CEO and Senior Counsel

Email: codonnell@discoverycounsel.ca

Phone: 647-748-8434

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Summary

Crystal is the founder and CEO of Heuristica Discovery Counsel LLP.

 

Crystal has a diverse and relevant professional history.  She has extensive experience as litigation and e-discovery counsel, having practised with a leading litigation firm and the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario).  Crystal has represented clients in a number of complex matters at all levels of the Ontario courts as well as in regulatory proceedings and investigations.

 

Crystal’s range of expertise includes legal, strategic, and software aspects of e-discovery, which are critical components of all legal and evidence-based proceedings.  She also has experience with cross-border and conflicts of laws issues which arise in multi-jurisdiction and multi-forum matters.

 

Crystal’s years of experience as litigation counsel have afforded her a keen appreciation and understanding of clients’ needs and allows her to deliver defensible, proportionate and cost-effective legal advice and solutions.

 

Crystal was recently elected as a Council member of the OBA, and she is currently the Chair of a Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC) Working Group, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, CanLII, Steering Committee member of Working Group 7, of the Sedona Conference (Sedona Canada); Member and past Vice-Chair of the Ontario E-Discovery Implementation Committee, (“EIC”).

 

Crystal O'Donnell - Heuristica Discovery Counsel

Education

  • B.A., York University, 1993
  • LL.B., Queen’s University, 1997
  • LL.M., University of Toronto, 2002
  • Called to Ontario Bar, 1999
  • Called to Alberta Bar, 2018

Professional Involvement

  • Council, Ontario Bar Association
  • Chair, Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC) Working Group
  • Vice Chair, Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
  • Member and Former Vice Chair, Ontario E-Discovery Implementation Committee (“EIC”)
  • Steering Committee, Sedona Conference, Canada Working Group 7