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Reid Hilton

Reid Hilton is a Client Account Manager at Quovant. Focusing on client’s reporting needs and analytics, he also develops solutions to any issues facing his clients. Reid attended the University of Tennessee, where he received an Art History degree and eventually his JD. He enjoys art museums, and to his wife’s frustration, he prefers to view each and every work. When he is not managing client accounts, Reid is attempting to manage his three children (all under the age of five). He is a baseball enthusiast and throws NERF darts better than you can shoot them.

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UTBMS Codes, Part Two: Phase Coding

One general ideal of analytics is to drill down further and further into data while still maintaining a large sample size in order to gain meaningful insight into that data. When it comes to legal spend, data at the task level is more informative than data at the case level which is more informative than data at the law firm level, and so on. Therefore, the biggest benefit of the UTBMS framework is phase coding. With phase coding, line item entries of an invoice can categorized into one of five phases: case assessment, pre-trial pleadings/motions, discovery, trial, and appeal. The ability to break matters down into these subsets provides significant value in a few key areas.

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UTBMS Codes, Part One: A Troublesome History

Decades ago, as the data revolution gained momentum, the legal industry lagged behind other industries in mining data for analytics. This was, in part, because the legal industry is notoriously conservative and slow to change. Also, legal data was thought to be too variable in nature—making predictions based on historical statistics would be difficult because outcomes and measurables are on a case-by-case basis. But the main reason why the legal industry was late to the data revolution was that law firms had their own unique billing habits, which made comparisons across firms impossible. There was a need for a common, unifying language and method for tracking legal spend.

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