Commonwealth Legal joins forces with FDR Forensic Data Recovery Inc.

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New alliance offers unique approach to automated preservation and collection of digital evidence.

Commonwealth Legal, Canada's leader in global evidence management solutions, today announced a strategic alliance with FDR Forensic Data Recovery Inc., Canada's exclusive provider of Guidance EnCase® Enterprise eDiscovery Suite. This innovative alliance enables Commonwealth Legal to enhance its eDiscovery service by increasing the company's forensic collection capabilities at organizations involved in legal proceedings and investigations across Canada and abroad.

While many companies in the industry offer a single standardized approach to eDiscovery data collection, Commonwealth Legal has long recognized that every client is unique and every case requires a solution that is appropriate for the scope and scale of their litigation or investigation. The partnership with FDR enables Commonwealth Legal to provide forensic collection services conducted by a team of 9 Certified Forensic Experts and also to provide targeted, automated, forensically sound collection services for clients who need to manage the volume and scope of the collection at the source.

"Our partnership with FDR is consistent with our commitment to provide clients with industry-leading expertise combined with best-of-breed technology solutions in a way that is practical, cost-effective and focused on client needs. This alliance will enable Commonwealth Legal to support clients with the largest and most experienced professional services team in Canada. Team members are EnCase Certified Examiners (EnCE), have expert testimony experience at all levels of Canadian, U.S. and U.K. courts and collectively have over 80 years of law enforcement experience," said Karen Brookman, President.

"Clients require a defensible approach to collecting electronically stored information. With increasingly large local hard drives and active servers, individual mirror-imaging is not always cost-effective, nor is it always legally required. In partnership with FDR, Commonwealth Legal will be able to provide clients with more than one solution for collecting data. With the launch of solutions like EnCase® Enterprise eDiscovery, we can now conduct targeted and centrally-managed collection services that streamline the process while reducing costs and disruption for the client," said Martin Felsky, CEO and senior consultant.

"Up until recently, if clients wanted access to the EnCase® Enterprise eDiscovery Suite, they had to buy the software. For some clients, this capital expenditure was not feasible. Under this new partnership, Canadian clients can now have access to the full functionality of the EnCase® eDiscovery Suite on a pay-per-use basis, exclusively through FDR and Commonwealth Legal. We are very excited about this opportunity as it again distinguishes us from other eDiscovery professional services firms in Canada who do not have access to this leading-edge world class technology", said Francis Graf, President & CEO of FDR Forensic Data Recovery Inc.

About Commonwealth Legal
Commonwealth Legal is Canada's leading full service provider of evidence management and litigation support solutions to the legal community. As an ISO 9001 quality-certified eDiscovery company, Commonwealth Legal provides expertise and solutions for every member of the legal team, from case inception to trial. Commonwealth Legal's client list includes the top 25 firms in Canada, as well as some of Canada's largest and most prominent corporations and institutions from a variety of industries including finance, insurance, government and telecommunications in addition to clients in the US and Europe. For more information, visit

About FDR Forensic Data Recovery Inc.
Leaders in digital forensics and eDiscovery professional services. FDR consistently supports best practices in the preservation, recovery, analysis and court-ready reporting of digital evidence. Our unparalleled digital forensics expertise and 24/7 response capability assures our clients the most comprehensive, timely and cost-effective professional services. As the Canadian representative for Guidance Software's EnCase® eDiscovery solution, FDR's team is uniquely equipped to leverage the power of this global leader in digital investigative solutions. Validated by numerous courts, corporate legal departments, government agencies and law enforcement organizations worldwide, EnCase® is also frequently honored with industry awards and recognition from eWEEK, SC Magazine, Network Computing, and the Socha-Gelbmann survey. For more information, visit


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