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Senior Advisor, Market Engagement and Operations

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.

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.

Corporate Data Collection - Is it Legal or IT’s Responsibility?

Published Mon, February 11, 2013 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

Co-authored by Andrew Chang

Most lawyers know little about IT and most IT professionals know little about the law. So whose problem is it when these two areas collide? The short answer is both.  However,  the existence of an open dialogue between  the groups can make all the difference in making eDiscovery run more efficiently. This post addresses three assumptions I’ve heard from Legal Departments and provides some tips on how to make eDiscovery run more efficiently at your company.

Where Do I Host Incoming Data?

Published Mon, October 15, 2012 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

Many clients spend a disproportionate amount of time on producing their own data (culling, searching, analyzing, reviewing, QC’ing, re-reviewing, re-analyzing, priv logging, redacting, and QC’ing again) versus how much time they spend on incoming productions (usually linear review or haphazard searching). In theory, both sets of data should be created equal with as much thought and analysis spent on the documents you are receiving. Unfortunately, throwing these documents into an internal database has become common practice. There is a...

Spend 30 Minutes Now - How Planning in eDiscovery Can Slash Your Costs Dramatically

Published Mon, August 13, 2012 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

It seems self-evident to many ediscovery professionals that a little planning now can save you time later.  But, all too often we see our clients pushing aside smaller projects in favor of tackling larger ones. How often have you said to your service provider, “just process all the data now so I can get my team reviewing!” Was this a productive use of your reviewers’ time? I would invite you to explore how spending 30 minutes at the outset of a matter can save you and your team hours later.

Is Linear Review a Thing of the Past?

Published Fri, June 08, 2012 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

With all the TAR postings in the last couple of months, you may be wondering whether linear review is passé.  Quite the contrary, we actually believe linear review has a valuable place in ediscovery.  There are phases of review, certain data sizes, and specific data types well suited to linear review.  It can be a very powerful tool when utilized in a thoughtful and deliberate manner.

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