As a Managing Director of the Digital Forensic practice in Stroz Friedberg’s New York headquarters, Jeffrey G. Bolas coordinates the practices and procedures across the firm’s digital forensics laboratories. He supervises and coordinates casework performed by other digital forensic examiners. In addition, Mr. Bolas performs digital forensic analyses, forensic acquisitions, custom data analytics, and consulting services for the firm. His experience and expertise span desktop and mobile forensics, anti-money laundering, data breach response, and electronic discovery. He also helps to train and mentor other examiners working in the Forensics Lab.
Among Mr. Bolas’ most notable cases was his expert forensic analysis and testimony in the federal civil proceeding Gutman v. Klein, a precedent-setting case in which Stroz Friedberg had been instructed to perform an independent laptop analysis following allegations of spoliation. Mr. Bolas’ report and testimony established that a pattern of system alterations and obfuscations had occurred on the computer; his clear and uncontested findings formed the underpinnings of the judge’s default judgment for the spoliation of electronic evidence – the first judgment of its kind in the Federal Second Circuit.
Mr. Bolas has also distinguished himself in several other significant matters including: the rapid systems analysis, design, and supervision of an interim statistical analysis and transaction monitoring solution for a major bank requiring supplemental anti-money laundering compliance efforts; the binary analysis of legacy financial records to extract transactions data and perform flow-of-funds analyses in an anti-money laundering look-back investigation; the custom scripting and process design to mine gigabytes of data for Personally Identifiable Information in multiple data breach response cases; and the design and programming of customized scripts to significantly improve the speed of email de-duplication for productions in a high-profile SEC investigation, resulting in improved infrastructure in the discovery process and significant time and cost savings for the client.
In a matter that took him to Mexico, Mr. Bolas conducted the preservation, harvest, and search of terabytes of sensitive and confidential electronic client data from a server and scores of laptops, desktops, and removable storage devices. In this matter, his work facilitated attorney review of documents relevant to a pending high-stakes civil litigation between two entertainment corporations over royalty agreements.
Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Bolas was a Records Examiner at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He coordinated and developed the government’s digital document management process in the prosecution of former executives of Computer Associates (now known as CA, Inc.), in what was then the largest such fraud case in the history of the District.
Mr. Bolas is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), and he helps organize and lead the in-house training seminars at Stroz Friedberg in the areas of digital forensics and electronic discovery.