Did you know that more than 90% of all legal cases are settled prior to trial? When facing a claim from a vendor or former employee, much of your litigation costs could be spent on data analysis of eDiscovery collections and a lengthy discovery window. That’s where Early Case Assessment (ECA) software saves the day.

The goal is to reduce cost and risk by analyzing this data up-front, reducing the time and effort of traditional legal discovery. Early Case Assessment origins revolved around an expert trial lawyer’s ability to survey evidence, synthesize data from multiple sources and quickly laser in on key points. Today, ECA is much more of a data management process, allowing in-house council and internal teams to assemble, analyze and pinpoint key facts and documents before outside council is brought in. The result? Tremendous cost savings.

When facing litigation, two questions stand out:

  • Does the complaint have merit?
  • How much will this cost our company? 

This is where Early Case Assessment proves invaluable; by organizing and sorting your eDiscovery data into visual reports – by date, sender, attachments or other categories – you can present council a true picture of evidence early on in the process, which can drastically reduce the total cost of litigation. If you must settle, you saved costly discovery time. If the claim heads to trial, your digital information is neatly organized and prioritized for outside council – a win-win for your company!


Below you can see how Sherpa Software’s Early Case Assessment platform, Report Attender, sifts and reports your electronic data for litigation preparedness. Click the graphics to enlarge.


Report Attender from Sherpa Software


Early Case Assessment Explained


Check out a full overview of Report Attender features in our product video:



For more ECA background, read our previous post The Importance of Early Case Assessment in the Age of ESI.