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Ankura Director, Data & Technology, Discovery in Irvine, California

Ankura is a team of excellence founded on innovation and growth.

Practice Overview

The Discovery Consulting team is a segment of the Technology Solutions practice which provides law firms and corporate legal departments with solutions for managing the risks and costs of complex litigation efforts. Our professionals have been engaged to provide consulting services to some of the largest companies and law firms in the United States. We have experience in all phases of litigation, from forensic data collections to data processing, review and production management, and trial preparation. We also provide a full suite of discovery advisory services including discovery assessments, program management, point solutions, spend analysis and management, and ESI data mapping.

Role Overview


  • Serve as client's point of contact and Ankura’s day-to-day leader in the management and execution of projects and workstreams involving the identification, collection, processing, review, and production of electronic data relevant to litigation or regulatory investigations. Specific functional Discovery tasks include:


  • Assist clients with finding, documenting, and preventing deletion of data potentially relevant to litigation, regulatory matters, or critical business operations

  • Develop solutions and strategies to collect data with special considerations for the unique environment and project-specific complexities of an engagement

  • Coordinate forensic collections with client and Ankura’s forensics team and quality review collections documentation supplied by the forensics team

  • Create and recommend pre-processing strategy to client

  • Coordinate forensic pre-processing work (deNIST, file filters, etc.) with Ankura’s forensics team, including documenting pre-processing workflow


  • Advise client on data reduction strategies including deNISTing, file extension filtering, date culling, and search term filtering

  • Coordinate (provide instruction, obtain status reports, etc.) processing work with Ankura’s processing team

  • Analyze exception reports, develop recommendations for handling each type of exception, and communicate plan to client

  • Quality review search hit reports prior to sending to client


  • Assist clients with the selection of the appropriate technology to meet specific project objectives.

  • Assist with development of efficient work streams, batching strategy, and technology configuration for 1st, 2nd, 3rd tier review; as well as witness review, exhibit designation, and trial preparation.

  • Conduct customized Relativity training sessions for clients, emphasizing appropriate add-on features as necessary.

  • Advise clients regarding the efficient use of concept clustering, near duplicate identification, e-mail threading, and assisted review (predictive coding) within the Relativity tool.

  • Design customized reports for clients.

  • Troubleshoot Relativity issues with kCura and coordinate custom Relativity development work, as necessary.

  • Coordinate data loads to the review tool with the Ankura’s processing team.


  • Assist with written collateral to support production process, such as motions, orders, or proposals to courts and opposing counsel regarding the form of production.

  • Provide proactive guidance regarding format, strategy, and timelines for production of electronic data.

  • Work with client to develop production identification strategy.

Specific General Managerial Tasks Include

  • Assist in the management of finances of each engagement including developing, documenting, and tracking project budgets, adjusting budgets as appropriate, communicating changes in budgets internally and to the client, and managing the revenue forecasting and invoicing process.

  • Review and discuss expectations, anticipated scope of work, and project timeline with client and Ankura’s team.

  • Manage project close-out process including data return and database archival, ensuring that clients understand the implications of on-going data retention relative to their company’s policies.

  • Provide clients and Managing Directors and Senior Managing Directors with periodic status updates, reports, etc. throughout the engagement.

  • Generate consistent and thorough documentation to support processes executed throughout the project lifecycle. Specific tasks may include writing up interview notes and drafting emails, memorandum or reports that demonstrate specific processes followed.

  • Mentor, lead, and delegate tasks to junior grade colleagues to support their training and professional development with the goal of creating an exciting leveraged, team environment that offers challenging opportunities and support to all employees and is poised for continued expansion and success.

  • Assist in the recruiting process by screening resumes and interviewing candidates.

  • Supervise personnel including Associates, Senior Associates, client personnel, clerical support, and others as appropriate.

  • Assist the business development team throughout the sales process by building relationships with current and potential future clients, demonstrating firm technology to potential clients, and providing supporting documentation, including proposals and cost estimates, regarding our offerings.

  • Demonstrate business development acumen via networking and other business development activities, showcasing the ability to convert networking relationships to sales leads and ultimately, new revenue.

  • Increase revenue on current engagements by identifying opportunities to cross-sell services offered by Data Analytics and Digital Solutions & Development teams.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in MIS, CIS, Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Economics or Mathematics

  • 4 years of prior experience as a consultant overseeing computer forensics and electronic discovery

  • Advanced decision making and problem-solving skills

  • Team player who is comfortable working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment with minimal supervision

  • Ability to interact confidently with senior management and lawyers/partners

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills




Ankura is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where mutual respect and collaboration is paramount. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, protected veteran status, national origin, or any other legally protected status.

Ankura Consulting Group, LLC is an independent global expert services and advisory firm that delivers services and end-to-end solutions to help clients at critical inflection points related to change, risk, disputes, finance, performance, distress, and transformation. The Ankura team consists of more than 1,500 professionals in more than 30 offices globally who are leaders in their respective fields and areas of expertise. Collaborative lateral thinking, hard-earned experience, expertise, and multidisciplinary capabilities drive results and Ankura is unrivaled in its ability to assist clients to Protect, Create, and Recover Value . For more information, please visit: http://www.ankura.com