One of the most exciting events for any company is growth. The team at Perin Investigations, based in Denver, is kicking off the year welcoming its newest member. We recently had a chance to speak to Aaron Embrey, Digital Evidence Analyst, to learn more about his journey in e-discovery and his potentially questionable pizza choices.
What’s been the most exciting thing about joining team Perin?
There are many things that I’m excited about but working with Pete and Erin are probably at the top of the list. They’re not only some of the most talented and experienced in the industry but are always looking for new and more effective approaches to issues in the fields of e-discovery and computer forensics to better serve clients. This too is something that I’ve always strived for so I’m certain that we’ll make a great team.
How many times have people already confused Aaron and Erin?
Well, just a few times but it’s still early.
How did you get involved with e-Discovery?
My first exposure was with a massive document production from several multinational banks based in Europe. I was working for a small but great firm with some amazing attorneys. That said, we had very limited resources to handle the volume so I had to develop some ad hoc approaches to cull the collection and target the key documents. This experience not only gave me some ideas on what e-discovery tools and approaches should be but also what smaller firms might have to contend with in what some might consider an e-discovery nightmare.
During graduate school, I developed some novel approaches to semantic and textual analysis and then spent several years handling e-discovery for law firms in several ways, from review to project management, to litigation support and even database management.
Do you think the initial ad hoc learning with a small firm helps in how you approach working with clients today?
Absolutely. Working in the law firm environment has helped familiarize me with the needs of clients and situations that they are typically dealing with, particularly with respect to e-discovery. While I’ve always been ready to approach each client’s needs and situation differently as much as necessary, I’ve always worked to get involved earlier in the case, or before any litigation, and work with clients to become familiar with their information and records management structure and offer recommendations on how to handle potential litigation, legal holds, and discovery requests.
Even in times where I’m involved later in the case where things get more complex, I’ve always used these situations as opportunities to learn and implement an appropriate plan of action for future litigation and associated discovery.
With all the experiences, it sounds like you have also had the chance to work in multiple locations. We all know cases also revolve around food, so what are the foods that you think represent New York, Florida, and Colorado?
New York is probably the easiest to define. Cheap pizza by the slice and warm bagels. They say it’s all in the water. I went to school at FSU and Tallahassee is pretty much the deep south, so for Florida, it’s boiled peanuts. Colorado I’m going to pick something that’s unique to Denver pizza joints. Pizza with honey on the crust – don’t knock it until you try it.
And because it was probably the main reason you fit in so well with the Perin team, what’s your favorite legal movie?
My Cousin Vinny (of course).
Perin Investigations is a Denver-based Discovery Consulting and Investigations firm started in 2018 by industry veterans steeped in computer forensics, eDiscovery, and private investigations. Perin is a Native American, Indian-owned Small Business Economic Enterprise (ISBEE) and its co-founder is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO). They are a Preferred Supplier of the CNO and are DBE (Disadvantaged Business Entity) certified by the City and County of Denver. To learn more about its team and services visit their website.
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