Emily Collins

Senior eDiscovery Consultant

Emily Collins says one of the best things about her job is that every day is different. As a Senior eDiscovery Consultant at Digital Strata, Collins provides project management and consulting services to law firms and corporations. “I serve a variety of clients with a variety of needs,” she said. “I truly enjoy helping fellow attorneys take control of their eDiscovery processes and litigate more efficiently.” 

Collins is a 2004 summa cum laude graduate of IU’s College of Arts and Sciences and a 2007 graduate of Maurer School of Law. She is a member of the CEWiT alumnae advisory board and an Industry Advisor to the Social Media special interest group. She says transitioning from college to the real world is not always easy, especially in today’s global economy. “Having a mentor, or at least someone to ask questions of is invaluable,” said Collins. “Through my involvement in CEWiT, I hope to provide guidance and create more opportunities for the next generation of IU alumnae.”

It was not in law school that Collins was exposed to eDiscovery, but in practice as a litigator. She found it interesting, as a fascinating mix of law, technology and ultimately, puzzle solving. “As a new attorney, it seemed that when it came to eDiscovery, attorneys were like paleontologists looking at a pile of bones,” said Collins. “My career focuses on collaborating with and educating fellow attorneys on the best ways to execute their eDiscovery project using tools that make ‘visualizing the dinosaur’ much easier!”

Collins loves working with technology and believes developers are always finding ways of doing things better and more efficiently. “It has been a joy to watch litigation support software evolve in the 21st century,” she said. However, “the greatest obstacle in my niche of technology is getting the greater legal community to embrace and implement the changes.”

The best piece of advice Collins has for young women potentially entering technical fields today is to be confident and open. “Having faith in yourself is invaluable,” she said. “I hope that future techie women continue the tradition of fearlessness set by their sisters and do amazing things to find self-fulfillment and make the world a better place for us all.”