KaufmanSummer Associate, Associate, Special Counse
1981-1983Peace CorpsVolunteer, Léo, Burkina Faso, West Africa

Milestones

DatesMilestone
Late 1980sAs a student in the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic, I wrote a PC-based sneaker-ware matter management system to help students working in the clinic handle their cases.
Early 1990sWhile working on a set of nationwide "fight for the company life" toxic tort matters, I oversaw the design and implementation of the first system to use low-cost CDs for image files in a large-scale matter. Until then, expensive WORM systems were required.
Early 1990sI was a speaker at one of the first conferences on e-discovery, and for many years after that a conference co-chair.
Early 1990sWhile at a national law firm, I oversaw the development and deployment of one of the earliest law firm websites.
1996As one of 30 lawyers forming a new law firm, I designed and oversaw the implementation of all aspects of technology for the firm. We were one of the first firms to provide laptop computers for all attorneys and paralegals and personal computers for all other staff.
Mid 1990sAt the same firm, I implemented one of the first electronic libraries. I introduced the use of fixed-fee arrangements between law firms and legal research services - both LexisNexis and Westlaw - allowing attorneys to use on-line legal research services for all matters and all clients.
Mid 1990sAs a practicing lawyer, I pioneered the simultaneous use of real time court reporting and evidence displayed on computers at depositions.
2003With Tom Gelbmann, I launched the Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey, the first survey to examine the electronic discovery market.
2005With Tom Gelbmann, I launched the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM).
Late 2010sFor government-driven investigations, I developed and oversaw the implementation of ESI protocol pursuant to which investigative teams were able to review documents without traditional reviewers. Instead, in each matter analysis of the documents was directed by two members of the core investigative teams, supported by small teams of provider consultants.