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“Litigation was about the facts. Trial was about credibility. It was one thing to know what happened; another to prove it. The process that resulted in setting legal precedents was driven by an individual seeking to right a perceived wrong, a plaintiff in search of vindication, accountability, and justice. Zubulake’s e-Discovery explores the discovery, or the e-discovery, of my truth.”
—from the Introduction of Zubulake’s e-Discovery
Zubulake’s e-Discovery: The Untold Story of my Quest for Justice
is an inspirational account of a woman standing on principle, fighting for her rights, persevering against a formidable opponent, and achieving vindication, accountability, and justice. It is a 21st century version of David & Goliath
set on Wall Street that resulted in the establishment of landmark law. The voice of the plaintiff, particularly the plaintiff in a litigation with far-reaching consequences, is seldom heard. I was the plaintiff in a three-year legal battle ("Zubulake"
) that resulted in a historic jury verdict and a series of legal opinions that influenced the practice of law. Zubulake’s e-Discovery
is my story. The next time you read about e-mails in the news, you will think about Zubulake's e-Discovery
began as an employment-related lawsuit against a financial-services giant and became important on several fronts. Zubulake
culminated in a historic jury verdict, one of, if not the most significant verdicts in the U.S. for a single plaintiff in an employment discrimination case.
transformed the legal industry by moving beyond conventional thinking and focusing on advances in technology that impacted business and the ways evidence was created. Three years of litigation resulted in the issuance of a series of precedent legal opinions (the “Zubulake
opinions”) concerning the discovery of electronically stored information (electronic discovery or “e-discovery”). No longer does the process of legal discovery begin with document requests or the filing of a complaint in court. It begins with an organization’s information management policies and procedures. E-discovery has matured into a multi-billion-dollar business, one of the fastest-growing legal specialties and segments of the IT industry. Zubulake
has become synonymous with best practices in e-discovery.
Thousands of articles have been written by others about my case- but never has the story been told from my perspective—the perspective of the plaintiff. Zubulake’s e-Discovery
is my account of how and why I did what I did. It is so much more than about landmark law and e-discovery. It is inspirational, credible, important, and unique. It demonstrates what can happen when an individual sets out to do the “right thing.” It is a story that will appeal to any reader who cheers for the underdog.