Noel is a Principal of Pathway Forensics. He has extensive experience in conducting digital forensics acquisitions and analysis on a variety of cases involving business and employment disputes, compliance with discovery requests, family law, harassment, in-house investigations for large corporations, copyright infringement and criminal cases. He also has handled large-scale e-discovery matters.
Prior to joining Pathway, Noel helped lead two initiatives to receive a distinguished laboratory accreditation given by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). This accreditation demonstrates that a computer forensics laboratory’s operating standards meet quality standards set by ASCLD/LAB. Accreditation criteria include personnel, technical procedures, equipment and physical facilities. Noel has also provided audit services to labs seeking ASCLD/LAB accreditation.
Noel has provided expert testimony by deposition, affidavit and at trial on matters involving computer forensics. Noel is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), and member of the High Technology Investigation Association (HTCIA). Noel is a licensed Private Investigator by the State of Texas.
Dennis Williams is a Director of Pathway Forensics. He has over 32 years of law enforcement experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and was the Director of the Greater Houston Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL), a multi-agency task force. Dennis was an FBI certified Computer Forensics Examiner and a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) with the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS). He has conducted hundreds of computer forensic exams involving a variety of investigations including directing the search, capture, analysis, and litigation support of electronic evidence in the largest financial corporation collapse in Houston history. He provides expert witness services including reports and testimony.
Dennis successfully completed training as an Assessor for Digital Evidence for the American Society of Crime Lab Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) and is an officer for the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA). He is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) and a licensed Private Investigation Manager in the State of Texas.
Jeff Eckert is a Director with Pathway Forensics, where he leads digital investigations and manages client requests for cases in need of computer forensics services. Jeff has over 15 years of advanced practical experience in several different types of digital investigations, including intellectual property theft, employment litigation and criminal matters - as well as cybersecurity and insider threat detection.
Before joining Pathway Forensics, Jeff supervised internal investigations and cybersecurity matters as a Manager of the Insider Threat Team at a global Fortune 100 financial services and insurance firm. Prior to that role, Jeff was a Risk and Advisory Manager at a Big 4 consulting firm, specializing in digital forensic and intellectual property theft matters for some of the world’s largest oil & gas companies.
In addition to his private sector roles, Jeff previously served for a decade in state law enforcement as Captain of the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Cyber Crime Unit and Digital Forensic Laboratory.
Jeff currently holds industry recognized certifications as a GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE) and a Certified Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist (CEECS) and is currently a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) and ASIS International.
Rick is a Principal of Pathway Forensics where he conducts digital forensics acquisitions and analysis. His experience includes performing and overseeing numerous examinations of computers and electronic evidence, providing digital forensics analysis, consulting with clients on matters involving electronically stored information and has provided expert testimony.
He is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) and is a licensed Private Investigator by the State of Texas.
Prior to joining the firm, Rick was a Manager, Litigation Services within BDO USA’s Advisory Group, Litigation Support Consultant with ConocoPhillips, Computer Forensics Examiner with RICOH and an IT Project Manager with HP.