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New CLE on Cell Phone Forensics for Attorneys

With billions of cell phones and apps out there, the amount of ESI generated by cell phones is overwhelming to many legal professionals. So overwhelming that many attorneys simply ignore smart phones, the best source of evidence because it tracks the user’s life.

Cell Phone Forensics & Electronically Stored Evidence (ESI)

We get it – you are an attorney not a computer genius. But if you are ignoring evidence on smart phones and apps in your cases, you are ignoring a virtual treasure trove of electronic information that can greatly benefit your client at trial.

In this CLE program, highly-rated instructor Lars Daniel will use case examples from his digital forensics practice to highlight the proper way to forensically acquire cell phone evidence. Lars will mainly discuss the collection, acquisition, analysis and examination of electronic evidence on smartphones and challenging the evidence. To access the course please click here: Cell Phone Forensics for Legal Professionals.

Lars also address the following topics:

  • “Thumb forensics” by first responders
  • Logical & file systems
  • Deleted & destroyed data
  • Manual examinations
  • Google Maps & network
  • User accounts
  • Internet searches & history
  • Call logs
  • SMS & MMS messaging
  • Installed apps
  • Power events
  • The user dictionary
  • Google is watching & listening
  • Timelines
  • Affidavit highlights
  • Video verification
  • Fakes messages are real
  • A spoofing (fake texts) case example

A digital forensics expert, Lars Daniel has attended over 250 hours of forensic training and has worked on over 500 cases involving murder, child pornography, terrorism, rape, kidnapping, intellectual property, fraud, wrongful death, employee wrongdoing and large scale e-discovery collections, among other case types.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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CLE Course: An ERISA Litigation Primer

screen-captureAs retirement plans have come to hold an increasing amount of our nation’s wealth, the number of lawsuits claiming violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security (ERISA) Act has increased exponentially.  The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 – or commonly known as ERISA – protects the assets of millions of Americans so that funds placed in retirement plans will be there once retirement age arrives.  However, due to its complexities, ERISA can an extremely difficult law to understand and apply.  

“ERISA” stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1974 and applies to most insurance obtained as an employee benefit from one’s employer. Unfortunately, ERISA is one of the worst and most poorly understood laws ever passed by Congress.[1]

If you need help understanding the intricacies of the ERISA statute and litigation, Attorney Credits has recently added a CLE course presented by Russell Petti that provides an excellent overview of pursing an ERISA claim and the case law that has arisen under the ERISA statue.  The main areas covered by Mr. Petti include types of ERISA plans, limitation periods on benefits claims, steps to take before filing a lawsuit, the proper parties, causes of action, evidence in ERISA cases, discovery, the standard of review, reducing the standard of review, ERISA trials and attorney fees. To access this online CLE course, please click the following link: An ERISA Litigation Primer.

Further topics discussed include:

  • Self-funded plans
  • Church & governmental exemptions
  • Exhausting administrative remedies
  • The administrative record
  • Benefits claims under Section 1132(a)(1)(B)
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims under Section 1132(a)(2)
  • Claims for appropriate equitable relief
  • Abuse of discretion & de novo review
  • Reducing the amount of discretion by showing conflict
  • The Hummel factors
  • The Lodestar standard

Russell G. Petti is a former Major in the United States Marine Corps.  After leaving government service, Mr. Petti became a member of the firm of the Los Angeles firm of Bannan, Green, Frank & Terzian LLP.  While there, he was privileged to represent some of the country’s largest companies, in matters involving ERISA, first party “bad faith” insurance, municipal liability, general commercial law and “white collar” criminal law.  Presently, Mr. Petti is a sole practitioner, largely representing consumers and working people fighting for their rights.  He has argued over twenty cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and has currently won six reversals in a row before the Ninth Circuit.

This CLE course on ERISA litigation is currently accredited in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • Delaware (DE)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Georgia (GA)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

This course is available for attorneys in New York and around the country.  For more information about continuing legal education (CLE) in New York, please click the following link: New York CLE.


[1] ERISA Litigation – Know Your Rights!

http://www.pillsburylevinson.com/Resources-Index/What-is-ERISA-and-what-restrictions-does-it-place-on-you.shtml

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