Crystal O’Donnell is the founder and CEO of Heuristica Discovery Counsel Professional Corporation.
She has extensive experience as litigation and e-discovery counsel having practiced with a leading litigation firm and the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario). Crystal has represented clients in a number of complex matters at all levels of the Ontario courts as well as in regulatory proceedings and investigations.
While counsel with the Ministry of Attorney General, Crystal provided legal advice regarding the intersection of privacy rights, access to information and disclosure of Crown investigation information. She also has experience with cross-border and conflicts of laws issues which arise in multi-jurisdiction and multi-forum matters. Crystal’s range of expertise includes legal, strategic and software aspects of e-discovery, which are critical components of all legal proceedings and evidence-based proceedings.
Crystal’s years of experience give her a keen appreciation and understanding of clients’ needs and allows her to deliver defensible, proportionate and cost-effective solutions, which balance the requirements to disclose with the protection of individual privacy.
Crystal is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, CanLii, a Steering Committee member of Working Group 7, of the Sedona Conference (Sedona Canada), and a member and past Vice-Chair of the Ontario E-Discovery Implementation Committee, (“EIC”). She also teaches eDiscovery at the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.