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The ranks of electronic discovery and computer forensics consultants have multiplied in recent years. Since electronically stored information can be evidence for anything from a white-collar crime to civil litigation to divorce cases, the need for e-discovery and forensics expertise has grown exponentially.

This heavy demand has led to a greater supply of experts with varying degrees of talent, credentials and experience. Because the courts have not established clear standards for e-discovery or computer forensics expertise, lawyers and companies are at a major disadvantage in comparing the quality of the services offered. Attorneys must know enough about e-discovery and computer forensics to distinguish between legitimate and unqualified experts.

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