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Duncan Fraser joins Heuristica Discovery Counsel

(March 7, 2017 – Toronto) – Heuristica Discovery Counsel is pleased to announce that Duncan Fraser has joined the firm as co-CEO and senior counsel, and will be opening the firm’s Ottawa office. Law Times

One of Canada’s leading eDiscovery lawyers, Duncan will advise Heuristica’s clients on all stages of the eDiscovery process, information governance and privacy law. 

Crystal O’Donnell, founder and co-CEO, says “Duncan brings a wealth of expertise to Heuristica and will help drive the firm’s strategic development and expansion.” He has over 20 years of legal experience, including substantial litigation experience in fraud, aboriginal, environmental and injunctive matters.

Under his direction, the Federal Department of Justice became a public leader in electronic discovery. Duncan created the department’s evidence-management service, which delivers expedited document review to litigation teams across the country. He also provided litigation readiness advice and strategies to other government departments in order to reduce the cost, risk and disruption of the disclosure process in litigation. His team was responsible for the department’s eService initiative, disclosure project management, courtroom technology and the development of national eDiscovery standards/best practices. 

Heuristica was established to provide innovative approaches to discovery, improve the value of electronic evidence projects and to provide clients with a competitive advantage. Heuristica’s advantages include a team of counsel experienced in technology and iterative legal data analysis, and the provision of hosted legal technology. As Canada’s only independent law firm focused on electronic evidence, Heuristica provides legal services on discovery matters while preserving solicitor-client privilege.

Duncan says “I look forward to joining the firm and being part of a collaborative legal team that delivers cutting edge solutions. An Ottawa office will allow Heuristica to better serve clients in the National Capital Region, Québec and Eastern Canada.”

About Heuristica Discovery Counsel

Heuristica Discovery Counsel (HDC) ( is a Toronto-based boutique legal practice focused on electronic discovery, evidence management, and related litigation and legal services. We can deliver effective and proportionate discovery services that reduce your clients’ costs, provide cost certainty and increase value to your clients and the litigation team.

For more information please contact either Crystal O’Donnell or Duncan Fraser at or or at  647-347-9350.

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