Finding a Vendor & Improving Value

Finding a Vendor & Improving Value

Clinton Sanko

Shareholder | Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC

Session: Finding a Vendor and Imrpoving Value

As a trial lawyer and technology enthusiast, Clinton has 13 years of experience dealing with eDiscovery issues in litigation settings. He is uniquely positioned to understand the client’s perspective, the trial team needs and the legal requirements of eDiscovery as they play out in actual litigation. As such, he is positioned to advise, counsel and advocate for clients on these critical issues. Clinton has direct oversight responsibility for Baker Donelson’s Discovery, Document Review and Investigations Team, which is responsible for supporting Baker Donelson’s needs for active cases where eDiscovery or document review services are needed. He seeks to bring value to clients through integrated processes, applied legal knowledge and management of Baker Donelson’s eDiscovery technology vendors. In conjunction with the team, Clinton has led the development of Baker Donelson’s LeanDiscovery™ system, which seeks to closely integrate process, technology and the various team constituencies for the cost-effective and efficient management of eDiscovery and document review.

Clinton is an active member of Firm’s Commercial/Business Litigation and Government Enforcement and Investigations (GEI) Groups. Of course, he supports all substantive areas of the Firm where eDiscovery issues arise. He is also a member of the Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity Team, sits on the Technology Steering Committee and participates in the Firm’s Innovation Groups, along with the Firm’s leaders in technology, Knowledge Management and Legal Project Management. Clinton has been an active presenter on these topics for many years.

Anthony Mendenhall

Director of eDiscovery Operations | Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC

Session: Finding a Vendor and Imrpoving Value

Tony actively oversees matters requiring eDiscovery services, supporting clients and trial teams on particular matters that span most of Baker Donelson’s litigation practice areas, and focus industries. In addition to providing services for specific litigation matters, Tony consults with clients on broader and more proactive topics, such as eDiscovery risk analysis and mitigation, data preservation and litigation hold process development, enterprise data mapping for litigation purposes, and eDiscovery vendor and technology RFP and selection.

In his role, Tony has principal responsibility to oversee all vendors providing eDiscovery services to Baker Donelson and actively oversees process creation and improvement to ensure all services are provided to the highest standards and industry best practices. Baker Donelson’s attorneys and clients value Tony’s deep experience and knowledge of the eDiscovery service industry, helping to ensure that clients’ eDiscovery needs are being addressed. Because of the complexity of the marketplace, Tony’s expertise ensures that all clients get the technology best suited for their case, from a qualified and vetted vendor, at marketplace competitive rates, with the necessary processes and oversight in place.

Tony’s prior work experience and management degree have equipped him for his current responsibilities. As a working member of both small and large IT departments, and as an IT consultant, Tony can see the project from the point of view of the in-house technology department. This experience enables him to thoroughly understand client IT systems and infrastructure and effectively communicate with IT personnel. This experience proves extremely useful in bridging the legal-IT gap that often exists at the beginning of an eDiscovery project.