Data 2019: Experts Analysis

In this chapter we identify 64 practitioners from 19 jurisdictions who are esteemed by peers and clients for their work in high-level data analysis, as well as for their ability in giving testimony in disputes. They support lawyers and corporate clients in managing data projects, investigations and complex data appraisals, garnering respect for their depth of knowledge in the space.


The Global Elite 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 idenitified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who's Who Legal does not list firms, only individual experts. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Craig Earnshaw FTI Consulting, London
2. Richard Chalk Ankura, London
3. Ian Smith FTI Consulting, London
4. Richard Kershaw Deloitte AG, Zurich
5. Tanya Gross Ankura, London
6. Robert C DeCicco Berkeley Research Group, San Diego

FTI Consulting has a superb global footprint and widely regarded as one of the foremost organisations of its kind. It has 11 practitioners highlighted across four jurisdictions here.
Craig Earnshaw distinguishes himself as a standout individual in the market as he impresses sources who describe him as “very technically knowledgeable” and note that he is “particularly skilled in multi-jurisdictional deals”. 
Ian Smith is commended by interviewees as a “highly organised, very approachable” practitioner with “a fantastic eye for detail” that “inspires total confidence”. They also acknowledge his valuable willingness to be “committed to driving the matter forward under very demanding deadlines”.
David Turner in Washington, DC is highlighted by sources as an “excellent practitioner” for his work on complex data discovery, management and analysis.
Daniel Roffman focuses his practice on high-stakes investigations, data forensics and data discovery. Sources comment that he “excels at distilling and communicating the technical data he has gathered in a way that is easily understandable”.
Brett Clapp heads the group’s data forensics and litigation team and is a leading figure in the Hong Kong market. He assists on a wide variety of matters relating to the management, understanding and potential of large and complex data sets.
Sources praise Nick Hourigan for “his expertise, dedication and application to finding solutions and effectively analysing vast amounts of data”. They note that he is “unflappable and really knows his stuff”.
Christopher Hatfield draws widespread recommendations for his work in the data space, with sources describing him as “professional, proactive and very client-oriented”.

Another dominant player in the data forensics industry is Ankura who sees 10 excellent experts recognised.
Richard Chalk is one of the top names in in our research this year. He stands out among peers for his "innovative approach" and "user-friendly style", as well as being "extremely good at responding to a crisis".
Tanya Gross is recognised for her work in complex data investigations and disclosures. Sources praise her "understanding of how to deliver client-focused solutions".
The "excellent" Katie Jensen is able to "confidently and ably guide" clients through highly complex data-related issues. She has experience in complex data review procedures, including predictive coding and machine learning matters.
Fred Chan excels thanks to his "database and analytics expertise". He is highly skilled in data review, information analysis and investigations-related matters.
Jon Fowler draws praise for his strong international experience, adeptly advising international clients work on disclosure-related issues.
"Superb" expert Jim Vint has extensive experience acting for multinational clients in disputes and investigations, focusing on data discovery and disclosure issues.

KPMG has three individuals listed in our research.
Dominic Jaar is lauded by peers who note that he has “excellent technical knowledge” and comes “highly recommended” for his knowledge of Canadian federal and Quebecois data law.
Lyon Poh offers clients in-depth expertise in data analytics and cybersecurity, with a particular focus on the Singaporean market.
Robert Castonguay is a specialist in data and computer forensics, with vast experience gained over decades of working in criminal and commercial investigations related to the theft and protection of data.

Berkeley Research Group is an established business advisory group and has two practitioners highlighted.
Global Elite Thought Leader Robert DeCicco has a top-tier practice in data and forensics. He possesses extensive experience in data analysis and e-discovery issues, often in the context of criminal and civil litigation.
Michael Jelen is praised by peers as an “excellent practitioner” who has impressive expertise in matters ranging from large-scale data analysis to commercial cybersecurity issues.

Duff & Phelps is home to two individuals active in the market.
Joel Bowers is a highly knowledgeable and talented figure in the market. He provides clients with specialist advice on an array of cyber-risk issues.
Erik Laykin offers clients deep knowledge in matters relating to cybersecurity, data discovery and data forensics, expertly advising on a variety of topics in the field in connection with investigations and dispute resolution.

Richard Kershaw at Deloitte is commended by interviewees as an “outstanding individual” for his work in the data space, with particular expertise in regulatory concerns and forensic investigations.

Michael Katz from The University of California at Berkeley is a leading academic figure in the field, impressing sources with his deep knowledge of data analytics and interpretation.

George Houpis at Frontier Economics is a long-time expert in data matters, focusing on the implications of data analysis in the telecoms, media and competition arenas.

Joe Sremack of BDO is highlighted as a specialist in data analytics and data structuring as well as e-discovery, with wide-ranging sector experience in areas such as telecoms, healthcare and energy.

Joseph Coltson at PwC is a top digital forensic expert who provides clients with a thorough and knowledgeable approach to investigations and litigation.

At NERA Economic Consulting, Jeffrey Eisenach is a highly knowledgeable figure who deploys exceptional understanding of data analysis in the contexts of economics and consumer protection.

Robert Anderson at The Chertoff Group is a long-standing expert in data review and analysis, impressing sources with his sophisticated and knowledgeable approach.

"Seasoned forensic technology practitioner" Phil Beckett at Alvarez & Marsal focuses his standout practice on providing clients with high-quality advice and hands-on expertise in relation to digital evidence.

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