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Barack Ferrazzano Selects Clearwell To Streamline E-Discovery

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—February 19, 2008—Clearwell Systems, Inc., a leader in Intelligent E-Discovery, today announced Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, a Chicago-based law firm specializing in all facets of real estate, commercial litigation and financial services law, has deployed the Clearwell E-Discovery Platform®, to deliver rapid and cost effective analysis and review of electronically stored information (ESI) for its clients. Based on results of a hands-on evaluation involving a large dataset sensitive to an ongoing case, Barack Ferrazzano has achieved a 70 percent reduction in ESI deemed relevant or responsiveresulting in much quicker processing times and substantial cost savings to the firm and its clients.

Barack Ferrazzano operates a unique, streamlined platform for the delivery of legal services with senior attorneys who lead highly efficient teams. Their commitment to efficiency and cost savings for clients led to the firm’s purchase of Clearwell and its supporting initiative to rid the e-discovery process of redundancies that plague conventional law firms. With its new system and processes in place, Barack Ferrazzano has significantly reduced the costs that are inherent with manual document review, in turn saving money for the firm’s client base.

While evaluating the Clearwell E-Discovery Platform, Barack Ferrazzano found that the product’s advanced analytics and de-duplicating capabilities delivered an order of magnitude improvement in speed and accuracy when compared with manual processes and rudimentary search tools. Once a data set has been culled down, Clearwell enables users to view data in discussion threads and classify documents into relevant categories—“responsive,” “non-responsive,” “privileged” and “hot docs”—further speeding the document analysis and review process and allowing attorneys to work collaboratively on a case.

Another important factor in Barack Ferrazzano’s decision to deploy Clearwell was the product’s intuitive user interface. Clearwell gives the firm’s lawyers and paralegals autonomy from IT to rapidly analyze documents, follow an email discussion to pinpoint exactly who knew what and when, quickly tag and export only the relevant documents to popular litigation support databases.

“Once the results of our evaluation were in, there wasn’t a single person at our firm who was not completely convinced of the ROI we and our clients would gain from the technology,” said John Jelderks, IT director at Barack Ferrazzano. “The Clearwell E-Discovery Platform is an extremely efficient and powerful solution, especially given the significance of electronic evidence to litigation today. By allocating less time to determining whether a piece of information is relevant, and spending more time analyzing how a message can make or break a case, Clearwell plays a critical role in the lives of our practitioners and the outcome for our clients.”

“Barack Ferrazzano is a lean and efficient law firm committed to uncovering every possible way to improve service to clients while remaining as cost-effective as possible,” said Aaref Hilaly, president and CEO of Clearwell Systems. “Their team performed a deep due diligence of Clearwell and discovered what many of our customers are experiencing today: that e-discovery is a real and unavoidable cost of doing business, and when using Clearwell’s technology to automate the process, this line item can be significantly reduced”

About Barack Ferrazzano

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP offers a number of specialized, yet highly cross-disciplinary areas of focus. From our well-established roots in all facets of real estate, commercial litigation and financial services law to our comprehensive corporate and securities practice, Barack Ferrazzano has designed a unique, streamlined platform for the delivery of legal services. For more information, visit

About Clearwell Systems

Clearwell Systems is transforming the way enterprises perform e-discovery in response to litigation, regulatory inquiries, and corporate investigations. By automating the processing, analysis and review of all electronically stored information, Clearwell enables enterprises to accelerate early case assessments, lower processing costs, reduce review workload, and gain control of e-discovery. Clearwell was ranked a “Top 5” e-discovery software vendor for corporations in the 2007 Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey. For more information, visit or read the E-discovery 2.0 blog at: