Rachael Chadwick (she/her/hers) is the Director of Discovery Services in the Litigation Group at Cassels. Rachael has more than two decades of experience in managing and advising on complex discovery matters. Starting her career practicing as a litigation law clerk, Rachael pioneered a litigation support role and spearheaded an e-discovery committee at one of Canada’s leading litigation law firms, advising on many challenging litigation matters. Realizing the importance of project management, Rachael spent the next ten years focusing exclusively on managing large and complex e-discovery cases at Canada’s first e-discovery law firm. Projects comprised of high profile litigation and regulatory files, corporate investigations, competition matters, and inquiries. In this role, Rachael became a respected leader in the e-discovery community, writing and speaking frequently on project management within the context of e-discovery.
At Cassels, Rachael continues to bring her experience and leadership qualities to provide strategic discovery solutions for litigation matters through collaboration with the firm’s litigators and clients. She is responsible for implementing best practices while helping the firm leverage the most effective technology and techniques to provide cost effective and proportionate solutions. Rachael leads the firm’s large team of e-discovery support professionals. She also remains dedicated to the e-discovery community at-large, currently serving as Director of Women in e-Discovery (Toronto Chapter) and as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Digital Evidence and e-Discovery Working Group.
Prior to joining Cassels, Rachael held a national role at a leading professional services firm, initiating a new service providing managed document review services and then becoming the Leader of e-Discovery and Information Governance across Canada. Rachael was instrumental in updating technology, implementing processes and developing the e-discovery team to provide internal discovery support and external services to clients.
Rachael has gained invaluable experience working under some of the leading e-discovery practitioners in Canada. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute. She is a frequent speaker at e-Discovery conferences and was a contributor to the publication e-Discovery in Canada. Rachael has been on the Advisory Board and speaker of the Osgoode Certificate for eDiscovery in 2021 and 2022, and is recognized by Who’s Who Legal as a National Leader in eDiscovery.