Tess Blair and her team offer full-cycle electronic discovery and information governance services to organizations across the globe. Tess is the founder and leader of Morgan Lewis’s eData practice, which seeks to combine great lawyering with technology and process to deliver real efficiency and value to clients. The team includes both lawyers and technologists who support a state-of-the-art data center and technology portfolio to deliver comprehensive counseling and technical services under one roof.
As the leader of the eData team, Tess works with lawyers and clients to develop and implement strategies to successfully manage complex litigation. A recognized thought leader in electronic discovery, she has developed industry-leading best practices that are designed to provide clients with sensible, defensible options for the discovery process. A Six Sigma Green Belt, Tess invests heavily in training the entire eData team in Legal Project Management and Legal Lean Sigma.
As a Morgan Lewis partner, Tess counsels and defends clients primarily in the areas of product liability, mass torts, and complex commercial litigation. A considerable portion of her practice involves the defense of clients in national serial litigation and class actions.
Tess lectures regularly on civil procedure and eDiscovery, and writes frequently on eDiscovery and information governance for legal publications. She is ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global in their listings of leading business attorneys. Bringing entrepreneurial experience to her clients, Tess started and operated a small business before entering law. She also holds a master of professional studies in law firm management.
The George Washington University, 2011, M.P.S., Law Firm Management
University of Miami School of Law, 1997, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
Ursinus College, 1994, B.A., Summa Cum Laude
Awards and Affiliations
Shortlisted, Top 10 Innovative Lawyers in North America, Financial Times (2018)
Top Woman Lawyer, The Best Lawyers in America (2017)
Ranked, Litigation: E-Discovery, Nationwide, Chambers USA (2011–2018)
Ranked, Litigation: E-Discovery, USA, Chambers Global (2012–2014, 2016–2019)
Recognized, Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law, Philadelphia, The Best Lawyers in America (2017–2019)
Recognized in Who’s Who Legal (2016)
Member, Pennsylvania Product Liability Department Of The Year,The Legal Intelligencer (2014)
Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
Member, Order of the Coif
Member, The Sedona Conference Working Group on eDiscovery
Member, ARMA Electronic Discovery Advisory Group
Member, The Electronic Discovery Reference Model Working Group
Member, Editorial Board of the Scientific Council of the Journal of Legal Technology Risk Management