Vice President

As Vice President, Debora plays an essential role on the company’s executive team by collaborating around new markets, and bringing a customer-centric and pragmatic approach to achieving corporate and customer goals. She is responsible for building out a robust team of legal and technology experts in the eastern US, driving forward partnerships focused on delighting clients, and expanding the company’s brand through thought leadership events and new relationships. Debora’s background as a litigator and buyer, as well as her vast client-facing and operational experience will enable Lighthouse to provide the high-caliber, consultative client experience, the company is known for.

Debora has been with Lighthouse since 2009 and has made a significant impact on the company’s growth and business strategy during her tenure. With a background in litigation from practicing at law firms in both Washington D.C and Washington State, her expertise and deep understanding of complex ediscovery matters enabled her to create a resonating brand and architect the innovative products and services that keep Lighthouse at the forefront of the ediscovery market. She led the execution and implementation of the company’s rebranding in 2012 and developed the marketing department from the ground up. In addition, she has been instrumental in spearheading the company’s strategic technology partnerships, driving the formation of Lighthouse’s product strategy, and the evolution of Lighthouse’s SmartSeries. She also instituted and continues to maintain a client advisory board to ensure strong alignment with market demands. Finally, in 2015, Debora lead the company’s expansion to the eastern seaboard by managing the development the New York office and team, as well as expanding upon the company’s current set of services and clientele.

Prior to joining Lighthouse, Debora was a Complex Commercial Litigation Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Washington, D.C. where she worked on matters such as the WorldCom and Enron bankruptcies. Her practice also included multi-million-dollar commercial and securities litigation, and internal investigations. While at Weil, Debora was recognized three times for her dedication to pro bono service. Debora also practiced as a litigation Associate at McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC. Her practice included commercial, employment, and securities litigation, as well as legal malpractice defense.

Debora received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington where she graduated magna cum laude. She received her law degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. She is admitted to practice law in New York State, the District of Columbia (inactive membership), and Washington State. Debora is Level II Pragmatic Marketing Certified. Debora is actively involved in the legal community as the former Director of Women in eDiscovery, as a mentor with Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle, as an Advisory Board Member for the Organization of Legal Professionals, as the former Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)'s New to In-House Committee, and as a former board member of the Washington Women Lawyers (WWL). Debora was also recognized for her contribution to the ACC and was named 2012 WWL Board Member of the Year. Debora is a frequent speaker on eDiscovery strategy, a former instructor for the Organization of Legal Professionals, and a regular Lighthouse blog contributor.

Tips for Dealing with Third Party Subpoenas

Published Wed, July 31, 2013 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

I spoke at a NY Law Journal CLE last week about how to use technology to deal with big data.  An audience member asked a great question: “Do you have any suggestions to deal with third party subpoenas?” Third party subpoenas are challenging because you have very little, if any, leverage to negotiate the scope of discovery in advance of the request for production. They are also frustrating because you typically have no skin in the game so they are a true cost with no benefit.  There are two ways to reduce the burden of these subpoenas that...

Equivio Releases Themes

An Improved Concept Clustering Technology

Published Wed, July 03, 2013 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

Equivio recently released its newest offering, Themes, as part of Zoom 3.1.  I saw a demo of Themes at LegalTech and was impressed. Rather than using text analytics, like many other tools, Themes uses semantic analytics to map relationships between documents and to group together similar items into “themes.” What I like about the product is that the groupings of documents are intuitively named. I always hated seeing the strange cluster names in other tools.  Some tools let you re-name the clusters, which I would do, and others just forced...

Judge Examines Whether Predictive Coding Met FRCP Obligations

Published Tue, May 28, 2013 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

Finally, some good predictive coding case law! I talk to a lot of corporate counsel about ediscovery, including technology assisted review. What I often hear is that many are shy to move forward with technology assisted review/predictive coding because of the required transparency outlined in some of the early cases on the subject. I don’t blame them. Da Silva Moore, where the parties agreed to a heightened level of transparency, proved the age-old expression that bad facts make bad law. Early this month, we were lucky enough to get a case...

eDiscovery Considerations when Migrating Business Data to the Cloud

Published Fri, March 29, 2013 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

There are many attractive benefits to moving business data to cloud systems — it is cheap (if not free), provides remote accessibility, eases file sharing, and enables collaboration, just to name a few. Before you set your sights on the skies, however, there are legal considerations that should be evaluated as well. Storing data on the cloud doesn’t change your company’s responsibility to preserve and produce data in the event of litigation, so be sure to account for the following ediscovery-related risks when negotiating a cloud contract:

Being a Smart Buyer - Using RFPs to Evaluate Partnership Potential

Published Fri, March 15, 2013 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

Over the last four years, I’ve been privy to a lot of RFPs that have come through our doors. I’ve also issued RFPs to select some of our partners. As the respondent, I groan at having to fill out hundreds of questions that are just different enough from the last RFP to require significant editing. As the proponent, I groan at having to read dozens of pages of responses. However, if the right questions are asked, it is a useful exercise that can be a very effective way of selecting a partner.

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