Lawyer Profile Detail
AREA OF EXPERTISE
University of Manitoba
Susan Wortzman is a partner in the Toronto offices of McCarthy Tétrault and leads the firm’s e-Discovery and information management practice. One of Canada’s most respected e-Discovery lawyers, Susan’s creativity, legal and business acumen, and commitment to innovation and technology ensure that her clients receive effective, cutting edge and efficient managed review, e-Discovery and information management services. She is adamant that information need not be a liability, and helps her client understand that their information and documents can be an important asset.
Founder of Wortzmans, Canada’s leading law firm specializing in providing advice and services relating to the management of digital information, which was acquired by McCarthy Tétrault on December 31, 2016, Susan’s practice focuses on providing e-Discovery and information management advice to law firms and corporations.
Susan provides advice to clients concerning the management of e-discovery, from preservation, identification, collection, processing, review and production of electronic records. She works extensively with her clients on litigation, tribunal and regulatory matters, including Competition Bureau matters. She also provides advice to clients on information management and technology strategies. Susan and her team work extensively with clients to develop information governance, best practice, guidelines and litigation readiness plans for managing electronic information.
Susan’s expertise in e-Discovery was developed during her long tenure as a partner at one of Canada’s leading litigation firms, where her practice encompassed a broad range of civil litigation, acting for corporate clients, small to mid-sized businesses and individuals in a wide variety of commercial disputes.
A leader in the e-Discovery community, Susan served as Chair of the Sedona Canada Working Group from 2006 to 2010, supervising the development of provincial and national guidelines for e-Discovery. Susan is a sought-after and frequent lecturer on e-discovery and information governance topics, and is regularly quoted in industry publications and other media. She has written several seminal papers concerning e-discovery and its impact on litigation in Canada. She has also chaired and participated in professional committees that have developed provincial and national reports and guidelines for e-discovery.
Susan is a member of The Sedona Canada Conference Steering Committees, The Sedona Conference, Working Groups 1,6 and 7, the Canadian Bar Association and The Advocates' Society. She is also a member of the Ontario Cabinet - Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a Board and Executive Committee Member of Canadian Stage and Chair of their Audience Development Committee. Susan is also a Co-Chair of the Art Toronto Opening Gala Committee and member of the AGO’s Curator’s Circle Committee.
Susan received her LLB from the University of Manitoba in 1990 and was called to the Ontario bar in 1992.
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
- Author, E-Discovery in Canada, LexisNexis Canada, Third Edition 2017
- November 15, 2016, Panelist on “Managing Insider Threat and Information Governance” at the EY Conference in Calgary
- October 25, 2016, Speaker on “ESI in the Headlines” at the E-discovery Institute Conference
- June 9, 2016, Speaker on “Understanding the World of Electronic Documents”
- May 25-26, 2016, CIGO Summit Discussion Leader on “Technologies, Trends and Threats and Opportunities for the CIGO of the Future”
- May 11, 2016, Corporate State Summit Speaker on “The Future of Learning”
- November 4, 2015, TIP Conference Speaker on “Developing a Strong Litigation Readiness Strategy”
- October 29, 2015, OBA E-Discovery Institute Speaker on “Cybersecurity – How to Manage Information to Protect Against Cyber Threats”
- September 30, 2015, IGI CIGO Summit, Speaker on “Law Firms Blazing the IG Trail”
- September 25, 2015, Legaltech Toronto, Speaker on “Mitigating Risks with Third Party Providers”
- September 14, 2015, Cape Town, Africa, Presenting a Session on “The Collision of Information Governance and e-Discovery”
- August 27, 2015, Speaker at “Organizational Management of Cyber Security for Private and Public Sector Institutions in 2015 LIVE Webcast”
- May 29, 2015, ILCO Conference Panel Speaker on “Upcoming Revisions to the Sedona Canada Principles and Commentary"
- April 21, 2015, Speaker at BCLMA’s Webinar “Introducing the 2nd Edition of The Sedona Canada Principles Addressing eDiscovery”
- February 26, 2015, Moderator at “The Second Edition of The Sedona Canada Principles Addressing Electronic Discovery” Webinar
- November 19, 2014 keynote speaker at Women Corporate Directors event “Navigating the Evolution of Cyber Security”
- Co-author and editor of E-Discovery in Canada, LexisNexis Canada, Second Edition 2011