Director of Litigation Support

Joshua Wood

Director of Litigation Support

At heart I am a Litigation Technology Specialist. I manage the Office of Litigation Support for one of the largest litigating branches of the Department of Justice. My work requires that I provide education for my Division on Litigation Support and E-Discovery. These presentations have incorporated issues such as search methodologies, tools & techniques, aspects of Rule 26(f) consultations, and other phases of litigation IT. 
Over the last few years I’ve provided presentations on a number of subjects to the public on technology and working with the Government. These have included how current technologies are going to fail, the dangers of CIO’s losing control of the IT environment, and how to provide validation for the Government when using predictive technology. 
By the nature of my work, I have to be 5 -10 years ahead of the current litigation technology. The scale of the cases my office supports dwarfs most “standard” litigations. I’m an advocate for radical change in the tools we use for litigation and am constantly pushing for evolution. Most of the tools will not suffice for the larger public sector cases in 5 years, much less for my division today.
I am a self taught programmer, network administrator, DBA (for both Oracle and MS SQL), and IT security analyst (and have worked in all of those roles). I enjoy finding answers to difficult questions, which require research and critical thinking. I excel at figuring out Gordian knots, regardless of the subject. This has translated into a firm understanding of contract law, Government law and other areas.
Specialties: Litigation support, E-Discovery, litigation technology, database design, Government procurement, system and application architecture, enterprise architecture, workflow optimization, "Big Data" technologies (such as concept clustering, TAR and other analytic tools), Data Visualization, applying analytics to Litigation (LSA, vector modeling, sentiment analysis, link analysis, entity extraction…etc.)