Curtis D. Heckman

Senior Discovery Attorney

Global Operations & Innovation Center

Curtis assists and serves as project manager for case teams and clients with all phases of discovery, including discovery requests, preservation, collection, review, discovery depositions, and motions practice.

Curtis has been seconded for long-term eDiscovery engagements at national and international clients to work directly with internal client IT teams and outside counsel on discovery issues. He has extensive experience with preserving and collecting structured data from client cloud and on-premise applications, including meeting and conferring with opposing parties on structured data concerns.

  • Curtis also manages international discovery projects and has spent time in Southeast Asia educating clients unfamiliar with U.S. litigation on discovery requirements and supervising preservation and collections. Curtis works with case teams and clients to retain and manage outside eDiscovery vendors to efficiently handle and protect client data. Curtis also advises clients on preparing for future litigation, creating internal policies and procedures to ensure effective and cost-efficient eDiscovery processes. He also has experience in records management, including the creation of record-retention schedules.

    Curtis has experience in insurance, mass tort, employment, securities, and class action litigation and assisted with employment and IP related internal investigations. Curtis works with Fortune 100 companies, energy providers, major financial institutions, and software and hardware developers.

    Prior to joining Orrick, Curtis was an associate with a Pittsburgh law firm where his practice focused on civil litigation and counseling.

    • In California state court obtained cost shifting for document review costs in commercial litigation dispute for financial client in a first-of-its-kind opinion

    • Seconded to an energy client to manage discovery for 70+ active litigation matters, and state and federal investigations while coordinating with five of the client’s outside counsel firms

    • Involved in more than twenty IP, trademark, FCPA and ethics-related internal investigations, including leading on-site collections and document review, conduct interviews, coordinating remediation efforts, and developing analysis for C-Suite.

    • Successfully prepared and assisted in defending 30(b)(6) depositions for a Fortune 100 technology client related to structured data productions

    • Managed case and trial defense strategies and settlement negotiations in toxic tort litigation matters across fifteen states for energy client

    • Supervised discovery efforts for a group of Chinese state owned and public companies involved in MDL mass tort proceedings to meet US discovery obligations, while balancing concerns regarding trade secrets and Chinese State Secrecy laws

    • Seconded to technology client to manage U.S. and Asia collections and foreign language document review for internal investigation

    • Created eDiscovery “playbook” for technology client outlining repeatable procedures and responsibilities for client’s IT, in-house counsel, discovery counsel, and outside counsel teams