Autonomy hosts Legal Forum in Washington

I am just back from a Legal Forum hosted by Autonomy in Washington DC. Autonomy specialise in enterprise search and Meaning Based Computing. Their acquisition of ZANTAZ 12 months ago brought them into the e-mail archiving arena and expanded their e-discovery offerings, not least with their hosted review application Introspect.

I have not yet had the opportunity to welcome Autonomy ZANTAZ formally as sponsors of the e-Disclosure Information Project but am obviously very pleased to do so. The invitation to the Washington Legal Forum in fact preceded the sponsorship.

I was not told in advance who else was involved, but if I had been asked to put together the ideal group for a discussion primarily about e-discovery, it might have included John Rosenthal of Howrey, Tom Allman, the Editor of the 2nd edition of the Sedona Principles, Wayne Matus of Pillsbury and James Daley of Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner. If I were really being ambitious, I would have included Magistrate Judge John Facciola, who is the most active member of the judiciary in this realm.

One by one, in came that very group for breakfast in the splendours of the Willard Intercontinental Hotel followed by a morning’s interesting and wide-ranging discussion – interesting not least because I have recently been referring to what is happening in the US (and Australia, whence Jim Daley has recently returned) to suggest what we should – and should not – be doing here.

The hosts were Stouffer Egan, Chief Executive Officer of Autonomy Inc, Andy Kanter, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Legal Affairs, Ian Black, Head of Global Operations, Autonomy Group and Deborah Baron, Director of eDiscovery.

A photograph of some of those present at the Autonomy Legal Forum
Ian Black, John Rosenthal, James Daley, Andy Kanter, Tom Allman, Wayne Matus, Chris Dale. Missing are Magistrate Judge John Facciola, Stouffer Egan and Deborah Baron

I will say more in due course about some of what was discussed and how it relates to the issues arising in the UK for the judges and the practitioners to whom I spoke in the few days before I flew to Washington. Meanwhile, my thanks to Autonomy for the opportunity to take part in their Legal Forum.

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