Buying, Is It Cheaper and Safer than Renting?

Is Buying  Cheaper and Safer than Renting?
by Daniel Garrie with contributions from Anthony I. Giacobbe, Jr.

According to industry analysts, a company with more than 10 legal matters a year should evaluate the acquisition of an electronic discovery solution. Besides the potential financial savings, a company can achieve the peace of mind of controlling their own data.

A dollar saved is a dollar earned. The costs of third-party technical and legal experts add up and the potential impact to the business is sizable, with the sky being the limit. See Sean M. McNee, Productivity as a metric for visual analytics: reflections on e-discovery. It is important to realize that the costs of getting, saving, searching and producing vary respective to the number of documents at issue. See J DeBono. Preventing And Reducing Costs And Burdens Associated With E-Discovery: The 2006 Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure, 59 Mercer Law Review 963 (Spring 2008). This means that if a company implements a solution in-house, one that synchronizes the document retention schedules with the systems, achieving control of the information that is stored and archived, the costs can fall as far as the number of documents retained.

Buying and executing an in-house solution is not always a simple feat. It requires collaboration and energy from the legal, technology, and business stakeholders to be successful. However, buying it certainly gives a company substantially more control over the costs associated with responding to a regulatory investigation, judicial case, or any document intensive production process.

While it is important not to discount the utility of outsourced solutions, when the proverbial fact pattern of the case requires, such solutions can be costly and result in a dependency on the vendor and a relinquishment of control over information and legal-business autonomy for an organization. Of course, bringing eDiscovery in-house requires an investment, but looking past a single quarter of earnings, an in-house solution can provide organizations with substantial tangible benefits year-after-year.

* This is  an abridged version of an article ” written by Daniel Garrie and Anthony I. Giacobbe, Jr. published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

** Mr. Garrie is lawyer, discovery referee, forensic neutral, and technologist. Mr. Garrie is recognized as one of the eminent thought leaders in electronic discovery. Mr. Garrie is a managing partner at Law & Forensics, a national legal risk management consulting firm, and serves as an e-discovery arbitrator and special master all over the United States. He has also held technology positions in both the private and public sector. He can be reached at