News - June 22, 2023

Jones Foster Shareholder Robert W. Wilkins Serves as E-Discovery Webinar Guest Speaker

Jones Foster Shareholder and Litigation Practice Group Chair Robert W. Wilkins served as the guest speaker at the Paralegal Association of Florida Palm Beach County Chapter CLE webinar.

Rob presented “Tech Talk for Paralegals: Best Practices for E-Discovery” and discussed important considerations for electronically stored information (ESI) such as why the size of the law firm matters; the types of cases that usually involve ESI (personal injury, construction, business litigation, and employment law); and alternatives for smaller cases.

Key takeaways from the presentation included:

  • Choose the right e-discovery vendor based on the scope of the project and cost considerations.
  • Meet with clients early in the process regarding data collection and preservation to avoid spoliation and sanctions.
  • Involve paralegals at the outset and throughout all stages of ESI to ensure data collection is comprehensive and forensically sound. Meet with the client and IT/custodians and don’t rely on the vendor alone.
  • A document review platform is essential (and inexpensive).
  • Negotiate an ESI protocol with confidentiality provisions.
  • Be aware of data privacy issues (e.g., HIPAA) in all aspects of dealing with ESI.

For additional information or questions regarding e-discovery, data privacy issues, or ESI, we urge you to contact a representative of Jones Foster here.

About Robert W. Wilkins

Shareholder and Chair of the Litigation practice group, Rob Wilkins is double Board Certified by The Florida Bar in the areas of Business Litigation and Civil Trial. With over 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Rob represents clients in complex business litigation matters, including e-discovery and data privacy issues, construction litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, employment and noncompete matters, civil RICO, securities, and commercial real estate landlord/tenant matters.

He is co-chair of the E-Discovery Subcommittee and the Data Security Subcommittee of the ABA Litigation Section’s Commercial and Business Litigation Committee. He is also an active member of The Sedona Conference Working Group 1, Electronic Document Retention and Production, and Working Group 11, Data Security and Privacy Liability.

About Jones Foster

Jones Foster is a commercial and private client law firm headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. Established in 1924, the Firm has served as an integral part of South Florida’s growth and prosperity for nearly a century. Through a relentless pursuit of excellence, Jones Foster delivers original legal solutions that help clients, colleagues, and the community to move forward. The Firm’s attorneys focus their practice in Real Estate, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Private Wealth, Trusts & Estates, Corporate & Tax, and Land Use & Governmental. For more information, please visit