Meet Our People | Tom Groom
Every month, we will be featuring one of our employees to give you a better look at the people powering D4. This month, we are focusing on Tom Groom, Vice President and Managing Director in China.
1. How did you get into eDiscovery?
Groom: The eDiscovery industry found me. After graduating with my Masters in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State, I worked for IBM for 10 years as a Systems Engineer. One of the projects I worked on was a large document image conversion for American Express back when they started going paperless. That opened the document imaging door for me.
I had a friend who was working for NightRider Overnight Copy Service at the time and he was telling me how imaging was the “new thing” for the legal industry (this was circa 1992). He went on to say they were looking for someone to build and be a leader on that team. I took the job and I’ve been in discovery ever since. eDiscovery came along in the early 2000’s and now I enjoy blending in my IBM experience with eDiscovery workflows using advanced machine leaning to increase efficiency and reduce costs for our customers.
2. What is your favorite part about your job at D4?
Groom: The eDiscovery industry never gets boring. A new challenge presents itself every day. Each project is different. I like that. My latest challenge is to lead the effort in expanding D4 into China. As far as D4, I’m surrounded by top notch industry veterans who feel like family to me. It’s not often where the company culture feels like “home” and that’s pretty cool.
3. What is one workflow/tip that you think every client should know about?
Groom: Collect and preserve as broad as you need and negotiate hard to limit the number of key custodians to process for your investigation or discovery. You can always expand as you learn from the data in those key custodians, especially if you use analytics tools to explore the email conversations. You will learn a lot from just the few key custodians which could lead to significant cost avoidance and wasted time.
4. What's one thing you can't live without?
Groom: My family, my bass guitar and since I live in China, WeChat.