Technology changes quickly and you owe it to your clients to keep up.
Smart phones, Cloud storage, servers, laptops, messaging apps, and removable media are just some of the technology that present ever-changing electronic discovery challenges. Not knowing what to ask or where to look can lead to costly mistakes for your clients.
Vestigant’s computer forensic experts have the legal experience and technical knowledge to help you and your clients navigate today’s complex digital discovery landscape. Vestigant can assist your clients in all areas of litigation, including complex civil litigation, employment disputes, theft of IP, or private family law matters. Vestigant’s principals have over 20 years of experience in the fields of computer forensics and electronic discovery and have consulted on thousands of cases.
Vestigant’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies, law firms, individuals and government agencies.The breadth and depth of Vestigant's experience in the field and in the courtroom allows us to help our clients succeed where others may fail.
Not everything lost is gone.
Whenever someone uses a device, sends an email, or uploads a file they leave a digital “footprint” of what they’ve done on their device. Finding these digital footprints is what Vestigant does. Through the use of specialized computer forensic tools Vestigant can acquire copies of electronic media—including computers, portable devices, servers and removable media—and forensically analyze it to determine what digital data and evidence may exist. And even if data appears “lost” it is not always gone. Vestigant is retained often to work on difficult forensic matters after other firms have been unsuccessful in retrieving data.
Both state and federal courts require parties to litigation to produce and preserve electronic data for discovery. But what constitutes electronic data? Where is it stored, how should you preserve it and who is responsible for its preservation? Vestigant’s team is ready to help you and your clients identify what electronic data may exist, how to locate it and the best way to preserve and produce it. Our experts also consult with clients routinely regarding 30(b)(6) witnesses and assist with depositions.
Sometimes it’s what an attorney or client does or doesn’t know that can win or lose a case. For example, did your client use their personal device at work? Is the data on this device subject to a company’s data ownership or email policy? Vestigant’s experts have consulted on thousands of cases and have helped attorneys and clients navigate successfully the complex digital legal landscape with effective litigation strategies.
Many computer forensic firms can acquire electronic data, but very few firms have experts who are qualified to testify in court about what they found and how they found it. With over forty combined years of testifying experience in the area of computer forensics, Vestigant’s experts have the depth and breadth of knowledge to testify in any legal matter and in any legal forum. Our experts have testified in federal and state courts and before domestic and international arbitration bodies. These cases include employment matters, theft of intellectual property matters, theft of trade secrets cases, discovery matters (including spoliation of evidence), and divorce cases. Don’t trust your case to just anyone, trust it to the experts at Vestigant.
Some of Vestigant’s noteworthy reported decisions include:
Taylor v. Mitre Corp.
No. 1:11-cv-01247 (LO/IDD), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163854 (E.D. Va. Sep. 10, 2012) (spoliation of electronic evidence)
U.S. Foods, Inc. v. Noble
No. 13 C 3640, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113638 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 27, 2015) (wrongful termination)
HMS Holdings Corp. v. Arendt
17 N.Y.S.3d 383 (Sup. Ct. 2015) (theft of trade secrets, spoliation of electronic evidence, sanctions)
Chubb INA Holdings, Inc. v. Chang
Civil Action No. 16-2354-BRM-DEA, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16744 (D.N.J. Feb. 7, 2017) (theft of trade secrets, breach of non-solicitation and non-compete)
J. Christopher Racich, Esq.
J. Christopher Racich, Esq. is President and founder of Vestigant™. Mr. Racich has been a leader in the fields of Computer Forensics and Electronic Discovery since 1997. Mr. Racich has conducted thousands of Computer Forensics investigations, and has been qualified to testify in Federal and State Courts and before arbitration bodies. Mr. Racich is a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) through The International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners and is a recipient of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) case of the year award for 2016. Mr. Racich leads Vestigant™ and oversees the cases that Vestigant™ undertakes.
Carolyn A. Prince, Esq.
Carolyn A. Prince is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Vestigant™. Ms. Prince has over ten years of civil litigation experience and is well versed in the legal aspects of electronic discovery and computer forensics. Ms. Prince oversees the daily and financial operations of Vestigant™.
Nicole L. Stoneman, CCE
Nicole L. Stoneman is a Director of Digital of Forensics at Vestigant™. Ms. Stoneman has been conducting computer forensic exams since 2005 and has been involved in thousands of forensic investigations. Ms. Stoneman is a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) through The International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners.
Kevin W. Cantwell
Kevin W. Cantwell is Vice President of Forensics of Vestigant™. Mr Cantwell has been conducting investigations since 1995, with a focus on computer forensics since 2000. Mr. Cantwell has imaged and analyzed thousands of computers and has specialized in mobile device analysis. Mr. Cantwell is a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) through The International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners and is a recipient of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) case of the year award for 2016. Mr. Cantwell manages the Vestigant™ computer forensics lab.
Phone: (703) 236-0019