Managing Director, Practice Lead, Global Data Risk, Duff & Phelps Los Angeles
Erik Laykin is a managing director and testifying expert witness in the Disputes practice of Duff & Phelps, based in Los Angeles. Erik is a cyber security/electronic discovery/computer forensic authority and an internationally recognised expert in the reactive investigation and analysis of trade secret theft, cyber crime, electronic fraud, data breaches, trademark, patent and systems design infringement/failure, online piracy, corporate espionage and other complex information technology disputes.
Erik established the Duff & Phelps computer forensic/eDiscovery and cyber practices in 2008 and has remained a leader in the firm’s efforts in complex data management, technology disputes and mitigating emerging risks to corporations. Erik directs large-scale and discreet investigations and electronic discovery engagements, often with an emphasis on cases involving foreign jurisdictions. As a result of his investigations, expert testimony and independent Special Master appointments, Erik and his teams have successfully solved/resolved cases valued in the billions of dollars on behalf of Fortune 100 companies in the United States, Europe and throughout Asia.
Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Erik was the founding chair of the Information Technology Investigations practice at an international consulting firm. In the mid-1990s, Erik founded OnlineSecurity, Inc., one of the world’s first information technology investigation and computer forensics firms and pioneered groundbreaking investigative techniques, providing highly specialised technology services for major international law firms and leading traditional investigative companies.
Erik is the author of “Investigative Computer Forensics” and is a Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator as well as an active member of several American Bar Association committees. He is the chairman of the Electronic Commerce Council and has been a long-time member of the United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. Erik is also the past President and Pacific Rim Director of the FBI’s Infragard Program and has participated on a number of advisory boards, including the California Judicial Council’s Subcommittee on Digital Evidence and the California Department of Insurance Fraud Task Force. Erik regularly comments on legal and technology matters at industry conferences and for the media, including CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC and CBS.