The Sherlock Holmes of the Accounting World
POSTED ON July 03

Time to fret, Watson: a typical company loses 5 percent of its revenues to fraud each year. Mary Harens, of Mary Harens Law Office, revealed that startling fact at our most recent Shepherd Speaks session, during an overview of Forensic Accounting. So who’s on the case?


What Does CCE Stand For? How About AME? Industry Acronyms Explained
POSTED ON July 01

Acronyms—if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

The tech explosion has left us swimming in acronyms. Some have become so commonplace, you’d never know they were acronyms at all: RADAR (radio detection and ranging), LASER (Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation), the BASIC programming language (Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code). Even scuba diving (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus).

Recently, I had the honor of tacking a few more letters onto my resume.


Welcome to Germane Shepherd
POSTED ON June 26

In eDiscovery, our world revolves around electronically stored information. So how about a little electronically shared information? Welcome to Germane Shepherd, where I’ll be posting industry insights and technology trends.

I founded Shepherd Data Services 12 years ago, and in that time we’ve grown from a one-woman operation into an office of 15, all with our faithful office dog, Sadie, at our heels. We’ve gone from a single Pentium 4 server with 120 GB of storage nestled underneath my desk to more than 200 TB of storage divided between our production and co-lo sites. In those same 12 years, the field has undergone drastic changes as well—gone are the days of copying boxes of papers in duplicate or triplicate.Now we process 500 GB of data for online hosting via Relativity.

Advancements in litigation technology allow attorneys to spend more time focused on legal issues and less time buried under terabytes of data. SDS offers solutions tailored to firms and their technical level, whatever it may be. We work with world-class litigators who shy away from computers, as well as with high tech firms with strong digital backgrounds.

Look for weekly updates on the fast-evolving world of eDiscovery and SDS’s approach to digital solutions, here at Germane Shepherd.


Shepherd Data Services Promotes Ben Legatt to Director of Consulting Services
POSTED ON June 01

Legatt to assist law firms and corporate legal clients as they navigate through e-discovery and litigation challenges

  MINNEAPOLIS – April 22, 2014 – Shepherd Data Services (Shepherd), a Minneapolis-based leader in full-service litigation support, including e-discovery and review technology, announced that it has promoted Ben Legatt to director of consulting services. In this new role, Legatt will focus on consulting with current clients on how to leverage Shepherd’s services and resources to optimize the entire discovery process.