The buzz at the 2009 ACC Annual Convention in Boston was that inside counsel are focused on internal investigations, eDiscovery and compliance because of the global convergence of these practice areas.
Typically, internal investigations include human resource, fraud and intellectual property theft matters. eDiscovery can include both civil and criminal as well as regulatory inquiries. Compliance covers data audit (personal identifiable information, record management enforcement, etc.), data security, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and HIPAA investigations, to name a few.