When Jason Molder left a large firm to start his own practice, his colleagues warned him that he was taking on more than he could handle. They told him, you’re not going to have the technology, infrastructure, and expensive software that a large law firm can support.
A few years later, Swimmer & Molder is a thriving law firm serving the construction, eDiscovery, information technology, and community association industries in South Florida. He may have some headaches keeping a growing business running, but legal technology is not one of them.
Who: Jason Molder recently helped launched the boutique law firm Swimmer & Molder, with offices in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, focused on construction, community association, information technology, and eDiscovery law. In this competitive arena, Swimmer & Molder needs to process, review, and manage large volumes of data for litigation while competing with larger, more established law firms with bigger budgets and IT staff. “I rely on Nextpoint to deliver world-class technology without the overhead and costs you normally expect from litigation software,” says Molder. “This is a competitive market, and the Nextpoint platform helps us deliver the highest level of service for a fraction of the cost.”
What: One of the first things Jason did when launching his new firm was set up his Nextpoint accounts to manage his client data.
Why: Nextpoint is a hosted review platform, meaning Swimmer & Molder doesn’t need to invest in expensive in-house hardware and software databases to manage their caseload. There's no software to buy, no licenses to maintain, and no ongoing IT costs. When a matter comes in, the Swimmer & Molder team simply begins uploading and reviewing evidence. The firm only pays for the service it needs and passes the savings on to the client.
“This is a competitive market, and the Nextpoint platform helps us deliver the highest level of service for a fraction of the cost.” —Jason Molder
Jason also used Nextpoint in a recent bid protest with an incredibly tight deadline. The case involved a small scale production from a municipality- roughly 2,000 pages related to a claim potentially worth $6 million. The entire review was accomplished in less than two days by single attorney. “The problem was that we had to review and prepare a brief required within 72 hours to meet the filing deadline,” says Jason. “Using the searching, sorting, and tagging functionality built into Nextpoint, we were able to make that deadline and in the end we billed $25 to client for technology costs.”
Total Nextpoint cost to client: $25
Jason has used Nextpoint on a number of cases, including a recent complex construction defect case with multiple defendants producing records. In this case, he had a small-scale production of paper and digital records from multiple defendants. The data included paper records scanned to PDF, Outlook PST files, and Word and Excel files from personal computers.
Using Nextpoint’s search and sort functionality to cull the information, almost a million pages were reviewed in advance of mediation and whittled down to 50,000 potentially relevant documents. The review was accomplished by three attorneys working part-time over the course of 6 months.
Total cost to client (not including attorneys’ fees) approximately $3,000