Expertise Acquisitions, Banking Litigation, Mergers, Pharmaceutical, Privilege Reviews and Logs, Project Management, Project Manager, Quality Assurance
John Kendrick Project Manager - Miami, FL
Since joining Special Counsel, John Kendrick has worked with large and small law firms and client companies in planning and management of numerous document review projects. John has supervised up to 130 attorneys in projects including litigation of various types, Hart Scott Rodino filings and other matters. He is admitted to Texas (active in good standing) and California (inactive) Bars. He is proficient in several review platforms including Viewpoint, Relativity, Ringtail, Kroll, Amici, Concordance and Summation. He has created and supervised quality control and quality assurance reviews, managed budgets and managed time estimates on document review projects. He has conducted responsiveness and privilege reviews, including preparation of privilege and production logs. His recent projects include a large 1-million+ document review with 130 attorneys that lasted more than one year. John is a former partner in Baker & McKenzie and Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld law firms. At Akin Gump, he was the national partner in charge of Financial Institutions Group and head of the Corporate and Securities Section in Washington, D.C. At Baker & McKenzie, he managed all litigation matters for Alcatel S.A.in North America. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and all aspects of the banking, telecommunications, real estate and pharmaceutical industries.
John recently managed a case that involved up to 130 attorneys and lasted more than a full year. The client engaged Special Counsel to have a team of six attorneys review 13,319 regulatory documents that were to be produced to the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the various litigation cases. After completion of the review and redaction of all of the regulatory files prior to the agreed deadline, the team of attorneys was expanded to 130. The attorneys then began the review and redaction of documents held by ten individual custodians. Special Counsel worked closely with counsel to ensure that the review tool platform was set up in a manner to maximize efficiency in review of 26 different custodian review issues.
As the project manager, John set up searches for key terms related to each of the issues and provided suggestions for highlight for key terms, possible privilege indications and other Company products that would need to be redacted. Special Counsel set up several sub-teams to assist the law firm with special projects for privilege and other matters. Special Counsel worked closely with the law firm on the production of all documents to meet the client’s production deadlines. After the law firm set up the format for the privilege log, Special Counsel prepared all for the entries for the log. After the case started, the attorneys worked on 27 weekends to meet deadlines. Due to rapidly changing deadlines and documents arriving at unusual times from the overseas headquarters, it became necessary to have daily calls with the law firm, in order to be able to adjust work schedules and change priorities to meet the latest demands. The fact that there were more than 50 plaintiffs and different defendants in many of the cases added to the complexity of meeting scheduling demands. The case involved complex medical documents that compared and tested the company’s product against other medical treatments. In order to enable the attorneys to understand the medical aspects of the documents, Special Counsel was able to maintain a core team that had been trained to understand the medical terminology involved. This core team was expanded and contracted from time to time to meet the changing demands of the project. The client set a fixed budget for each quarter that was monitored by Special Counsel to ensure that billings would match and not exceed the budget for the quarter. The project was completed at a lower cost per document than was used in the original projections.