Michael Bandemer is a top-tier expert specialising in forensic collection, e-discovery and computer forensics.
Michael Bandemer is a managing director with Berkeley Research Group (BRG) and leader of its discovery and forensic technology services practice (DFTS), which specialises in e-discovery, digital forensic investigations, data security/privacy and compliance. Mr Bandemer and the DFTS practice use best-of-breed technologies, artificial intelligence and a diverse group of professionals to assist clients with their investigative, compliance, and legal objectives. Prior to joining Berkeley Research Group, Mr Bandemer was a managing director with an international advisory and business services firm, and previously served as the national practice leader of a global firm’s legal technology and analytics consulting group.
Mr Bandemer has performed or supervised the preservation, forensic collection and analysis of electronically stored information (ESI) from corporate networks, databases, personal computers (Mac and PC), phones, tablets, external storage devices, social media, archives, cloud providers and other digital storage media in hundreds of matters ranging from internal and federal investigations to commercial disputes. Mr Bandemer advises both corporate and law firm clients, and provides expert testimony regarding various information management, data security, and legal technology issues including internal processes, policies and procedures, best practices, evidence preservation and collection, computer forensics, electronic discovery, complex data analytics, and other information technology issues. Mr Bandemer also assists clients with information governance programme development, including data security readiness programmes through the implementation of data mapping, data handling, policies and procedures, education and awareness programmes, and change management in compliance with applicable privacy laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
Mr Bandemer has qualified in court as an expert in e-discovery and computer forensics, and provided testimony at deposition, arbitration and federal and state court. He has been selected as an independent e-discovery and computer forensics expert and has served as a 30(b)(6) corporate representative, special master and court-appointed third-party neutral in various engagements. In these matters Mr Bandemer has addressed discovery issues concerning records management, accessibility, burden, preservation, collection, spoliation, search and production.
The diverse range of matters Mr Bandemer has assisted with includes misappropriation of trade secrets, internal investigations, breach of contract, business interruption, employment disputes, fraud investigations, securities, and wage-and-hour class actions, among others. He has experience in a broad spectrum of industries including high technology, financial services, construction, professional services, gaming, hospitality, entertainment, oil and gas, government, retail, auto, railroad, entrepreneurial business, manufacturing, and real estate.