E-discovery analyst; Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
E-discovery has evolved a great deal in the past 20 years. At Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, Lisl Fuhrken has been right there, evolving with it.
Fuhrken is in her 20th year with the firm, having taken a job as a coding specialist after earning a degree in mathematics in 1993 at the University of Minnesota. With a mathematical mind and a fondness for solving puzzles – and problems – Fuhrken has stayed at the cusp of Robins’s e-discovery practices.
She does it by immersing herself in the available e-discovery tools. Fuhrken helped to research, test, and customize the product Robins started using four years ago, but she also keeps up on what other products are available and how they compare. She designs case and document review workflows, troubleshoots software bugs, and serves as the primary trainer for legal teams.
Fuhrken also helps her colleagues to use the tool and understand the information they can gather with it. Toward that end, she develops information about tips and tricks that help them get the most out of their use.
“I try to help them save themselves – and ultimately the client – time, and to serve the client most efficiently,” she said. “If I can show one of the users something and they say ‘This will help so much,’ that’s a good day.”
Fuhrken likes solving new problems, but she likes knowing the answers to old ones, too. She serves as a sort of consultant for the rest of the 30 technologists in Robins’s e-discovery group, and for the rest of the firm as well.
“The world keeps changing, and the legal world has to keep evolving with it,” she said. “As new technologies evolve, we have to help our clients with case law and their practices so they can use e-discovery systems properly – if they don’t have good policies in place, it can hurt them down the line.”