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Relativity Fest 2018

Alison Grounds

Partner & Managing Director, Troutman Sanders eMerge

Speaker Bio

Alison is an eDiscovery advocate who leverages legal strategy and technology to discover the facts needed to help clients win cases, settle at the right value, resolve internal investigations, comply with governmental subpoenas, and complete due diligence. She is known for her proactive, practical, efficiency-obsessed approach to discovery. Recognizing that most of the increased costs and risks of the discovery process come from too many disconnected stakeholders and processes, Alison founded and leads eMerge – a wholly owned subsidiary of the firm focused on providing clients with end-to-end, integrated discovery services. eMerge’s lawyers and technologists combine legal strategy, advanced technology, and project management to manage data in legal matters. Alison is an adjunct professor of eDiscovery and Legal Technology at Emory University School of Law, is frequent speaker and author on eDiscovery issues, and serves as a dedicated legal resource for Troutman Sanders' lawyers and clients on the intersection of discovery law and evolving technology. In 2015, Alison was the inaugural recipient of the Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award, was recognized as ILTA’s Technology Advocacy Professional of the Year in 2012, and has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer for eDiscovery (2015 – 2018). Alison is an active member of Sedona Working Group 1 where she assisted with the drafting of the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(b)(2) Primer, serves as a mentor to law students through the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity, and fosters rescue dogs.

PD189060 - Generation e-Discovery: How Boomers, GenX-ers, and Millennials Work Together (or Apart) in Today's e-Discovery Landscape Generational conflict. Tension. Miscommunication. The interactions of the three major demographic generations of the late twentieth Century—Baby Boomers, GenX, and Millennials—and their impact on society and the workplace have been making headlines for a while now. Articles, think pieces, and clickbait on this topic seem to be everywhere over the last 15 years, as all three groups began to co-exist in the professional sphere. During this same period, e-discovery has come into its own as a unique and fast-growing industry. With its roots in the law (tradition-bound, slow to change) and in software and technology (fast-moving, maybe disruptive), and drawing talent from all age groups, what can e-discovery teach us about how the generations work together? What similarities and differences, friction points and synergies, exist between the groups? Does working in e-discovery magnify or diminish them? And which is the more important mindset: that of your generation or that of an e-discovery professional?

This panel discussion, with representatives from each of the three demographic cohorts, will cover topics of cross-generational work in the e-discovery space. The speakers will discuss personal observations, experiences, and strategies through guided moderator questions and intra-panel interactions.
1 Hour Panel Courtney Murphy - E-Discovery Project Manager, Clark Hill PLC
Alison Grounds - Partner & Managing Director, Troutman Sanders eMerge
Stephanie Clerkin - Director of Litigation Support, Korein Tillery
David Cohen - Partner, Reed Smith LLP