We recently had a client who came to us unhappy – and angry.

The business owner was unhappy because he had lost a key employee in his company. But worse than that, he was angry because the employee had started a competing company and the owner suspected the new company was started not only while the worker was still employed by him, but using his firm’s trade secrets, equipment and resources.

He just couldn’t prove it. At least not with enough evidence for his attorney. Of course, the employee denied it when confronted.

Through a computer forensic examination, we were able to uncover documents and communications (e-mails and reports) that brought the truth out. The employee had started his new company before leaving the old one and [...]