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Littler hires first-ever national director of data analytics, intros new data center.

Summary: Today, data analytics plays a more central role in corporate governance and decision-making than ever before, which stems partially from the availability of high velocity ...

Today, data analytics plays a more central role in corporate governance and decision-making than ever before, which stems partially from the availability of high velocity data and the ability to gather and store information from many sources at low cost.

This is something Littler Mendelson's first National Director of Data Analytics, Zev J. Eigen knows firsthand. Littler Mendelson, the world's largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has recently hired its very first National Director of Data Analytics Eigen, which goes along with the launch of its new Littler Data Center, a strategic initiative to provide clients with Big Data strategies and analytics resources designed to benchmark and analyze HR and litigation strategies.


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"Zev's deep understanding of labor laws, combined with his impressive economics and data analytics background, hits a sweet spot with skills that distinguish him from others," said Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler. "We continue to push the envelope to address and anticipate Big Data solutions that employers need."

Eigen's arrival enhances Littler's analytics expertise, including its eDiscovery Practice and the firm's award-winning Littler CaseSmart platform, which provides clients with attorney-client privileged data analytics through a dashboard interface. His new role will help: assist clients in developing and implementing legally-compliant data analytic approaches and in analyzing case-filings, staffing, duration, costs and identifying successful and unsuccessful litigation strategies; provide substantive analysis of Littler data and statistical issues that arise in Littler's representation of clients and; work with companies developing data analytic strategies and services focused on the HR and employment law field.

"Littler's commitment to Big Data far exceeds any firm in the labor and employment arena. The firm is forward thinking in its understanding of advanced metrics and the way in which it counsels clients on risks and best practices," Eigen said. "Data analytics drives decision-making at the highest levels of many organizations--particularly in strategy, marketing and finance. Companies relying on data analytics in HR and labor and employment law related decisions have a significant business advantage."

Eigen has had extensive experience in technology, economics, social science, statistics and the law. Helping clients make better decisions through machine learning -- a type of artificial intelligence that provides computers with the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed -- is a unique skill that he brings to Littler. Most recently, he worked as VP of Strategy with Contract Standards, a company providing machine-learning technology and tools to law firms and corporate counsel. So, for the past eight years, he has been developing, testing and implementing creative data-analytic solutions for clients.

"We continue to move data analytics practices from the marketing department into the HR department and help select, manage and oversee clients' most important asset -- their people," said Marko Mrkonich, Littler shareholder and lead author of Littler's white paper on Big Data. "Big Data analytics operates in a unique setting in the L&E environment. Most management consultants do not have an employment lawyer's ability to understand the intersection of Big Data and employment law, and we help fill that gap."

In his new role, Eigen will seek creative ways to help clients analyze diffuse data, which are frequently available but difficult and time consuming for humans to aggregate meaningfully. Ultimately, finding faster ways to analyze this kind of information helps clients more accurately assess a variety of risks.

"While not all clients want to be fully engrossed in the technical details related to Big Data, they do care about risk and how to mitigate it -- which is what we can do with data and analytics," Eigen explained. "I'm excited to return to Littler, a firm that's always been one step ahead of client needs and is engaged in deciphering data using new technologies to add client value at every turn."

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Date:Sep 16, 2015
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