An interview with Tess Blair of Morgan Lewis; making outside counsel’s e-data team effective for all


This interview is part of our new series “Data! Data! Data!” — Cures for a General Counsel’s ESI Nightmares”.

Stephanie A. “Tess” Blair (call her Tess, don’t call her Stephanie) is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s Litigation Practice and leader of the firm’s eData Practice. As leader of eData, Tess works with Morgan Lewis attorneys and clients to develop and implement strategies and cutting-edge processes for successfully managing complex litigation matters, with an emphasis on electronic discovery.

She is a nationally recognized thought leader in electronic discovery, and has developed industry-leading “best practices” designed to provide clients with state-of-the-art records and discovery management, knowledge sharing, and collaboration resources.

She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1997, where she was named to the Order of the Coif. She is also a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on eDiscovery, a member of the ARMA Electronic Discovery Advisory Group, and a member of The Electronic Discovery Reference Model Working Group. And she serves on the Editorial Board of the Scientific Council of the Journal of Legal Technology Risk Management.

Prior to receiving her bachelor’s degree, Tess studied industrial design at the Philadelphia College of Art, where she concentrated on product development, computer-aided design, and

marketing. She also gained invaluable entrepreneurial insight by founding and operating a small business before pursuing her law degree.

We caught up with Tess at The Masters Conference in October, and then at the Morgan Lewis offices in Philadelphia.

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