Category Archives: Lit Support

Upcoming CLE Event for Chicago Bar Association – Advanced Excel for Litigators

The CBA is hosting an exciting new Excel Esquire program called Advanced Excel for Litigators at the historic Chicago Bar Association Building from 12-3 pm on April 20th.  This will be a small, interactive program with plenty of opportunity for … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Scientific Notation, or The Mysterious Case of the Middle E

Typing a part number like 32E50 into an Excel spreadsheet can give you fits.  Excel thinks you are using shorthand for scientific notation, and converts this string into the number 3.20E+51 (or 32 with 50 zeroes) – Ugh!  The way to overcome … Continue reading

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Finding and Reviewing Comment Boxes in Excel Files

Following the Wells Fargo inadvertent disclosure episode, I wrote a blog post describing several ways to find hidden content in Excel files.  In this post I discuss another feature of Excel that all lawyers, but especially legal document reviewers, should know about: the comment box. … Continue reading

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Avoiding Inadvertent Productions and Other Excel Blunders: New CLE via Wolters Kluwer/myLawCLE

Wolters Kluwer/myLawCLE will webcast my exciting new CLE presentation from 2-4 pm on October 16th.  I will use real Excel files to explain tricky features of Excel that attorneys must be aware of, such as hidden content, filters, comment boxes, … Continue reading

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Digital Detectives Podcast Interview with Excel Esquire’s Ben Kusmin – Spreadsheets as Evidence

Sharon Nelson and John Simek from the Legal Talk Network’s Digital Detectives podcast recently interviewed Excel Esquire’s Ben Kusmin about the pitfalls (and opportunities) faced by lawyers when handling their clients’ Excel spreadsheets. Among other things, we discussed native review of … Continue reading

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Scared Straight? Reviewing Excel Files in the Wake of Wells Fargo

The Wells Fargo inadvertent disclosure episode provides a high-profile reminder that attorneys who are responsible for reviewing and producing client documents must thoroughly understand those documents.  There were several process breakdowns that led to the inadvertent disclosure of thousands of confidential records, … Continue reading

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Excel Filters and the Duty of Technology Competence

The Harris County Law Library in Houston, Texas recently hosted my presentation “Excel Essentials for the Practice of Law.”  Among other topics, I explained how filters work in Excel, and how they present pitfalls for the unwary lawyer.  When lawyers … Continue reading

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