Investigations 2018: Digital Forensic Experts

This year, we highlight 66 experts from 27 firms in the field of digital forensics. The individuals listed are the world’s foremost experts when it comes to investigations involving e-discovery, computer forensics, and data recovery and analysis.

Practitioners based in the US and England account for 60 per cent of our listings this year, making these the leading regions in the field. Deloitte Corporate Finance is the top firm for digital forensics, with 11 experts from the firm’s North America, Europe, Asia and Australia recognised. FTI Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers also impress, achieving five listings each.


Thought Leaders
1. Phil Beckett Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, London
2. Mattias Aggeler Swiss FTS, Zurich
3. Anton Sieber Stroz Friedberg, Zurich
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.

Leading Firms

Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.

Five standout individuals are highlighted from Big Four powerhouse DELOITTE CORPORATE FINANCE from its offices in London and Zurich.
The “superb” Jarrod Haggerty boasts more than 20 years’ experience in the field and is widely recognised for his impeccable knowledge of analytics and forensic technology solutions.
In Zurich, Richard Kershaw is a leading expert in the international investigations space thanks to his vast expertise of computer forensic and e-discovery strategies.
Chris Shuttleworth is “excellent” according to impressed sources and is highly sought after thanks to his strong reputation in the field.

FTI CONSULTING is another key player in the digital forensics space and sees three experts selected for inclusion.
Ian Smith heads up the firm’s EMEA computer practice and is particularly well regarded for his expertise of forensic data acquisition technologies.
Craig Earnshaw is a “highly respected expert” who is held in high esteem by peers thanks to his considerable experience in the electronic evidence field.
Andrew Kennell is internationally regarded as a specialist in e-discovery matters and regularly advises high-profile clients in a range of industry sectors, including financial services, energy and transport.

Leading consulting firm ALIXPARTNERS also sees three individuals from its European offering recognised.
The “outstanding” Steven Ambort is a seasoned digital forensics specialist, whom sources describe as being “on another level” when it comes to utilising advanced data analytics to deliver innovative solutions to clients.
The “excellent” Günter Degitz is an internationally renowned expert who “always delivers”, according to impressed commentators.
With more than 20 years in the space, Paul Brabant is a leader in the field who is endorsed for “doing a fantastic job” assisting lawyers and investigators with complex cross-border disputes. 

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


Thought Leader Phil Beckett at ALVAREZ & MARSAL DISPUTES AND INVESTIGATIONS is “one of the best experts in the country” and boasts a superb practice covering a wide range of matters including e-disclosure, data analytics and management and forensic investigations.

Kevin Shergold at GRANT THORNTON is a noted forensics expert who impresses sources with his expansive experience working on complex fraud investigations in the financial services sector.

Benedict Hamilton at KROLL focuses his first-class practice on digital investigations, and enjoys a stellar reputation in the market.

Adrian Palmer of CONSILIO is a top name, recommended for his excellent work on forensic computer and regulatory investigations.

Tom Lewis at PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS enjoys a fantastic reputation in the digital forensics sphere and is described as “really standing out for his work on structured data matters”.


Mattias Aggeler at SWISS FTS is a favourite among clients who praise his “swift and professional service and high level of technical know-how”.

Anton Sieber of STROZ FRIEDBERG is a top-tier e-discovery expert who, after more than 15 years in the field of computer forensics, is widely recognised as a leader in the field.

North America

Thought Leaders
1. Corey Fotheringham Deloitte LLP, Toronto
2. Erik Laykin Duff & Phelps, Los Angeles
3. Joel Bowers Duff & Phelps, Toronto

Leading Firms

Big Four accounting firm PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS tops our rankings in North America, seeing four leading experts highlighted.
The “exceptional” Brian Wycliff is “really top-notch” according to commentators, who applaud his vast experience working in technology-based forensic services.
David Burg is a star in the cybersecurity space who regularly assists corporate clients and the US Government with complex cybercrime investigations.
Patricia Etzold is highly recommended for her proven track record providing strategic forensic and advisory services. She is particularly well regarded for her excellent work assisting complex global forensic investigations into financial fraud and corruption allegations.
With more than 20 years’ experience Dyan Decker is a long-standing fixture in the market and impresses sources across the board with her world-class practice.

Global consulting firm BERKELEY RESEARCH GROUP achieves an impressive three nominations.
The “fantastic” Robert DeCicco is described as “an exceptionally talented computer forensics expert” by sources, who commend his well-established practice.
Peggy Daley is one of the leading names in the digital forensics arena when it comes to data analytics and is widely acknowledged as being at the top of her field.
Michael Bandemer specialises in e-discovery, digital forensics and investigations, and is noted for his excellent work providing testimony in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Two top digital forensics experts from DUFF & PHELPS are also recognised.
Erik Laykin is widely held to be a specialist in complex investigations and disputes and is particularly well regarded for his expertise in computer forensics and e-discovery.
Joel Bowers draws admiration from commentators who commend his skilful handling of digital evidence in complex mandates.

Other Leading Individuals


Corey Fotheringham at DELOITTE CORPORATE FINANCE is widely endorsed for his expertise in computer forensics and is celebrated for his exceptional attention to detail.


Seth Berman at STROZ FRIEDBERG is a key name in the market who has worked on some of the world’s largest international e-discovery matters.

Stephanie Giammarco at BDO is an internationally renowned expert who is in high demand after more than 20 years’ experience handling the full spectrum of issues relating to financial fraud.

With 30 years’ of consulting experience, Todd Lester at FTI CONSULTING is a well-established figure in the market who draws praise for his client-friendly approach.


Thought Leaders
1. Daniel Tay KordaMentha, Singapore
2. Brett Clapp FTI Consulting, Hong Kong

Leading Firms

Advisory and investment firm KORDAMENTHA has proved itself to be a major player in the Asia-Pacific market, seeing three leading experts from the digital forensics space highlighted.
Daniel Tay focuses his first-rate practice on a range of matters from computer forensics to large-scale international e-discovery mandates.
Craig Macaulay is described as “a data analytics and data mining specialist” and is widely considered to be a leading name in the forensic industry.
Nigel Carson is well regarded in the marketplace thanks to his 23 years of experience in the forensic investigative sphere.

Other Leading Individuals


Nick Klein at KLEIN & CO COMPUTER FORENSICS is held in high esteem thanks to his strong background providing forensic technology services in a broad range of cases.

Hong Kong

Brett Clapp at FTI CONSULTING stands out as a leading name in the region and is warmly described by sources as being “brilliant at digital analysis”.

Richard Williams at DELOITTE stands out for his top-tier work using technology to assist clients with compliance and regulatory issues.

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