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Stuck in the 20th Century with Your Trial Presentation Software?

Your firm has done all the research, document review, and planning for trial, and now you’re ready to go into the courtroom and present. What do you bring? Many use Power-Point for trial presentation software. Some are still relying on 20th Century staples such as foam boards and document projectors. And why not? You’ve always gotten by using these methods.

But imagine the ability to call up exhibits on the fly, video deposition tools, and a presentation that seamlessly integrates with the attorney’s dialogue, allowing you to tell a story that has a powerful impact on the jury and provides a positive outcome for your clients.

That’s where Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard were four years ago when they switched over to TrialDirector as their go-to presentation software for trial. Since making the transition, they have far more control and flexibility over their presentations and credit the ability within TrialDirector to effectively present evidence and paint a picture that resonates and reinforces their case for the jury to successful trial outcomes, including a recent $148 million personal injury award and a $50 million dollar birth injury award.

“Ipro is proud to be part of the toolkit involved in such impressive outcomes,” said Derek Miller, VP Desktop Solutions at Ipro. “And we continue to improve and enhance the product to allow firms like Salvi to do important work.”

TrialDirector 360® is available as a stand-alone application or as part of the Ipro (Desktop) solution.

 

Ipro – Simplifying the Process from Discovery to Trial.

About Ipro Tech, LLC
Ipro is a global leader in eDiscovery technology used by legal professionals to streamline discovery of electronic data through presentation at trial. Ipro draws upon decades of innovation to deliver high-performance software, services and support, bundled as a solution and deployed the way you want it—Desktop, On-prem or Cloud—significantly reducing the cost and complexity of eDiscovery.

2019 Ipro Tech Show Sessions Now Live

If you couldn’t attend the Ipro Tech Show in April (or want to relive it one more time), we have you covered! Videos of the presentations are now live and streamable, allowing you to experience the next best thing to being there (and share it with your colleagues).

The general session kicked off with Ipro CEO Dean Brown updating the audience regarding Ipro andhow we’re future-proofing our technology partnerships. Then, an Artificial Intelligence panel followed with Kinny Chan (Precision Discovery, LLC), Stephen Goldstein (Squire Patton Boggs, LLP), and William Kellermann (Hanson Bridgett, LLP) discussing AI and its impacts on the legal industry. Keynote Speaker Kevin Surace, futurist and disruptive innovator, wrapped up the general session by speaking about the myths and realities surrounding AI, upcoming trends, and how to use them to get ahead of the curve.

Track sessions were led by industry thought leaders and covered hot topics affecting eDiscovery, including: Tackling Information Governance and Incident Response, and Data Breaches as it applies to eDiscovery. The Sedona Conferencealso offered CLE credits, product training, and certification.

Thanks to everyone who made this event a success. We’re already making plans for next year!

Copies of the videos and presentations can be found here.

Why eDiscovery needs AI

Why eDiscovery needs AI

You can’t talk about eDiscovery without also discussing Artificial Intelligence and its potential impacts on the industry. Some people hear the term and jump to Sci-Fi movies and robots taking over, but it’s much more nuanced than that. You may be wondering how your job will be affected by this new technology. Or maybe you openly embrace technological enhancements. Perhaps you’re in the ‘just ignore it’ camp. You might even have “Skynet becomes self-aware” flashbacks. Whichever bucket you fall in, the fact remains AI is a subject that isn’t going away anytime soon. In many industries, including legal, AI and machine learning is already a thing. While there isn’t a squad of robots running review protocol just yet, smart companies are already leveraging this technology. Here’s a look at just two areas benefited by embracing the AI movement.

eDiscovery:
AI is already hard at work transforming how discovery is done. Gone are the days of attorneys sifting through boxes of documents. Thankfully, that time-consuming process has been replaced by electronic options. As these solutions evolve, we’ve seen the benefits of AI implemented through machine learning capabilities. Slogging through documents looking for that elusive needle in the haystack is now aided by software solutions with features like near-duplicate detection, email threading, and predictive coding. The benefits are obvious- less time spent on the tedious tasks equals more time to spend on meaningful work, which equals cost savings in the long run.

Workforce:
Understandably, the implementation of technology that does the tasks formerly completed by a human worker can cause some uncertainty and anxiety. There are certainly many theories out there about replacing the entire workforce with an army of robots, but that’s just not realistic. At least not anytime soon. There are just some roles, especially in the legal industry, that a human will always be the preferable choice. Let’s look at this common scenario. You’re a seasoned attorney with a large litigation case. The discovery files are in the many terabytes range. Back in the day, you’d have to employ, train, and provide a workspace for who knows how many junior attorneys to complete this task that would likely take many months to finish. You would have to rely on your training and the employee’s competency to locate the required documents needed for the case. There would be challenges- answering questions, employees calling out sick, performance issues. You must manage the project, the case, and the people. Sound familiar?

The solution is not a robot that will replace all the humans, but technology that assists the humans. Instead of eliminating jobs, you’ll be improving job quality by freeing up time from menial, time-consuming tasks for value-added services. The people you have doing review will be more efficient and productive. Rather than digging through documents only to see the same content numerous times, Technology Assisted Review will locate those documents through machine learning features. For the product manager, using technology to assist with identifying and sorting concepts from documents, can arm you with information that will help you make the most of your review time. The project is more efficient, deadlines are met, below budget and everyone is happy. Doesn’t that sound better?

Look, technology won’t go away just by squeezing your eyes closed, so it’s best to be ahead of the game and embrace it. Learning about the direction, benefits and limitations of AI can eliminate a lot of the fear and ambiguity surrounding the topic. Artificial Intelligence is not waiting for us in the future- it’s here. How will you use it?

 

AI in eDiscovery, by Ipro

Download Ipro‘s New White Paper “AI and eDiscovery: Expectations vs. Reality”

Trial Presentation Software for a Mac? Here’s How with TrialDirector!

Trial Presentation Software

Is There a Trial Presentation Software for Mac?

Despite the hours and hours of preparation before a trial, one single decision or piece of evidence could completely change the course of the case.

As an attorney, you are able to think and react quickly, but unfortunately, unfamiliar technology can be a stumbling block in a dynamic and stressful environment. Even well-practiced lawyers struggle when trying to use new computers, operating systems, and software programs in an ever-changing situation.

Your confidence as a presenter forms the foundation of effective trial presentations, and trial prep is not the time to learn how to navigate a new computer. If you use a Mac daily, then that shouldn’t change when you enter the courtroom.

Although TrialDirector and other associated software (TimeCoder Pro, DepoView, etc.) are designed for the Windows operating system, there are a variety of available methods that will allow you to enjoy the capabilities of your Mac along with all the features of TrialDirector software:

  1. Boot Camp: Don’t worry, this option doesn’t require you to participate in physically-exhausting activities; preparing and presenting in trial is demanding enough. Boot Camp is a program created by Apple that allows you to install the Windows operating system onto your Mac, so you can have two operating systems on one computer. This method gives you great stability and smooth performance with your software; however, while using Windows, you cannot access any of your iOS applications.
  2. WINE: This option requires a little more effort than grabbing a bottle of your favorite beverage and chatting it up with friends. Certain types of WINEs (Windows Emulators), such as WineBottler and CrossOver, allow you to run Windows-based programs on iOS-based systems. You simply download and install the Windows Emulator, and then your software will run on iOS using the WINE. These emulators work similarly to Boot Camp, but not all programs are fully supported, so you might run into some issues depending on the software you’re trying to use.
  3. Virtual Machine: This sounds like the most fun out of the three options, like an exciting virtual reality experience or a time-traveling device. Although a virtual machine isn’t quite that futuristic, it can be extremely helpful when trying to run Windows-based programs on iOS. Basically, it runs a virtual copy of the Windows operating system on your Mac, which allows you to use any software that is designed for Windows. Virtual Machines such as VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop do require more processing power and RAM, but you’ll have fewer problems.

 

 

Ipro Taps Into Trial Technology with Acquisition of inData Corporation

Trialdirector by Ipro

Article by: Ian Lopez, Legaltech News

Its first move following major investment, Ipro looks to a new technology area in an increasingly consolidating e-discovery marketplace.

When it comes to vendor choices, the e-discovery market is increasingly becoming a smaller place. And judging by the activity of recent years, acquisitions and strategic partnerships seem to be the favored method for scaling. Arizona-based e-discovery provider Ipro Tech first ventured down this path after being bought by investment firm ParkerGale. And as Ipro CEO Kim Taylor told Legaltech News, Ipro “sold with the upfront intention to make a few acquisitions.”

On August 1, Ipro made its first of those acquisitions, purchasing inData Corporation, a fellow Arizona company best known for its trial presentation software TrialDirector. The moves allows for the integration of Ipro’s Automated Digital Discovery (ADD) platform with inData’s trial and deposition management offerings.

The intent for users is to be able to shift between e-discovery and trial programs without having to leave a single platform. Speaking about inData’s users, CEO and president Derek Miller told LTN, “Ideally, they’ll be able to add on a subscription piece. … And those that want to just go to trial will still be able to just go to trial.”

When it comes to pricing and subscriptions, Taylor noted that “all that has to be figured out.” He added that Miller and inData CFO/COO Scott Palmer will “move over into different roles” with Ipro, and that over the next three months, all of InData’s employees will “be integrated into Ipro.” The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

For Ipro, the benefits of the acquisition are twofold. For one, it allows the company to make its way into trial technology, a market often overlooked in e-discovery M&A. Further, it is also the company’s first attempt since being purchased to make a play in the increasingly consolidating e-discovery market, which is currently witnessing major companies like kCura, DTI Technology, Lighthouse, and LDiscovery take significant market shares.

“One of the reasons we did the [ParkerGale] deal back in April was to make sure that we have the resources to compete,” Taylor said. “If you look, the other companies out there, whether its kCura or the cloud companies or whatever, they’re out trying to steal my lunch money every day. And they’re only getting bigger and better, so we have to keep up. We do believe if you look at TrialDirector, it’s a household name on the law firm side. … It gives us access to those folks and really helps us kind of get a stronger footing.”

The market is indeed rapidly shifting. In July 2016, Epiq Systems was purchased by DTI for $1 billion, while OpenText acquired Recommind for $163 million. This past June, contract data discovery company Adsensa was acquired by Exari.

And while the e-discovery space becomes the domain of fewer and fewer companies, it remains to be seen whether companies like Ipro can engage in their own acquisition strategies to compete. Mark Yacano, global practice leader of managed legal services at Major, Lindsey & Africa, told LTN that the acquisition is “endemic of the challenges that businesses are facing to stay relevant.” Discussing major players, he described how Relativity, despite moving to the cloud and having partners “wondering how that will impact them, kCura still has an enormous market share.”

“Folks like Ipro have to find a hook, have to find a differentiator,” he said. “I’m surprised it’s taken this long for a provider to integrate with the trial presentation and trial preparation function, because logically they do make sense to pair. But whether or not that’s a significant enough differentiator for Ipro to build market share, I think that’s going to be very, very interesting.”

The Legaltech News article can be found by clicking here.

Ipro Acquires inData Corp, a Leading Trial Presentation Company

TEMPE, Ariz., August 1, 2017 – Ipro Tech, a global leader in the development of advanced eDiscovery software solutions, announced today that it has acquired inData Corporation, creator of TrialDirector, a market leader in trial presentation based in Gilbert, Arizona.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

It has been Ipro’s vision for the discovery process to be simple, affordable and automated.  Historically, there has been a significant disconnect between document review, knowledge management, and trial presentation.  By combining these companies, Ipro serves its vision by creating a seamless integration with inData’s deposition management and trial presentation solutions along with Ipro’s automated digital discovery platform, ADD.  With this acquisition, legal teams will now have one platform, one company to cover them from the time evidence starts rolling in, all the way to the courthouse.

These storied companies, both touchstones in the litigation technology industry, have paved the way, survived, and flourished over the years through their innovation and commitment to service.  Together, their technology, clients, culture, and people are poised to lead the industry as it continues to evolve.

Ipro CEO, Kim Taylor, has been looking to expand into the trial software and services vertical for some time. He said, “inData and Ipro have a tremendous amount of synergy considering our time in the industry, our solutions, and the customer-base we serve. We are beyond excited to bolster our competitive edge by integrating inData’s products and people into the Ipro family.”

inData Corporation has been leading the trial presentation field for two decades with 90% of the AMLaw 200 firms using TrialDirector today.  The powerful presentation tool has been used countless times in trials all over the world.  Combined with TrialDirector, inData’s additional products and services run the gamut between video and text synchronization, transcript management, and trial consulting.  Derek Miller, inData’s CEO and Scott Palmer, inData’s CFO/COO will take on new roles within Ipro.  Derek stated, “For the last 29 years, we have built a company that is a household name for trial presentation.  This acquisition allows us to put TrialDirector into more customer hands as well as strengthening the resources for development and support.”

In April 2017, Ipro announced its acquisition by ParkerGale, a private equity group in Chicago, Illinois.  The investment by ParkerGale has enabled Ipro to expand software and service offerings to meet its ongoing customer requirements.

About Ipro Tech, LLC

Founded in 1989, Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced eDiscovery software solutions. Ipro’s Automated Digital Discovery workflow platform helps customers organize, review, process and produce litigation data of vast sizes and complexity — more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. To learn more visit iprotech.com.

About inData

Founded in 1984, inData creates software applications to aid in the trial preparation and presentation process. In addition to developing useful software, inData also responds to litigators for urgently needed training and consulting services inData has worked side-by-side with litigators in hundreds of trials across the globe and developed a recognized expertise in the legal community for consulting in trials in a variety of industries.