Episode 78: You’re Not Doing Litigation If You’re Not Doing E-discovery

In this guest episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson talks with Michael Quartararo, President of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) for insight into e-discovery trends and its impact on the paralegal profession.

Michael started his career as a litigation paralegal, and is a great example of how e-discovery (and generally staying on top of the technology trends) can open up new doors and career options.

In the show, Ann and Michael discuss some key insights that Michael shares with paralegals, including:

  • Will AI change how we are doing e-discovery? What about AI taking over paralegal jobs?
  • How to handle the attorney who says “just print out those emails so I can read them on paper.”
  • Should you strive to get certified in e-discovery? If so, what advice does he have to get your CEDS?
  • The salary differences between a litigation paralegal and someone who takes on an e-discovery role, such as an e-discovery project manager.


Your Actionable Strategy

  1. If you are just starting your career as a new litigation paralegal and haven’t had much exposure to e-discovery, get a copy of Michael’s book! Use discount code “coupon20” to save 20% off Michael’s book Project Management in Electronic Discovery. 
  2. If you’re more experienced in e-discovery and you want to advance your paralegal career (aka paralegal career security!) then consider getting your CEDS certification
  3. Check out the free Paralegal Resource below to learn more about the importance of e-discovery for litigation paralegals.

doing e-discovery with Michael Quartararo

Meet our Podcast Guest

Mike Quartararo is the President of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading organization for training and certification in e-discovery. For more than 10 years, ACEDS has trained lawyers, paralegals and other legal support professionals at law firms, corporate legal departments, the government, and in academia. He is also the author of the 2016 book Project Management in Electronic Discovery, now in its second edition.

Michael has been consulting in e-discovery, information governance, project management and legal technology for 25 years, including 10-year stints at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. He also operates a successful consulting practice that provides guidance to corporate legal departments and law firms.

A graduate of the State University of New York, he also attended law school in London. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS). He frequently writes and speaks on e-discovery, legal operations, project management and technology topics. Reach him via email at mquartararo@aceds.org or on Twitter @mikequartararo.

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