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iDS Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with Chambers and Partners Band 1 Rankings


Already commemorating its 10th anniversary, iDS recently received news
worthy of further celebration. The Chambers and Partners USA 2018 guide
recognized iDiscovery Solutions with two Band 1 rankings.

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Chambers and Partners named iDS as one of the top eDiscovery litigation
support firms
in the United States, and named Dan Regard as one of
the field's top

"iDS is thrilled and honored," says Mr. Regard, President and CEO of
iDS. "We have worked hard to be the very best at what we do, and this
ranking is a testament to the years of effort and the many hundreds of
cases we've worked."

As for being personally recognized as a top eDiscovery consultant, he
says, "It was a surprise and compliment on many levels."

The rankings are a prestigious honor for iDS and Mr. Regard, but perhaps
more importantly, they represent a momentous victory for eDiscovery
consulting. This is the first time Chambers and Partners has ranked
eDiscovery consultants, and it reflects the significant role they play
in the resolution of issues. The prevalence of technology and data in
cases has necessitated more frequent use of technologists with
specialized expertise. The new ranking acknowledges that need.

It's a move many in the eDiscovery community applaud, including Mike
Lackey, who leads Mayer Brown's global Litigation & Dispute Resolution
practice. "Over the past 10 years, discovery has become increasingly
complex due to the challenge, and value, of electronic evidence," he
says. "I applaud Chambers and Partners for recognizing the necessity for
great eDiscovery competence in lawyers, firms, consultants and vendors."

Tess Blair, leader of Morgan Lewis' eData Practice Group, agrees.
"Technology expertise and support has become a major part of many of our
cases, and I applaud Chambers and Partners for including Litigation
Support in their 2018 rankings," says Ms. Blair, a 2018 Chambers and
Partners-ranked eDiscovery attorney. "This is a sign of where the
practice of law has come, and where we are going."

While attorneys and consultants had previously been lumped together, Mr.
Regard notes that recognizing the individual practices is an
acknowledgement that the two are complementary pieces that can be used
to produce favorable results. "A good lawyer and a good consultant make
a great team," he says.

[H2:] An Honor Like Few Others
Chambers and Partners has published
its legal guides since 1990, and it's considered one of the definitive
rankings of law firms and attorneys. Highly regarded, their rankings are
the result of independent evaluations based on legal knowledge and
experience, ability, effectiveness and client service. Firms and lawyers
are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the highest honor.

"Band 1 recognition by Chambers and Partners is probably the most
significant recognition that lawyers and firms can receive and is the
result of a rigorous vetting process," says Robert Owen of Eversheds
Sutherland, who was ranked as a Band 1 eDiscovery attorney. "Dan Regard
and iDS are at the very top of the eDiscovery litigation support
universe and deserve the recognition."

Mr. Lackey, also a Chambers and Partners-ranked attorney, echoes that
sentiment. "I've had the pleasure of working with Dan Regard and iDS on
a variety of eDiscovery thought leadership groups, including the
original Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document
Retention & Production (WG1), and I wholeheartedly endorse the choice of
iDS collectively, and Dan Regard individually, for Band 1," he says.

"I am not surprised that Dan Regard and iDS were ranked Band 1 by
Chambers and Partners," says David Kessler, Head of Data and Information
Risk at Norton Rose Fulbright, who was also honored with a Band 1
ranking. "They have been (and continue to be) the top eDiscovery
consultants in the country."

The admiration is mutual. "We feel privileged to be in the company of
the people in these rankings," says Mr. Regard.

Throughout the eDiscovery community, there's a respect for the work
everyone has done to advance the field. Many of those recognized by
Chambers and Partners have had a hand in elevating eDiscovery, resulting
in a strong kinship. Over the last decade, Mr. Regard and iDS have had
the privilege of working with many of them closely.

As iDS celebrates its 10th anniversary and this recognition, it's
impossible not to reflect on the road that has led to these honors and
the collective effort in achieving them.

"Every honor that iDS has received is a reflection of the great team
that we have assembled, and the trust our clients have put into our
work," says Mr. Regard. "This is a tribute to their hard work, expertise
and creativity. I feel honored to work with them."

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