Best E-Discovery Option for Small and Mid-Sized Law Firms
June 01, 2020

Best E-Discovery Option for Small and Mid-Sized Law Firms

Darren Braun | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Nextpoint

Mahendru, P.C.'s two attorneys (including myself), as well as our paralegal, use Nextpoint to manage the e-discovery process (document collection, document production, and document review).
  • For e-discovery software, Nextpoint is extremely user-friendly compared to some others on the marketplace.
  • For document review, Nextpoint's user interface is very intuitive and simple.
  • Nextpoint allows small firms to manage complicated loadfile document productions, things that would typically need to be outsourced to third-party e-discovery companies.
  • Tagging email families and related documents can take a bit longer than other e-discovery platforms.
  • Nextpoint allows our firm to take on and manage cases with massive document productions, when previously we may have not had the resources to handle such cases.
  • Nextpoint enables us to generate revenue from handling e-discovery in house while controlling costs at the same time, instead of outsourcing it to a far more expensive third-party e-discovery expert.
Blow for blow, there is not too much difference between Nextpoint's and Relativity's functionality. I would say that Nextpoint has a more user-friendly and attractive interface, although it does lack a bit of the functionality of Relativity.

But, Nextpoint far exceeds Relativity when it comes to cost and ease of use. It is not practical for a small firm to purchase or operate Relativity, especially if the firm is handling lots of large, document-intensive cases.
As an attorney at a small firm, I need an e-discovery program that (1) I can manage myself without outsourcing to a third-party e-discovery expert, and (2) won't end up bankrupting my firm or my clients with outrageous per-gigabyte hosting fees. Nextpoint delivers on those fronts, without sacrificing the functionality and features I see in other e-discovery software products.

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In my opinion, Nextpoint is best suited for small or mid-sized firms that want to bring the e-discovery process in-house, whether to save costs (if on contingency), to earn additional revenue (if billing client for e-discovery), or just to be able to control in real time what goes on inside the software.

Nextpoint is also good for firms that want to cap their e-discovery costs. Nextpoint is one of the few e-discovery platforms that charge flat fees instead of per-gigabyte, the latter of which can spiral out of control price wise.

For big firms with dedicated in-house e-discovery personnel, Nextpoint may not be the best choice because what you gain in simplicity, you do lose a bit in functionality. There are other, slightly more robust e-discovery products on the marketplace.