We are “experts” with Electronically Stored Information (ESI), from individual PCs to Enterprise class systems. GDF’s clients include private individuals, government agencies and recognized worldwide corporations. GDF’s specialists are highly experienced in identifying, recovering, and analyzing electronic evidence to prove what happened, when it happened, how it happened and who was involved.
GDF’s areas of expertise are in digital data recovery, Electronic Discovery (eDiscovery) and cyber security. We have assisted investigations covering a wide spectrum, including investigations into employee and industrial sabotage, Intellectual Property (IP) theft (plans, patents, formulas, trade secrets, trade information), intrusion detection, falsification of company records, asset tracking, violations or breach of company policy, vendor information (key contacts, contract rates, expiration dates, etc.) employee lists (names, addresses, SSNs), embezzlement (money and/or plans) credit card cloning or theft, identity theft, and software piracy, to name a few.
GDF experts extracted and compiled millions of email messages then de-duplicated and analyzed them for authenticity and located potentially altered emails in a large, consumer class action lawsuit.
GDF was lead consultant in a global Breach of Contract suit involving email from international locations.
GDF served as lead expert and consultant for a consumer class action law suit against American Express. Fields of expertise for this action included analysis of airline reservation systems architecture, real-time transactions and mainframe database systems.
GDF served as consultant in the fields of complex credit card transactions systems and drop box deposit systems analysis for a shareholder’s class action suit against Bank One Corporation.
GDF served as the database systems analyst for a complex class action suit against multiple oil and gas company defendants and was lead data custodian for massive amounts of anticipated discovery related information.
GDF served as the accounting systems specialist and technical consultant for a franchisee class action law suit against major real estate corporation, Cendant, Inc.
GDF was the lead expert for magnetic tape media and legacy mail system analysis
Multiple plaintiff attorneys, each with separate actions against major technology firm, Lernout and Hauspie and its bankers and underwriters for securities fraud claims.
Digital Forensic Examinations
GDF was the co-lead examiner for a major pharmaceutical diversion and counterfeit drug ring selling grey market drugs in the United States and overseas.
GDF assisted an investigation, in cooperation with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office and the Federal Food and Drug Administration which included hundreds of gigabytes of digital evidence and thousands of pages of paper evidence requiring manual inspection of data at hex levels using forensic techniques and deep knowledge of file systems.
GDF was the co-lead examiner for the Department of Securities and Insurance Regulation for an investigation regarding a large insurance company which included onsite inspection of distributed data systems, workflow process and electronic accounting control systems.
GDF served as lead examiner for an investigation of officers and staff of a medium-sized public financial company for fraudulent activities involving expense accounts and corporate issued credit cards.
GDF served as lead examiner in an investigation, in cooperation with Federal Marshals, regarding a ring of counterfeit products in the commercial and retail brand-name clothing markets and acted as custodian for all seized systems. GDF served as the head investigations coordinator for digital investigations in multiple US geographic locations.
SOME REPRESENTATIVE CASES
EMC Corporation v. Nexaweb, Inc., et al
ClearOne Communications, Inc., v. Biamp Systems DSP
Bose Corporation v. Silonsonic, Inc., et al
Motorola Mobility V. Microsoft Corp.
J.T. Shannon Lumber Company, Inc., v. Gilco Lumber, Inc., et al
Calyon v. Mizuho Securities USA Inc., et al
Holland v. Motown Record Corp., et al
Hoffman v. American Express Travel Related Services Co., et al
Baker, et al v. KMPG, LLP, et al
Nisselson v. Lernout, et al
Frank K. Cooper Real Estate #1, Inc. v. Cendant Corporation, et al
In Re Old Banc One Shareholders Securities Litigation
Schilowitz v. D.H. Blair, et al
Gottdiener v. D.H. Blair, et al
Brainstorms Internet Marketing, Inc. v. USA Networks, Inc., et al
People of Florida v. Maglutta, et al
Douse v. Quick & Reilly.
Leading the Charge
Master Forensic Investigator, Staff Supervisor, Joseph Caruso, a highly experienced technologist, founded GDF to fill a gap in the growing electronic discovery and network forensics markets. Today, GDF assists attorneys with major class action suits and in complex litigation and is the leading forensic responders to several Fortune 100 companies.
Technical & Commercial Background
At Bell labs, performed file system design for embedded systems and Unix engineering duties in the Research and Development facility in New Jersey and acted as a corporate liaison in Germany, troubleshooting for clients worldwide. Specialized in government contracts and technology transfers of high end communications and military systems with a specialty in real time systems, including design and development of Terrain Tracking Radar Systems for the Joint Navy Air force Tomahawk Missile Project with E-Systems. Also responsible for security analysis of systems involved in the storage of classified information.
During that time, held TS – SA security clearance.
Founded Consolidated Software Products, Inc. of New York in 1985. That company developed software libraries which allowed applications to manage and co-ordinate massive amounts of data in real-time for analysis and visualization. The technology is still in use in the SAABER system developed for American Airlines, at the time the largest real time system in the world. Also developed the first PC-based data recovery utility with RAID capability for the National Geological Survey, which was also then successfully marketed in the private industry and is still in use today. Designed security enforcement protocols and systems for
Military grade communications, including cryptographic recovery code.
Founded The Learning Curve, Inc. in Clearwater, Florida in order to address the growing commercial demand for high-end data recovery and error correction code based products for large-scale data warehousing systems, technical education products and security related systems. The company was sold in 1996 and the technology and methodologies are still in use.
Programming & Analysis Skills:
COBOL, COBOL II, DB2, CICS, VSAM, TSO/ISPF, ROSCOE, MICRO FOCUS, Basic, Fortran, SQL, SQL/400, RPG, Pascal, C (all flavors), Assembler, ISPF, PL1 IMS/TSO/CLISTS/JCL/ JCLJes2/3,IMS, MVS, ACF2 Mainframe Security DFHSM, SPUFI,BMC Load Plus, ACF2 Rumba, EDA, CLISTS FOCUS, TSO/MVS/ Focus, Oracle, ACF2 Security, CA-Spool, Boole & Babbage, Endeavor, BMC Computer Associates Tools, Compuware FILEAID, SAS, CHAMP, PANVALET – Tools VMSECURE, VM-CYPHER, MFD/MFS Full Screen Display, SAS, PeopleSoft, and others on mainframe and I386 based servers and their respective operating systems and hardware.
GDF’s foundations are built upon over 50 years of experience in the technology and legal fields. From law firms of all sizes to Fortune 500 companies, GDF’s experts have assisted clients in all facets of litigation, from electronic evidence discovery matters to expert testimony on a wide array of technology issues. GDF has primary offices and labs in the New York City, Tampa FL, and satellite locations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Corporate Rate Schedule Available Upon Request