Mon. Dec 11th, 2023

Content Assessment: [Educational Webcast] Don’t Throw the Baby out with the Bathwater: Back to the Basics in AI for eDiscovery

Information - 92%
Insight - 91%
Relevance - 93%
Objectivity - 92%
Authority - 93%



A short percentage-based assessment of the qualitative benefit of the HaystackID educational webcast on the basics of AI for eDiscovery.

Editor’s Note: From time to time, ComplexDiscovery highlights publicly available or privately purchasable announcements, content updates, and research from cyber, data, and legal discovery providers, research organizations, and ComplexDiscovery community members. While ComplexDiscovery regularly highlights this information, it does not assume any responsibility for content assertions.

Contact us today to submit recommendations for consideration and inclusion in ComplexDiscovery’s data and legal discovery-centric service, product, or research announcements.

A Legal Education Presentation prepared and presented by HaystackID®

Why strike a nail with a jackhammer, where a hammer and an accurate hand produce a better result?

In eDiscovery, digital forensics, and cyber investigations, we have been solving complex challenges using tried and true methods and technical stacks that produce the same, if not better results, in a more defensible manner than the latest and greatest generative AI. However, adoption of even these early-generation approaches to solving data-centric challenges have not been fully embraced by an industry that is now rushing to consider generative AI-based technologies.

In this webinar, expert panelists from HaystackID and Reveal Data will discuss the unfortunate confusion around these types of technologies and share on the opportunities and appropriate use for structured analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and different large language models in the context of cybersecurity, information governance, and legal discovery. Panelists will also highlight methods for validating the output of these systems, including the dangers of black box approaches when leveraging artificial intelligence, so that attendees can take back to their practices or organizations positive and trusted information to help streamline and encourage the adoption of AI to solve data-centric problems.

Expert Panelists

Michael Sarlo
Chief Innovation Officer, President of Global Investigations and Cyber Incident Response Services, HaystackID

Michael Sarlo, as Chief Innovation Officer, works closely with HaystackID’s software development and data science teams to deliver best-in-class data collection, eDiscovery, and review solutions that allow legal teams to act on data types typically not conducive to collection, review, or production in the context of eDiscovery. In his role as President of Global Investigations, Michael works closely with clients on the most challenging and complex regulatory, investigative, and civil litigation matters. Michael also oversees HaystackID’s Cyber Discovery and Incident Response Services division. He leads a cross-functional team of HaystackID experts that regularly assist insurers, breach coaches, and their corporate clients when a data breach occurs.

Toni Millican
Director of Customer Success, Reveal Data

Toni Millican works as Director of Customer Success at Reveal Brainspace. She has over 30 years of experience in the legal field, working in both the public and private sectors, and is a certified eDiscovery specialist. Her areas of expertise include the development of data and information strategy initiatives, creating litigation support procedures, and managing discovery. She is also skilled in the implementation of enterprise-wide eDiscovery processes and technologies. Keenly aware of the value of data as it progresses through its lifecycle and the associated risks for inadvertent access or loss lends her the ability to effectively communicate and establish a culture within organizations to make informed decisions on improving data quality and enforce rules, rights, and accountabilities. She has held various positions within the legal industry, including director of GRC and information governance, eDiscovery manager, practice group coordinator, and litigation support specialist.

John Brewer
Chief Data Scientist, HaystackID

John Brewer, HaystackID’s Chief Data Scientist, focuses on bringing the latest advancements in internet technologies to the eDiscovery and incident response markets. Having worked with HaystackID since 2015, John has been a software engineer and information technologist for more than two decades and has worked for dozens of Fortune 500 companies in technology leadership roles ranging from eDiscovery and data migration to information stewardship.

Prior to joining HaystackID, John worked at BackOffice Associates (now Syniti), helping to advocate for the importance of data to enterprise businesses. He was instrumental in helping bring a data-driven approach to dozens of the world’s largest firms, and developed practical, hands-on experience with both the business and technical implications of Big Data just as it was coming into to the forefront of information technology. He left Backoffice in 2014 to start his own venture, Deep Core Data, LLC, where he continued to provide technical expertise to data-centric firms.

Bernie Gabin, Ph.D.
Senior Data Scientist, HaystackID

Dr. Bernie Gabin is currently the Senior Data Scientist on the HaystackID Data Science team. In this role, he works closely with the company’s Chief Data Scientist, John Brewer, to apply data-driven metrics to improve our procedures and develop custom AI/ML-empowered solutions for our clients.

Prior to joining HaystackID, Bernie received his Ph.D. in physics from Brandeis University. His doctoral work in brain-computer interface systems and machine learning/artificial intelligence led him to work on AI/ML-focused projects for the US Patent Office, Northrup Grumman, and the National Security Agency. At HaystackID, he brings his expertise in signal processing, AI design, and data modeling to create novel data-driven solutions.

About HaystackID®

HaystackID is a specialized eDiscovery services firm that supports law firms and corporate legal departments and has increased its offerings and expanded with five acquisitions since 2018. Its core offerings now include Global Advisory, Discovery Intelligence, HaystackID Core™, and artificial intelligence-enhanced Global Managed Review services powered by ReviewRight®. The company has achieved ISO 27001 compliance and completed a SOC 2 Type 2 audit for all five trust principles for the second year in a row. Repeatedly recognized as a trusted service provider by prestigious publishers such as Chambers, Gartner, IDC, and The National Law Journal, HaystackID implements innovative cyber discovery services, enterprise solutions, and legal discovery offerings to leading companies across North America and Europe, all while providing best-in-class customer service and prioritizing security, privacy, and integrity. For more information about its suite of services, including programs and solutions for unique legal enterprise needs, please visit

Source: HaystackID


Generative Artificial Intelligence and Large Language Model Use

ComplexDiscovery OÜ recognizes the value of GAI and LLM tools in streamlining content creation processes and enhancing the overall quality of its research, writing, and editing efforts. To this end, ComplexDiscovery OÜ regularly employs GAI tools, including ChatGPT, Claude 2, Midjourney, and DALL-E3, to assist, augment, and accelerate the development and publication of both new and revised content in posts and pages published (initiated in late 2022).

ComplexDiscovery also provides a ChatGPT-powered AI article assistant for its users. This feature leverages LLM capabilities to generate relevant and valuable insights related to specific page and post content published on By offering this AI-driven service, ComplexDiscovery OÜ aims to create a more interactive and engaging experience for its users, while highlighting the importance of responsible and ethical use of GAI and LLM technologies.


Have a Request?

If you have information or offering requests that you would like to ask us about, please let us know, and we will make our response to you a priority.

ComplexDiscovery is a distinguished digital publication that delivers journalistic insights into cybersecurity, information governance, and eDiscovery developments and technologies. It adeptly navigates the intersection of these sectors with international business and current affairs, transforming relevant developments into informational news stories. This unique editorial approach enables professionals to gain a broader perspective on the intricacies of the digital landscape for informed strategic decision-making.

Incorporated in Estonia, a nation celebrated for its digital innovation, ComplexDiscovery OÜ adheres to the most rigorous standards of journalistic integrity. The publication diligently analyzes global trends, assesses technological breakthroughs, and offers in-depth appraisals of services involving electronically stored information. By contextualizing complex legal technology issues within the broader narrative of worldwide commerce and current events, ComplexDiscovery provides its readership with indispensable insights and a nuanced understanding of the eDiscovery industry.