eDiscovery Leaders Live: Patrick Kennedy

George Socha
George Socha

eDiscovery Leaders Live: Patrick Kennedy


Patrick Kennedy, a partner at Paradigm Electronic Solutions, joins George Socha, Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal, for ACEDS #eDiscoveryLeadersLive.

Patrick joined Paradigm earlier this year after nearly two decades of law firm, corporate, and consulting eDiscovery positions. Patrick and his team consult on all aspects of eDiscovery, forensics, information governance, and information technology solutions.

In this eDiscovery Leaders Live episode, Patrick discusses how law firms can up their eDiscovery game on multiple fronts from the people they employ to the data they pursue.

Key Highlights

  • [2:28] Paradigm: An established eDiscovery provider with a special focus on the construction market.
  • [4:22] Patrick’s role at Paradigm.
  • [5:00] Lesson’s learned: The help law firms still could use.
  • [7:15] Looking beyond traditional sources and forms of ESI.
  • [8:55] Why law firm lit support personnel should be Renaissance players.
  • [10:16] The strategic value to be gained from assisting the other side.
  • [13:00] The special challenges posed by construction litigation and how eDiscovery personnel can help.
  • [15:47] Third-party tools they use and how they help.
  • [18:49] What he looks for in eDiscovery tools.
  • [20:21] Trends in the eDiscovery market.
  • [21:42] The value of AI-driven eDiscovery software.
  • [25:10] Patrick’s ideal eDiscovery platform.

Key Quotes by Patrick Kennedy

    • “When you do a custodian interview, nine times out of ten its not what you think… For example, we focus on the construction industry. A lot of times these construction projects are out in rural areas that don’t have the best connectivity and so when users can’t store documents on a file share back at the mothership a lot of times they find the path of least resistance to store their own data.”
    • “I think its important for a lit support person at a law firm to have general IT knowledge, a little bit of networking, a lit bit of database, experience with different applications that cover the whole OSI model from hosted platforms to ERP systems to text messages.”
    • “For me, the benefit [of helping the other side] is I get the data from the opposing side nice and clean the way I want it so I can go home at the end of the day and not stay up editing load files and that sort of thing.”

Connect with Patrick

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