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Heyward D. Bonyata

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
heyward.bonyata@nelsonmullins.com

Heyward is a member of the Nelson Mullins Encompass Leadership Team. She has extensive experience representing health insurance, energy, and pharmaceutical clients, including serving as lead discovery and review counsel for our Fortune 200 global pharmaceutical client since 2008. She advises clients on complex business and litigation issues including information governance, preservation, and discovery-related issues,...

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Heyward is a member of the Nelson Mullins Encompass Leadership Team. She has extensive experience representing health insurance, energy, and pharmaceutical clients, including serving as lead discovery and review counsel for our Fortune 200 global pharmaceutical client since 2008. She advises clients on complex business and litigation issues including information governance, preservation, and discovery-related issues, in addition to discovery and review counsel services.  She works directly with clients regarding collection and processing of data to be reviewed, manages the relationship with review platform vendors, coordinates project ramp-up and kickoffs, monitors data flow from the client through processing and review, and oversees productions.

in addition to discovery and review counsel services.  She works directly with clients regarding collection and processing of data to be reviewed, manages the relationship with review platform vendors, coordinates project ramp-up and kickoffs, monitors data flow from the client through processing and review, and oversees productions.

Heyward is a member of the Nelson Mullins Encompass Leadership Team. She has extensive experience representing health insurance, energy, and pharmaceutical clients, including serving as lead discovery and review counsel for our Fortune 200 global pharmaceutical client since 2008. She advises clients on complex business and litigation issues including information governance, preservation, and discovery-related issues,... in addition to discovery and review counsel services.  She works directly with clients regarding collection and processing of data to be reviewed, manages the relationship with review platform vendors, coordinates project ramp-up and kickoffs, monitors data flow from the client through processing and review, and oversees productions.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Counsels clients on a variety of electronic discovery and information management issues, including development of defensible strategies for the preservation, collection, and production of electronically stored information; implementation of enterprise-level preservation and search and retrieval technology; policy and procedure development for the handling of non-traditional data sources; and management of large-scale document review projects
  • Manages end-to-end discovery for corporations in significant matters, including pharmaceutical and medical device product liability and patent litigation, antitrust multidistrict litigation, False Claims Act litigation, and inquiries from U.S. and other government regulators, SEC and FTC subpoena responses, FCPA matters, state AG investigations
  • Has been involved in pharmaceutical and medical device product liability, intellectual property, and pricing litigation

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, magna cum laude (2007)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Wig and Robe
    • Articles Editor, South Carolina Law Review
  • University of South Carolina, BS, Business Administration, magna cum laude (2004)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • The Sedona Conference
    • Member, working group on electronic document retention & production
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
    • Past Editor-in-Chief, E-discovery Connection
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Women Lawyer's Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Habitat for Humanity's BUILDable hours project in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Drafting wills for first responders in Nelson Mullins’ Wills for Heroes program
  • Working with high school students through the Firm's Street Law program
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