Take a deep dive into eDiscovery for small and midsized firms with an old friend and frequent New Solo contributor, guest Brett Burney, a lawyer and longtime consultant who’s passionate about legal tech. Facing a mountain of electronic documents from PDFs to spreadsheets to emails to texts in discovery? You don’t need to be an expert, but you do need to understand the basics, the traps, and the available tools.

Start by accepting that electronic files aren’t paper files. They are inherently different and aren’t meant to be printed out. Embrace the format and treat electronic documents as what they are. If you print electronic documentation out, or you accept a printed version, you’re not getting the full picture, and you’re letting potentially valuable information slip through your fingers.

It’s a digital world, and litigation is more likely than ever to include emails, smartphones, voice mails, social media posts and comments, and texts.

If you’ve been wondering if you’re doing the best job possible with eDiscovery, this is the episode for you.

Got questions or ideas about solo and small practices? Drop us a line at NewSolo@legaltalknetwork.com 


  • Electronic discovery (eDiscovery) involves electronic files that are inherently different than paper discovery. What you need to know and mistakes you may be making.
  • Metadata included in electronic documents can offer valuable clues that help you prepare your case, but it’s easy to contaminate that data.
  • Understand the available tools that organize, preserve, and prepare digital evidence, including extracting text messages, voice memos, and emails from smartphones and tablets. 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Previously on New Solo, with guest Brett Burney

LegalWeek New York


“Forensic Image,” Science Direct


Synctech SMS Backup and Restore

X1 Search

Page Vault


WebPreserver vs. Pagefreezer


Relativity One








Digital WarRoom

NextPoint blog, “eDiscovery with Outlook: 3 Reasons Why Outlook is NOT a Document Review Tool,”