About Us

Paul Starrett has just the right set of skills and experience necessary to marshal every aspect of what this firm does. He handles all initial engagements where he carefully considers a client’s needs. He then assembles a team to be organized and managed according to the client’s priorities, timeline and budget.

Paul Starrett specializes in high-profile investigations, cyber risk and compliance consulting. A summary of his experience is below (please see other information on the right side of this page):

  • Investigated 1000’s of cases over 12-year career as a corporate-security executive for Fortune 500 companies to include internal and third-party fraud, conflicts-of-interest, violations of compliance laws (e.g. Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank), other criminal and civil matters and significant violations of company policy and procedure.
  • Managed 100’s of cases over 10-year period as information-governance and litigation-management professional including some of the largest and most notable matters that came about as a result of the financial collapse during the start of the great recession.
  • Position as information-security engineer / programmer over 6-year period in the area of enterprise-solution integration. This included technologies in access, authentication and encryption as well as firewall, anti-virus, intrusion detection and similar cyber security tools. This background enables consultation on use of software applications and infrastructure platforms to ensure compliance with privacy, data protection and breach-notification laws.
  • Completion of graduate degree in data science to ensure credible knowledge / skill to handle large / complex data-sets (“big data”) for audits and investigations and for use in the design of efficient, defensible compliance solutions. Attainment of computer forensics certification (EnCE) to competently consult on cases where electronic evidence is fundamental.
  • Positions as general counsel and chief risk officer for proper communication and assimilation of compliance and risk-management solutions.
  • Attainment of graduate degree in taxation and status as Certified Fraud Examiner to competently investigate financial / fraud matters and commercial / business disputes.
  • Nationally published in the areas of interview and interrogation, electronic evidence, private investigations and e-commerce law and technology.

*Note: There may be times when a client can best be served on extra-sensitive matters under the protection of the attorney-client privilege. Our CEO, Paul Starrett, maintains a separate law firm (licensed in California) specifically for this need. Under the guidance of the law firm, many of the services which this consulting provides will enjoy greater protection under attorney-client privileges and the work-product doctrine. Additionally, this firm provides other legal advice relevant to electronic-evidence issues. See their website for further details: www.starrettlaw.com

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  • Attorney, California #215196
  • Private Investigator, California #18413, Illinois #115.002338
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • EnCase Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (EnCE)
  • Master of Science in Predictive Analytics, Northwestern University
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, Golden Gate University
  • Juris Doctor, Peninsula University
  • Bachelor of Science, University of State of New York
  • Adjunct Professor, Master’s Degree in Financial Crime Management Program (Network Security and ERM), Utica College, NY
  • Adjunct Professor, Master’s Degree in Data Science Program, University of the Pacific, Stockton CA
  • Founding and Current Chair, Big Data Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Committee of the American Bar Association
  • High Technology Criminal Investigations Association (HTCIA)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Co-Organizer, PyBay Conference (2016, 2017), www.pybay.com. San Francisco’s largest Python programming conference
  • Internet-of-Things and Big Data, Key Factors for Success, SciTech Lawyer Magazine, American Bar Association, Author, 2016 (Spring Edition)
  • American Bar Association’s Request For Comments submission, “The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things”, National Telecommunications and Information Administration [Docket No. 160331306–6306–01], Contributor, 2016
  • The Electronic Evidence E-Disclosure Handbook, Advisory Panel (Peter Hibbert, author), Thomson-Reuters, 2016
  • Digital Evidence Guide, Editorial Board Member, Information Security Committee, ABA, 2008
  • Digital Signatures, Lead Author, McGraw-Hill, 2002
  • PKI Assessment Guide, Original Contributor, Information Security Committee, ABA, 2002
  • Interview and Interrogation with Eyewitness Evidence, Author, LawTech Publications (once a college text for Corinthian), 1997, 2008, 2013, 2017
  • Professional Investigations, Co-Author, LawTech Publications, 2006
  • Private Investigations, Co-Author, LawTech Publication, 2005
  • Eyewitness Testimony, Author, LawTech Publications, 1996
  • Reconstructing Electronic Transactions: Legal and Technical Issues, HTCIA Annual Conference (Monterey, CA), August 2005
  • Reconstructing Electronic Transactions: Legal and Technical Issues, ACFE Annual Meeting (Marin, CA), November 2005
  • Reconstructing Electronic Transactions: Legal and Technical Issues, California District Attorneys’ Association (Monterey, CA), March 2006
  • Reconstructing Electronic Transactions: Legal and Technical Issues, California Association of Licensed Investigators (San Jose, CA), March 2007
  • E-Discovery and Special Issues for Investigators, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (S.F. Bay Area), October 2007
  • Issues in Eyewitness Evidence, California Association of Licensed Investigators (San Francisco), May 2009
  • E-Discovery and Special Issues for Investigators, Professional Investigators of California (S.F. Bay Area), April 2011
  • Government Investigations in E-discovery (on behalf of international service provider), (New York, New York), July 2012
  • Trade Secret Protection and Investigations (on behalf of international service provider) (Chicago, IL), September 2012
  • Challenges in International E-Discovery (on behalf of international service provider) (Palo Alto, CA), October 2012
  • Current Issues In Electronic Discovery: Executive Counsel Institute – Moderator (San Francisco, CA), March 2013
  • Will Software Replace Lawyers, Threaten Fairness?, co-panelist (with Jason Baron, Director of Litigation, National Archives and Records Administration; Hon. John M. Facciola, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Columbia; Jeane A. Thomas, Partner, Crowell and Moring), National Press Club (Washington, D.C.), April 2013
  • E-Discovery and Special Issues for Investigators: California Association of Licensed Investigators (S.F. Bay Area), May 2013
  • E-Discovery and Special Issues for Investigators: California Association of Licensed Investigators(Annual Conference (Santa Clara, CA), June 2013
  • Current Issues In Electronic Discovery: Executive Counsel Institute – Moderator (Chicago, IL), June 2013
  • Big Data and the Legal Profession, Presenter, 2nd Annual eDiscovery and Records Management Forum (Seoul, Korea), April 2014
  • Computer Forensics and E-Discovery, Webinar Panelist, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), (from Redwood City, CA), February 2014
  • Computer Forensics and Big Data, Webinar Panelist, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), (from Redwood City, CA), March 2014
  • Big Data and Information Governance, Panelists (panelists: Jason Baron, Drinker Biddle; Conor Crowley, Crowley Law Office), National Press Club, (Washington D.C.), March 2014
  • Big Data and Information Governance, Presenter, ARMA (Metro Maryland Chapter), April 2014
  • Predictive Analytics in Investigations and Regulatory Disputes, Panel Moderator for Two Panels, International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), (panelists Chris Dales, Esq., Gerard Britton Esq., Brett Burney, Esq., Yoshikatsu Shirai), National Conference (Nashville, TN), August 2014
  • Predictive Analytics in Investigations, Presenter, High Technology Criminal Investigations Association (HTCIA), Annual Conference, (Austin TX), August 2014
  • Big Data and the Law with Applications in Patent Practice, PATINEX (Patent Information Expo), Presenter, (Seoul, Korea), September 2014
  • Utilization of Legally Defensible Technology to Position your Organization to Meet IG Requirements, Princeton Club (NY, NY), Presenter with Laura Zubulake, August 2014
  • Managing Big Data to Reduce Costs, ARMA Conference on behalf of ILTA (San Diego, CA), Panelists with representatives from InsideLegal, Baker and Hostetler, Bradford and Barthel, Greenheart Consulting and Covertix, October 2014
  • Data Analytics and Litigation Management, LegalTech New York (New York, New York), performed as moderator with panelists Gail Gottehrer, Partner, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP; Alvin Lindsay, Partner and Co-Chair, Electronic Information Group at Hogan Lovells; James Sherer Counsel and Co-Chair, Information Governance Team at BakerH ostetler; Sonya Strnad, Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight; and James Zucker, Assistant General Counsel, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, February 2015
  • EDRM Webinar, “Cross-Border Issues in eDiscovery.” for EDRM.net, with Brian Corbin, Vice President, Discovery Program Manager, Legal Discovery Management, Hogan Lovells International LLP, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Matthew Davis, Litigation Support Lawyer, Hogan Lovells International LLP, February 2015
  • Big Data: Myth or Reality?, ILTA Annual Conference (Las Vegas, NV), Panelists with representatives from InsideLegal, Baker and Hostetler, Bradford and Barthel, Greenheart Consulting and Covertix, September 2015
  • Data Science and Law, McGeorge School of Law – to law students and data-science students jointly (Sacramento, CA), April 2017
  • Data Science and Investigations, Attorney General of Utah and his staff, Salt Lake City, April 2017
  • Data Science, Investigations and Privacy, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), San Francisco, April 2017
  • Use of Data-Science Tools to Find Hot Topics, Relationships and Red Flags in Unstructured Data, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Annual Conference, Nashville, June 2017
  • How New AI-based Analytics Ignite a Productivity Revolution in eDiscovery, Association of Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists (Mary Mack) and Zylab (Johannes Scholtes, CEO), Live Webinar, August 2017
  • Use of Data-Science Tools to Find Hot Topics, Relationships and Red Flags in Unstructured Data, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, SF Chapter, San Francisco, CA, September 2017
  • LegalTech and Artificial Intelligence – Inventing the Future, Carmel Valley Information Governance Retreat (panel) with Jaime Raba and Kathleen McConnell of Seyfarth Shaw, Aaron Crews of TextIQ, James Ramsey of Epiq Systems, moderated by Daniel Krasner of Merriam Tech, Carmel, CA, September 2017
  • Leveraging Data Science Tools for Fraud Investigations (Graph Databases), Neo4j Annual Conference, New York, New York, October 2017.
  • Artificial Intelligence – Facial Expression Analytics As A Competitive Advantage In Risk Mitigation, SoCal Information Governance Retreat (panel) with Ryan Gregg of Gregg Global Group, Gordon Calhoun of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Mike Cobo of DecisionQuest, Earl Bentancourt of MediaRebel LLC, R. Rex Parris of Parris Law Firm, William Dance of Tucker Ellis LLP, Newport Beach, CA, October 2017.
  • Key Issues in Data Privacy and Information Management, AI in Healthcare Summit (Insight Exchange Network panel) with Michael Simon of Seventh Samurai, Jacques Nack of JNN Group, Inc., Denny Brennan of Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, Christopher Savoie of Zapata Computing, Harvard Club, Boston, MA, January 2018.
  • GDPR is Almost Here, What Now? Northern California Information Governance Retreat, Panelist, Carmel, CA, April 2018.
  • Data Science and Investigations, ACFE Ohio Chapter, Columbus, Ohio, May 2018.
  • Data Science and Threat Detection, OpenText’s Enfuse (annual conference), Las Vegas, NV, May 2018.
  • AI and Investigations: American Bar Association (Information Security Committee), Webinar (Santa Clara, CA), February 2019.
  • AI and Digital Ethics (panelist): American Bar Association RSA Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 2019