April 10, 2012 06:00 ET

Reed Smith Brings Relativity In-House for e-Discovery Document Review

International Firm Deploys kCura's Review Platform Firm-Wide to Further Extend e-Discovery Service Offering

CHICAGO, IL and LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 10, 2012) - kCura, developers of the e-discovery software Relativity, today announced that Reed Smith LLP purchased a license to deploy Relativity for legal review firm-wide.

Relativity is a fully featured, web-based e-discovery platform for review, analysis, and production. Users can create and automate custom workflows, make use of a complete set of text analytics capabilities including computer-assisted review, and can build applications within the software to manage and search all types of case-related data and information.

Bringing Relativity in-house is helping contribute to the expansion of Reed Smith's Records & e-Discovery ("RED") Team, which was established in 2011. The team has grown to more than 50 dedicated e-discovery lawyers over the course of one year.

"In searching for the right e-discovery software, we found that Relativity maximizes efficiency during document review, ultimately reducing the cost of e-discovery for our clients," said David Cohen, partner at Reed Smith and head of the RED Team. "We also wanted to bring in-house the same seamless experience that we've had with Relativity as a hosted solution, while continuing to customize the tool to our workflows. It's a great addition for providing a high-quality level of service."

Additionally, Reed Smith chose Relativity for the following advantages:

  • Scalability - Relativity has the ability to efficiently handle large quantities of documents. In 2011, median case size in Relativity grew from 2.2 million documents to 7.5 million for the 100 largest cases.

  • Flexibility - Reed Smith intends to customize Relativity, allowing their RED Team to develop the tailored workflows required of their diverse client base. Reed Smith also plans to build project management applications in the software and integrate Relativity with the firm's other e-discovery tools.

  • Ease of Use - It's easy to get users started in Relativity, as attorneys can be trained and productive in the system in as little as 20 minutes.

"For us, the decision to choose Relativity came down to features and simplicity. Between our attorneys and our litigation support analysts, Relativity is a tool that we can start using quickly and that maximizes our efficiency across multiple phases of the e-discovery process," said Thomas Baldwin, chief knowledge officer at Reed Smith. "Additionally, the use of Relativity Applications can empower our litigation support team to expand their role as e-discovery consultants, solving unique data management problems on the fly."

"We have had a solid relationship with Reed Smith over the years, and are excited to work more closely with them," said Andrew Sieja, president and CEO of kCura. "We are thrilled that Relativity is helping them grow their e-discovery practice."

About kCura

Recognized as a "Leader" in Gartner's most recent E-Discovery Magic Quadrant, kCura are the developers of the e-discovery software Relativity, a web-based platform for the review, analysis, and production of electronic data. Relativity has more than 56,000 active users worldwide from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice and 95 of the top 100 law firms in the United States. Relativity also powers Method, kCura's workflow and notification system for managing legal hold and risk assessment processes. kCura helps corporations, law firms, and government agencies meet e-discovery challenges by installing Relativity and Method on-premises and providing hosted, on-demand solutions through a global network of partners. kCura has been ranked the 42nd fastest-growing technology company in North America on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 and named one of Chicago's Top Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune. Please contact kCura at or visit for more information.

About Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with nearly 1700 lawyers in 23 offices throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Our Financial Industry Group is comprised of more than 220 lawyers organized on a cross-border, cross-discipline basis, and dedicated to representing clients involved in the financial sector, advising most of the top financial institutions in the world. As well as being authorities in their areas of law, FIG lawyers have a particular understanding of the financial services industry sector, enabling the practice to evaluate risks, and to anticipate and identify the legal support needed by clients. Lawyers in the group advise on transactional finance covering the full spectrum of financial products, litigation, commercial restructuring, bankruptcy, investment management, consumer compliance and bank regulation, including all aspects of regulatory issues, such as examinations, enforcement and expansion proposals. For more information, visit

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