Adam Bier was still a self-described “baby lawyer” when he was wrongfully sanctioned in the landmark 2008 Qualcomm e-discovery case. The appealed sanctions were finally vacated, more than two years after they were first imposed. Bier shared his story with attendees at the Legal Technology Leadership Summit, joined onstage by U.S. Magistrate Judge David Waxse and Frank Cialone, who defended several of the outside counsel in Qualcomm. Read on to learn the details of Bier’s nightmare experience. Can you imagine yourself in his shoes?
Most everyone knows what an elevator speech is: it’s a short, pithy, memorable description of a company’s services. Lawyers have always built their reputations on their expertise, such that the creation of an elevator pitch should be one of the easiest things for an attorney to do; however, many lawyers still stumble over the basic question: “What do you do?”