The Wachtell Way of E-Discovery

Maura Grossman of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz applied a computer machine-learning method to e-discovery to create a proprietary system for finding documents faster, she says. Annie TrittIn 2006 Maura Grossman was promoted to counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, after seven years as a litigation associate. Most Wachtell counsel develop a specialty, and Grossman was considering legal ethics. Her mentor, partner Meyer Koplow, suggested something else: electronic discovery. “He said: ‘Trust me on this. Electronic discovery is going to be a big deal,'” Grossman says. With an atypical background for a lawyer—she has a Ph.D. in psychology—Grossman was accustomed to studying scientific methods and research techniques, and she immersed herself in the science of data retrieval. In 2009 she met Gordon Cormack, a computer scientist at the University…


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