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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 - Top Questions for Evaluating the Trifecta of People, Process and Technology

Published Mon, January 06, 2014 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

When I’m out in the field talking to buyers of services, I constantly hear about the trifecta of ediscovery provider perfection: good people, good process, and good technology. The people need to be knowledgeable about ediscovery but also able to persuade lawyers and technologists on the best course of action without affecting trial strategy or drastically increasing costs. The process needs to be sound and repeatable, a challenge in an industry with very few standards. The technology needs to be fast, and trusted, yet flexible and able to...

Technology Assisted Review - A Key Change to Your Review Rules

Published Mon, December 16, 2013 by Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

Many people think of the training rounds of Technology Assisted Review as very similar to linear review. After all, you’re coding documents one-by-one, just as you are in the linear review. Why shouldn’t the same rules apply? Well, the implications of the training mean some of those rules can get you into trouble later on. There are three key differences between training rounds and linear review that you should consider. First, your decisions are amplified across thousands of other documents. Second, you are playing the role of teacher, and...

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...

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