Cloudy Data: The Emergence of “Bring Your Own Cloud”
POSTED ON July 11

By now, most of you are aware of the risks of corporate Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. But have you considered BYOC? Bring Your Own Cloud refers to employees’ use of cloud technologies for corporate data and materials. BYOC is less a cost-saving convenience for companies than a side effect of emerging technology.

On July 19, Barry Dop and I will lead a MN Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel panel discussion with subject matter experts on BYOC risks and mitigation possibilities. “Cocktail Briefing: Bring Your Own Cloud to Work” will take place at 3:30 at the Millennium Hotel on Nicollet Mall.


Good Things Come in Threes, or is it Fours?
POSTED ON June 30

You know the adage that good things come in threes.  I may need to revise my understanding of that saying because we, at Shepherd Data, are coming off a string of four good things!

The First Thing:

Complex Discovery named us to their list of Top eDiscovery Companies.  We are thrilled.

The Second Thing:

I was recently named to Minnesota Business Magazine’s The (Real) Power 50.  I am humbled and honored particularly by the second part of  the award description “a knack for getting things done – and being helpful along the way.”  Since helpfulness is a foundation to the Shepherd Data mission, we love this validation.


Six Months Later: Practice and Precedent–eDiscovery and FRCP
POSTED ON June 20

The evidence is in! The Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) are affecting the processes around litigation.

In my upcoming CLE, Six Months Later: Practice and Precedent– eDiscovery and FRCP, I will examine the last six months’ implementation of the FRCP Amendments.  I will address:


It’s Not Just the Evidentiary Data; It’s the Collection
POSTED ON June 13

Depending on your experience in eDiscovery, you might think that eDiscovery collection of electronically stored information isn’t all that difficult—just pull the data off the servers in one fell swoop. But all is not what it seems. Businesses may have multiple locations, and they may maintain data in more than one place. Even those entities with only one location will have employees who use their own devices or computers for work purposes, or employees who travel or work remotely. In short, the sources for data collection can increase exponentially beyond the hoped-for “one fell swoop” collection on servers.  And then, there is the question about whether the collection is done correctly.


Cybersecurity Risks in e-Discovery—a Primer for Corporate, Law Firm, and Government Legal Staffs 
POSTED ON May 17

It seems that most legal publications these days offer news of current cyberattacks or concerns about future assaults.  Few offer concrete guidance for the legal professional, particularly those working on matters with eDiscovery requirements.  Our May 25th Shepherd Speaks in Minneapolis will provide a practical overview of cybersecurity risks, obligations, and incident response in eDiscovery.

Our presenter, Professor Gregory M. Duhl, is the founder of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Cybersecurity and Privacy Program, a non-degree certificate for working professionals focusing on the complex legal, policy, and compliance challenges from the rapid growth of cyberspace.

Formerly an intellectual property litigator, Professor Duhl’s examination will profile: