Posted 11/25/2013 12:00 am
In June, Tifany Hamlin of Little Rock started an electronic discovery service to help attorneys at small and mid-sized firms deal with the mounds of electronic documents they receive during discovery.
“E-discovery is a reality in the legal world,” said Hamlin, who is the owner of eZdiscovery Solutions LLC.
Her firm will process all electronic files received during discovery and put them into a searchable database that indexes the information.
“It’s just like Google,” Hamlin said. “You just type in what you’re looking for, and it pulls that document.”
Hamlin said the larger firms have their software in-house, but smaller practices might not be able to afford the software.
She said her firm charges $350 to $400 an hour to process the data.
“All of the things that attorneys are used to doing in producing evidence and producing discovery in a case by hand, they just do on the computer through our software,” Hamlin said.
The e-discovery industry is growing across the country, according to an October 2012 report by the Radicati Group Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif.
The report said the revenue forecast for vendors and providers of e-discovery services is expected to grow from $976 million in 2012 to more than $2.3 billion in 2016.
The report said investigators and compliance officers also use e-discovery services.
Hamlin said she developed the idea for the service while she was getting her MBA degree in 2012 from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Hamlin said she hopes to develop the market in Arkansas and expand it to surrounding states within the next three years.
“We’re ready for that market to hit [in Arkansas] and it will,” Hamlin said.