Special Counsel Announces Acquisition of D4, LLC
Acquisition Expands Special Counsel’s U.S. Networks and Brings its Business to China
Oct. 4, 2016 – Special Counsel, the leading full-service provider of legal staffing and eDiscovery solutions, today announced the acquisition of D4, LLC, a leader in eDiscovery managed services, information governance, computer forensics and deposition solutions. Together, the companies will offer comprehensive eDiscovery and litigation support across an international footprint, bringing global perspective and a strong history of providing first-class, niche services to the legal industry.
“We are seeing tremendous growth in the eDiscovery space, and the appetite for these services continues to gain momentum within the legal community,” said Laurie Chamberlin, president, Special Counsel. “D4 was a pioneer of eDiscovery solutions when it was founded nearly two decades ago, and we are proud to bring them on board to offer a combined 45 years of legal industry know-how.”
D4 is based in Rochester, New York, with strong roots across the U.S. and a presence in Shanghai, China. At the heels of Special Counsel’s recent expansion into London, the acquisition means the two companies will provide amplified eDiscovery and legal staffing coverage through a growing international network. Not only will they offer best-in-class technology powered by some of the brightest minds in eDiscovery, but they will also be able to staff customers with the legal industry’s top talent to help at every stage of the eDiscovery process.
“We are driven to be the best at what we do for our clients, and this move is another step forward in taking our eDiscovery services to new heights,” said John Holland, founder and CEO of D4. “Together with Special Counsel and its parent company the Adecco Group, our global presence will be stronger than ever and our customers will have streamlined access to the best pool of legal talent and solutions in the business, unlocking doors that will enable us to make a bigger impact and remain at the forefront of eDiscovery.”
“This is an exciting time to be in the eDiscovery space, with an increased need for our services to go beyond U.S. borders,” added Chris Gallagher, senior vice president of national discovery solutions for Special Counsel. “Our businesses bring together the best people and technology in the industry.”
Following the acquisition, the well-respected D4 brand will remain intact, and its headquarters will stay in Rochester, New York, with Holland continuing as CEO. In addition, Special Counsel’s existing eDiscovery division, eQ, will remain dedicated to its clients.
About Special Counsel
Established in 1987, Special Counsel is the nation’s largest full-service provider of legal staffing and eDiscovery solutions and a part of the Adecco Group, the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. Our reputation, size and scale combined with local market knowledge give us the distinct advantage in recruiting and retaining skilled legal talent available on a short- or long-term basis. With eQ our expertise extends to offering a comprehensive suite of eDiscovery and managed solutions. Our solutions are offered as stand-alone services or integrated packages to best support our client's individualized needs, including: information governance, litigation management, ECA and ESI processing, hosting and analysis, managed review, production, dedicated project space, and SightManager®, our review project oversight tool. For more information, visit www.specialcounsel.com.
D4 is a leading International provider of managed data and discovery services to law firms and corporations. D4 was one of the first providers to offer an eDiscovery Managed Services solution, which launched in 2011. The company’s state-of-the-art data center and global operations are complemented by electronic discovery, computer forensics and litigation support offices throughout the world.
D4 offers full-service capabilities with local infrastructure to support litigation, investigations, compliance and other legal matters worldwide. Depth of staff, experience and innovative technology allow the company to provide first-class performance worldwide. Visit www.d4discovery.com for more information.
Mary Beth Waddill