O’Donnell and Felsky Selected again as Leading eDiscovery Lawyers

O’Donnell and Felsky Selected again as Leading eDiscovery Lawyers


We are very proud to congratulate Crystal O’Donnell, Heuristica’s Founder, CEO and Senior Counsel, and Martin Felsky, Senior Counsel, for once again being recognized as leading eDiscovery lawyers by International Who’s Who Legal.



Crystal and Martin are two of just 15 lawyers in Canada and 48 in the USA recognized as leaders in Litigation (eDiscovery)Heuristica Discovery Counsel LLP also is listed as one of just 49 leading eDiscovery 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.   … Read More

Pel and O’Donnell Admitted to Alberta Bar

Pel and O’Donnell Admitted to Alberta Bar

We are pleased to announce that Crystal O’Donnell, CEO and Senior Counsel, and Brian Pel, COO and Senior Counsel, both were admitted to the bar of the Law Society of Alberta today in a ceremony by Justice Willie deWit at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Calgary.


Crystal and Brian were presented to the Court by Matt Lindsay, Partner of Rose LLP


Photo (L to R):  Brian Pel, Matt Lindsay, Crystal O’Donnell.




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From Lemonade Stand to Heuristica Discovery Counsel

From Lemonade Stand to Heuristica Discovery Counsel

Pamela Fontaine-Peters

Director, Litigation Support and Senior Law Clerk


I am thrilled to be an “official” member of the team at Heuristica Discovery Counsel in my new role of Director of Litigation Support.


I’ve worked in the legal industry for almost 25 years as a law clerk, certified trainer and eDiscovery consultant.  Working at Heuristica allows me to use all of my technical skills and draw on my clerking experience.  I look forward to meeting the challenges of this exciting position.


I have always loved technology.  I was introduced to computers in public school playing a computer card program called Lemonade Stand. … Read More

Heuristica Celebrates First Anniversary with Expanded Team

Heuristica Discovery Counsel is celebrating its first anniversary and thanks to an extremely successful first year is pleased to announce the addition of two key positions at the firm.


With the addition of several major new clients Heuristica recently has recruited Alan Dingle and Keith Bedford.


Alan and Keith bring relevant expertise and experience to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of the market and our clients.  The two new positions enable Heuristica to continue its expansion and ensure that it continues to exceed client expectations.


Alan Dingle joins Heuristica as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.  … Read More

Court Orders Production of Files in “Usable” Format

On May 24th, the Alberta Court of the Queen’s Bench ruled that, in certain circumstances, meaningful disclosure requires the production of native electronic files.


Background and Arguments

In Bard v Canadian Natural Resources,[1] the plaintiffs brought a motion requesting, amongst other things, that the court order the defendants to deliver native Excel spreadsheets. The defendant had provided the data in TIFF image files as agreed to by the parties in the discovery plan. The plaintiffs claimed that TIFFs were not a “usable” format.


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