SPH Headshot - CopyShawn Huston stumbled into an eDiscovery career quite by chance. When it became necessary to work full time to attend architecture school in Boston, he took a job on the night shift with a firm that performed litigation support services. From there, a simple student job turned into a career as he realized that he liked both the fast-paced business and the industry’s challenges. His competitive nature worked well with the demands of the legal services profession allowing him to quickly grow into senior management roles and launch entrepreneurial endeavors within the growing eDiscovery industry. Now, over 20 years later, Shawn has directly been involved in thousands of cases involving over an estimated 1 billion documents.

Over the last two decades, Shawn has served clients at law firms and corporations all over the world. As someone who’s seen the litigation support industry through from the days where “data” was strictly paper until today when “data” spans everything from paper to digital communications, he brings a unique perspective to his work that sees beyond merely today’s conventions.

He has worked in Operations, Sales and Executive Management at litigation support providers both large and small. Shawn was previously the founder of a regional Litigation Support Provider focusing on the Boston market. Over the years, he has worked on a number of high-profile cases including the Enron and Worldcom civil and criminal litigations, asbestos and product liability class actions, government security issues, multi-billion-dollar second requests, major SEC fraud investigations and thousands of other civil and criminal cases of all sizes. Having a leadership role in the technical aspects of discovery on landmark legal cases may be nerve-wracking to some, but you’ll find Shawn’s cool, calm and collected demeanor to be refreshing in the heat of the battle.

In addition to his partnership with ESI Attorneys, Shawn currently serves as Co-Founder and Managing Director of LSP Data Solutions in Philadelphia.

His favorite career moment
While Shawn is not an attorney, he does enjoy helping clients gain faster and more cost effective access to information to provide the best possible outcomes for the clients they serve. As part of the team he gets as much satisfaction from winning the case the rest of the litigation team.  

His favorite eDiscovery moment
While Shawn primarily provides eDiscovery assistance in civil litigation, in 2012 he assisted a defendant in a federal criminal probe related to the interstate trafficking of prescription narcotics.  With less than two weeks before the start of trial Shawn was brought in to assist defense counsel on the use of data analytics to review the government’s discovery, identifying critical missing evidence that would prove a man’s innocence. The newly identified facts resulted in acquittal on all charges within the first week of trial, saving an innocent individual from a 20 year minimum sentence in federal prison.

What he loves about eDiscovery
From the very beginning of his career in litigation support, Shawn’s seen the opportunity to ease an issue that organizations struggle with: documents and data. He loves lessening this struggle with the help of technology, strategy, and planning so that his clients can achieve better and more efficient outcomes for their clients.
Did you know
…that Shawn and his wife created a Philadelphia-wide social-entrepreneurship app called Donafy? It helps people all across Philadelphia identify local nonprofits so they can tap into services for themselves or others. It also enables direct donations through your smart phone.

 

Recent Professional Contributions

  • Organizer, B-Discovery Philadelphia
  • Mentor, Multiple beginner eDiscovery professionals
  • Participant, Philly Law Lab, ILTA: Law 101 Design and Ideation Event
  • Co-Organizer and Presenter, FirmUp Weekend: Innovating the Legal Profession
  • Participant, Philly Law Lab, Preventive Law: Legal Design and Innovation Workshop

 

Speaking Engagements

  • Real world cyber security for legal professionals – 2016 New York Law Journal Litigation Summit CLE
  • Data Security implications for litigators – December, 2015
  • Cloud computing legal issues, risks and claims – 2015 The Legal Intelligencer Litigation Summit
  • After the breach, before the next one – 2015 New York Law Journal Litigation Summit CLE
  • BYOD in a Litigious Environment – New York Law Journal, May 2014
  • Information Governance in a Big Data World – CLE Webinar, April 2014
  • E-Discovery Issues that Affect Your Practice – 2013 The Legal Intelligencer Litigation Summit
  • E-Discovery for the Small Firm and Solo Practitioner, July 2013
  • Advanced E-Discovery Search Tools to Find the Smoking Gun and Reduce Costs – February 2014
  • E-Discovery Essentials for Paralegals – December, 2013

 

Education and Certifications

  • Wentworth Institute of Technology