Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino (VLMG)

Sharon Norwood

Director of ESI Services

With more than two decades of experience in the legal field and in electronic data management, Sharon has the knowledge and proficiency to manage the often-massive amounts of electronically stored information (ESI) that have become prevalent in modern construction litigation, from the collection process through and including trial. Having handled numerous complex cases with ESI volumes exceeding 2 terabytes (TB), she supports our lawyers, clients, and paralegals with a deep understanding of the challenges involved in dealing with such enormous data sets and the ever-changing parameters of e-discovery.

Sharon works with our attorneys in developing a global strategy to deal effectively with paper/electronic data, from data collection and processing options, through the selection of vendors and hosting platforms, and culminating in document review and production. Her strong knowledge of the technical processes associated with each of these steps routinely improves the efficiency and thoroughness of the e-discovery process. She provides guidance to our attorneys and paralegals on decisions relating to data collection cost estimates, collection/processing timelines, and overall database management. Her knowledge and experience with various electronic data platforms have been instrumental in generating cost savings for clients and in identifying the best presentation processes for discovery, trial, arbitration, mediation, and hearings.

In addition to construction litigation, Sharon has also worked as a paralegal in corporate, bankruptcy, intellectual property, and general civil litigation matters. She has managed large e-discovery projects for litigation, arbitration, mediation, and commission inquiries before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission, the federal District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has participated in all aspects of these matters, from case inception through discovery, research, and trial. She has been an integral part of the trial team by managing the electronic data presentations, as well as acting as or working with the trial electronic presenter.

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