Tess Blair is a litigator and legal entrepreneur who has practised at the intersection of law, technology and design for more than two decades. Tess is the founder and leader of Morgan Lewis’s eData practice, a data-driven practice that combines great lawyering with technology and design to enhance the delivery of legal services.
A practising litigator, Tess serves as national discovery counsel to some of the world’s largest organisations alongside her client’s trial counsel, and as a core member of the litigation team, she develops and executes all aspects of the client’s discovery strategy as well as optimising her client’s evidence gathering, analysis and presentation. Tess counsels a host of Fortune 500 companies, conducting risk assessments and guiding her clients as they develop internal information governance policies and controls to address privacy, security, retention and disposition of information and data. As leader of eData, Tess works with her team, her colleagues and clients to design and develop tools and techniques to improve the delivery of legal services. The eData team uses process design, automation, UX, product design, application development, machine learning and augmented intelligence tools to develop technology, process and service solutions built to meet clients’ needs.
Tess lectures regularly on civil procedure, e-discovery and data privacy – including cross-border discovery and data minimisation – and writes frequently on e-discovery, information governance and data privacy for a variety of legal publications. She is the lead author of the eData Deskbook, currently in its third edition. Tess also serves as special discovery master to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.