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Coronavirus Preparedness At Lighthouse

Chris Hurlebaus

Senior Consultant, Global Advisory Services

A Senior Consultant at Lighthouse with more than twenty 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. He started his career at IBM in 1999 designing potential fixes to the rumored Y2K “bug,” gaining an early appreciation for clients’ varying risk tolerances, and the importance of change management. His ensuing fifteen years of experience growing alongside the industry makes him incredibly 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 designed 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 sixteen years consulting for several well-known ediscovery and information governance technology companies in roles spanning the full consulting lifecycle, as well as wide-ranging markets including more established markets in the US and emerging ones in Europe (Sweden, the Netherlands, and UK), and Asia (Singapore). Positions included:

  • Zylab, six years (ediscovery and FOIA review)
  • Tridion, three years (content management and web governance)
  • HP Autonomy, seven years (communications archive with ediscovery and compliance add-ons)

In his spare time, Chris is a certified diving trainer (Dive Master). Some of his most interesting dives have involved swimming with sharks in Australia and in sunken ships in Florida. Chris resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his two school-aged boys.


  • Certification, Microsoft Azure Security Engineer
  • M365 Certified Security Administrator
  • Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) Certification
  • Member, Microsoft PAC (Partner Advisory Council)
  • BS in Computer Science – University of Georgia College of Engineering