Crystal O’Donnell Recognized again as a Leading e-Discovery Lawyer

Crystal O’Donnell Recognized again as a Leading e-Discovery Lawyer

We are proud to congratulate Crystal O’Donnell, Heuristica’s Founder, CEO and Senior Counsel, for once again being recognized as a leading e-Discovery lawyer by International Who’s Who Legal.

 

Crystal is one of just 15 lawyers in Canada and 49 in the USA recognized as leaders in Litigation (e-Discovery)Heuristica Discovery Counsel LLP also is listed as one of just 51 leading e-Discovery firms in Canada and the USA.

 

Who’s Who Legal has identified the leading private practice lawyers from countries around the world in multiple areas of law since 1996.   Their findings are based upon comprehensive, independent research and they pride themselves on their rigorous and independent research process. … Read More

“The dos and don’ts of predictive coding” – AdvocateDaily.com

“The dos and don’ts of predictive coding” – AdvocateDaily.com

Predictive coding can be a cheaper, faster and better way to get through large volumes of data quickly in order to meet production obligations, but it’s important to know the dos and don’ts before starting a project, says Candice Chan-Glasgow, director of legal review services with Toronto-based Heuristica Discovery Counsel.

 

Chan-Glasgow, who advises clients on how to use technology to minimize the cost of document review, says predictive coding is the process of having computer software classify documents.  It uses machine learning along with user input and coding decisions and applies these classifications to a larger dataset.

 

“Document review tends to be the most expensive part of the litigation process simply because the digital universe is just so large and expected to double in size every two years going forward,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.… Read More

“Dispelling myths about discovery plans” – AdvocateDaily.com

“Dispelling myths about discovery plans” – AdvocateDaily.com

Discovery plans reduce the cost of litigation when properly used, says Wendy Cole, director of project management and counsel with Heuristica Discovery Counsel.

 

Rule 29.1 of Ontario’s Rules of Civil Procedure was changed in 2010 to require all parties to an action to agree to a discovery plan if they intend to obtain evidence through documents, oral examination, inspection of property, medical examination, or examination for discovery by written questions, she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

 

And since that change, Cole says her position at Heuristica — Canada’s only independent law firm providing eDiscovery service — means she’s no stranger to the myth that planning adds barriers and expense to the litigation process.… Read More

Technical document production struggles will not excuse undue delay

Technical document production struggles will not excuse undue delay

Wendy Cole

Director, Project Management and Counsel

October 1, 2018

 

The October 2017 decision of Master Graham in 683153 Ontario Limited et al. v. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company et al. , 2017 ONSC 6024 (CanLII) serves as a cautionary tale for both counsel and clients who are unfamiliar with the complexities of producing discovery documents in electronic format.

 

Although this was an extreme case of delay, it stands for the broader principle that litigants cannot rely on complexity, costs and eDiscovery problems to excuse them from pursuing the case in an expeditious manner and in compliance with the timelines set out under the rules, particularly when those problems are the result of inexperience of counsel in managing large electronic productions.… Read More