Digital & Data – Data and E-Discovery Experts 2018

This year’s research into the data and e-discovery market sees 57 impressive consultants nominated for their work in the field. The research sees strong performances from individuals in a range of jurisdictions, with matters such as regulatory investigations, e-disclosure and computer forensics featuring prominently in their practices.

 

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The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

Thought Leaders
1. Richard Chalk Navigant, London
2. Tanya Gross Navigant, London
3. Craig Earnshaw FTI Consulting, London
4. Robert C DeCicco Berkeley Research Group, San Diego

Navigant Consulting is a renowned firm in the data and e-discovery arena, and is home to some of the leading lights in the field. This year the firm receives an impressive eight nominations, reflecting its strong position in the space.
Richard Chalk is a Thought Leader in the field and wins effusive support from market sources. He is “extremely good at responding to a crisis,” notes one peer, who commends his “innovative approach” and “excellent client service”. He is particularly well thought of for his deep insight into matters concerning financial crime.
Tanya Gross has “expert knowledge” and is “very responsive and user-friendly” according to respondents. Another Thought Leader from the firm, she offers clients extensive experience with issues such as structured analytics and digital forensics to clients across a wide range of industries.
Katie Jensen from the firm’s New York office is a leading practitioner who maintains an excellent reputation in the market. She receives accolades for her expertise on matters relating to technology deployment, as well as her strength advising on regulatory matters.
In Hong Kong, Fred Chan is an “excellent” data expert who “excels at managing and collecting data from across multiple jurisdictions”. He has nearly 20 years of dedicated experience, handling compliance matters, corporate investigations and e-discovery.
Jon Fowler has a strong reputation in the data and e-discovery space and is internationally regarded for his expertise. He offers clients broad cross-industry experience on issues such as financial regulations and litigation.

FTI Consulting has a global footprint that is almost unmatched in the sphere, with consultants listed from the US, England and Hong Kong. Our research this year sees 10 of the firm’s most distinguished consultants highlighted.
Craig Earnshaw is “a solid forensics and discovery expert” who sources “have a lot of respect for”. He is admired for his impressive experience in the market and offers particular strength on matters relating to technology deployment for regulatory matters and litigation.
David Turner is praised by market observers as “an excellent data expert”, with one respondent effusing: “He will always be my first choice.” He offers profound experience in areas including regulatory enforcement and asset liability management.
Brett Clapp is a well-regarded name in the data and e-discovery space with a wealth of knowledge on regulatory investigations, bankruptcies and class action settlements.

At Berkeley Research Group, Robert DeCicco is singled out as an eminent practitioner, and commands a strong reputation in the field. Areas of particular expertise include computer data analysis, policy enforcement and multi-jurisdictional evidence collection.
Michael Jelen is highlighted for his impressive experience working with clients across a range of industries. He offers insight and experience on issues relating to technology deployment, big data and litigation.

Bayron Prieto of Ediligence is praised by sources for his “professionalism and efficiency”. He has “good knowledge of evidence collection” and is noted for his stellar presentation skills. His practice covers a range of areas including email and data forensics and quantitative analysis.

At University of California at Berkeley – Haas School of Business, the “very impressive” Michael Katz receives high praise from colleagues. He has a wealth of knowledge on data matters, particularly those that relate to competition.

New York University Stern School of Business’s Nicholas Economides is commended by observers for his fantastic work in the field of telecommunications. He’s “very well known” for his insight into the economics of networks.

Frontier Economics’s George Houpis is applauded for his “solid analysis” of complex mandates by impressed market commentators. He has a wide-ranging practice that sees him advise clients on economic forecasting in the digital and data fields.

Richard Kershaw at Deloitte has an outstanding reputation in the field and an impeccable knowledge of matters concerning computer forensics and litigation. He is particularly well versed in handling issues with a multi-jurisdictional element.

Ernst & Young’s Paul Walker is a well-regarded name in the market thanks to his superb cross-industry experience. He is particularly adept in handling matters relating to forensic data analytics, software licence forensics and big data.

Dominic Jaar of KPMG is an outstanding consultant with a strong reputation in Canada. He is especially skilled on issues relating to digital evidence recovery, data analytics and information management.

Plum Consulting’s Phillipa Marks is an eminent practitioner who receives strong support from sources this year. She has specialist insight into the wireless communications industries and offers clients a deep knowledge of regulatory matters in the space.

The “very, very impressive” Jerry Hausman at MIT commands great respect from respondents to our research. He has over 30 years of experience, and boasts particular expertise on regulatory matters in the broadband wireless industries.

At Duff & Phelps, Joel Bowers is held in high regard by sources for his top-tier work in the data and e-discovery fields. He has an enviable practice that sees him advise on a range of issues including electronic discovery, forensic technology and information security.

At BDO, Stephanie Giammarco offers clients over 20 years’ experience on matters including digital forensics and litigation support. She has an outstanding reputation and is consistently recommended by peers for her work in the area.

Joe Sremack is an excellent consultant and one of the top names in the US according to our research. His is frequently called upon to provide specialist insight into systems investigations, data compliance and source code analysis.

Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations’ Phil Beckett garners respect from sources for his impressive practice. He has considerable experience in litigation support, particularly regarding e-disclosure and multi-jurisdictional investigations.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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