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Avalon Document Services acquires Florida firm

By Eric Reinhardt


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Avalon Document Services announced it has acquired Southeastern Document Services (SDS), a Tampa, Florida–based litigation support and eDiscovery provider.

Syracuse–based Avalon didn’t disclose financial terms of the acquisition.

Under the deal, Avalon will retain all SDS employees and expects to add several workers in the next 12 months, the company said.

SDS has three workers who will join Avalon, which has a total employee count of 120, the firm said in an email response to a BJNN inquiry. 

Avalon had opened an office in Florida earlier this year and plans to combine the SDS and Avalon offices into one new location in October.

During the transition, the current SDS office will continue to be known as Southeastern Document Services “under the Avalon Document Services parent name,” according to an Avalon news release.

Ken McKee, former owner of SDS, will remain with the company as an executive in the legal-services division.

Avalon is “always” looking for companies that share a “common culture and SDS was a great fit,” JP Midgley, CEO of Avalon, said in the release. 

“We are excited to build upon their long tenure in the market and provide enhanced service offerings to their loyal clients,” said Midgley. 

SDS “already offers a variety” of litigation-support services, and the merger allows it to provide additional services, Avalon said. 

They include eDiscovery services, relativity hosting, cyber security, digital forensics, accident reconstruction, facilities management, and business-document services.

Avalon is headquartered at 901 N. State St. in Syracuse and has additional offices in Utica, Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, and Tampa, Florida.

Its suite of services include business printing and copying, document imaging and scanning, large-format and contractor services, litigation-support services, e-discovery, and facilities management, according to its website.

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