Better E-Discovery: Unified Governance and the IGRM

Perhaps you feel it in your gut, but you can’t quite put your finger on what makes electronic discovery so complex and expensive. To help with issues of complexity and the rapidly expanding breadth of electronically stored information (ESI) retained by organizations, savvy attorneys are now beginning to utilize the information governance reference model (IGRM)—created by the same organization that brought us the now-ubiquitous electronic discovery reference model (EDRM)—to visualize the essential concepts and lead discussions with clients about unified information governance. These professionals are going well beyond the typical, reactionary, case-by-case approach to discovery issues and are proposing broader solutions to managing ESI, even before such information may be relevant to a specific matter.

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Marcus Ledergerber is a senior analyst at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in New York, New York. Matthew Knouff is the general counsel and e-discovery counsel at Complete Discovery Source in New York, New York.

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