Maragell is pleased to announce Steven M. Hilary has become a partner at the firm. “Steve’s forensic skills and experience as a computer forensic investigator and testifying expert has been an important part of the firm’s achievements these past ten years,” said Jeff Brenner, Maragell’s founding partner. “His promotion reflects Maragell’s commitment to recognizing those at the firm who have reached the highest levels of professional accomplishment and who share the values that are important to our clients and the members of the firm. I congratulate Steve on this accomplishment and look forward to his continued contributions to Maragell’s future success.”
Steve revealed that he became fascinated with computer forensics when he attended an open house on the subject at Bloomsburg University where he obtained his degree. “I’m happy to have had the good fortune to be able to turn my interest into a career, and to be part of an amazing community of expert investigators.”
Jeff Brenner, Esq., NJLPI and Steve Hilary, CCE, EnCE, ACE recently entertained the Camden County Bar Association with four case studies.
John Dillinger – Bank Theft in the Digital Age
The Time Traveler’s Document
The Sexting Supervisor
What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Computers–The Volume Shadow Copy Knows!
The cases educated the audience (i) how to digitally trace stolen files via thumb drives from one company to another, (ii) how to tell if an electronic document was forged or backdated using metadata analysis, (iii) how to find deleted/missing text messages on a smartphone, and (iv) some unusual locations where data can hide on the Cloud, a computer’s operating system, and on backups.
Steven M. Hilary, EnCE, CCE, ACE, was recently accepted in Federal Court as an expert in computer forensics. Mr. Hilary testified during the two-week jury trial how the defendants used their company computers to create a competing business (via Gmail communications regarding the new company’s logo, 401K documents, and a new company handbook), and then intentionally deleted all the files on one of them using the “Windows Reset” setting in Windows 10. With the Windows Reset feature, a user has the option to “Keep my files” or “Remove Everything;” the latter option was selected in this case.
Mr. Hilary also explained how the defendants spoliated cell phone evidence by selectively deleting their text messages. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t know that even when a text is deleted, if they “liked” the text using the Apple Tapback feature, the operating system within the phone maintained the Tapback icon (the “thumbs up”) as well as the text that (they thought) was deleted. Based on Mr. Hilary’s findings, the Court instructed the jury to presume the foregoing destroyed information was unfavorable to the defendants. The jury awarded our client a multi-million dollar verdict, including punitive damages.
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Maragell, LLC was once again proud to sponsor the 2019 winners of the SJ Magazine Top Attorneys Awards. Congratulations to all the honorees, including our own Jeff Brenner who was named a Top Attorney in Computer Law.
Maragell, LLC was once again proud to sponsor the 2017 winners of the SJ Magazine Top Attorneys Awards. Congratulations to all the honorees, especially those who have been loyal clients of our firm (and there are a lot of you). We are thrilled to see the public recognizes you as the best in your respective fields—but we’ve known that for a while!
Maragell’s Managing Principal Jeffrey Brenner, and fellow southern New Jersey Private Investigator Jeffrey Friedman of Axe Investigations, get ready to greet the lawyers at this year’s New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar. Hundreds of attorneys attended the multi-day continuing legal education programs and spent time learning about the many vendors who support the legal profession in all that they do. The NJ Licensed Private Investigators Association was on hand to answer questions about skip tracing, tracking devices, covert audio and video capture, as well as computer forensics and anti-fraud techniques.