Advanced Discovery

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Description

Founded in 2002, Advanced Discovery is a leading provider of investigatory and litigation support services for corporations, governmental agencies and Am Law firms worldwide. Advanced Discovery is a service-driven organization, applying best-in-class consultation, innovative technologies and e-Discovery best practices to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction. We offer a powerful, custom-designed workflow called FirstLook. Built directly in to the industry’s leading review tool, Relativity, First Look enables the defensible handling of early data analysis, review and production in a single platform. At Advanced Discovery, we give clients the advantage of having a full-service solution provider for all document management needs. Our efficient and consultative approach allows us to create solutions that deliver, manage and secure data faster with fewer hassles and more cost efficiency. Our senior project managers can model our systems and programs to meet the needs of each individual matter. Our technology infrastructure is designed with scalability in mind and to be highly adaptable to the changing needs of our clients, so we can customize the product to provide solutions and drive efficiencies. Our highly skilled professionals are committed to consistently providing top level service for every matter that we manage. Advanced Discovery supports clients throughout the world from its Technology Centers in Kansas City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Regional operations facilities are also located in Los Angeles, Century City, Orange County, San Francisco, Mountain View, San Jose, Austin and Chicago. Advanced Discovery is a privately-held company and is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, contact us by salesinfo@advanceddiscovery.com or call (866) 342-DATA.

Offerings

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Data Collection & Investigation Data Collection & Investigation Our team can forensically and defensibly capture data from any number of sources, including laptops, desktops, workstations, network servers, email servers, cloud environments, RDBMS, RAID arrays, live systems, backup tapes, PDAs, cell phones, Apple systems and phones, CDs/DVDs and third party storage sources, including internet-based services such as Gmail, Hotmail, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo and MSN. Our highly trained forensic examiners create and maintain the substantial documentation accompanying all data collection and analysis projects. They are experienced in testifying in court concerning the adequacy and reliability of their process, helping you defend against spoliation concerns. Additionally, to cut cost on travel expenses, we offer remote data collection services, if fitting for the case, to complement our traditional, onsite collections. • Certified collection experts with national and international support • Industry-leading, mirror-imaging technology • Industry-standard chain-of-custody processes for all evidence • Comprehensive technical consulting and reporting • Expert witness testimony Hardware As there is not a global solution for forensically acquiring data, we employ an array of different hardware solutions to employ the most effective technology and technique to ensure the legal defensibility of the progress. We utilize hardware-based, write-protect devices to ensure the authenticity of the data, such as Guidance Software’s FastBloc2, Tableau’s Forensic Bridges, and Digital Intelligence’s FireFly. If appropriate, we can also rely upon forensic hard drive acquisition units, such as ICS’s ImageMaster Solo 3 and Solo 4, VoomTech’s HardCopy2 and HardCopy3 and Logicube EchoPlus. Software We utilize software tools such as FTK, Helix, F-Response, First Link and Smart to offer our best technology approach that provides defensibility and flexibility. Additionally, we utilize a wide diversity of custom-designed and off-the-shelf products for remote collection, i.e., tools that enable a custodial-level collection by date range and by file type. Remote Collections Advanced Discovery’s forensic team provides remote preservation and collections in a forensically sound and defensible manner. The team can remotely collect either a bit-stream image (bit by bit) or conduct a targeted collection for selective files. One Advanced Discovery investigator can search multiple machines simultaneously when collecting remotely. The team will ship a designated number of remote-collection hard drives with USB connections and, when it is the appropriate time to collect the data, the custodian or a company representative will plug in the provided hard drive. Using the designated computer’s internet connectivity, the Advanced Discovery forensic examiner then begins their preservation and collection of the data. At the same time, the computer becomes inoperative for the custodian or any user during this process, insuring the preservation confirmation. This collection occurs over an encrypted connection that is used only for remote viewing. It is important to note that no evidence is transferred over the internet; the internet is only used to allow the forensic examiner to view the computer’s files. iPhone/App Collections We use the same tools and techniques that law-enforcement officials employ to ensure the legal defensibility of the process and the trustworthiness of the results. When we acquire data from cell phones, we have the ability to create both logical and physical forensic images, which facilitates the retrieval of active and deleted data, such as text messages and photographs. To ensure the authenticity and thoroughness of our investigative results, we employ an array of software and hardware including, but not limited to, Zdziarski Method, Lantern, Oxygen Forensic, Paraben Device Seizure and SecureView. In regards to Mac-based laptop and desktop computers, we commonly use a certain approach to retrieve forensically contained data that entails removing the hard drives and attaching them to hardware. To ensure the legal defensibility of collection efforts performed on Mac-based laptops and desktops, we perform formal acquisition, preservation, and verification efforts which are predicated on strict adherence to industry-accepted best practices, United States Department of Justice methodologies and strict legal guidelines. The forensic-acquisition process employs an array of forensic technology recognized by state and federal courts, including hardware- and software-based write-protect devices, the same technology employed by state and federal law enforcement agencies to prevent against writing to, manipulating, or altering data on hard drives. The forensic acquisition process concludes with the generation of a bit-stream copy that is subjected to a mathematical verification process, utilizing an MD5 hash sum for authentication purposes, to demonstrate that the original source of the data was not altered and that a true forensic duplication has been produced. Live “Hot” Server Collections As laptops and desktops commonly interact with server-based resources, such as file shares, databases and other server-based applications, our expertise is frequently leveraged to acquire data from such live servers in operation. In doing so, true forensic acquisitions can be performed and the resulting images can be created and verified without having to shut down the servers. Using specialized forensic software that is designed to create logical evidence files, server-based data can be collected without disrupting the normal operation of servers. Litigation and Testimony Our senior forensic consultant has provided expert, civil-litigation testimony in the areas of collection, analysis and costs. He has worked with attorneys, corporations and private entities in the proper preservation, acquisition, examination, analysis, recovery and presentation of ESI from computers and other digital sources. For more information, contact us by salesinfo@advanceddiscovery.com or call (866) 342-DATA. view
Data Analysis – FirstLook within Relativity FirstLook is an easy-to-use interface for searching and analyzing evidentiary data, providing a cost-effective single platform for early case assessment, predictive analytics, linear review, production and online repository. Core Capabilities of FirstLook Analyze: • Source documents displayed in their original foldering of source data, including all subfolders of email mailboxes • Domain-name filtering, source folder tracking and file analysis • Interactive keyword analysis and unlimited search/cull revisions • Advanced metadata filtering tool with two-dimensional searching • Email threading for grouping and finding email conversation threads • Near-duplicate detection and grouping Train: • Guided, easy-to-use workflow using predictive analytics to find potentially relevant documents, and group and predict similar documents • Conceptual searching and grouping • On-the-fly conceptual search for finding similar concepts or documents • Full support of Advanced Discovery’s expert workflow design team and analytics consultants Review: • One-touch document promotion for native review in Relativity • Foreign languages supported • Advanced Discovery’s leading training and workflow design support • Analytics, email threading and near-duplicates retained in review FirstLook Reduces the Cost of Your e-Discovery Corporate Counsel: In-House Counsel: FirstLook by Advanced Discovery provides a single, central repository of evidentiary data, allowing you to easily search and organize and export data for separate counsels or matters. FirstLook can also be accessed by outside counsel directly and set up so that each counsel accesses the same original data, while creating an individual and separate work product and organization. By processing the data only once, FirstLook helps significantly reduce the cost of processing while building a more efficient way of tracking workflow with your outside counsel, as all counsels’ workflow is available to you. Corporate clients using FirstLook have found: • Reduced processing fees by only loading each set of data once • Improved tracking and cross-referencing between counsels and matters • Improved internal workflow through FirstLook’s easy-to-use design and powerful capabilities • Increased flexibility as FirstLook can export to nearly any database format FirstLook is an ideal fit for corporate analysis of evidentiary data to more accurately and efficiently designate which data is potentially relevant to your case. Law Firms: • Easy-to-use interface for searching and analyzing evidentiary data • Cost-effective way to process and analyze data for Early Case Assessment (ECA) • Expansive reporting features for analysis, and useful for budget and tracking • Domain-name filtering, keyword analysis, source-folder tracking and file analysis • Ability to customize workflow, tracking and organization of data • ECA module fully contained within Relativity which allows the addition of full review features for selective documents, eliminating risks of transferring of data and/or work product and eliminating time delays usually associated with ECA-to-Review platform transfer • Single-platform containing modules for ECA, review, production and online repository • Data can be exported in multiple formats: native and load files for popular databases (Concordance, Summation, Ringtail, iConect and more) • Fast, efficient searching and analyzing of data • Add-on guided workflow for review accelerators, speeding up review significantly and increasing accuracy of review (predictive analytics) FirstLook is an easy-to-use interface for searching and analyzing evidentiary data, providing a cost-effective single platform for early case assessment, predictive analytics, linear review, production and online repository. Core Capabilities of FirstLook AnalyzeTrainReview• Source documents displayed in their original foldering of source data, including all subfolders of email mailboxes • Domain-name filtering, source folder tracking and file analysis • Interactive keyword analysis and unlimited search/cull revisions • Advanced metadata filtering tool with two-dimensional searching • Email threading for grouping and finding email conversation threads • Near-duplicate detection and grouping • Guided, easy-to-use workflow using predictive analytics to find potentially relevant documents, and group and predict similar documents • Conceptual searching and grouping • On-the-fly conceptual search for finding similar concepts or documents • Full support of Advanced Discovery’s expert workflow design team and analytics consultants • One-touch document promotion for native review in Relativity • Foreign languages supported • Advanced Discovery’s leading training and workflow design support • Analytics, email threading and near-duplicates retained in review FirstLook Reduces the Cost of Your e-Discovery Corporate CounselLaw FirmsIn-House Counsel: FirstLook by Advanced Discovery provides a single, central repository of evidentiary data, allowing you to easily search and organize and export data for separate counsels or matters. FirstLook can also be accessed by outside counsel directly and set up so that each counsel accesses the same original data, while creating an individual and separate work product and organization. By processing the data only once, FirstLook helps significantly reduce the cost of processing while building a more efficient way of tracking workflow with your outside counsel, as all counsels’ workflow is available to you. Corporate clients using FirstLook have found: • Reduced processing fees by only loading each set of data once • Improved tracking and cross-referencing between counsels and matters • Improved internal workflow through FirstLook’s easy-to-use design and powerful capabilities • Increased flexibility as FirstLook can export to nearly any database format FirstLook is an ideal fit for corporate analysis of evidentiary data to more accurately and efficiently designate which data is potentially relevant to your case. • Easy-to-use interface for searching and analyzing evidentiary data • Cost-effective way to process and analyze data for Early Case Assessment (ECA) • Expansive reporting features for analysis, and useful for budget and tracking • Domain-name filtering, keyword analysis, source-folder tracking and file analysis • Ability to customize workflow, tracking and organization of data • ECA module fully contained within Relativity which allows the addition of full review features for selective documents, eliminating risks of transferring of data and/or work product and eliminating time delays usually associated with ECA-to-Review platform transfer • Single-platform containing modules for ECA, review, production and online repository • Data can be exported in multiple formats: native and load files for popular databases (Concordance, Summation, Ringtail, iConect and more) • Fast, efficient searching and analyzing of data • Add-on guided workflow for review accelerators, speeding up review significantly and increasing accuracy of review (predictive analytics) Less Data to Review • Significantly stronger cull rate through interactive analysis and multi-pass filtering to reduce data set for review • Intelligent analysis and filtering not only reduces number of documents for review, but also focuses sooner on key analysis of case, vital issues and relevance in document population Faster • Increase review speeds with intelligent filtering and document grouping • Faster substantive analysis for key issues of the case and discovery of similar documents Cost Effective • Better cull rates = fewer documents to review • Faster review = shorter timeline for database hosting • Better analysis = higher understanding of the evidentiary data and the key issues in the case Improved analysis provides a strong, early understanding of your evidentiary data. With FirstLook, this knowledge, combined with stronger cull rates and more efficient review, results in faster and more accurate results. FirstLook Provides: • Superior analysis • Stronger culling and filtering • Faster review • Significant cost and time savings Contact us today for more information: (866) 342-DATA or FirstLook@AdvancedDiscovery.com view
Data Analysis – Clearwell Work smarter, not harder, when it comes to early case assessment. By partnering with Clearwell, we offer our clients the ability to complete early case assessment well before manual review. Clearwell’s e-Discovery platform was purposely designed to provide a single integrated product for identification, preservation, collection, processing, analysis, review, and production. By using Clearwell’s e-Discovery search, both inside and outside counsel can easily and quickly access discussion threads, custodial documents and message attachments, allowing them to better determine their position on a case. If you are looking for superior case knowledge, improved case strategy decisions and better preparation for the Meet and Confer, you need an early case assessment that performs the best, and earliest, in the e-Discovery process: Clearwell. Clearwell can potentially save corporations and law firms millions of dollars by answering key questions early in the litigation process that allow them to develop an informed settle or go-to-court case strategy. With Clearwell’s early case assessment, you’ll have the answers to these kinds of questions, and more: •Can we quickly find conclusive evidence of a crime? •Who knew what, and when? •Can we determine the key date ranges and key terms for the e-Discovery plan? •Have all the custodians relevant to the case been correctly identified? Ensure you’re one step ahead of the competition with efficient, seamless early case assessment and e-Discovery. Contact us today for more information: (866) 342-DATA or info@advanceddiscovery.com view
Processing Our methodology for processing data is based on four critical factors: • Accuracy • Efficiency • Sustainability • Defensibility Our senior project managers and consultants work with you to customize a workflow to meet the specific case-driven goals by applying best-of-breed technologies and processes to achieve the most targeted and responsive dataset possible prior to processing and review. Our trained, technical-services employees and highly scalable data-center infrastructure allows us to quickly and efficiently expand to meet the production demands of large-volume and time-sensitive projects. Our senior project managers will incorporate the technical and personnel resources necessary, on a case-by-case basis, and will customize a workflow designed to meet the objectives of any given project. For more information, contact us by salesinfo@advanceddiscovery.com or call (866) 342-DATA. view
Hosted Review Traditional document reviews are inefficient, time-consuming and expensive. Advanced Discovery bundles near-duplicate and search technologies with multiple web-based review platforms to provide ultimate flexibility and functionality to each document review. Selecting the best technology, however, is only half of the battle. Maximum review efficiency can only be attained by effective project management that understands the nature of the dataset and that can anticipate and resolve issues throughout the process. Our project management team is second to none, with years of experience in both vendor and client environments and are masters of the technology that we provide. Relativity Advanced Discovery licenses Relativity as a Premium Hosting Partner. As a swift and scalable e-Discovery review platform, Relativity provides simple and flexible systems for legal teams to interpret and utilize case data. Flexibility Among review platforms, Relativity is not just an industry leader—they have raised the bar on flexibility. With the ability to design custom workflow rules and best practices, case teams can minimize the possibility of fluctuating review decisions. Relativity provides users to create, manage and audit a system that meets their team’s requirements, whether they are dealing with multiple parties or designing a complicated multi-layered review using in-house support. In order to manage tasks and records such as pleadings and court documents, track events related to the case (including training, time sheets, chain of custody, etc.) and develop timelines, Relativity allows users to create custom databases separate from the software’s review workflow, and link them to documents and information in the review database. Security Relativity has created a product where anything and everything in the system can be secured, including users, tags, metadata, documents—even highlights and redactions. System administrators can customize how they grant and deny any of the permissions and, by presenting case teams with only the options applicable to them, productivity is increased while costs for document review are decreased. The same collection of data can be used in limited or expanded formats, Relativity eliminates the need for recreating the same database for different tasks. Text Analytics By searching and organizing document sets, Relativity’s Analytics allows users to review and identify vital documents in a case at an increased rate. Search results quickly separate out potentially unresponsive documents and will automatically group documents, uncover similar documents and confirm the consistency of document review decisions, depending on how and where similar ideas and concepts intersect in a document collection. Without changing their existing system of document coding, review teams can increase their speed and improve accuracy without learning a new methodology. Pivot With Pivot, Relativity’s suite of data-visualization tools, the key data in your case can be analyzed to uncover trends and patterns. By using the visually displayed results and interactive charts, Pivot enables the client to drill down and act on subsets of documents, including batching documents for review, excluding irrelevant documents from the grouping or exporting the findings in reports. Pivot doesn’t just work in the early stages of e-Discovery, the time that this analysis is usually associated. With Pivot, data visualization can be used throughout the entire case, providing increased insight and the ability to make decisions more quickly, from the investigative stages right through to deposition. Foreign Language Support Relativity understands that in today’s business world, the ability to handle multiple languages is crucial to document review applications. With several tools to meet the requirements of foreign language document review and management, Relativity allows users to review foreign languages in their native format. Not just Unicode compliant, Relativity also supports a large range of other source encoding types to provide comprehensive support, including the use of TIFFing and OCR regardless of the document language. Productions With fully integrated production tools, Relativity aids case teams in hitting production deadlines by providing versatile options for creating, managing, tracking and exporting productions. Produce documents in a variety of industry-standard formats to match case-specific production specifications, including single- and multiple-page TIFF, color JPEG, PDF and native file formats. Because Relativity maintains a log of all production activity, it allows for users to rename native files for production purposes and view produced copies of documents alongside the original documents. Applications With Relativity, users can create applications without requiring any programming knowledge, allowing them to manage tasks and information to enhance large-scale review and case and matter management, plus provide a platform for the review of structured data. Most importantly, it allows users to solve problems beyond review and additional litigation support challenges. For more information, contact us by salesinfo@advanceddiscovery.com or call (866) 342-DATA. view
Production Advanced Discovery can tailor your electronic productions to your precise specifications, including the use of native productions, image-based productions, export load files and metadata and custom workflow solutions. Native Productions Documents can be produced in their native format and custom-named with control number naming and/or confidentiality designation. We can also provide a mixture of image-based and native documents (e.g. Excel spreadsheets) in one load, with metadata scrubbing available on native files prior to production. Image-Based Productions Native documents can be converted to TIFF or PDF format. TIFF conversion options include black-and-white Group IV TIFFs, color TIFF/JPG format or a combination of black-and-white/color formats (optimal palette). We can modify TIFFing options per file type and perform custom formatting (i.e., Excel spreadsheets). Redacted documents can also be integrated seamlessly into productions, and advanced image bates stamping, confidentiality endorsement and watermark options available. Export Load Files/Metadata We can provide all common metadata fields as well as custom-scripted field data, and we can create export load files for all common litigation support tools, including CSV, DAT, EDRM XML, as well as Ringtail, CaseMap, Trial Director, Sanction, Concordance, Relativity and Summation load files. Custom Workflow We utilize various litigation support platforms which allow us the option to perform productions from variety of different tools (e.g. Relativity, LAW, IPRO, etc.) to meet the our clients’ workflow needs and specifications. For more information, contact us by salesinfo@advanceddiscovery.com or call (866) 342-DATA. view
Paper Discovery Services Advanced Discovery provides a full array of traditional paper, scanning, OCR, coding and other related traditional litigation support services. Advanced Discovery has full-service production facilities in Los Angeles, Century City, Orange County, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and San Jose, California; plus Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and Kansas City, Kansas. These multiple locations enable us to copy or convert your hard-copy documents into image-based files, provide document-level or logical unitization to your exact specifications, OCR the images to make the documents text-searchable, provide both domestic and offshore bibliographic coding services as well as blowbacks of digital files to paper. For more information, contact us by salesinfo@advanceddiscovery.com or call (866) 342-DATA. view
Managed Services The Problem In today’s market, corporate legal departments are faced with many new challenges regarding electronically stored information, or ESI. These challenges include the proliferation and growth of data volumes, new legal rulings and precedents, rapidly evolving technology and increased competition. The Solution Advanced Discovery collaborates with in-house legal departments that are making swift, proactive changes to contain and control the costs associated with e-Discovery by outsourcing technology services. Our customized and managed services integrate industry-leading technology and proven, defensible workflow and processes to ultimately provide a highly responsive, efficient system and—most importantly—predictable cost savings. Repeatable Workflows, Integrated Streamlined Processes and Communication Increase efficiency and ROI by leveraging Advanced Discovery’s experienced team of consultants, project managers and legal technologists. With these resources, Advanced Discovery helps you avoid costs associated with implementing software, building workflow and training personnel. Zero Hardware/Software Expenditures Partnering with Advanced Discovery allows clients to avoid the burdensome costs of building, staffing, securing and maintaining an ever-evolving technology infrastructure. Our flexible workflow models provide for both on-premise deployment of technology, as well as offsite, cloud-based models. Ultimate Technology Flexibility Advanced Discovery’s managed services program provides clients with the ability to truly leverage ever-expanding and maturing “best-of-breed” technology options specific to each matter or case. Our staff has extensive relationships with enterprise-class software providers in order to have access to, constantly analyze and test new technologies and workflow designs. Predictable Fixed-Pricing Approach We work with clients to create subscription-based, budget-friendly price models based on needed outsourced services that are relative to the client’s previous and expected type or volume of litigation. Advanced Discovery gives you the needed confidence in today’s rapidly changing market. Let us show you how we will leverage technology to ensure your greatest success. For more information, contact us by salesinfo@advanceddiscovery.com or call (866) 342-DATA. view
Consultation Services Our consulting team is comprised of experts with the vetted experience necessary to navigate the variable complexities of electronic discovery. Our consultants are valuable weapons in our clients’ arsenal, providing litigation preparedness and 26(f) conference preparation; at-issue data identification and location; forensic collection; document review and production; and attendance at hearings and conferences throughout the litigation. Fully customizable, our consulting service offerings adapt to the needs of cases involving complex or challenging circumstances. The Advanced Discovery Consulting Team can offer time and expense-saving expertise during any of the following phases of discovery: Pre-Litigation • Internal forensic investigations • Policy review • Data mapping Litigation Preparedness • Custodian identification • Data prioritization • Identification of threatened ESI Litigation Likely • Identification of ESI • Litigation hold and preservation methodologies Litigation Commenced • Incident response • Complaint filing and response • Rule 26 disclosures • 26(f) Meeting participation • 30(b)(6) Witness preparation Litigation Ongoing • Discovery hearing participation and defense of processes and procedures • Forensic collection of ESI, including subpoena responses from non-parties • Culling and filtering • Search strategies • ESI processing • Document-review strategies and management • Production • Responding to production requests • 30(b)(6) Defense of EDD methodologies Even if litigation is well under way, our team can provide an assessment of the events that have already taken place and provide ongoing guidance throughout the life of the case. For more information, contact us by salesinfo@advanceddiscovery.com or call (866) 342-DATA. view

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