Steven McNew is a Managing Director in the Disputes and Investigations practice and Global Strategic Market Development leader. He brings more than 26 years of experience as a strategic advisor to corporations and law firms in matters that span e-discovery, forensics, data breach/cyber security, custom application development, predictive coding/technology-assisted review (TAR), discovery management, and all phases of information lifecycle management. Steve is credited with authoring a patent on enterprise search and data collection software.
Steve has served as strategic advisor, consultant, engagement manager, and project manager to corporations of all sizes and their legal counsel in a multitude of matters. Select engagement experience includes:
- Provided consulting and project management services to enable a major, international financial institution manage e-discovery for dozens of regulatory and litigation matters arising from positions in mortgaged-backed securities; successfully managed identification and collection of data from repositories housing more than 60 TB of archived data from 150 custodians; oversaw processing and searching of roughly 15 TB of collected data and oversaw all other hosting and production activities; coordinated activities between the corporate client, two other services providers and four top-ranking national and international law firms
- Provided extensive forensic collection, analysis, reporting, and advisory services related to potential spoliation claims arising from a litigation involving a commodities investments organization. When faced with the potential loss of relevant data due to possible, inadvertent destruction, Steve was engaged by outside counsel and the company to conduct an analysis of hundreds of previously collected evidence items, previously produced records, and the company’s current data store to build a potential gap analysis. Efforts enabled counsel to defend previous preservation efforts and draw relevant data from previous collections.
- Provided end-to-end e-discovery services for a privately held, multibillion dollar, international technology company when an alleged patent infringement suit was brought against the company by a publicly held competitor. Services included forensic data preservation and collection, structured data collection and analysis, processing, searching, data hosting, production and predictive coding. The client, with headquarters in Europe, required well-coordinated and targeted collection, extraction, analysis, and inventory of data from four different locations in three different U.S. states. Data included sensitive, proprietary data. Data extracted from structured systems was analyzed and replicated in specific reports for attorney review. Client data and opposing party productions were hosted in Relativity to facilitate attorney review and production. Further, analysis of the opposing party’s predictive coding protocols was conducted. An e-discovery readiness assessment was completed to help them be prepared to respond to potential future litigation.
Prior to joining Navigant, Steve served as president and founder to several information management firms where he was responsible for fiscal, operational, and strategic initiatives. He also served as a managing director in the legal consulting practice for an international consulting firm. Earlier in his career, he worked as a senior manager for a “Big Six” international accounting firm where he was recruited to help build the Houston and Cincinnati technology centers.
Steve has written numerous articles and has spoken on numerous occasions over the years. He has been a featured writer and speaker on topics such as e-discovery, predictive coding, litigation readiness, ESI workflow, data collection, technology, and alternative fee arrangements.