Get to know members of the E-Discovery, Information Governance & Cybersecurity Section! This blog series highlights section members, their practice and their personal interests. Take a seat and get to know them! This week's post features Helen Geib of Hoover Hull Turner LLP.
I went to law school to be patent lawyer. I chose a law school with a respected patent law program and joined the Barnes & Thornburg LLP intellectual property department after graduation. Three months later the firm and I reached the mutual realization that I had zero aptitude for claim drafting.
Failure was frustrating and embarrassing – and remarkably fortuitous. I took a half step sideways into full-time IP litigation where I (pardon the pun) discovered an aptitude and liking for eDiscovery. I’m grateful to the partners who helped me along the way.
As a young lawyer my most important mentors were Don Knebel and Lynn Tyler. Don taught me about litigation strategy, case team leadership and trial skills. Lynn’s writing was invariably incisive and cogent. It remains my paradigm of good legal writing.
Those formative years instilled three convictions that guide my eDiscovery practice at Hoover Hull Turner LLP.
First, success in litigation is built on collaboration. The case team of lawyers, paralegals, support staff and service provider needs to have good teamwork. Second, discovery – with and without an “e” – should be strategic and proportional. Serving the case, not driving it. Finally, legal writing from emails to appellate briefs should be clear, concise and purposeful.
I regularly publish articles on eDiscovery practice and technology. (Many of my articles are posted on the E-Discovery Information Governance & Cybersecurity Section blog.) Between law firms I spent about 10 years as in-house counsel and consultant for eDiscovery service providers and often draw on that experience. I also enjoy writing occasional articles on general interest topics like collaboration and productivity.
My focus in articles and presentations is squarely on the practical side of the practice of law. I aspire to help litigators and legal professionals bridge the gap between law and technology.
The IndyBar’s mission includes empowering its members to never stop learning and to build a network of professional and personal contacts. As a member of the E-Discovery, Information Governance & Cybersecurity Section I’ve attended informative CLE programs and made new contacts and friends. I’m looking forward to contributing to the section as part of the Executive Committee for 2021 and hope to connect with you soon.
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