Amanda Strassner Merrill’s practical and proven experience with Electronically Stored Information bridges the gap between her clients’ legal challenges and the technical solutions they need.
Amanda has over a decade of experience fielding the hybrid legal and technical questions that inevitably arise during complex litigation. She is adept at steering the early data analysis discussions that will drive defensible scope and proportionality expectations.
Amanda has drafted, tested and implemented litigation readiness and discovery response plans for in-house and corporate counsel teams that prioritized their unique risk management and data governance priorities.
Her technical responsibilities over the years have included structural design, construction and modification of custom forensic evidence databases and leveraging queries to quickly narrow down probable location of key documents.
She is qualified to administer many of the electronic processing and review tools that enable her clients to leverage a targeted forensic collection to support their evidentiary and trial strategy.
- Designed lean and scalable data collection, review and production plans guided by cost and risk proportionality.
- Fostered relationships with corporate clients who needed customized e-discovery audit and workflow design to prepare themselves for efficient and defensible litigation response with supporting documentation.
- Interviewed custodians and maintained records of preservation, collection and production strategies to ensure proper chain of custody and authentication of evidence.
- Managed dozens of ongoing complex legal team projects simultaneously; each at different stages of their litigation lifecycle, with emphasis on maximizing the strengths of each team member and software option while minimizing costs and meeting deadlines.
- Develop data and vendor management best practices and collaborate across disciplines and departments to streamline project workflows and cross-training.
- Devised targeted review and production plans for very limited or disproportionately large data sets—up to four terabytes on a legacy matter with old and new data to be synthesized during ongoing multi-jurisdiction litigation.
- JD, Regent University School of Law, 2007
- BA, University of Houston, summa cum laude, National Merit Scholar, 2004
- Director, Richmond Chapter of Women in eDiscovery
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