Brett began his legal career at Baylor University School of Law (JD, 1999). While in school, Brett had the unique experience of going to trial alongside two of his Baylor Law professors. The trial team utilized eDiscovery in its earliest form to manage the massive document load generated by a largescale construction project. Since then, he has had the distinguished opportunity to explore almost every aspect of the construction business which has positioned him to serve the industry’s eDiscovery needs.
Brett practiced and was a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell (now Foley Lardner) where he focused on commercial trial and construction law. At Gardere, Brett managed numerous large-scale litigation matters requiring an outside eDiscovery vendor. Time and again, he found that outside eDiscovery firms missed the mark with poor service, confusing price structures, and lack of expertise. An idea began to form.
Brett later became General Counsel with Austin Industries, an ENR Top 50 general contractor specializing in commercial, industrial, and civil construction, where he further experienced the disconnect between eDiscovery vendors and clients. This was especially true for clients in the construction space. He found that eDiscovery providers were not specifically investing in the nuances of construction litigation, leading to increased costs and reduced efficiencies. The obstacle, however, moved from frustration to invention. This led to the inception of Construction Discovery Experts.
As the founder and CEO of Construction Discovery Experts, Brett uses his vast experience in the courtroom and the boardroom to serve as an eDiscovery teammate for the construction industry. He continues to work vigorously as an ally to construction practitioners.
Brett utilizes his extensive industry background, varied courtroom experiences, knowledge of construction law, and eDiscovery strategy to make our clients’ eDiscovery interactions more rewarding.
Lauren Abeyta began her career in 2003 with Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Dallas where she found her passion for diving headfirst into each case and working alongside attorneys. From 2005-2016, Lauren focused her efforts as an eDiscovery service provider, helping her clients tailor customized, defensible workflows drawing on her experience in litigation, information governance, legal hold and data preservation, IT infrastructure, and large-scale document review, ultimately earning an executive leadership role with the country’s largest eDiscovery managed review provider.
Now the Founder & COO of Construction Discovery Experts, Lauren serves as an unbiased adviser to corporations and law firms in need of eDiscovery expertise focused on efficiency, defensibility and cost-savings. As a Certified eDiscovery Specialist, she takes control of the eDiscovery budget and process by leveraging her deep experience, longstanding relationships, and passion for solving complex problems. Lauren also works with her corporate clients to lead training programs developed around electronic communication, given her unique perspective on the collection and review of employee communications within the eDiscovery phase of her clients' litigation and internal investigations.
Kat Meyer started her legal career in 2004 as a litigation attorney at international law firm Jones Day, where she was involved in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. Kat became known as a firm expert in eDiscovery and large-scale document preservation, collection, review, and production. After 8 years as a corporate litigator, Kat was recruited to serve as President of Conquest Ediscovery. In addition to managing all operational aspects of the company, she consulted with clients on eDiscovery strategy, discovery plans, discovery orders, information governance, legal holds, collections, and other matters and conducted CLE training to both companies and law firms.
As a Senior Consultant for Construction Discovery Experts, Kat leverages her legal and technical expertise to consult with clients on proactive approaches to minimize discovery costs. In addition, she provides guidance throughout the discovery process to assist with discovery negotiations and protocols, custodian interviews and collections, and corporate training programs. Kat's background as a seasoned litigator and her operational knowledge of eDiscovery uniquely position her to weigh both defensibility and efficiency when designing eDiscovery workflows
Alan Butler began his passion for providing end-to-end project management by supporting complex litigation through technology early in his career. In addition to having his Reveal Certification, Alan is a Relativity Certified Administrator (RCA) and manages the Relativity instance for Construction Discovery Experts as well as understands the full suite of Relativity’s front-end features and capabilities. Additionally, he has deep experience with machine learning and early case assessment using the industry’s most sophisticated analytics tools. Alan joined Construction Discovery Experts in 2020 as a Senior Project Manager after previously serving as a Project Delivery Specialist at Deloitte
At Construction Discovery Experts, Alan works to determine the most efficient and effective data solutions for clients facing complex construction litigation. Leveraging his decade of experience in the eDiscovery industry, Alan’s expertise is also instrumental to the testing and development of innovative workflows to reduce clients’ costs while honing in on critical documents for outside counsel. Alan holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Management – Entrepreneurship from the University of South Carolina.
We don’t view clients as transactions. We look to form relationships. We get into the trenches with our clients working as an extension of their team. Their success is our success.
At The Discovery Experts, we continually leverage technology to make our clients' work easier and more cost-efficient. We design tools custom-built for construction to give you the advantage.
The Discovery Experts have assembled a team with distinct and extraordinary eDiscovery expertise. We invest in one another to serve our clients well. Our goal is to become your eDiscovery superheroes.