Scott Werry

Scott Werry
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Over the course of an eclectic legal career, spanning the better part of two-decades, Scott has developed a broad array of litigation support and project management skills. Working for several of Toronto’s most prestigious litigation boutiques, he has competently assisted senior lawyers at several lengthy and high-profile trials and appeals. Recently, prior to returning to his freelance practice, Scott spent 17 months gaining valuable experience as a senior litigation support analyst for TransPerfect Legal Solutions, a leading global eDiscovery services vendor.

Scott’s freelance practice was first launched in 2015 in response to a rapidly changing legal services marketplace and the narrowing of the scope of the traditional litigation law clerk’s role. From the beginning, Scott’s freelance practice has been focused on serving the practice needs of solo lawyers and litigation boutiques. He is uniquely qualified and experienced to manage large and complex document management projects that are difficult or impossible for small firms to staff in-house.

Certified E-discovery specialist

eDiscovery Services

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  • Early data analysis and consultations with clients to identify and preserve ESI
  • Collection and processing of client ESI into review, including data de-duplication and reduction of ESI volume through key word and date range searches
  • Attendance with lawyers at early stage discovery planning meetings and assistance with the preparation of Discovery Plans
  • Consult with clients with respect to technology assisted review strategies and workflows
  • Conduct first level relevance and privilege reviews under lawyer/matter expert supervision
  • Document imaging
  • Creation and export of production load files
  • Final download and archiving of data/images
  • Ingestion of opposing party productions for review
  • Objective coding (when absolutely necessary) and application of redactions

Law Clerk Services

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  • Preparation of affidavits of documents
  • Assist lawyers at examinations for discovery
  • Electronic management of transcripts and undertakings
  • Preparation of motions arising from discovery
  • Assist lawyers with pre-trial and trial preparation
  • Preparation of appeal materials
  • Prepare evidence presentations for use at Court
  • Attendance at and co-ordination of electronic trials and appeals

eDiscovery is just for ‘Big Law’ right?

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It is the primary goal of my freelance practice to assist solo lawyers and litigation boutiques achieve efficiencies through the adoption and utilization of ‘technology first’ best practices. I believe that the early and effective use of e-discovery and trial presentation technology will always result in lower costs as compared to paper-based discovery and trial practices.

“We are currently seeing dramatic changes in the ways that law firms operate. Faced with increased pressure from clients who demand greater value from legal services, better predictability in outcomes and fees, accountability, more transparency and streamlined processes, law firms have sought ways to improve matter management and provide predictable legal services to their clients. This is evident in the recent growth of alternative billing arrangements, fixed fee offerings, outsourcing and managed services. By adopting and incorporating project management principles, law firms have been able to respond to these demands, thus creating increased internal efficiencies and better managing client fees and expectations.”

Wortzman, Susan, General Editor, E-Discovery in Canada [Third Edition], copyright LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2017, pp. 11. Reproduced with permission.

As a senior litigation law clerk and litigation support professional, I stand for the proposition that early data and case assessment (including search term and date range culling, deduplication and analytics) and first level document review for relevance and privilege can, in most cases, be conducted by properly trained litigation support professionals and/or law clerks reporting to a lawyer/matter expert.

“The volume of potentially relevant electronic information that is subjected to lawyer review (the most costly aspect of the e-discovery process) must be carefully managed to control costs. Implementing and enforcing a digital records management strategy that emphasizes classification of records and removal of duplication will allow the early selection of records most likely to be relevant to the matter. Reducing the number of irrelevant records, and collecting a single copy of relevant records, prior to the manual review stage, will lead to a dramatic increase in efficiency and reduction in cost throughout the remainder of the e-discovery process. Further, a well-organized and managed information store resulting from a comprehensive records management strategy can serve as a guide to help counsel identify the type, nature and location of information that exists in the organization and that is relevant to the legal proceeding.”

Wortzman, Susan, General Editor, E-Discovery in Canada [Third Edition], copyright LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2017, pp. 27. Reproduced with permission.

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