Menu

Five of the Biggest Mistakes in E-Discovery

Five of the Biggest Mistakes in E-Discovery

Here at Data Analyzers we have participated in a number of E-Discovery engagements and collections. These can range from an email inbox for a single custodian to multiple collections across a corporation in various global locations. We’ve found each unique case has presented its own issues and challenges. While every case is indeed different, there are some commonalities between these cases we have seen come up time and again.

Unfortunately we tend to notice these similarities because we encounter some of the same problems in E-Discovery time and time again. Many of them tend to be related to the E-Discovery process and lack of an individual’s familiarity with it. Indeed, with how complicated traditional paper discovery is, adding in expensive technology and technical jargon to the mix just makes it more inaccessible to the E-Discovery novice.

Because of how seemingly complicated E-Discovery is, we wanted to communicate some of the biggest problems we’ve encountered in this field. Many of these problems are completely avoidable if the correct approach is taken in advance. Here at Data Analyzers we specialize in dealing with the challenges of modern technology to achieve the outcomes our clients seek, allowing us to overcome many of these obstacles. Yet many of these issues are outside the immediate control of us or any other E-Discovery service provider.

These problem are most often due to the demands of litigation, insufficient planning and preparation, budget limitations, and the intricacies of a client’s IT environment. Ideally, each E-Discovery engagement could take place between two opposing sides working together to efficiently collect data from corporation that follows highly detailed data retention policies; we here at Data Analyzers have seldom found this to be the case.

Let us show you how to how to avoid some of these common pitfalls and how to make the E-Discovery process a more seamless experience, by exploring five of the biggest mistakes in E-Discovery:

Mistake #5 – Not having a data map in place.

Mistake #4 – Not putting a legal hold in place.

Mistake #3 – Not understanding the data.

Mistake #2 – Agreeing to Deliverable Formats without fully understanding them.

Mistake #1 – Not planning and allocating sufficient time for the E-Discovery process.


These five mistakes cover a broad spectrum of the issues that are commonplace in E-Discovery engagements. By preparing in advance and being knowledgeable of common E-Discovery practices, many of these issues can be minimized. Let Data Analyzers help you with the real challenges of E-Discovery, contact us now for a free consultation.

Data Analyzers Digital Forensic Experts