Lori Braucks

eDiscovery Consultant


4 things you may not know about eDiscovery for Construction

  1. Thorough yet efficient eDiscovery practices are crucial in construction cases because documentation tells the story. Collecting and fitting documentation together can be a little like arranging the pieces of a puzzle. You must know key custodians and all the nooks and crannies where they stored project documentation. However, you must whittle down the data to exactly what you need.
  2. There may be more document sources than you thought; apps and new technologies abound. Key custodians may identify data sources outside of corporate email and the project server. Are there site photos on custodians’ phones? Text messages about project status? Did they use a tool like Slack to communicate about the project? All data sources should be noted after talking to project team members.
  3. A cohesive team is essential. Construction cases involve legal counsel (often in-house and outside), IT, project team, experts, and consultants working together. Collaboration among this team helps analysis and document collection processes run efficiently.
  4. Cell phone data can be collected, but can be hard to review. Most cell phone collections are done through a forensic analysis tool, but not extracted in a format that’s easy to review. Cell phone data may need to be converted to be reviewed in any type of review platform.