A Senior Consultant at Lighthouse with more than 20 years of legal technology experience, Chris is an ediscovery veteran, having spent the majority of his career advising clients on how to implement and manage ediscovery technologies. Chris’s knowledge over a 15-year timespan (since the industry’s inception) is what makes him valuable to clients, as he is able to compare and contrast the benefits and limitations of specific technologies when designing potential solutions. In 2015, Chris expanded his focus to Microsoft technologies, including the Microsoft 365 native toolset for information governance, ediscovery, compliance, and security. Chris reviewed available materials and tested potential scenarios in order to work with clients to explore possible solutions that matured along with the technology. Today, Chris serves as a true M365 product expert, and he currently leads Lighthouse’s testing lab for CloudCompass – a program to design to ensure that clients (and Lighthouse’s internal consulting and ediscovery teams) stay ahead of M365 changes impacting legal and compliance workflows. In this role, Chris designs the test methodology used by the team to test feature releases and assess them for impact.
Prior to joining Lighthouse, Chris worked for a legal services provider (formerly eTera), where he was responsible for growing its consulting and managed review businesses. Before eTera, Chris spent 16 years consulting for several well-known ediscovery and information governance technology companies – Zylab, 6 years (ediscovery and FOIA review); Tridion, 3 years (content management and web governance); HP Autonomy, 7 years (communications archive with ediscovery and compliance add-ons). At each company, Chris was involved in all aspects of the consulting business – marketing, pre-sales activities, proposal writing, contracting, delivery, and client management in established markets in the US, as well as emerging ones in Europe (Sweden, the Netherlands, and UK), and Asia (Singapore). His “all-in,” client-first approach resulted in positive revenue growth (and successful consulting outcomes) at each turn. Chris started his career at IBM in 1999 designing potential fixes to the rumored Y2K “bug”; through this experience, Chris learned to appreciate varying risk tolerances of clients, as well as the value of change management.
Chris is a member of Microsoft PAC (Partner Advisory Council), which provides exposure to Microsoft strategies, early roadmaps, alpha and beta product information, as well as the opportunity to affect change at Microsoft through direct feedback to senior executives and product engineers. He holds an Engineering Degree in Computer Science from the University of Georgia.
On a personal note, Chris is a certified diving trainer (Dive Master). His most interesting dives have involved swimming with sharks in Australia and in sunken ships in Florida. Chris resides in Atlanta with his two school-aged boys.