Digital & Data - Digital Forensic Experts 2018

In this section, we highlight 69 impressive individuals who stand out as the top figures in the market for digital forensic investigations and analyses. Those highlighted are the world’s foremost experts when it comes to matters such as e-discovery, computer forensics, and data recovery and analysis. In addition, for the first time we shine the spotlight on 19 leading individuals under the age of 45 whom the market identifies as the future leaders in the digital forensics space.


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. Phil Beckett Alvarez & Marsal, London
2. Mattias Aggeler Swiss FTS, Zurich
3. Craig Earnshaw FTI Consulting, London
4. Anton Sieber KPMG, Zurich

Five standout individuals are highlighted from Big Four powerhouse Deloitte 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.
James Baker is a long-standing expert in the international digital forensics space who is well regarded for his strong analytical skills and strategic approach.
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.
Bob Dillen is another standout name in the market who impresses commentators with his strong track record managing multinational fraud investigations requiring in-depth forensic analysis.
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.
The “outstanding” Craig Earnshaw is a Thought Leader in the global investigations space who draws praise for his “deep expertise” handling complex matters in the electronic evidence field.
Ian Smith heads up the firm’s EMEA computer practice and is particularly well regarded for his expertise of forensic data acquisition technologies.
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 “excellent” Günter Degitz is an internationally renowned expert who “always delivers”, according to impressed commentators.
The “outstanding” Steven Ambort is a seasoned digital forensics specialist, whom sources describe as being “on another level” when it comes to using advanced data analytics to deliver innovative solutions to clients.
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. 

Thought Leader Phil Beckett at Alvarez & Marsal is “a seasoned forensic technology practitioner” who sources call “one of the best experts in the country”. He boasts a “top” 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”.

The “impressive” 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 KPMG 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. Robert DeCicco Berkeley Research Group, San Diego
2. Corey Fotheringham Deloitte LLP, Toronto
3. Erik Laykin Duff & Phelps, Los Angeles
4. Joel Bowers Duff & Phelps, Toronto

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 “a brilliant testifying expert” by sources, who consider him to be “a real stand out” for his expert handling of high-profile investigations.
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.

Corey Fotheringham at Deloitte Corporate Finance is internationally recognised as a Thought Leader in computer forensics space and is celebrated for his exceptional attention to detail.

Seth Berman at Nutter is a “great name” in the market, having 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

Advisory and investment firm KordaMentha has proven itself a major player in the Asia-Pacific market, seeing three leading experts from the digital forensics space highlighted.
Nigel Carson is a leading light in this space thanks to his nearly 25 years of experience in the forensic investigative sphere, and is considered “excellent” by market commentators.
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 a leading name in the forensic industry.

The “outstanding” Nick Klein at Klein & Co Computer Forensics draws effusive praise from commentators thanks to his strong background providing forensic technology services to big-name clients in a range of high-profile cases.

Brett Clapp at FTI Consulting stands out as a leading name in the region and is warmly endorsed 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.


Future Leaders

Most Highly Regarded
1. Gino Bello FTI Consulting, Singapore
2. Alexander Carte Stroz Friedberg, London
3. Tom Barce KLDiscovery, Eden Prairie

Global business advisory firm FTI Consulting sees four future leaders identified as rising stars in the field of digital forensics.
Gino Bello garners praise for his “in-depth knowledge” of digital forensic analysis, and impresses commentators with his “professionalism and efficiency”.
Veeral Gosalia is “a well-respected name” in the market who boasts an “impressive client base”. Sources note that he “really stands out”, describing him as “a really fantastic” practitioner.
Christopher Hatfield is “a real expert” in the digital forensics sphere, and garners praise for his strong track record managing complex multi-jurisdictional investigations involving allegations of fraud and corruption.
Colleen Casey Voshell is “a very accomplished data and e-discovery expert”, say sources. She boasts an impeccable knowledge of the full spectrum of electronic discovery issues after more than 10 years in the field.

Alexander Carte at Stroz Friedberg is a “top name” in the market, and receives wide-ranging endorsements for the depth of his expertise.

Tom Barce of KLDiscovery is “a real standout” according to sources, who note that he “really knows his stuff in the e-discovery space”. He has worked on a wide variety of investigations, including allegations of fraud, data theft and spoliation.

Jorge García Acosta at PricewaterhouseCoopers is a rising star in the forensic technology space who is applauded for his excellent work handling all aspects of digital evidence acquisitions and data analysis.

Alexander Demuth of Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations is “a very proactive and insightful expert” who is internationally renowned for his expertise.

Yaniv Schiff at Forensicon is a leading expert in the digital forensics space, with an impeccable track record performing forensic investigations and analysis on a wide range of electronic media.

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