The Best Apps For [Legal] Productivity – ABA Law Technology Today

Brett Burney was a featured panelist for Law Technology Today’s Roundtable, “The Best Apps for Productivity.”

Law Technology Today has released its digital roundtable, “The Best Apps for Productivity.” In order to help its readers winnow the overwhelming number of available apps, Law Technology Today asked the board members of the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center what apps they use on a daily basis—and why.

Notable contributors also include Chad Burton, Aaron Street, Steve Embry, Dennis Kennedy, and Sofia Lingos.

Brett Burney discussed several apps that he uses daily including Wunderlist, 1Password, Tweetbot, Lose It!, PDF Expert, as well as a few that left him longing for more.

Law Technology Today is an online publication of the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, which was launched in 2012 for legal professionals and staff.

Brett Burney is the Principal of Burney Consultants LLC, an independent e-discovery consulting company, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

By | June 3rd, 2016|Interviews|

The History and Future of Summation Software – “old Summation” vs. “new Summation”

If you have been around litigation support or e-discovery for any length of time, you’ve encountered Summation.

AccessData, who currently owns Summation, recently tweeted tweeted a link to Terry Mazura’s review of Summation 6.0 and they graciously let you download it from their website.

In my article on, I go through a little history of the Summation software including my reviews of iBlaze 3.0 and Summation 5.0.

Send me an e-mail if you would like to read the old reviews or just want to share your memories of iBlaze!

By | June 3rd, 2016|Articles, ediscoveryinfo Blog|

Brett Burney to Serve as Faculty for ABA Webinar on Federal Rule Amendments – June 8, 2016

Brett Burney will serve as faculty for a live ABA webinar covering the Amended Rules of Civil Procedure that went into effect on December 1, 2015.

Can You Follow the Rules? Understanding How the Federal Rule Amendments Impact E-Discovery” will take place at 12:00PM ET on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Discussion will cover the impact of the amendments over the last six months, as well as consideration of the amendments’ future goals.

Brett will be joined by Christine Chalstrom of Shephard Data Services in Minneapolis, MN.

For more information—or to register—click here to visit the ABA.

By | May 16th, 2016|Events|

Can Planet Data’s Exego Select Make ECA More Efficient? Brett Burney Reviews Planet Data’s Exego Select Early Case Assessment Tool for Legaltech News

E-discovery consultant Brett Burney reviews Exego Select from Planet Data in the May 2016 issue of Legaltech News magazine.

Exego Select is the tool offered by Planet Data that allows litigation teams to filter and cull information before being sent to a document review platform.

Contrary to popular thought, there’s more to e-discovery than just document review. The processing phase of the E-Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) historically refers to the conversion of paper and files into static TIFF images, but today it offers a compelling opportunity to filter out worthless data that would be a waste of time (and money) to view.

Some call this early case assessment (ECA), or more fittingly early data assessment (EDA), referring to the practice of letting a computer help you exclude, filter and cull out files in much the same way we trust a computer to filter out spam. No one wants to waste time reading messages that are completely irrelevant to our daily workflow.

You can read the full review on entitled “Can Planet Data’s Exego Select Make ECA More Efficient? The SaaS solution filters documents early for greater efficiency.”

Planet Data also posted a PDF reprint of the print version on their website entitled “ECA, Selected – Planet Data’s Exego Select filters documents early for greater efficiency.”

By | May 13th, 2016|Articles|

Brett Burney to Speak at Apple Store, Eton on May 20, 2016 on Using Macs, iPhones & iPads in the Practice of Law

Brett Burney will speak for the Apple in Law Event, “Boosting Profitability with Mac, iPhone & iPad,” on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:00am at the Apple, Eton store.

The 90-minute feature will provide lawyers with a better understanding of how to use Macs, iPads, and iPhones to increase profitability in their law practices.

Brett will be joined by Tom Lambotte, CEO of GlobalMac IT.

For more information—or to register—send and e-mail to the Business Team at the Eton Apple stored ( or call the store at (216) 535-4563.

By | May 13th, 2016|Events|

Brett Burney to Speak on E-Discovery and Cloud Computing at Virginia State Bar TECHSHOW, April 25, 2016

Brett Burney will be giving three presentations as part of the upcoming Virginia State Bar TECHSHOW on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Richmond Convention Center.

Brett will be joined by Tom Mighell for a one-hour seminar entitled, “Technology for Trial Lawyers” (8:45-9:45am).

Brett and Tom will also cover “The Ethical Sand Traps of E-Discovery” (9:55-10:55am).

Brett and Jim Calloway will speak on “How to Store Your Law Firm Data in the Cloud Ethically” (12:45-1:45pm).

For more information—or to register—click through to the Virginia State Bar website.

By | April 16th, 2016|Events|

Brett Burney Among Leading Experts in TechnoLawyer Micro-Symposium on Litigation Best Practices

A new effort to inform busy litigators, TechnoLawyer recently released a 2-part “Micro-Symposium” on litigation best practices for their free LitigationWorld newsletter.

Leading e-discovery experts were commissioned to respond—in less than 150 words—to the question, “What best practice and/or technology do many litigators not currently use that would help them achieve better results for clients?”

Notable contributors also include Craig Ball, Ralph Losey, and John Tredennick. Brett Burney provided the following advice regarding the importance of keeping up with clients’ email practices—as well as being able to speak to the increasing likelihood of cloud-based email services:

Email is still one of the juiciest sources of electronic evidence in litigation matters, but most attorneys just toss some vague instructions to their clients on how to search, collect, and preserve those crucial messages.

Seventy-two percent of enterprises have at least one piece of their technology infrastructure in the cloud today — and it’s often their email. Companies of all sizes are moving to either Google Apps for Work or Microsoft Office 365.

It’s important to know what subscription level your client is using since higher-end options offer Google Vault for archiving and ediscovery tools, or Compliance Center for legal holds and analytics through Microsoft’s acquisition of Equivio. You’ll need to talk directly with your client’s IT administrator to ensure they are utilizing these built-in tools appropriately.

You don’t need to become an expert in cloud computing, but litigators must be better informed about how their clients are accessing, storing, and collecting email.

TechnoLawyer publishes free newsletters targeted to the legal community on legal product reviews, practice management tips, and other helpful information on a variety of topics. You can read more helpful information from the “Micro-Symposium on Litigation Best Practices” by subscribing to TechnoLawyer’s LitigationWorld newsletter.

Brett Burney is the Principal of Burney Consultants, an independent eDiscovery consultation company, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

By | April 8th, 2016|Interviews|

Pursuing Legal Cloud Computing Security Standards: Legal Market Reactions – Brett Burney Quoted on Cloud Computing for Law Firms

Brett Burney is quoted in an article for entitled “Pursuing Legal Cloud Computing Security Standards: Legal Market Reactions” that appeared on March 24, 2016. The article was authored by Marriott Murdock, Marketing Director for NetDocuments.

Brett Burney:

Most cloud computing services today are developed for the general consumer market. Every user certainly has a general desire to keep their data private, but lawyers have an additional ethical duty to protect information entrusted to them. Most consumer-focused cloud services either don’t know this or they don’t care. The LCCA Security Standards are a superb start. The vendors in the LCCA have been answering the same, repetitive, fear/uncertainty/doubt questions from lawyers on security for years now so it makes sense they create a set of consistent standards. Besides, the ABA and approximately 20 states have already addressed the topic and allow lawyers to store client confidential information in the cloud as long as they take reasonable precautions to protect the information. That’s the same standard imposed on lawyers for protecting information on their mobile devices (passcode) and laptops (passwords & encryption).

You can read the full article on entitled “Pursuing Legal Cloud Computing Security Standards: Legal Market Reactions – Insights into the latest LCCA Security and Data Privacy Standards.”

By | March 24th, 2016|Interviews|

iConect-XERA: Easing Legal Review? Brett Burney Reviews iConect-XERA for Legaltech News

E-discovery consultant Brett Burney reviews iConect-XERA, the web-based document review platform from industry veteran iConect. The review first appeared in the April 2016 issue of Legaltech News magazine.

Originally iConect nXT, the company released its updated XERA platform in 2011. Users get an immediate sense that iConect-XERA is a mature, Web-based platform that could only have been developed based on years and years of feedback and testing. Every square pixel is well thought-out and functional, even if that means some of the buttons and features are slightly diminutive for a mouse-click.

You can read the full review on entitled “iConect-XERA: Easing Legal Review?

By | March 23rd, 2016|Articles|

Customizing Microsoft Word for Mac 2016 with Macros – Guest Post on GlobalMacIT

Brett Burney contributed a guest post to the GlobalMacIT blog on how to customize Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac with Macros. Brett Burney received a question from a Mac-using lawyer on how they could customize Microsoft Word on the Mac since it doesn’t have the same options for customization as the Windows version of the software.

On the Windows side, you can

[customize the Quick Access Toolbar or the Ribbon] but they don’t allow any customization on the Mac side.

One way I get around this is to use Macros, which are available in Microsoft Word 2016 on the Mac.

Brett also provides a quick tip on creating Page numbers in Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac.

You can read the full blog post “Tips for Using Word for Mac 2016 with Dropbox and OneDrive” at the GlobaMacIT blog.

By | March 7th, 2016|Articles|