Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, J.D.

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

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  • Minnesota
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
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Heidi Fessler leads the firm's E-Discovery and Information Governance practice group. She is also a member of the Business Litigation section and practices principally in the areas of:

  • Electronic discovery
  • Information governance
  • Data privacy
  • Information security

E-Discovery Practice
Heidi has worked with corporations and law firms on a wide variety of matters involving the discovery of electronic data within the context of litigation and investigative matters. She enjoys working with clients on all phases of the discovery process, from collection to production. Heidi actively works with her clients to maximize the value of data while controlling the risk. She has worked with clients to:

  • Develop and implement processes designed to identify and preserve data likely to be relevant to litigation or investigative matters.
  • Implement a litigation hold policy to ensure that data likely relevant to litigation or investigations is properly preserved.
  • Determine the accessibility of data residing outside the U.S. and the implication of Cross-Border litigation on corporate data.
  • Develop Early Case Assessment protocols and oversee application of the protocols to ensure that the client is well advised and that costs are well contained within litigation.
  • Perform custodian interviews and real-time data mapping to accurately preserve and collect relevant data without excessive burden on the client.
  • Manage review teams and projects to ensure accuracy and efficiency while maximizing the client's internal teams and counsels' expertise.

Educational Initiatives
Heidi has created and delivered more than 1,500 seminars focusing on the changing landscape in e-discovery, litigation hold policies and information governance standards. She was a part of the Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program where she was a pivotal leader in the creation of the court's educational offering to drive understanding of e-discovery. Heidi has also been active in educating the judiciary and has been a presenter on e-discovery at the Annual Minnesota Judicial Conference.

Heidi is a founding member of the Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group and was a significant contributor to the article "An Electronic Discovery Primer" published in the William Mitchell Law Review. She was also a speaker at the William Mitchell Symposium on e-discovery in Minnesota.

Information Governance
Heidi has worked with corporate clients to refine their information governance environment. She strives to raise awareness regarding digital data and the role of information governance, e-discovery and risk management within the corporate environment. Heidi works with her clients to effectively leverage technology and information systems to increase efficiency, reduce expense and ensure legal compliance. She has worked with clients to:

  • Develop and implement litigation readiness policies and processes.
  • Assess and revise document retention policies and strategies to ensure compliance with industry and governmental standards.
  • Assess and implement cloud computing policies.
  • Assess and create social media and other client specific information governance policies.
  • Perform GAP analysis of current systems and policies and develop strategy plans for compliance.
  • Implement a risk management based approach to information governance.

Professional Affiliations

Sedona Conference

Women in eDiscovery, Member

Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Minnesota eDiscovery Working Group

ARMA, Member, 2009-2012