eDiscovery and Data Management

The landscape of litigation has been changed by the amount of data now generated by businesses and the legal and technical frameworks that have emerged to address the problem. Ever-evolving legal requirements and ever-increasing volumes of data can overwhelm even the most intrepid in-house counsel. Clients need creative solutions and experienced advisors that understand how to leverage eDiscovery to resolve cases quickly, safely, and cost-effectively.

A forerunner among law firms, Troutman Sanders created Troutman Sanders eMerge, a fully-owned subsidiary, to meet the eDiscovery needs of firm clients. eMerge offers sophisticated legal strategy and advanced technology to manage eDiscovery in both litigation and government investigations. With a unique team of technologists and eDiscovery attorneys, eMerge provides customized solutions that reduce the costs and burdens of eDiscovery throughout the lifecycle of a matter. Our team adapts technology to the needs of clients and offers a wide-range of complex, industry-leading technology solutions that are superior to those commonly available through a law firm or a vendor. For its innovations, eMerge earned the 2013 Technology Advocate of the Year Award by the International Association of Legal Technology (ILTA), was honored as the Best National eDiscovery Company of 2014 by the readers of the Daily Report, and was the first place winner of the “Platform Innovation Award - Best Law Firm Solution” at the 2014 Relativity Fest Innovation Awards.

eMerge offers the following services:

  • Web-based legal hold software for issuing and tracking holds
  • End-to-end discovery project management from collection through trial
  • Targeted remote data collection and data tracking
  • Data processing and filtering
  • Creation and maintenance of customized document review databases in Relativity
  • Technology-enhanced document review capabilities including advanced analytics, concept grouping, email threading, and predictive coding
  • Managed review services with detailed reporting and tracking, utilizing highly qualified, cost-effective, staff and project attorneys
  • Document production in a variety of formats
  • Trial presentation technology and support

eMerge’s eDiscovery Analysis & Training Center is physically located in the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders, but we utilize technology to provide cost-effective eDiscovery support to clients throughout the United States and internationally.

We provide our services by leveraging industry-trained personnel, specialized software and hardware as well as appropriate process management and documentation. We share our clients’ objective of ensuring that time and money are not wasted on valueless data collections, document reviews, and discovery side-shows. We have invested in a full arsenal of tools needed to cost-effectively and efficiently manage eDiscovery, including predictive coding, technology-assisted review, and proprietary project management software. We have also invested in the people needed to strategically apply and manage these tools to effectively meet litigation goals.

As a key benefit to our clients, our in-house software programmers frequently customize, improve, and upgrade our applications to meet the specific demands of cases. Unlike a technology vendor, our unique customizations and developments result from close collaboration with attorneys who regularly use our technology to solve substantive legal challenges. Our eDiscovery attorneys develop case-specific strategies to cut costs, and our on-site technologists implement these strategies, often suggesting valuable improvements. Our technologists and attorneys physically work in the same space, interact daily on projects, and jointly coordinate our workflows, protocols, and procedures. This model avoids data exchanges with outside vendors and results in safer, more efficient handling of client data.

Data Security

Information security is a high priority for eMerge. Security policies for infrastructure and access to eMerge systems are designed to achieve the highest level of system infrastructure integrity. eMerge maintains a fully redundant and secure environment to protect client data.

Discovery Advocacy

eMerge is highly experienced in protecting client interests in discovery disputes, and we are committed to managing discovery in ways that are defensible in a court of law. Our attorneys have been focused on solving problems and inefficiencies related to eDiscovery for over a decade and have successfully argued for reasonable limits on the scope of discovery in state and federal courts throughout the country. Because our attorneys are well-versed in both the law and the technology of discovery, they are able to negotiate effective protocols to ensure that the opposition is complying with its own obligations to produce information. This reduces the risk that discovery will sidetrack the resolution of matters on their merits.

We have managed the unique discovery and regulatory issues facing our clients in a variety of industries including financial services, insurance, life sciences, energy, and manufacturing. In addition, we have successfully negotiated limits on the scope of ESI productions on behalf of a wide-range of clients in governmental investigations involving the DOJ, EPA, IRS, SEC, FDIC, FERC, and others.

The value of eMerge is not limited to the efficiency and defensibility of our eDiscovery services. Our value extends to the essential role that we play in successful litigation outcomes. All of our project managers are licensed attorneys with an understanding of substantive legal issues and the ability to advise on the strategies that might ultimately resolve disputes in our clients’ favor. Below are a few of our success stories:

Computer Assisted Review to Reduce Costs of Internal Investigation

To conduct an efficient and time-sensitive internal investigation, the eMerge team worked closely with the case team and client to::

  • conduct targeted remote collections of custodial data to reduce costs and improve accuracy; and
  • leverage predictive coding technology to reduced cost of manual review by over 70%
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Rankings & Recognition

Legal Technology Director Chris Haley won ILTA’s 2016 Distinguished Peer Award

Managing Director Alison Grounds received 2015 Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award

Platform Innovation Award - Best Law Firm Solution, First Place Winner at the 2014 Relativity Fest Innovation Awards


“Best e-Discovery Company – Locally Based” and “Best e-Discovery Provider – National” in the Fulton County Daily Report’s Best Of 2017 survey”


Managing Director Alison Grounds honored as 2013 Technology Advocate of the Year by the International Legal Technology Association

Certified Relativity Administrators on Staff




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