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Discovery disputes have always been a staple of litigation. And now that electronic discovery has pretty much supplanted the old-fashioned discovery of paper documents, the disputes have only become more complicated and more bitter. As a result, our firm is increasingly called upon to create courtroom presentations for discovery dispute hearings. In the past ten years, e-discovery consulting firms have come to dominate the litigation support field, providing their expertise in a rapidly changing and highly technical field. That is not the only new development in this field. First, many law firms that are representing clients in document-heavy pieces of litigation have begun to hire “discovery counsel,” law firms that specialize in discovery alone and don’t promote their expertise in other areas of law. One such firm says on its website that it devotes “all of our resources to the successful execution of document collections, reviews, and productions.”

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