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Meet Our People | Rafe Stanley


Every month, we will be featuring one of our employees to give you a better look at the people powering D4. This month, we are focusing on Rafe Stanley, Discovery Engineer.

1. How did you get into eDiscovery?

Stanley: Throughout my legal career I have always been interested in the intersection between the law and technology. Every major technological breakthrough has added new considerations and twists to existing legal frameworks, creating an undiscovered country of legal theory and analysis for experts and the courts to grapple with. In a way, I was destined for this line of work, as it has given people like myself new opportunity to explore and build expertise in a new and exciting aspect of the industry.

After graduating from law school I was looking for ways to expand on this interest and through some professional contacts I was referred to Special Counsel’s in-house eDiscovery department, which was just ramping up its footprint. I was immediately struck by the size of the cases that we were seeing, and how elegantly we were handling the volume. Up until this point I had represented individuals locally in criminal and civil matters, so discovery was rarely more than a handful of documents. But here, we were precisely working through millions of records to meet brutal deadlines. I knew I would fit right in.

2. What is your favorite part about your job at D4?

Stanley: The variety. One week I may be working closely with a District Attorney on a criminal case, and the next I am consulting with opposing sides to a multi-party litigation. I have been afforded experiences and seats at the table with major litigators all over the country and this has given me invaluable expertise that I try and leverage for our clients.

3. What is one workflow/tip that you think every client should know about?

Stanley: Know your teams and their limitations. This is the biggest tip I can give, and it touches on just about everything I do. You can have the best tools in the world, but if your team can’t or won’t use them that advantage is wasted. Tailoring your solutions and workflows to your team’s expertise and setting realistic goals can make all the difference in the world and will allow you to effectively communicate strategy and timelines to the courts and opposing parties.

4. What's one thing you can't live without?

Stanley: Board games and craft beer with friends and family.

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