Canada: E-Discovery Practitioners 2017

In this chapter we highlight 18 individuals who stands out for their e-discovery expertise which ranges from creating and implementing data collection and preservation tools to helping their clients to develop sophisticated e-discovery strategies. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Susan Wortzman Wortzmans, Toronto
2. Anne Glover Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
3. Marlon Hylton Cassels Brock & Blackwell, Toronto

E-discovery boutique WORTZMANS is home to two leading practitioners, including founder and “the queen of e-discovery” Susan Wortzman, who tops our research this year. She is acknowledged as “a long-time leader in the field” and is frequently engaged in advising clients on information management and governance matters.
Chuck Rothman boasts great technical expertise in e-discovery technology prompting sources to note that “he definitely merits inclusion”.

Full-service firm TORYS also sees two leading experts noted for their impressive work in the market.
Practice head David Outerbridge is recognised as “an excellent lawyer and a real leader” whose contributions to the Sedona Canada Principles and Ontario E-Discovery Implementation Committee underscore his e-discovery credentials.
As part of the firm’s litigation technology services, Christopher Walker comes highly recommended by market sources for his in-depth understanding of legal technology and comprehensive litigation support advice.

The “excellent” Anne Glover at BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON is singled out as “one of the most active pure e-discovery lawyers” in the country, and wins praise for her comprehensive knowledge of information governance. One source describes her as “fantastic, really great; she’s an excellent lawyer and has really built an amazing e-discovery practice.”

Marlon Hylton heads the discovery management team at CASSELS BROCK & BLACKWELL and is considered a rising star by practitioners in the region who commend his “innovative and cost-effective approach”. Focusing exclusively on information governance and e-discovery, he counsels clients on the full spectrum of e-discovery matters, from technical guidance to defensibility and strategic advice.

The “very well-respected” Martin Felsky at BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS wins praise throughout North America for his uniquely detailed understanding of e-discovery. He is described as “a top-notch adviser” by clients who include governments, public bodies and private companies.

Mischa Armin at GOWLING WLG is “a well-thought-of and very active practitioner” who is described as “fantastic” and “extremely knowledgeable” by elite experts in the region. He heads the firm’s e-discovery management group and supplements a keen legal mind with technical proficiency and knowledge of cutting-edge litigation support tools.

At DELOITTE, Shelby Austin is widely recognised for her strong expertise in legal technology. She “definitely belongs on the list” according to sources, who commend her for her “technical excellence”.

DLA PIPER’s Kelly Friedman is “incredibly smart” and draws high praise from market commentators for her world-class e-discovery and data privacy practice. 

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