MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — October 13, 2009 — Clearwell Systems, Inc., a leader in intelligent e-discovery, today announced it has been identified as the most popular solution for Early Case Assessment (ECA) in a Market Snapshot Survey conducted by The Cowen Group, with 71 percent of the vote. Clearwell was also named one of the top three ECA vendors in a survey conducted by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA). In addition, the ILTA report found that 38 percent of law firms with more than 700 attorneys cited using Clearwell for e-discovery within the last 12 months, again placing the company in the top three rankings.
ECA is emerging as a top priority for litigators, and a key driver for improving case strategy and reducing the cost of litigation. A recent online poll by Clearwell found that 65 percent of 103 customers surveyed expect to see an increase in ECA over the next 12 months, pointing to increased demand for quick analysis of case facts. The Cowen Group report, “Evaluating Early Case Assessment Tools and Offerings,” cited the observed benefits of ECA as: a) reduced expenses, b) strategic planning, c) optimizing resources and d) managing budgets. Despite these benefits, roadblocks to conducting ECA still exist. The Cowen Group report also cited the most common hurdles as: a) reliable access to case information, b) available automated technology, c) time and d) resources.
“While there is no singular approach to ECA, it is clear that three important ingredients are required: a defined workflow, trained ECA practitioners and enterprise-grade ECA products that make the process simple, transparent and defensible,” said Dean Gonsowski, Esq., VP of e-discovery services at Clearwell Systems. “Bringing all three together is much easier today and the rewards for clients and attorneys alike are close at hand.”
To further educate in-house legal teams and law firms on the importance of ECA and its key benefits, Clearwell has published a whitepaper entitled, “Understanding the Impact of Early Case Assessment to Your Organization.”
About Clearwell Systems
Clearwell Systems is transforming the way enterprises and law firms perform electronic discovery (e-discovery) in response to litigation, regulatory inquiries, and internal investigations. The Clearwell E-Discovery Platform automates the processing, analysis, review, and production phases of e-discovery via a single, integrated product. Leading organizations such as Constellation Energy, DLA Piper, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, and the Department of Homeland Security / Office of Inspector General are using Clearwell to accelerate early case assessments, intelligently cull-down data, increase reviewer productivity, and ensure the defensibility of their e-discovery process. Consistently ranked as a leader in independent industry surveys and reports, Clearwell Systems is an active participant in the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) Project and The Sedona Conference. For more information, visit www.clearwellsystems.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/clearwell, or subscribe to the E-Discovery 2.0 blog at http://www.clearwellsystems.com/e-discovery-blog/.