About

Ralph-Losey-OfficeThis is my professional blog. I am Ralph Losey and can be reached at ralph at losey dot law. I started my blog in late 2006 with the idea of pushing for a team approach to electronic discovery, with the team being attorneys and vendors working together. Seems like “no duh” now, I know. So my work on that is done, For that reason I went to sleep for a few years and stopped writing. I’m back now, like a bad penny. Recharged and ready to move on to the next big challenge, to reinvent myself and this blog.

Reinventing e-Discovery Team. Now the team goal is to connect ediscovery, which now means discovery, since everything is now digital, with all of the other fields of law, and, dare I say it, with life itself. Discovery of the facts, the evidence, what is really happening; the true information that should underlie all reasoning and opinions. Yes, this blog will still be techie, and law oriented, because that is who I am. But it will no longer be limited to just one small corner of the law, to ediscovery specialists, not even just to the law itself. The team must grow, not to exclude the old team-mates, but add more, many more. For some background on one of the core the ideas driving this expansion, this reinvention, see my old blog, Information → Knowledge → Wisdom: Progression of Society in the Age of Computers; and then Examining the 12 Predictions Made in 2015 in “Information → Knowledge → Wisdom.

About Ralph Losey. So much for ABOUT the blog, now as to ABOUT me. I’m just a regular, old-time techie-lawyer. To be honest, I’m not too bright and I make dumb spelling and grammar mistakes, but I like to write and have fun doing it. One of my sayings is to take your work seriously, but not yourself. Hopefully you will enjoy what I have created here, and maybe even learn something along the way. Probably not from me, but I do quote and cite to a lot of smart people in this blog. I learn something new almost every time I try to write something.

For my day job, I’m a lawyer in private practice with over forty years of experience in technology, litigation and deals. I’ve always used the latest computers in my practice, and have always worked for a law firm. I am currently a Principal of LOSEY PLLC.

Legal ethics require me to tell you to look at the important disclaimer and notice about this blog. It is my own creation, not my firm’s, past or present. It contains my personal views, not necessarily my law firm or anyone else. The e-Discovery Team blog provides education, information, and editorial opinions only, not legal advice.  It is certainly not an ad nor solicitation to provide legal services. No legal advice is provided here.

For still more about me, certainly one of my favorite subjects, know that I am both an avid reader (mainly sci-fi and teach stuff) and a writer.  I’ve written hundreds of legal publications on e-discovery and technology law, including several books, such as: Adventures in Electronic Discovery (West, Spring 2011); Electronic Discovery: New Ideas, Trends, Case Law, and Practices (West 2010); Introduction to e-Discovery, (ABA 2009); e-Discovery: Current Trends and Cases (ABA 2008); E-DISCOVERY FOR EVERYONE, Ralph Losey; Foreword Judge Paul Grimm (ABA 2017) (Click here for my video intro to this book);  PERSPECTIVES ON PREDICTIVE CODING  And Other Advanced Search Methods for the Legal Practitioner, Editors: Jason R. Baron, Ralph C. Losey, Michael Berman; Foreword by Judge Andrew Peck (ABA 2016-2017).

From 2003 to 2022, my legal practice, writings, speaking and research haven been in the environment of Big Law. In 2010 my specialty in ediscovery started to focus on the use of Artificial Intelligence, specifically active machine learning, to search large quantities of  data to find evidence needed for the resolution of law suits. But now that I have left the big firm environment and moved to the  Losey PLLC, my practice has gone back to my earlier roots as a more general Technology Law practitioner.  There is still more information about me (even I am starting to get bored by this) on the right column of this blog with my bio and recent interviews and such.

78 Responses to About

  1. molly losey says:

    YOU ROCK.

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  2. Chuki Obiyo says:

    very resourceful!

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  3. sam solomon says:

    just found this resource. a really good job. thanks sam

    are you going to sedona end of april? if you are we can meet then. sam

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  4. Rob Robinson says:

    Excellent insight and instruction – thank for the time invested in this useful resource.

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  5. Heidi Maher says:

    This is a very informative and insightful blog. Definately one to put on your favorites and check everyday. Thanks for shedding light on complex issues.

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  6. Joanne says:

    Enjoy your blog. I am very experienced in complex litigation/e-discovery work and I must note that I have not yet seen a discussion of the best ways to properly prepare a client for all the tech supprt necessary to actually conduct the large scale doc review (# 6) above. This process requires hiring from 30 – 100 + attorneys to work 60+ hours a week for months on end on large scale projects. This is a very labor intensive and expensive phase of e-discovery. It has been my experience that the software programs/vendors/consultants/servers/internet pipelines etc. etc. are poorly chosen (cost) causing serious delays and cost over runs on many projects. I also note that so called service providers in this area often employ very junior and inexperienced people to serve as “techs” and ‘on-site trainers’ who are not really up to the task of servicing the daily needs of complex project workflow. I understand that clients make cost driven choices in these matters but they wind up paying far more in the end in excessive attorney hours and overtime because they don’t properly prepare for the review phase.

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  7. Ralph Losey says:

    You raise a good issue. Any thoughts on how to do that would be appreciated. Many people, and cos, seem to be penny wise and pound foolish. Most of the expense in large projects is review, and I have tried to make that point several times.

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    • Terry Dexter says:

      Are tool vendors aligned more towards a particular type of litigation (e.g., patent vs. civil rights vs. contract)? If so, that would be one means to categorize. The next method I suggest is to qualify each tool by the type of algorithm used. For example, a simple text search would be given a low score while an AI based tool capable of conducting semantic searches would be given a high value.

      Then again, we still have to deal with stegongraphy, OCR conversions and the odd extremelylongrunonsentencethatdescribestheinnerworkingsofapatent.

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  8. Rohit Retharekar says:

    Each process is explained thoroughly. Clears all doubts about e-discovery. Good job done

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  9. Frank says:

    Wow. Fantastic flow charts. Your use of visuals here was better than most of the text books I read, let alone blogs. Thanks a million for putting in the time here.

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  10. Mike Cummins says:

    Very informative website and appropriate. As a representative on the IT side of the house, I can confirm that cost is a big push-back on bringing attorney review technology platforms in house and for companies that are involved in a relatively small number of litigations (say once per year), the cost of maintaining expertise in operating those platforms is also of concern.

    IT departments quite easily fall into the trap you describe of over collection not really understanding what happens once turned over for review. Even the in-house managing attorney is not cognizant of the cost of over collection. Outsourcers (both technology and outside counsel) are usually all too happy to get terrabytes of ESI to justify exorbitant review costs.

    I have done some research into attorney review platforms that can be used in-house and I’m curious if you have any experience with any of those. As it’s an emerging product space, there are wide gaps in offerings and costs and I’m looking to narrow the field down by leveraging others’ experiences.

    Thanks for your posts!

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  11. How does one subscribe to your blog? You are dead on. With being in the industry, I enjoy hearing others views to validate what I have learned thus far. Keep these coming. Have a great and most successful day.

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  12. Amy Lechner says:

    Ralph, thank you for the insight and resource of your blog. I wonder if you would consider setting up and RSS feed (strictly for the ease of your readers)?

    Be well,
    Amy

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  13. Ralph,

    Your blog represents the depth of your understanding of e-discovery on the whole.

    What is more important is to make sense to the reader. I am new to e discovery and did derive immense knowledge and pleasure by reading your article.

    Great job!

    regards
    balaji

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  14. Nice job on the blog!

    I am a records management expert credentialed in medical records (HIM or Health Information Management) and specialize in Legal Health Records and eDiscovery in healthcare. I live near Orlando (Titusville) and thought I should reach out and make a connection. A friend of mine Kim Baldwin-Stried Reich speaks highly of you. When you have a chance please e-mail me at the e-mail address I posted with this message. Thank you.

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  15. Kim Gist says:

    Do you have a web feed I can save? I searched around but couldn’t

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  16. Farab says:

    Enjoy your blog. I am very experienced in complex litigation/e-discovery work and I must note that I have not yet seen a discussion of the best ways to properly prepare a client for all the tech supprt necessary to actually conduct the large scale doc review (# 6) above. This process requires hiring from 30 – 100 + attorneys to work 60+ hours a week for months on end on large scale projects. This is a very labor intensive and expensive phase of e-discovery. It has been my experience that the software programs/vendors/consultants/servers/internet pipelines etc. etc. are poorly chosen (cost) causing serious delays and cost over runs on many projects. I also note that so called service providers in this area often employ very junior and inexperienced people to serve as “techs” and ‘on-site trainers’ who are not really up to the task of servicing the daily needs of complex project workflow. I understand that clients make cost driven choices in these matters but they wind up paying far more in the end in excessive attorney hours and overtime because they don’t properly prepare for the review phase.
    +1

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