Listen to Michael Lackey, co-chair of Am Law 100 law firm Mayer Brown’s Electronic Discovery Group discuss the impact the Qualcomm case has had, and continues to have on the legal profession. Michael Lackey focuses on civil and criminal litigation and electronic discovery. He represents major companies and individuals in state and federal proceedings, including multi-district and class action litigation, government contract disputes, and appeals. Mike also has represented defendants in numerous grand jury proceedings and governmental investigations. He is nationally recognized for his knowledge of electronic discovery issues and is a member of the Board of Advisors to the Georgetown University Law School Advanced E-Discovery Institute, co-chairs the firm’s Electronic Discovery and Records Management Practice, and also chairs the firm’s Automated Practice Support group. In addition, Michael is an award-winning adjunct professor of advanced appellate advocacy at the George Washington University Law School.
We will discuss how cases like Qualcomm and Zubulake have changed the role of lawyers in electronic discovery matters into an almost outside auditor like position. We also talk about a more recent case, Bray Gillespie v. Lexington Ins. and how outside counsel can get stung by their own actions. Change and accepting new responsibilities are the key messages of these cases. They also highlight the critical need of better project management. Lastly, we also touch upon how such cases highlight the importance of lawyers developing new skills such as understanding technology.