Douglas M. Bean

Director of eDiscovery Services
Legal Assistant: Gina Zamora


As the Director of eDiscovery for the firm’s Document Control Group (DCG), Doug helps to oversee DCG operations, responds to opportunities in the marketplace, and anticipates and confronts eDiscovery and document review challenges facing clients around the country.

Before joining Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Doug spent 17 years guiding Fortune 100 companies through large-scale, high-stakes eDiscovery, document review and litigation technology projects. During that time, he personally led and managed eDiscovery and document review efforts associated with more than 400 nationwide, complex litigations including forensic data collection, technology-enhanced analytics, complex eDiscovery processing, and attorney review/production. One of Doug’s key strengths is integrating clients’ eDiscovery and broad information governance systems to achieve optimal results and security.

In 1998, Doug founded CaseData Litigation Support Services, an eDiscovery and technology software company purchased in 2006 by Canon Business Process Services. CaseData was born from a client need: an international chemical company facing multi-district litigation needed a way to review documents electronically and securely distribute those documents across the country. Under Doug’s leadership, his company grew from 2 to 300 employees in multiple countries, created a unique industry-first eDiscovery software, pioneered eDiscovery processes and procedures, represented some of the world’s biggest corporations, and ultimately provided a service that solved an imminent need in the marketplace.

As CaseData’s Vice President of Operations and eDiscovery Counsel and later as a National eDiscovery Consultant for Canon Business Process Services, Doug consulted with large corporations as well as law firms toward two primary ends: first, he helped corporate and law firm clients alike respond to litigation by initiating effective eDiscovery and document review projects; and second, he helped corporate clients, particularly those facing constant threats of litigation, become litigation-ready by implementing proactive processes tailored to the client’s unique needs.

Having served in eDiscovery leadership roles for nearly two decades, from the industry’s infancy through its maturation, Doug brings a unique perspective to modern-day eDiscovery and document review practices. Now, as a leader in Ryley Carlock & Applewhite’s Document Control Group, he is looking forward to helping chart the course for the industry’s next evolution.

Speaking Engagements

  • "Recent Developments in E-Discovery," Arizona Attorney General's Office, Civil Enforcement Division, April 2018
  • "Searching for Perfection – Finding Reasonableness," Panelist, 7th Annual ASU–Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference, February 2018
Profile Information




  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., Psychology, 1992
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., Philosophy, 1992

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