Though concerns around information management often go unrealized until the discovery process, the maintenance of data libraries warrants more attention than reaction to a legal hold. With a proliferating tangle of regulation requiring certain types of information to be held for different lengths of time and compliance obligations differing drastically from nation to nation, it’s imperative that legal departments have the appropriate resources devoted to the legally compliant retention and destruction of data.
Laurie Fischer, managing director, Huron Legal, has a deep understanding of the evaluation and implementation of information management strategies for law firms and legal departments. Fischer says that, “Information management should start all the way to the left of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model. If we could reduce that amount of information, legally and operationally, our e-discovery costs as well as our storage costs go down significantly.”