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David Fishel


In 1991, David joined the United States Department of Justice as an Honors Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division. While at DOJ, he engaged in large-scale, scorched earth civil litigation across the spectrum of environmental statutes. Since all of these cases seemed to involve mountains of paper, he became interested in finding ways to get machines to do more of the work, and subsequently became something of a crash-test dummy for a variety of litigation technology initiatives.

David received two DOJ Special Achievement Awards for litigation, got involved in designing litigation systems, and eventually was lured into the world of technology startups. In 2000, he started SeamlessWeb Systems, a consulting practice specializing in applying technology to litigation and legal systems.

In 2002, David joined the newly formed Office of Market Oversight and Investigations at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. His duties include investigations and enforcement in various energy markets, none of which he can talk about.

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How To Create a PDF of an Entire Website

For whatever reason, we can find ourselves needing offline access to entire websites, be it for evidence, research or archival purposes. The good news is that this is a simple task in Adobe Acrobat, as's Dave Fishel explains.

Enterprise & Government   February 17, 2006

Mad Web Skills with PDF -- Create a PDF from Internet Explorer

If you are about to go offline for a while but just have to finish that online article, why not capture it to PDF? You can then either print it or view it on your handheld device. Nifty, eh?'s Dave Fishel explains how in this piece on creating PDFs from Internet Explorer.

Enterprise & Government   February 01, 2006

Create a Consolidated Deposition Exhibit

If you are deposing a witness who, for example, was the principal respondent to a number of interrogatories, it is helpful to have all of the relevant questions and answers in one exhibit for marking and handling.'s Dave Fishel explains how to do just that using PDF in this piece.

Enterprise & Government   January 18, 2006

Searching and Finding: Basic Principles

There's a lot more to searching PDF documents than meets the eye. Which tool is best suited to the task of searching PDFs? It all depends, according to's Dave Fishel. He explains in this piece on the basic principles of searching PDF files.

Enterprise & Government   August 03, 2005

OCR: Yuor Sarech Enigne Cna't Raed Tihs

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a godsend to anyone looking to create an electronic archive from large paper records, but just how accurate is it? How can responsible record-keepers compensate for the occasional errors?'s Dave Fishel explains in this piece on the perils of relying too heavily on OCR.

Enterprise & Government   July 27, 2005

Electronic Signatures - they do exist don't they?

Some form of electronic signature has existed for quite some time. Almost all US states and a large number of countries have enacted or are considering some form of electronic signature legislation. If that's the case, why aren't there more of them in use?'s Dave Fishel explains in this piece on electronic signatures.

Enterprise & Government   July 06, 2005

PDF Viewing and Monitors -- Bigger is Better

Electronic displays can't yet match the resolution and "readability" of paper, but they can do the next best thing -- with the right monitor, that is.'s Dave Fishel explains in this piece on PDF readability and the relevance of screen size among other factors.

Enterprise & Government   March 17, 2005

Making a PDF for e-filing

Want to learn how to e-file your legal documents in 15 minutes or less? What are the rules and regulations, and how do they apply to your practice? Read on as's Dave Fishel explains in this piece on creating legal PDFs destined for electronic filing, or e-filing for short.

Enterprise & Government   March 10, 2005

Understanding PDF Metadata

Much ado about metadata. What is it, and when is it useful? Perhaps more importantly, when is it a liability?'s Dave Fishel answers these questions and many more, providing useful "real-world" examples in this piece on metadata in PDF and source formats.

Enterprise & Government   March 03, 2005

Beware the .EXE -- Post a PDF Please

If you are going to provide something to your clients (or prospective clients) via the Net, please, please, please don't make it a Windows executable file. "But why?" I hear you cry. Never fear,'s Dave Fishel explains in this piece on the relative merits of PDF and Windows executables.

Enterprise & Government   February 10, 2005
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