I attended my first Cowen Group Leadership Breakfast in Chicago in 2009.  Since then they have been a staple in my eDiscovery learning, networking, and career development.  Rarely in this space do you find events that provide a casual environment, free of overbearing sales influence, with such a strong mix of educated participants.  Each event I have been to has been different.  The organic nature of the conversation-style panel, along with the willingness and openness of the attendees, always creates a great discussion.  So, when David asked me to participate in the 2013 Q2 Leadership Breakfast Series, I enthusiastically accepted.

This quarter’s topic, “Big Data: An Emerging Influencer for eDiscovery, Compliance, and Information Governance Careers,” is both broad and specific.  The new industry buzz around the topic, “Big Data” means different things to each person’s role, and to each organization.  But it provides great opportunity for those of us in the eDiscovery space.  Big Data does not just impact eDiscovery, it impacts an organization’s security, regulation, analytics, archiving, information governance, etc… This means that there are more people at the table talking about the same issues we in the eDiscovery industry have been discussing for years.  It opens those doors for us to have a creditable positive impact on an organization as the voice of experience in people, process, and technology challenges and simultaneously creates new career paths for us.

I am looking forward to sharing some of the struggles my team has encountered—both internally and what we are seeing at clients across various industries and regions—beginning April 18th in New York. I am also looking forward to walking away from each event having learned something from fellow attendees. It is nearly impossible to sit at a TCG events with such a high quality group and not walk away feeling energized with all your wheels turning.

bolandMichael Boland is the Managing Director for Drinker Discovery Solutions, LLC a wholly owned subsidiary of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP. Drinker Discovery Solutions, LLC provides full life cycle eDiscovery consulting, technology, and project management services. In his current role, Michael has full managerial responsibility, operational control, and oversight of Drinker Discovery Solutions, LLC. DDS works with Drinker Biddle & Reath clients as well as external non-firm clients to identify, preserve, collect, process, review, and produce data for use in adversarial proceedings. The DDS philosophy is to simplify eDiscovery and bring clients cost effective solutions by leveraging leading technology and processes driven by top tier project management.

Mr. Boland has worked for eDiscovery vendors, boutique and national consulting companies, practiced law relating to eDiscovery matters as well as worked in a consultative and project management capacity with AmLaw firms and Fortune 500 corporate legal departments.

Mr. Boland is a member of the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar. Michael received a BA from the University of Notre Dame, a JD from Golden Gate University and an MBA from the Ageno School of Business at Golden Gate University.

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