Data 2018: Data Experts Analysis

In this section, we list 39 eminent consultants and analysts in the field who are recommended for their work in data analytics, digital forensics, and IT and technology matters. These experts assist corporations and lawyers in matters requiring widespread data analysis and investigation of data relating to audits, investigations and disputes.

The experts listed in this year’s guide are spread across nine jurisdictions, with those based in the US and Europe featuring particularly prominently. 

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

NAVIGANT CONSULTING is a leading professional services firm with almost 50 offices spread across the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This year’s research identifies seven leading individuals who stand out for their expertise in the field.
Richard Chalk is “a premier data expert” who draws praise for his “ability to come up with creative solutions to complex, novel issues”. One impressed commentator effuses: “Richard has a very user-friendly style and works hard to ensure the information he shares is simple and easy to understand and interpret.”
Tanya Gross “is exceptional at managing projects from start to finish” according to impressed sources, who admire the way she consistently “provides clear, efficient and forward-looking advice from the outset”.
Katie Jensen is well known for her impressive technology solutions practice and boasts a strong reputation for her “excellent technical knowledge”.
The “excellent” Fred Chan impresses market commentators with his “extensive analytics experience” as well as his “reliability when dealing with litigation databases”.
Jon Fowler is a digital forensics expert who draws effusive praise from commentators for his exceptional work on a range of complex multi-jurisdictional matters.

Top independent global business advisory firm FTI CONSULTING also appears prominently, achieving six listings spread across three continents.
Standout name Craig Earnshaw is a “highly respected” practitioner who sources describe as “a reliable and trusted expert and adviser”.
David Turner has more than 15 years’ experience advising Fortune 500 clients on structured data analytics. He is a favourite among clients who appreciate his “responsiveness, technical expertise, effective communication and ability to get to crux of any issue”.
Paul Prior draws high praise from sources who consider him a superb strategist. He has worked for numerous global banking groups and insurers on a range of matters including digital transformation and regulatory compliance.
Brett Clapp in the firm’s Hong Kong office leads the Asia-Pacific data and analytics group and is internationally recognised as a leading name in the field.

Global financial services firm DUFF & PHELPS is home to two top-tier individuals who are recommended for their expertise.
Los Angeles-based Erik Laykin is “a computer forensics specialist” who is regularly called upon to testify in criminal cases and those relating to the resurrection and deletion of data.
In Toronto, Joel Bowers stands out for his first-class work dealing with cases involving digital evidence and e-discovery matters.

BERKELEY RESEARCH GROUP also performs well, achieving an impressive two nominations.
Robert DeCicco enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market thanks to his extensive expertise when it comes to data acquisition and forensic examination services.
The “superb” Michael Jelen boasts more than a decade of experience managing and analysing vast quantities of data for high-profile clients across a wide range of industry sectors.

“Big Four” accounting firm DELOITTE has a strong global market presence and sees two outstanding experts highlighted in our research.
With more than 15 years’ experience focusing on digital forensics, e-discovery and cybersecurity investigations, Darren Cerasi is a truly eminent practitioner, widely respected in the international marketplace.
The “exceptional” Richard Kershaw is a top name, recommended for “his excellent work in computer forensics and e-discovery matters”.

Dominic Jaar at KPMG is held in high esteem thanks to his strong knowledge of forensic technology services including e-discovery, digital evidence recovery and information management.
Joseph Coltson, a well-known figure in the Canadian market, leads the firm’s national forensic technology and cyber response practice, areas in which he is considered a real specialist. 

Francesco Lo Passo at THE BRATTLE GROUP is an outstanding regulatory strategist who impresses commentators with his “exceptional analytical skills and problem-solving abilities”. 

Daniel Tay at KORDAMENTHA is a highly experienced practitioner who receives widespread acclaim for his impeccable knowledge of computer forensics and e-discovery matters.

Eoin O'Reilly at ERNST & YOUNG is a leading data analytics specialist who focuses his first-rate practice on delivering data-driven business insights to key clients in the consumer products, technology and financial services sectors.

Stephanie Giammarco at BDO has more than 20 years of experience dealing with IT matters and is commended by international commentators for her strategic approach to the collection and analysis of vast quantities of electronic evidence.

Phil Beckett at ALVAREZ & MARSAL is “well regarded in the marketplace” thanks to his 15 years of experience in the forensic technology arena.

Benedict Hamilton at KROLL is a seasoned digital investigations specialist who draws praise for his expertise when it comes to tackling cybercrime, data breaches and information leaks.

Lee Neubecker at HAYSTACKID is internationally renowned as a leading name in the US market. He draws respect from peers for his recent work assisting the US federal government with a range of data security issues.

Günter Degitz at ALIXPARTNERS wins praise for his vast experience assisting major clients with international investigations and e-discovery projects.

Jessica Block of ANKURA heads up the firm’s data governance practice and is described by commentators as “a leading figure in the e-discovery space”.

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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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