Lightfoot Formalizes Existing Electronic Discovery Practice

Lightfoot, Franklin & White today announced the formalization of its existing practice in Electronic Discovery and Digital Information services.

In recent years, nothing has had a greater impact on trial practice and business litigation than the rise of electronic discovery. Courts impose sometimes devastating sanctions for electronic-discovery missteps; jurors punish companies for real or imagined destruction of evidence; and American businesses spend enormous sums on vendors and technologies that seem uncertain and quickly out of date.

Faced with this landscape, clients need proactive advice about document policies and procedures before a lawsuit is filed; dependable strategies at a lawsuit’s outset for the preservation, identification and collection of electronic documents; and vigorous defense and prosecution of claims relating to electronic documents.

Recognizing these problems, lawyers at Lightfoot, Franklin & White have developed the legal expertise necessary to deal with this evolving area at the intersection of the law, business and technology. One of our partners, a former chief federal district court judge and principal author of The Manual on Complex Litigation, Second, was a pioneer of technology in the courtroom and the use of computers to manage discovery in vast litigation. Another partner participates in The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Discovery. We have sound, on-going relationships with leading vendors of forensic and database-management services, resulting in seamless, cost-effective legal and technical service to our clients. We have a broad range of experience and expertise from which our clients regularly benefit, from pre-litigation negotiations through trial and appeal, including:

  • Advice on document-retention and document-management policies and systems.
  • Prosecution and defense of spoliation or destruction-of-evidence claims, including obstruction charges in business-crime matters.
  • Preparation and implementation of “legal holds.”
  • Electronic discovery of opposing parties and experts.
  • Coordination of paper and electronic discovery at multistate, multi-facility companies.
  • Advice with regard to the selection of vendors, experts and court-appointed special masters.
  • Consultation on depositions and electronic-document production for IT personnel.

Members of the EDDI practice include lawyers Sam Pointer, Jack Sharman, Brad Powell, Larkin Radney, Lana Alcorn, Chips Pruet, Philip Bridwell, Sandy Hooper and Natasha Wilson. These lawyers work in close coordination with the firm’s EDDI Technical Manager, Don Stump.

For more information on the firm’s EDDI practice and capabilities, contact Jack Sharman at (205) 581-0789 or