After 19 years in the legal industry, there’s nothing quite like being in a room full of professionals who are as passionate about the legal field as you are. And that’s exactly the vibe at this year’s Masters Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Surrounded by some of the brightest minds in the industry, I am always excited to be part of these discussions and connect with these incredible folks. I’ve come away with some keen insights that I wanted to share:

Collaboration Tools: A Blessing and a Challenge

One of the most buzzworthy topics at the conference was the explosion in the use of collaboration tools. Think Teams, Zoom, Slack, Jabber – the list goes on. They’ve truly transformed the way we work, making communication a breeze and remote work a practical reality.

Just like a complex puzzle that’s engaging yet challenging, these tools come with their own set of intricate issues – handling data retention and collection. The challenge isn’t so much about the tools themselves but managing the massive amounts of data they generate. It’s a hot topic that has everyone pondering, and it’s clear it’s going to be a game-changer in shaping the digital legal landscape.

Data Custody: A Modern Legal Frontier

As conversations flowed at the conference, another theme that emerged was the importance of understanding where data actually lives. We’re all connected through a digital web and how we communicate, moving from text messages to WhatsApp, Discord, Signal, Telegram, and so on in the blink of an eye.

In this hyper-connected world, knowing who holds the data, where it’s kept, and how it moves around isn’t just interesting – it’s downright crucial. The need to get to grips with data custody is prompting a big shift in the way we handle information in the legal industry.

The Vital Role of Information Governance

With the digital revolution in full swing, everyone at the conference agreed on one thing: the absolute necessity of solid Information Governance (IG) strategies. It’s no longer a ‘nice-to-have’ but a ‘must-have’.

Having clear IG procedures in place is like having a safety net, reducing risk and ensuring an efficient and defensible discovery process. It was clear from our discussions that organizations need to prioritize this to protect themselves and their stakeholders.

Wrapping Up

The Masters Conference was a fantastic chance to get a snapshot of the current legal industry landscape. As we sail through this era of digital transformation, it’s clear that we need to stick together, adapt, and push the boundaries of what’s possible.