The Power of People: Reduce Risk by Simplifying the Identification of Privileged Communications

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Any attorney will tell you that the most stressful part of a defensive document review is making sure all privileged documents are withheld. This is exacerbated by the fact that traditional ediscovery tools were not always built by lawyers and thus didn’t take this fundamental (not to mention high-stakes) task into account. 

DISCO’s legal DNA makes our approach different. 

Unlike other ediscovery tools that require users to know their specific syntax or use complicated, error-prone double-negative searches, DISCO Ediscovery provides simple search syntax to locate potentially privileged communications: domain and domainCount.

Using this simple syntax, our users can easily identify all the emails between an outside counsel and their client. For example, a search like domain(“lawfirm.com” & “corporate.com”) and domainCount(2) returns all emails between the corporate client and their outside counsel that don’t include any other parties. 

This is huge! It means our users can quickly identify these potentially privileged communications, segregate them for separate review, and create their privilege log. A search for outside counsel communications can also be added to the production quality control process to confirm that any untagged privileged communications don’t inadvertently slip out the door.

And the best part? The search syntax is available for our users across multiple search modalities, including Search Builder and filters, so you can use it wherever it best suits your workflow.


Work how you feel most comfortable with domain and participant searches across DISCO’s various search methods.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure, and DISCO Ediscovery’s search syntax makes it easy to reduce your burden and your risk in identifying privileged communications.

Interested in learning more about how you can use people-based metadata to streamline your document reviews? Check out this whitepaper on using email metadata to reduce risk and boost your review or set up some time to chat with one of our experts.

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Caitlin Ward

Caitlin Ward is a product marketing manager at DISCO. She has more than a decade of experience leading ediscovery initiatives and advocating for the adoption of legal tech as an attorney. Since joining DISCO, she focuses on helping lawyers innovate to overcome their ediscovery and case management challenges.

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