v Weyand Associates provides litigation support in civil actions, especially trade secret misappropriations. Our services include:
· Assistance in the preparation of document production requests and interrogatories.
· Assistance in responding to document production requests and interrogatories.
· Forensic analysis of electronic evidence using EnCase and other specialized tools.
· Forensic analysis of hard-copy evidence.
· Preparation of evidence for deposition and trial.
· Analysis of deposition transcripts in the evidentiary context.
· Preparation of expert reports documenting our findings.
· Sworn testimony in affidavit, deposition and trial.
v The sheer volume of evidence produced in civil cases is becoming larger as electronic evidence production makes large productions less costly and time-consuming. The increasing volume of evidence has increasingly shifted the cost and time burden from the producer to the requester, from the production process to the analysis process. Finding the needles in the haystack has become harder as the haystacks have grown.
Weyand Associates uses high-speed computers to search electronic evidence productions, providing cost-effective and timely results.
v Raw computational power is necessary but not sufficient. The forensic analyst must know what constitutes evidence when he sees it, buried in the bulk of irrelevant data in any electronic production. Knowing what search terms to use, knowing what areas of the production to concentrate on, and knowing the form relevant evidence is likely to take are all important factors in providing quality forensic services.
Weyand Associates specializes in trade secret misappropriation cases. Consideration of the six factors of a trade secret from the Restatement (First) of Torts, the definitions of trade secret, misappropriation and improper means in the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and the importance of reasonable measures to maintain secrecy are fundamental legal concepts with which we are very familiar and which guide our analysis.
v The forensic analyst must be able to concisely and precisely communicate his findings in both written and oral contexts, in expert reports and affidavits as well as in deposition and at trial. For the strongest presentation, the forensic findings should be presented by the forensic analyst himself, not by a senior selected for testimony skills. The forensic analyst must therefore be technically competent in computerized evidence analysis, an able investigator, knowledgeable of the specifics of the case, with strong written communications skills and both stand and deposition testimony experience.
Weyand Associates is in its tenth year of providing forensic analysis of evidence productions in trade secrets cases. Our principal investigator is experienced in providing written and oral testimony in reports, affidavits, depositions and at trial.