- Manufacturing & Transportation
- Business Litigation
- Discovery Solutions
|Contact Info||Telephone: 816.983.8233|
|University ||University of Kansas, B.A., 1989|
|Law School||Washburn University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1992 Washburn Law Journal, Board of Editors|
|Admitted||1992, Kansas; 1993, Missouri|
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Tessa leads Husch Blackwell's cutting edge eDiscovery Solutions team and has spearheaded the firm's efforts to provide consistent, defensible and repeatable eDiscovery solutions for our clients. She is responsible for establishing and implementing best practices for eDiscovery as well as providing the related education and training for our attorneys and litigation support services staff.
A practicing attorney for 20 years, Tessa's strong understanding of the substantive and strategic aspects of litigation informs the counsel she provides to clients and case teams on all aspects of eDiscovery. She works with clients and case teams to create strategic, cost-effective and defensible discovery plans. Tessa is knowledgeable in both the legal and technical aspects of eDiscovery. She has vast experience in using and assessing the value of using data mining tools, technology assisted review and various review platforms. She provides specialized discovery management to our clients, including legal hold implementation, identification, preservation and collection of client data as well as assessment of risks and costs of specific discovery strategies. She has successfully handled discovery motions related to spoliation, cost-shifting and privilege issues. Tessa also consults with clients on creating effective litigation readiness plans.
Tessa has served as lead eDiscovery counsel in class action cases and has led eDiscovery efforts for numerous companies that were the target of government investigations by the Department of Justice, Securities Exchange Commission and the Federal Energy Commission. Her skills in early case assessment, search term development and strategy, and the use of analytics and technology assisted review not only saved clients' money but helped to ensure early favorable results.
Tessa serves as Managing Director of the firm's Litigation Services Support department. In this role, she leads the department's efforts to establish efficient, defensible standards for the collection, processing, searching and production of electronic data in litigation. She assists in the selection of vendors and new technologies for the department.
Tessa routinely speaks and guest lecturers on developments in eDiscovery and provides training presentations to clients on the latest technologies and methodologies in the field. Tessa serves on the firm's Diversity Council and its Kansas City Hiring Committee.
• The Hon. Jerry G. Elliott, Kansas Court of Appeals, 1992-1994
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8 Ways to Slash Discovery Costs - Now!
Tessa K. Jacob, September 25, 2014
There has been much discussion among in-house lawyers lately about controlling legal spend. Much of the discussion is focused on soaring discovery costs related to the proliferation of electronic data. As an eDiscovery attorney, I employ early case assessment strategies and tools,...
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