FTI Consulting expands technology segment in Canada

20 September 2021 Consulting.ca 2 min. read

FTI Consulting has expanded its Canadian technology segment – which focuses on e-discovery, information governance, privacy and security, and corporate legal operations – with the addition of two new professionals and a new technology offering.

The Washington, DC-based consulting firm announced the hiring of e-discovery expert Andrea Williams to grow the firm’s technology segment in Canada. She brings 16 years of experience in e-discovery to FTI’s Toronto office, where she will serve as a managing director.

Williams has supported law firms, corporate clients, and government agencies on a wide range of large evidence management and litigation support projects. She spent the last 16 years at Ricoh eDiscovery (formerly Commonwealth Legal) where she held senior management and vice president roles in technical services, technology, and emerging solutions.

Williams has a bachelor of commerce degree from Dalhousie University.FTI Consulting expands technology segment in Canada“E-discovery, document review, legal operations, and information governance needs are evolving rapidly as organizations adapt to increased regulatory enforcement, changes in law, and new ways of working,” said David Meadows, a senior managing director within the technology segment at FTI Consulting. “Andrea brings extensive experience to address these issues across e-discovery, legal technology design, and implementation and best practices for applying technology alongside human expertise. She understands the market and will help bring the full range of FTI Technology’s solutions to clients in Canada.”

Williams added, “As datasets continue to grow and discovery becomes increasingly complex, I believe we’ll see even more momentum behind advanced tools to streamline e-discovery as well as other core legal functions. I look forward to building upon this progress to help clients experiment with analytics, increase efficiencies and reduce their overall legal spend.”

FTI also announced that Michael Lalande has joined its Toronto office as a senior director leading the managed document review practice in Canada. Lalande was previously an e-discovery associate at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where he focused on e-discovery, information governance, and digital information management. He holds a bachelor of laws from the University of Buckingham, UK.

The firm has also expanded support for Brainspace – a leading advanced data analytics platform for investigations and e-discovery – in its managed services offering in Canada. Brainspace integrates with several popular e-discovery platforms, including Relativity.

FTI earlier this year brought its customized Relativity offering to Canada. The cloud solution delivers easy-to-use workflows and automation features to help clients optimize e-discovery processes.

FTI’s areas of expertise include turnaround, litigation support, communications, and technology. The consulting firm has 6,400 employees in 29 countries and Canadian offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver.