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Canada: E-discovery 2016

Sixteen individuals have been selected for their expertise in the e-discovery process. They are specialists in creating and using tools to discover, manage and analyse electronic data, as well as helping companies set up e-discovery strategies. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Susan Wortzman Wortzmans, Toronto
Martin Felsky Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto
Marlon Hylton Cassels Brock & Blackwell, Toronto
Anne Glover Blake Cassels & Graydonll, Toronto

Wortzmans is a unique e-discovery law boutique headed up by founder Susan Wortzman, who is universally seen as “the dean of the Canadian e-discovery bar” and “at the apex of the market”. The firm works directly with other law firms, companies and governments in major e-discovery projects.

At Blakes, Anne Glover is a well-known and respected name in e-discovery. In particular, she “leads the charge” in competition related e-discovery matters.

Martin Felsky heads up Borden Ladner Gervais’s offering in this area. Peers agree that he is a “longstanding leader” and “a definite player”, adding that he is “incredibly tech-savvy and very practical”.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell’s head of discovery management Marlon Hylton provides legal and technical advice to the firm’s clients and its litigators in relation to the e-discovery process. Respondents praise his “innovative thinking” and his “ability to find the right strategy”.

Market commentators see Kelly Friedman as “an industry leader”, covering all aspects of e-discovery and data management for clients. She is also highlighted for her extensive experience of commercial litigation before all levels of court in Ontario and the Supreme Court.

Sources think highly of Kathryn Manning, who recently started her own independent practice advising clients directly on e-discovery readiness and information governance planning.

Tory’s practice head David Outerbridge is also a very visible member of the e-discovery community. Peers say he is “an excellent lawyer, who provides the full package to clients”.

Mischa  Armin is Gowling WLG’s e-discovery leader; peers note his strong depth of expertise and his skills as “an innovative thinker and practical problem solver”.

Duff & Phelps’ Joseph Coltson is highlighted as “a top notch forensic expert, who has worked extensively on many complex e-discovery files”.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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