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From its inception, Cohen Seglias has stayed on the cutting edge of technological changes in the business world. We recognize, however, that as technology changes, some businesses adapt while others can become overwhelmed. While many law firms focus on electronic documentation from the point-of-view of e-discovery, Cohen Seglias' philosophy is to educate our clients about proper document retention so that our clients do not become victims of the technology steamroller.

Businesses continue to strive for a paperless office. Now, rather than drowning in paper, however, they are drowning in email and new ways of communicating. How does a company deal with instant and text messaging systems, server-based voicemail, online storage of sensitive files such as health records, insurance claims, and financial databases let alone emails and documents saved only on smartphones, tablets, laptops and the like?

Cohen Seglias works closely with its clients and their IT departments to formulate retention policies and processes that actually work for companies in this rapidly changing environment. Through in-house seminars, we teach our clients and their employees sensible document retention and preservation plans tailored to their organization's specific needs.

With our Labor and Employment Group, we also assist our clients in revising their company handbooks to protect them from liability that could arise from the misuse of technology. What are the employment ramifications of social networking sites, microblogging services and Internet blocking? Pre-litigation education and planning becomes the key.

Cohen Seglias is also well situated to address the issues relating to e-discovery that arise during litigation. The legal developments relating to electronic documents and liability associated with the mishandling of data and information have been staggering. We take those risks to heart in not only assisting clients in navigating through litigation hold letter scenarios but in accessing, understanding and acting upon a huge quantity of electronically stored information (ESI) without breaking the client's budgets.

Our approach is tailored to meet the needs of each client and each case. The management of ESI in an efficient and cost effective manner is a cornerstone of the Firm's litigation services. Our attorneys are experienced in cost recovery, attorney-client privilege protection, early case assessment and engaging forensic experts but are also skilled in the most advanced collection and search methods, having supervised document reviews on every scale.