The digital age has created innumerable benefits, and chief among them is the ability to communicate.

Sending messages or memos via text, email or social media has made everyday business easier. However, for anyone involved in law, it’s created an overflow of information and a mounting hurdle for litigators tasked with combing through hundreds of thousands of documents in a limited amount of time.

“Electronic information is the life blood for a lot of cases now, and it’s so useful because they don’t have bad memories,” says Karl Schieneman, president and owner of Review Less, a Pittsburgh-based company that helps corporations and firms across the United States review electronic documents. Schieneman is part of a rapidly evolving field that is taking hold throughout the country, while finding a niche in the Tristate.

“It’s like the Wild West in terms of data growth,” says Stephanie Maw, director of E-Discovery and litigation support for Keating, Muething & Klekamp, a Cincinnati firm that specializes in business litigation.

Prior to the digital age, teams of litigators would sift through hundreds of thousands of paper documents searching for dates, names and other criteria in a process called “discovery.”

With the exponential growth of documents sent electronically, Maw, KMK, Schieneman and other E-Discovery practitioners have coupled their law expertise with computer programming to find documents in an efficient and precise manner.

In early September, KMK hosted an E-Discovery symposium that brought experts in information technology and law together to learn about the rapidly changing landscape.

Schieneman and Maw were among a group of speakers that offered tips and information about it.

“We’re in a world where lawyers need to be more receptive to technology,” says Schieneman. “There needs to be better dialogue.”

Along with understanding the principles of E-Discovery, Schieneman stressed the importance of finding a cost-efficient service. There are many factors that shape document review costs, but it’s not uncommon for firms or corporations to pay six-figure sums to review more than a million documents. If lawyers aren’t proactive or knowledgeable about the service, the cost of document review could overtake the benefits of taking the case.

Fortunately for Tristaters, there is an increasing amount of enterprises—including KMK—that offer reasonable costs for E-Discovery.

“Cincinnati is a great place to do document review because of the prices and the work ethic,” says Schieneman.

KMK’s E-Discovery & Litigation support group specializes in several different aspects of the new technology. From identifying potential sources of information to producing and presenting documents, KMK has created a cost-efficient and precision-based technique that produces the same volume of work as larger firms. Maw says KMK takes into account processes, technology and people during its E-Discovery.

“We’ve invested in several technology platforms and we know what works,” says Maw. “We can do everything we set out to do.”