Forensic & Litigation Consulting - Digital 2017: Analysis

We feature 75 leading digital forensics specialists in this section who focus on the collection, preservation and analysis of large amounts of information to assist clients in both internal and external investigations.


Thought Leaders
1. Phil Beckett Alvarez & Marsal, London
2. Paul Tombleson KPMG LLP, London
3. Paul Walker EY, London
 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.

DELOITTE leads the regional market this year with an impressive six listings.
Jarrod Haggerty is internationally renowned for his expertise in the field and is highlighted for his analytical insights and experience working for clients around the world.  
In Switzerland Richard Kershaw is praised for his strategic approach to e-discovery and computer forensic investigations. He possesses extensive experience working in Asia and is highly regarded among peers for his work in cross-border matters.
Bob Dillen is a widely respected practitioner known for his well-established digital forensics practice.
Chris Shuttleworth is an “excellent” forensics expert noted for his top-tier work in the space.

FTI CONSULTING is home to four leading practitioners, all based in the London office.
Ian Smith ranks highly for his forensic data practice, receiving particular praise for his strong expertise in data acquisition and analysis.
Sources have “a lot of respect” for Craig Earnshaw who they consider a standout name when it comes to digital forensics matters. 

EY sees three top names listed in this chapter.
Paul Walker is a renowned forensic expert, with particular experience in the creation, development and implementation of technological solutions. 
Sanjay Bhandari leads the firm’s forensic e-disclosure group and is known for his invaluable experience handling investigations, transactions, disputes and regulatory matters.
Richard Abbey is also recognised for his work in the field.

SWISS FTS achieves two listings in this chapter.
Clients praise Mattias Aggeler for his “technical and business know-how” as well as “his very swift and professional service”.
Rogier Teo is extensively experienced in managing international e-discovery projects. Peers speak very highly of his work in this space.

At ALVAREZ & MARSAL Phil Beckett stands out as “one of the leading practitioners” for forensic technology work in our research this year. Sources have “a great deal of respect for him” and praise his exceptional work in the field.

KPMG’s Paul Tombleson enjoys a stellar reputation in the market. He is a firm favourite among clients, particularly when it comes to large forensic investigations, e-discovery matters and data analysis. 

North America

Thought Leaders
1. Erik Laykin Duff & Phelps, Los Angeles
2. Stephanie L Giammarco BDO, New York
3. James M Aquilina Stroz Friedberg, Los Angeles

DELOITTE boasts a prominent position in the North American market and sees four practitioners listed here.  
In Canada Corey Fotheringham receives international endorsements for his intricate knowledge of computer forensics, as well as his broad investigative experience.
“Foremost digital forensics practitioner” Michael Weil draws high praise for his forensic expertise across a broad range of civil and criminal matters.

NAVIGANT achieves an impressive three listings throughout the US market.
Jim Vint is known for his sophisticated e-discovery expertise and experience in cross-border projects around the world. Peers note that he is “outstanding to work with and a great asset to a team”.

DUFF & PHELPS achieves three listings in the region.
Los Angeles-based Erik Laykin stands out as the leading name in the region. He is highlighted for his world-class forensic technology practice and impressive expertise in complex investigations and disputes.
In Canada, Joseph Coltson is widely held to be a top name in the e-discovery and forensic data space.
Joel Bowers has vast experience handling computer forensic investigations. He has been involved in a wide array of related projects in multiple jurisdictions including Canada, the US and China.

Three notable practitioners from BERKELEY RESEARCH GROUP achieve listings this year for their excellent work in the field.
The “fantastic” Robert DeCicco impresses sources with his first-rate computer forensics practice and is regarded by many to be “an incredibly talented expert”.
Peggy Daley has longstanding experience in high-stakes investigations and is well versed in dealing with a range of related matters including data privacy and analytics. 
Michael Bandemer is also recognised for his strong forensic expertise.

STROZ FRIEDBERG achieves two listings in this chapter.
In Boston, Seth Berman is highly sought after for his sophisticated advice on a broad range of digital investigation matters including digital forensics, data breaches and white-collar crime.
James Aquilina, leader of the firm’s global digital forensics group, comes highly recommended for his expertise in computer fraud and network protection matters.

In New York, BDO’s Stephanie Giammarco has been involved in a number of high-profile cases and is known for her outstanding data analysis and e-discovery practice.

With nearly 30 years’ investigation experience, Todd Lester of FTI CONSULTING is a highly regarded consultant with vast expertise in cross-border projects.

Rest of the World

Thought Leaders
1. David  Thompson FSR Group, Melbourne

DELOITTE is a leading firm in the global market and sees three practitioners listed here.
Richard Williams receives widespread acclaim for his strong investigations practice and expertise in cross-border data issues.
Benny Lee is a leading name in Australia and stands out for his specialist expertise in e-discovery and forensic analysis.
In Singapore Darren Cerasi draws praise for his impressive expertise in digital forensics, cybersecurity and e-discovery investigations.

FSR GROUP’s David  Thompson is a big name in the Australian market, and is recognised for his great expertise in complex e-discovery investigations. 

At FTI CONSULTING, Hong Kong-based Brett Clapp is one of the foremost practitioners in the region, and is noted for his top-tier work in a broad range of regulatory and litigation matters.

At KORDAMENTHA in Singapore, Daniel Tay stands out for his experience in multi-jurisdictional e-discovery assignments. 

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