Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, J.D.
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
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
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.
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.
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.
Women in eDiscovery, Member
Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Minnesota eDiscovery Working Group
ARMA, Member, 2009-2012
- December 3, 2014
- November 20, 2014
- April 29, 2014
- THIS EVENT IS FULL.May 5, 2015
- Attorneys Heidi Fessler and John Degnan Presented Best Practices in Discovery and Information Governance to In-House CounselBriggs Co-Sponsors MNACCA Seminar with @Legal DiscoveryApril 2015
- William Mitchell Law Symposium, Speaker
- "A 360 Degree View - How eDiscovery Priorities Shift From the Law Firm to the Corporate Legal Department," ACEDS Webinar SeriesJuly 2012
- "Walking the Tightrope - How to Balance the Increasing Production Obligation in the Digital Age & the Risk of Sanction for Failing to Produce or Preserve," Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group One CLE SeriesJune 2012
- "The Use of Computer Forensics in Litigation," William Mitchell Law School Alumni CLE SeriesJune 2012
- “True Cost of the Cloud,” Panelist, Masters Annual Conference 2011October 2011
- “Cloud Computing – Beyond the Basics,” CALSM-posium, 2011October 2011
- “The Impact of Cloud Computing on E-Discovery,” Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Corporate CounselOctober 2011
- "Managing e-Discovery in the Corporate Environment," Corporate SymposiumSeptember 2011
- "An E-Discovery Practical Guide - What Everyone Should Know About the Mechanics of E-Discovery," The Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Pilot ProgramApril 2011
- “Multimedia Trial Presentation in the Modern Courts,” Ukrainian Judicial ProjectNovember 2009