The battle to control costs in e-discovery isn’t just between opposing counsel. It’s often between the various parties involved in identifying, extracting, reviewing, and producing electronic evidence. That is, it can be between an organization involved in litigation and hired outside counsel or litigation support consultants.

“A lot of organizations have seen the cost of litigation explode, and want to head that off in the future,” says Woods Abbott, senior manager of legal operations and e-discovery with defense contractor Raytheon. “If you don’t plan ahead, e-discovery can get expensive quickly. We all know what happens the minute you pick up the phone to a law firm — the meter starts running.”