Full Name
Tess Blair
Job Title
Morgan Lewis
Speaker Bio
Tess Blair is a litigator and legal entrepreneur who has practiced 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 practicing litigator, Tess serves as national discovery counsel to some of the world’s
largest organizations 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 optimizes 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 our clients’ needs. Tess lectures
regularly on civil procedure, eDiscovery, and data privacy—including cross-border discovery and data
minimization—and writes frequently on eDiscovery, 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.
Tess Blair