Brett Burney Co-Presents “Metadata: The Legal and Ethical Traps ‘Hidden’ in Your Digital Files” Webinar

Brett Burney co-presented “Metadata: The Legal and Ethical Traps ‘Hidden’ in Your Digital Files” on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 with Daniel J. Siegel and Elizabeth A. Alston. The webinar was a joint effort between the American Law Institute (ALI) and the ABA Law Practice Division.

The 1.5 hour webinar explained metadata from a simple technical standpoint and then addressed the ethical considerations lawyers are required to understand in today’s practice of law.

The webinar has been archived on ALI’s website and you can listen to a short preview of the webinar here.


By | February 16th, 2016|Events|

Cloud-Based Liquid Litigation Manager Provides Service On The Go (Brett Burney reviews Liquid Lit Manager)

E-discovery consultant Brett Burney reviews Liquid Lit Manager from LLM Inc. for Legaltech News. Liquid Lit Manager is a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that offers a variety of tools in addition to document review.

In the e-discovery world there’s no shortage of document review platforms. But surprisingly, there’s very little software to help litigators comprehensively manage their matters. That’s what Liquid Litigation Management Inc. (LLM) set out to create over a decade ago—a platform that litigators can feasibly utilize from discovery all the way through trial.

You can read the full review of Liquid Lit Manager by Brett Burney on

By | January 28th, 2016|Articles|

Brett Burney Speaking at the Washington County Bar Association (PA) Winter Bench Bar – January 22, 2016

Brett Burney will be giving three presentations at the Winter Bench Bar gathering of the Washington County Bar Association in southwestern Pennsylvania on:

  • Microsoft Office 365: What You Need To Know & How To Use It
  • The Hidden Secrets of Microsoft Word
  • 60 Tips, Tricks, Sites & Gadgets in 60 Minutes

The Winter Bench Bar will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

By | January 21st, 2016|Events|

ABA TECHREPORT 2015: Litigation and TAR

E-discovery consultant Brett Burney co-authored the “Litigation and TAR” section of the ABA TECHREPORT 2015 for the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association. Co-author Paul Unger reported on findings from the ABA TECHREPORT that covered how technology is being used in the court room and the state adoption of electronic filing.

Brett Burney used the findings from the ABA TECHREPORT on e-discovery to author the last section on technology assisted review (TAR) and how it is being used in firms. The last section is entitled “Technology Assisted Review (TAR) Is Powerful But Underutilized.”

A PDF of the “Litigation and TAR” report can be downloaded by clicking here.

By | January 14th, 2016|Articles|

I Use Tabs in Finder Because I Like Tabs in Safari

Originally posted on Macs in Law blog.

I can’t use Safari without Tabs, and now I can’t use Finder without Tabs. I’m constantly accessing multiple folders in Finder and if I had to open a New Window every time I’d go crazy.

I like to use one SINGLE Finder Window, and then I open multiple locations/folders in Tabs.

I used TotalFinder from BinaryAge for years as a Finder add-on that gave me Tabs and other wonderful options. Unfortunately, with the introduction of the super-security-feature System Integrity Protection in El Capitan, the developers have thrown in the towel.

It’s a shame because TotalFinder was amazing (why doesn’t Apple let me sort the Finder with folders on TOP???). There are great alternatives to TotalFinder but I value simplicity and prefer to stick with native OS X features whenever I can.

Starting with Mavericks, Apple finally built Tabs into Finder although I didn’t start using them until TotalFinder was unstable in El Capitan.

It’s not perfect, and I can’t sort folders on TOP(!!!!), but the native Tabs in Finder work well for my needs.

Finder in Mac OS X to create new tabs instead of windowsI first go to Finder > Preferences and click “Open folders in tabs instead of windows” so that any folder I double-click opens as a new Tab.

But I usually stick with the ⌘ + T shortcut to launch a new Tab, just like in Safari (there’s also the “+” on far right to click open a new Tab). In the Finder > Preferences pane, I also set the default path that opens when I create a new Tab – I selected Dropbox under “New finder windows show:” dropdown.

You can click and drag a tab to re-position. I cycle through Tabs using Shift + ⌘ +

[ to go left or Shift + ⌘ + ] to go right (just like in Safari).

To close a Finder Tab, I use the ⌘ + W shortcut (again, same as in Safari).

By | December 30th, 2015|Macs in Law Blog|

Review in the Cloud: Looking More Closely at Everlaw (Brett Burney reviews Everlaw)

E-discovery consultant Brett Burney reviewed Everlaw in the December issue of Legaltech News.

I continue to be amazed at the evolution of cloud-based document review platforms. Not because they’re becoming more like “traditional” software offerings, but because they’re more flexible in providing unique and useful tools that aren’t possible anywhere else. An excellent example is Everlaw … delivered to any Web browser as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model—supported by Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud—which means it’s accessible from just about any computer or mobile device. The company has been aggressive in offering distinctive features such as the dashboard, visual search, and its StoryBuilder tools.

You can read the full review on

By | December 23rd, 2015|Articles|

Rare End of Year Sale on TrialPad, TranscriptPad, and DocReviewPad – Buy Now and Save $20 Each

If you’re an iPad-wielding lawyer it’s time to spend a tiny bit of your professional technology budget on 2-3 apps that you need in your practice.

I’ve been using TrialPad and TranscriptPad since they were first released by Ian O’Flaherty and his crew at Lit Software. I talk about both of those apps (and the more recent DocReviewPad) at EVERY iPad CLE presentation I give around the country.

2015.12.19 TranscriptPad on SaleLit Software is taking $20 off each app now through December 30, 2015. I know Ian and he doesn’t offer many discounts so this is rare treat.

I’ve heard folks complain that these apps are too pricey. My first response is that these are professional-grade apps and NOT Candy Crush. My second response is that an app like TrialPad is an amazing bargain when compared to purchasing a full license of TrialDirector or Sanction. Now you have no excuse with this sale going on.

Watch and hear other lawyers talk about the apps.

More information about the sale here.

Links for TrialPadTranscriptPad, and DocReviewPad.

By | December 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|

“iPad for Lawyers” at State Bar of Wisconsin – January 6, 2016

If you 1) practice in Wisconsin and 2) are getting a new iPad for Christmas, then register now for “iPad for Lawyers – Featuring Brett Burney” sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin.

The full-day seminar will take place at the State Bar Center in Madison on Thursday, January 6, 2016.

Brett will be joined by legal technology luminary Nerino Petro, CIO at Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C. Nerino also blogs actively at

The schedule covers everything that an iPad-totin’ lawyer needs to know about how to effectively incorporate the iPad into your daily practice. You’ll learn how to edit Microsoft Word documents, annotate PDF files, give presentations, and conduct legal research. The seminar will discuss your ethical duties for protecting the information on your iPad, and the speakers will show off their favorite apps, tips, and gadgets.

Don’t miss the “iPad for Lawyers” seminar in Madison, WI on January 6, 2016.

By | December 21st, 2015|Events|

Brett Burney to Speak at Federal Bar Association “Professionalism Topics 2015” – December 15, 2015

Brett Burney will be presenting “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Technology” at the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter on December 15, 2015.

The “Professionalism Topics 2015” seminar will take place from 9:00am – 12:00pm in the 7th Floor Auditorium at the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse in downtown Cleveland. The seminar offers 2.75 CLE hours (pending).

Other topics that will be covered include:

More information can be found at the Federal Bar Associations’s website and the brochure can be downloaded here.

By | November 30th, 2015|Events|

Brett Burney Speaks at Ohio State Bar Association Legal Technology & Practice Management Conference (Dec. 10-11)

Ohio State Bar Association Legal Technology & Practice Management Conference, December 10-11, 2015. Brett joins a stellar faculty all focused on helping lawyers learn more about the technology they use every day.

Brett is presenting the following two topics on Friday, December 11:

  • Cloud-Based E-Discovery Tools at 2:30pm
  • Mobile Ethics (Professional Conduct) at 3:30pm

Ohio State Bar Association Legal Technology & Practice Management ConferenceI’m thrilled to be part of the OSBA Tech Conference again – it’s been part of my December now for almost 10 years!

This year I’m delighted to see Casey Flaherty and his Legal Tech Audit as part of the Conference. Ever since I saw Casey present at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW I am convinced that every lawyer and legal professional needs to be aware of the technology proficiencies that Casey espouses in his Legal Tech Audit.

The two topics I’m presenting (“Cloud-Based E-Discovery Tools” and “Mobile Ethics”) fall right into those proficiencies. – Brett

Registration is more information is available at the OSBA’s website. The event is held at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center close to the Polaris area in Columbus, OH.

By | November 30th, 2015|Events|