Welcome to Germane Shepherd

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.


About the Author Chris

Author Avatar Christine Chalstrom is the Founder, CEO, and President of Shepherd Data Services, Trustee, Mitchell Hamline Law School and Adviser, Center for Law and Business. She has spoken widely on the Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures, Digital Forensics, and eDiscovery best practices. Her credits include presentations to the American Bar Association, Association of Certified e-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), Corporate Counsel Institute, MN Association of Corporate Counsel, MN Association of Litigation Support Professionals, MN CLE, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute. She is an attorney, programmer, and forensic examiner.