Early in my career, I co-founded a data science tech startup. Our technology leveraged data to help app developers maximize profits by informing their most important business decisions. Consequent to my venture into data science, I witnessed firsthand the power of data to transform decision making. This background, a career in litigation, and a confluence of disciplinary studies—including finance, traditional and behavioral economics, game theory, and negotiation strategy—led me to an important question: How could attorneys maximize value for their clients in resolving conflict? I realized that, just as data could help app developers optimize their business outcomes, it could help litigants in the same way.
Wanting to understand the factors that lead to better outcomes, and the magnitude of the impact of those factors, we designed a study to confirm and measure the value add of early dispute resolution (“EDR”) in resolving legal disputes. We are currently in the process of collecting responses from civil litigators to a national survey and are a quarter of the way to our goal.