Kroll Ontrack appoints legal technology expert in Asia
Minneapolis – Dec. 2, 2008 – Kroll Ontrack®, the industry leader in electronic discovery, computer forensics, electronically stored information (ESI) consulting, jury consulting and courtroom presentation services, today announced the appointment of Kenneth V. Nourse as a managing director in Asia. In this role, Nourse will offer clients comprehensive computer investigation and technology solutions in support of legal proceedings, regulatory matters and investigations.
With over 10 years of legal and technology experience, Nourse is charged with providing options and recommendations to both law firms and corporate clients on the complexities and issues related to ESI, including responding to requests for ESI stemming from U.S. litigation, international commercial arbitration, internal corporate investigations, and matters arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) and other governmental regulations, which often require American companies doing business internationally to gather and evaluate data from other countries, commonly in multiple languages. Nourse is based in Hong Kong, which serves as the regional headquarters for Kroll Ontrack and its parent company, Kroll Inc.
Nourse's move to Asia from Kroll Ontrack in Boston, Massachusetts is a reflection of the increased demand from lawyers and corporate clients in Asia to manage ESI effectively, from pre-litigation through investigation. "In working with many lawyers in the region—in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul—it is apparent that lawyers here face the same ESI challenges as their counterparts in North America and Europe. With 90% of all documents now created electronically, it is critical for lawyers and IT specialists to understand how to manage and store their ESI to avoid lost time and costly expenses when they are required to respond to a legal crisis in a limited amount of time," said Nourse.
"Courts in the United States have not hesitated to impose U.S. discovery obligations on multinational corporations falling under their jurisdiction. Accordingly, corporations throughout Asia with connections to the United States must understand that discovery obligations under U.S. law are far more intensive than local obligations," said Michele Lange, director of Legal Technologies, Kroll Ontrack. "To be properly prepared for the inevitable international discovery request, companies need an international discovery response plan for collecting, processing, hosting, producing and investigating digital data. A plan of attack can make all the difference."
During his time in the United States, Nourse advised on a number of American discovery cases involving corporations either based or with a presence in Asia. Prior to joining Kroll Ontrack, Nourse was a litigator in the Boston office of Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge and represented clients in intellectual property disputes as well as complex commercial and real estate matters.
Kroll, the world's leading risk consulting company, provides a broad range of investigative, intelligence, financial, security and technology services to help clients reduce risks, solve problems and capitalize on opportunities. Headquartered in New York with offices in more than 65 cities in over 33 countries, Kroll has a multidisciplinary corps of more than 3,800 employees and serves a global clientele of law firms, financial institutions, corporations, non-profit institutions, government agencies and individuals. It is a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: MMC), the global professional services firm. Visit Kroll online at www.kroll.com.
About Kroll Ontrack Inc.
Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers recover, search, analyze, produce and present data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, advanced search, paper and electronic discovery, computer forensics, ESI consulting, and trial consulting and presentation services. Kroll Ontrack is a technology services division of Kroll Inc., the global risk consulting company. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.com; www.ontrackdatarecovery.com; www.engeniumsearch.com; www.trialgraphix.com.