Projects, Evidently

Richard Brunelli

The manager of an evidence-gathering team of law professionals has reached a verdict, and it is in favor of project management. Bryan Melchionda spoke with Projects@Work about the growing need for bringing well-coordinated project management principles to the electronic discovery phase of large, complex legal cases.

Bryan Melchionda is a man on a mission. At Electronic Evidence Discovery (EED), Melchionda oversees a three-person team that gathers disparate and complex electronic data used in multinational corporate litigation — a process known as eDiscovery. Melchionda’s methods are decidedly novel for the legal profession. He labors to impose rigorous yet flexible project management principles on a sometimes-unwieldy process. And, in doing so, he’s become a sought-after subject matter expert on providing a set of guidelines for eDiscovery.
 
In March, Melchionda spoke before a roomful of attentive legal professionals at the American Bar Association’s TechShow in Chicago. The speech was illuminating in the level of interest from the attendees and because of the realization that a growing number in the profession are open to difficult but necessary changes surrounding eDiscovery. “Many people do not like change, that’s human nature,” Melchionda says. “But I think we are at a crossroad where the market is beginning to accept…

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