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D4 Acquires PLA's Litigation Solutions Group in IllinoisNational e-discovery company buys into Chicagoland after Detroit and Phoenix.
D4, a national provider of e-discovery software and services to law firms and corporations, announced Friday its further expansion into Illinois with the acquisition of the Litigation Solutions Group from Project Leadership Associates.
2013-07-08 04:46:45 PM
D4, a national provider of e-discovery software and services to law firms and corporations, announced Friday its further expansion into Illinois with the acquisition of the Litigation Solutions Group from Project Leadership Associates. D4 opened an office in downtown Chicago last year and will continue to serve law firms and corporate clients in Illinois and the Midwest with renewed vigor from 10 new litigation consultants from PLA.
D4 hopes the consulting services of PLA's Litigation Solutions Group will bring immediate value to its enTrust managed service offerings. D4 aims to provide customers the right combination of e-discovery tools to match their needs. Customers can use on-premise software or D4's public cloud infrastructure from the company's Tier 3 data center located in Rochester, N.Y., said John Rubens, chief operating officer at D4.
D4's e-discovery services include consulting, early data assessment, data collection, online review, and data analytics. The company's specific offerings are based in its expertise in third-party software from the likes of AccessData Group's FTK and Summation, Symantec Corp.'s Clearwell Systems, and kCura Relativity, along with Polaris near-duplication detection from Rosen Technology Resources and Equivio Zoom's near-dupe detection, threaded views, and data analytics, said Rubens.
According to PLA's website, the company has performed data collections and processing and conducted hosted services and computer forensic investigations for over 200 law firms and corporate legal departments. In January 2012, PLA brought on board consultant Mary Pat Poteet, former national litigation support director at DLA Piper. Poteet told LTN she will be staying with PLA and believes the Litigation Solutions Group acquisition is a great fit. She is looking forward to continuing a strong working relationship with D4.
D4 believes PLA's consultants will bring litigation, legal, and forensic application expertise, with data structure and data mining experience to D4's services. D4 hopes to strengthen the consultant group's ability to better serve law firms and corporate clients in Illinois. Besides the company's e-discovery offerings, D4 supports digital investigations, information management, and security services to law firms and corporations.
John Holland, from Xerox Corp. and IKON Office Solutions (formerly NightRider), founded D4 in Rochester in 1997, said Rubens. Prior to the PLA acquisition, D4 expanded into Phoenix with the acquisition of On Target Litigation Solutions and into Detroit with the purchase of Detroit Legal Imaging.
Harter Secrest & Emery of Rochester, led by associate Dan Collins, worked with D4 to acquire PLA's Litigation Solutions Group. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Sean Doherty is the technology editor for Law Technology News, a Legal affiliate based in New York