The Modern Legal Practitioner and the Ethos of Continuous Evolution with Ariana Tadler

In this segment, we dive deeper into our conversation with Ariana Tadler. Ariana is the founding partner of Tadler Law LLP, a WBENC certified women-owned boutique law firm that offers an array of litigation and legal counseling services. Arianna is considered to be one of the leading litigators in the country, with over 27 years of experience as an advocate for both plaintiffs and defendants, and is the only plaintiff’s lawyer to be ranked repeatedly as a Band 1 eDiscovery practitioner by Chambers & Partners in the Global-USA, and USA-Nationwide categories. You can learn more about Ariana and her team at

During our conversation, we discuss the modern practice of law juxtaposed against the backdrop of the Digital Age, and the duty that legal practitioners have to gain and maintain competence. Ariana discusses how competence, and even expertise, can be achieved through adopting an ethos of evolution where focusing one’s academic efforts, being mindful in those efforts, and engaging content in a manner geared towards receiving maximum positive impact are all important, if not necessary, skills to develop. She uses her own experience advancing eDiscovery law and practice from the cutting edge to illustrate overarching strategies, specific tactics, and survival tips for those professionals wanting to empower themselves. Ariana lays out her vision for how modern practitioners can take steps to evolve into more effective advocates and stronger members of the legal community in a constantly changing technological landscape.

00:00 – Reintroduction to ESI Survival Guide and Ariana Tadler

02:43 – Is the chasm between the practice of law and technological understanding closing fast enough? Putting the FRCP eDiscovery amendments to the test

06:15 – “DANGER WILL ROBINSON!” Incompetence and the risk of creating bad law

07:05 – Avoiding a “half-baked cake”: FRCP 26(f) and the importance of understanding eDiscovery issues as early as possible

10:07 – Practical competence outside of the “eDiscovery Bubble”: Narrowing your focus and the importance of mindful engagement

15:11 – SURVIVAL TIP: Focus your efforts on the eDiscovery and technological topics that are specifically relevant to key clients and your core practice; then build outward

16:33 – Intention and impact: The interplay between representing both plaintiffs and defendants

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We don’t want to stop gaining valuable insights from our conversations with Ariana…and so we won’t! The conversation continues! Please join us for future segments where we talk about gender equality in the legal profession, gain insight into massive data breach litigations, discuss why the most effective lawyers know that cooperation is as important as advocacy, learn about the concept of empathetic stoicism, and more.

And as always…please, stay safe out there in the electronic wilderness!

Written by Matthew Knouff

Matthew F. Knouff, Esq., CIPP/US, CEDS, RCSP, Sr. Solutions Consultant, Legility LLC Matthew has been navigating the ESI and data law wilderness for over fifteen years as an attorney, consultant and academic. He currently serves as a Sr. Solutions Consultant with Legility LLC., an award-winning global provider of eDiscovery and data management services and technology. He is an expert in eDiscovery law and process, global data privacy and the movement of data across borders. In addition to contributing to and holding leadership positions with several organizations dedicated to supporting the legal profession, he has developed numerous CLE programs and assessment tools, and frequently speaks and writes on various topics related to the intersection of data, law and technology. He holds the CIPP/US, CEDS and RCSP certifications, is an avid distance runner, an active board member with Education Through Music, a Tarheel through and through, a life-long musician and an obsessive autodidact. Matthew lives with his son in New York City.

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