Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in Corporate Espionage Cases

Evidence Identification and Preservation involving the theft of Corporate Secrets and Insider Information

Industrial espionage, economic espionage, corporate spying or corporate espionage is a form of espionage conducted for commercial purposes instead of purely national security. Common issues involving theft of secret, proprietary information includes:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Insider Information
  • Corporate sabotage

People who steal corporate secrets or intellectual property usually think they will never be caught. Fortunately, they almost always leave a digital trail:

  • Geo-Tracking may place a person at the precise location where the incident occurred.
  • Hackers and thieves usually have accomplices who send messages about the theft.
  • There is almost always a digital record of log-ins and log-outs with time stamps.

It is critical to locate evidence as soon as possible, and witnesses may need to be notified that must cooperate and retain the information stored on their digital devices.

Due Diligence Involves Locating, Identifying, and Preserving ESI

Digital evidence may be stored on a phone, on a tablet, a laptop computer, or a server owned by a defendant's employer. All these devices must be thoroughly considered as potential sources for ESI as critical evidence

Further Forensic Investigations: Electronically Stored Information

Despite the efforts of some to hide their personal activities in their private digital world, there are methods to find these secrets and reveal the truth.

Legal Evidence Corporation’s skilled and certified technicians are able to locate and extract deleted emails, text messages, and even documents in .pdf and .doc formats.

Work with the Experts

Legal Evidence Corporation is eminently qualified to search, locate, and preserve evidence related to criminal cases according to the accepted methods, assuring proper custodial care for use in court.

Legal Evidence Corporation has a long history assisting attorneys prepare their cases. We have vast resources including an archives of pleadings and motions for almost every conceivable situation involving court-related ESI.

Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in Criminal Law Cases

Evidence Identification and Preservation involving Criminal Cases

When a defendant faces criminal charges, they reach out for every possible shred of evidence that may prove their innocence:

  • Due diligence should involve a thorough search for electronically stored information that may pertain to the case.

Protecting a Defendant's Rights

A defendant is innocent until proven guilty. Criminal cases place the burden of proof on the prosecution which usually requires (a) motive and (b) opportunity. Often a defendant is "placed at the scene" by circumstantial evidence, but ESI can often place a defendant "away" from the scene:

  • Geo-Tracking may place a person miles from the incident.
  • The defendant may have "checked in" at a different location.
  • Text messages may corroborate the defendant's testimony.

It is critical to locate evidence as soon as possible, and witnesses may need to be notified that must cooperate and retain the information stored on their digital devices.

Due Diligence Involves Locating, Identifying, and Preserving ESI

Digital evidence may be stored on a phone, on a tablet, a laptop computer, or a server owned by a defendant's employer. All these devices must be thoroughly considered as potential sources for ESI as critical evidence

Further Forensic Investigations: Electronically Stored Information

Despite the efforts of some to hide their personal activities in their private digital world, there are methods to find these secrets and reveal the truth.

Legal Evidence Corporation’s skilled and certified technicians are able to locate and extract deleted emails, text messages, and even documents in .pdf and .doc formats.

Work with the Experts

Legal Evidence Corporation is eminently qualified to search, locate, and preserve evidence related to criminal cases according to the accepted methods, assuring proper custodial care for use in court.

Legal Evidence Corporation has a long history assisting attorneys prepare their cases. We have vast resources including an archives of pleadings and motions for almost every conceivable situation involving court-related ESI.

Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in Family Law

Evidence Identification and Preservation involving Marital Asset Disputes

When there are disputes involving assets in a divorce case a client expects their attorney to use any means legally permissible to:

  • Protect Their Rights
  • Use Due Diligence to Identify all Relevant Assets
  • Conduct Investigations

Protecting Your Client’s Rights

It is quite common for participants in dissolution of marriage cases to attempt to conceal information including assets well in advance of the actual filing of a lawsuit. When this happens it may be difficult to locate them for several reasons:

  • They may be placed in someone else’s name.
  • Assets may be placed into the custody of another family member or friend.
  • They may be moved to foreign jurisdictions.

It is critical to locate the assets early rather than after a final judgement has been rendered. A client will appreciate knowing that every effort is being made to ensure that all assets are fully disclosed and that they receive the proper settlement as ordered by the court.

Due Diligence Locating Assets is a Team Effort

In divorce cases verifying assets involves verifying financial disclosure forms with bank statements, tax returns, and copies of other financial records. In complex cases a forensic accountant is sometimes necessary to decipher all these records, and this may or may not be enough to reach full disclosure. Some dishonest litigants are still able to avoid full disclosure.

Further Forensic Investigations: Electronically Stored Information

In this internet age people will often trust their personal and financial secrets to digital storage devices: phones, computers, and tablets. Despite the efforts of some to hide their personal activities and assets in their private digital world, there are methods to find these secrets and reveal the truth.

Legal Evidence Corporation’s skilled and certified technicians are able to locate and extract deleted emails, text messages, and even documents in .pdf and .doc formats.

Work with the Experts

It’s been said that all the data in the world is worthless without a way to interpret it. Similarly, all the evidence in the world is worthless if it has not been gathered and preserved according to legal evidentiary protocols. Legal Evidence Corporation is eminently qualified to search, locate, and preserve evidence of assets according to the accepted methods, assuring proper custodial care for use in court.

Legal Evidence Corporation has a long history assisting attorneys prepare their cases. We have vast resources including an archives of pleadings and motions for almost every conceivable situation involving court-related ESI.