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Duncan Fraser joins Wortzmans as Vice President, Senior Counsel

April 10, 2015

Duncan is one of Canada’s leading e-discovery lawyers. He is joining Wortzmans to provide strategic legal advice to law firms, corporations and government regarding e-discovery, litigation readiness and information governance.

Duncan incorporates cost containment and risk management principles into his legal advice, and has been recognized for his contribution to both efficiency and quality in e-discovery projects. He is a frequent lecturer, panelist and trainer on e-discovery topics and on the legal, financial and operational risks of institutional information practices. He is a member of the Sedona Canada Working Group 7, and led many Federal Government working and practice groups on e-discovery and litigation readiness.

Before joining Wortzmans, Duncan was General Counsel and Director of eDiscovery and National Litigation Support Services for the Federal Department of Justice, in Ottawa. He has 19 years of litigation experience, with a practice including class actions, mass tort, civil fraud, business and regulatory law, environmental law, privacy law and aboriginal law. Duncan played a leadership role in building the Federal Government’s e-discovery and litigation readiness capacity and in managing the Litigation Branch’s e-litigation, evidence management, and litigation support services teams. As Director of the Justice information@justice program from 2012, he was instrumental in developing an information governance strategy, designed to transform the business of the department through new ways of working, using modern, digital tools to securely create, share, leverage and manage information across the organization.

We are pleased to have him assume a leadership role in our firm.


Wortzmans offers its clients specialized legal and technical advice relating to e-Discovery and information governance. Our team of lawyers, project managers and a forensic engineer provide advice on all of the phases of e-Discovery from preservation to production. That is our core business. The firm also offers legal and technical perspectives to assist in developing information governance strategies and in drafting defensible, easily-implemented policies and protocols. Our Technology Strategies group monitors technology continually to enable us to recommend the best-in-breed solutions available to support all e-Discovery, and information governance client needs.

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