Keyword Searching Has Limitations in E-Discovery

    View Authors February 2011

    In a February 2011 article in Inside Counsel, Squire Sanders partner Scott A. Kane discusses the viability of keyword searches when searching electronically stored information (ESI). Mr. Kane, a trial lawyer and co-chair of the Squire Sanders e-discovery and data management team, notes that a system using predictive coding can be trained quickly, drastically reducing the amount of time lawyers spend reviewing documents. Keyword searching remains the most common method of document retrieval, in part because predictive coding is still in its infancy. Mr. Kane also points out that no case law specifically upholds or rejects predictive or concept searching.