Craig Ball of Austin is a Board Certified trial lawyer, certified computer forensic examiner, law professor and electronic evidence expert. He limits his practice to serving as a court-appointed special master and consultant in computer forensics and electronic discovery and has served as the Special Master or testifying expert in computer forensics and electronic discovery in some of the most challenging and celebrated cases in the U.S. Craig pens the award-winning Ball in Your Court column on electronic discovery for Law Technology News. For his articles on e-discovery and computer forensics, please visit www.craigball.com or his blog, www.ballinyourcourt.com.
EDUCATION Rice University (B.A., 1979, triple major); University of Texas (J.D., with honors, 1982); Oregon State University (Computer Forensics certification, 2003); EnCase Intermediate Reporting and Analysis Course (Guidance Software 2004); WinHex Forensics Certification Course (X-Ways Software Technology 2005); Certified Data Recovery Specialist (Forensic Strategy Services 2009); numerous other classes on computer forensics and electronic discovery.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Law Offices of Craig D. Ball, P.C.; Licensed in Texas since 1982. Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Certified Computer Forensic Examiner, Oregon State University and NTI Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners Faculty, University of Texas School of Law, Adjunct Professor teaching Electronic Discovery Admitted to practice U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S.D.C., Southern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas. Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Law Technology News and Law.com (American Lawyer Media) Board Member, Georgetown University Law School Advanced E-Discovery Institute and E-Discovery Academy Board Member, International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners Member, Sedona Conference WG1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production Member, Educational Advisory Board for LegalTech (largest annual legal technology event) Special Master, Electronic Discovery, numerous federal and state tribunals Instructor in Computer Forensics and Electronic Discovery, United States Department of Justice Lecturer/Author on Electronic Discovery for Federal Judicial Center and Texas Office of the Attorney General Instructor, HTCIA Annual 2010, 2011 Cybercrime Summit, 2006, 2007; SANS Instructor 2009, PFIC 2010, CEIC 2011 Special Prosecutor, Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline, 1995-96 Council Member, Computer and Technology Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2003-2011 Chairman: Technology Advisory Committee, State Bar of Texas, 2000-02 President, Houston Trial Lawyers Association (2000-01); President, Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation (2001-02) Director, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (1995-2003); Chairman, Technology Task Force (1995-97) Member, High Technology Crime Investigation Association and International Information Systems Forensics Assn. Member, Texas State Bar College Member, Continuing Legal Education Comm., 2000-04, Civil Pattern Jury Charge Comm., 1983-94, State Bar of Texas Life Fellow, Texas and Houston Bar Foundations Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law, 1983-88