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(l-r) Martha Louks, Katharine O'Connor, and Mike Stanek of McDermott Will & Emery. Courtesy photos (l-r) Martha Louks, Katharine O’Connor, and Mike Stanek of McDermott Will & Emery. Courtesy photos.

The U.S. Department of Justice last summer updated its guidance in the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, its roadmap for how companies can design and implement programs to steer clear of fraud issues. The new guidance and follow-up comments from officials high up in the Criminal Division have made clear that the DOJ is using sophisticated data tools to monitor the markets, and those companies who have the resources to do so should be keeping an eye on their internal data themselves. If they aren’t, the DOJ has made clear the lack of compliance efforts could weigh on any future charging and sentencing decisions.

The folks at McDermott Will & Emery have kept an eye on the DOJ’s data crunching and say it’s a selling point for their in-house artificial intelligence tools to visualize data and surface key documents early in internal investigations. To get the lowdown on how the firm’s litigators are using AI, I recently spoke with Martha Louks, the firm’s director of technology services and two partners Michael Stanek, who does a mix of compliance, investigations, and litigation work from Washington, D.C., and antitrust litigation antitrust litigator Katharine O’Connor in Chicago. The following has been edited for length and clarity.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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