At the core of any litigation today is the concept of understanding electronic data: where it is located, how it is managed, and how it can be accessed.
In the past, the litigation team consisted of inside and outside counsel, the business unit manager and outside suppliers. The legal responsibility for the management of a company’s data in most businesses falls squarely on the shoulders of the Information Manager. Thus, if a company is ever entrenched in a legal battle, the Information Manager needs to be part of the team and must be prepared to take the stand. Because of this person’s unique ability to discuss the internal systems that generate the data in question, an Information Manager will almost inevitably make any trial attorney’s short list.