Ballard Spahr

Ballard Spahr used a combination of search terms reports, Analytics, & visualizations during ECA to eliminate more than 80% of the collection

Assisting a government agency in a contract dispute, Ballard Spahr received an overly broad collection of 2.8 million documents. The e-discovery team was challenged to eliminate most of the irrelevant documents during their ECA process, but traditional search and filter techniques resulted in too many irrelevant documents making it into review. By applying Analytics and using the new visualizations in Relativity 9.4, they were able to build a heat map that showed them where groupings of conceptually similar documents intersected with search terms, email domains, and key custodian metadata. This allowed them to quickly and confidently eliminate large numbers of documents that had keyword hits, but were otherwise irrelevant, ultimately reducing the reviewable population to 277,180 documents.

“Analytics and visualizations in Relativity make our ECA process much more effective. The dashboards provide a quick, user-friendly view of our data, allowing us to act faster on the relevant issues.”
CAROLINE POLLARD, Manager of eDiscovery Services


Ballard Spahr LLP, an AM Law 100 law firm with more than 500 lawyers in 15 offices across the United States. Our mission is straightforward: to provide nothing less than excellence in every legal representation. We help clients achieve success as they define it, respecting and anticipating their needs.

Our clients range from large public companies and privately held corporations to government agencies and nonprofit organizations. We provide counseling and advocacy in more than 40 areas within intellectual property, litigation, business and finance, real estate, and public finance.