J. Mason Bump is a Cryptocurrency Fraud and Blockchain Architecture Expert. An early adopter of decentralized technologies, he has extensive business acumen and deep knowledge of blockchain technology, tokenomics, and public policy. He holds a JD and MBA along with multiple certifications on protocols and cryptocurrency digital fraud / forensic investigation.
Mason achieved success as a general practitioner with exposure to entity structuring and formation, contract drafting, land disputes, litigation, trial, and appellate work. In his appellate.practiced his arguments were heard and accepted by the Iowa Supreme Court.
More recently, Mason's been employed by a blockchain startup as a Protocol Specialist and Governance Expert (previously Protocol Analyst), where he provides high-level insight into the architecture, the mechanics and economics of tokenomics, and parameters of dozens of blockchain networks the company supports. This company maintains its status as a "Unicorn" staking firm with a valuation in excess of $1 billion. Blockchain Expert Consulting is a separate entity from this company.
Litigation Support - Mason is a Certified Cryptocurrency Forensic Investigator, and Certified by the Blockchain Council as both a Blockchain and Law Professional and as a Certified Blockchain Expert. In his role as an expert witness, he assists with the development of litigation and trial strategy regardless of the stage of the case. His communication style allows for simple, fact-based explanations for the team, opposing counsel, judges, and juries.
Areas of Expertise:
Tokens / Tokenization
Blockchain Protocol and Governance
"In the landmark case of Hoop v. Doe, the Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa approved alternate service of process on the defendants' wallet address using an NFT. The Court found that service provided in this manner was "reasonably calculated to reach" the defendants since all other methods of providing service were inadequate. This resulted in the Court entering a permanent injunction against disposition of the assets at issue, freezing them at the exchange level and preventing them from being disposed of on any exchange that performs KYC on its customers. It is my hope that many more such cases will be brought, and justice will become more prevalent on the blockchain." - J. Mason Bump
Dr. Stephen Castell, Chartered Information Systems Practitioner and Member of the Expert Witness Institute, is Chairman of CASTELL Consulting. He is an internationally acknowledged Independent Computer Expert who has been involved in a wide range of computer litigation over many years. CASTELL Consulting, currently in its twenty-fifth year, provides independent professional consultancy and expert services in Computer Systems, Software, Project Management, Strategy, and Contract Disputes, to a wide variety of international clients and companies.
As an Expert Witness in computer litigation, Dr. Castell has acted in over 100 major cases including the largest and longest computer software actions to have come to trial in the English High Court. He is the author of the best-selling Computer Bluff (1983), and of The APPEAL Report (1990) on the admissibility of computer evidence in court and the 'legal reliability' of information systems and technologies (with the CCTA).
Dr Castell, award-winning international Professional ICT Consultant and Expert has acted as expert witness in an unusual medical equipment procurement litigation of relevance to the current Covid-19 pandemic and its profound clinical and hospitalisation implications. The court case, specific details of which cannot be given since the matter is subject to Confidentiality Hearing strictures, was over a dispute concerning due and diligent process undertaken by a major Hospital Management Group, the Defendant in the action, in issuing a Tender for complex diagnostic units, and the Group’s selection of the bid put in by a US corporation, a leader in its field. That winning bid was challenged by a Claimant, another US corporation, a market competitor to the winning company. The dispute hinged on whether or not the operational computer software of the winning bidder’s units was compliant with the Hospital Management Group’s strict Tender stipulation that the software had to be identical across all versions of the equipment to be supplied in meeting the Tender requirements.
Dr Castell’s investigation and analysis of the operational software involved, and his opinion as to the extent that the software was compliant with the strict Tender condition, provided insight and assistance to the parties in reaching a satisfactory settlement.
In a recent trial, in which I acted as an expert witness, some notable differences appeared to me to emerge, as between UK and USA judicial standards and practices, in regard to the role, obligations, testimony, presentation and rigor of digital forensics expert findings.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) includes in its provisions Article 17, the Right to be Forgotten, which could potentially be a formidable barrier to the ubiquitous introduction of cryptographic blockchain software and technology.
The new government has announced the areas that it has identified for dramatic cuts in public spending. One of the most effective reductions should be derived through more professional, better-managed government IT spending.
You are an established, reputable, medium-sized corporation. A year ago your board decided to upgrade your existing computer systems by buying a 'unified package', 'lightly-customised', from a 'solution provider'.
Software implementation contracts are frequently terminated with the software rejected amidst allegations from both supplier and customer, e.g. software/database errors/deficiencies, faulty design, shifting user/business requirements. An important technical issue on which the IT Expert appointed in such disputes is asked to give an expert opinion is: what was the quality of the delivered software and was it fit for purpose?
Disputes over failed software construction projects raise interlinked technical and legal issues which are complex, costly, and time-consuming to unravel – whatever the financial size of the claims and counterclaims, the facts and circumstances of the contract between the parties, or the conduct of the software development
This book - "Blockchain Technology and Innovations in Business Processes" - provides a platform to bring together researchers, academia and industry collaborators to exchange their knowledge and work to develop better understanding about the scope of blockchain technology in business management applications of different sectors such as retail sector, supply chain and logistics, healthcare sector, manufacturing sector, judiciary, finance and government sector in terms of data quality and timeliness.
Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) 2nd Annual Investing In ICTs In Emerging Markets: Examining Business & Investment Opportunities In Developing Economies. 9th & 10th December 2009, Inmarsat Conference Center, London, UK
The findings of this expert investigation were clearly reported by Dr Castell to the court and (most unusually) were fully accepted by the Prosecution without any need for cross-examination, assisting in achieving a Not Guilty verdict from the Jury.
Mr. Pflaum is the Director of Complex Software Litigation at Quandary Peak Research where he leads teams of experts in a variety of intellectual property, contract, fraud, and computer forensics cases. Since 2013, Mr. Pflaum has specialized in advising clients on software-related intellectual property, software project failure, and contract disputes. Mr. Pflaum has testified as an expert at deposition and trial and has extensive experience reviewing and reverse engineering software source code, architecture, and designs. Mr. Pflaum has reviewed and rendered opinions relating to source code written in a variety of programming languages and relating to a broad range of technologies, including mobile and IoT devices, industrial and automotive controls, consumer and medical devices, and e-commerce and enterprise systems and websites. Mr. Pflaum is also an attorney and registered patent agent with professional experience in financial services and software development.
• Software project failure (Government software procurement, public benefits administration, Out of the Box (OOTB), Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS), customizations, configurations, add-ons and extensions to ERP, SAP, and IBM products)
• E-commerce and enterprise systems and websites (e.g., SaaS, COTS, OOTB and custom applications, AWS, Azure, IBM, and SAP)
• Mobile devices (e.g., applications and operating systems for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets), Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensor networks, and consumer electronics (e.g., set-top boxes and portable media players)
• Industrial and automotive controls and machine vision (e.g., robotics and factory automation technologies, automotive throttle, braking controls, communication systems, CAN bus communications protocols and designs, and functional safety technology), and on-Chip and on-board controllers including power management and memory access controllers
Beth A. Mohr, CFE, CFCS, CAMS, CCCI, MPA, PI, is a Law Enforcement / Police Misconduct expert with over 30 years of sworn and non-sworn investigative experience. Ms. Mohr is credentialed as a Nationally Certified Law Enforcement Instructor by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training, and is one of fewer than 150 individuals who have been nationally certified as an expert law enforcement instructor. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (CFCS) and a Certified Cyber Crimes Investigator (CCCI). She is also a Private Investigator licensed in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
Ms. Mohr has testified as an expert in California, Ohio, Illinois, New Mexico, Arizona, and Washington state, in federal and state courts, on a variety of subjects, including police procedures, police misconduct, white collar crime, and fraud examinations. Ms. Mohr's qualifications as a police practices expert have been confirmed by the courts through a Daubert challenge, during which the courts specifically affirmed Ms. Mohr's expert qualifications in the areas of interviewing, interrogation, recanted and false confessions, investigative processes, vice, and human trafficking.
Ms. Mohr has written articles on the topic of police practices, including a forthcoming chapter entitled Skepticism, in the book The Art of the Investigation Revisited. In addition to articles for peer-reviewed publications, Ms. Mohr has written and taught dozens of law enforcement courses which have been approved for law enforcement credit, including California POST accreditation.
During her career with the San Diego Police Department, Ms. Mohr she was awarded three Commanding Officer’s Citations, which were the highest awards offered by the San Diego Police Department for investigative acumen, at the time. After retiring from the San Diego Police Department, she conducted death penalty mitigation investigations, and other complex felony investigations, including homicide and white-collar cases, for the Whatcom County, Washington, Public Defender’s Office. This includes conducting investigations of allegations of police misconduct for the City of Albuquerque Independent Review Office. Ms. Mohr recently chaired the City of Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Board, a civilian board which was created as part of the US Department of Justice’s Consent Decree with the City of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Police Department.
Ms. Mohr has taught courses on law enforcement topics including interviewing techniques, investigative ethics, evidence collection, financial and fraud investigations, and many other topics. Her ethics courses, investigative courses, and fraud courses are certified for law enforcement credit. Ms. Mohr is a POST Certified law enforcement instructor in California, and a Nationally Certified Law Enforcement Instructor.
Beth A. Mohr is available as a consulting or testifying expert anywhere in North America, as well as many international locations. She is neutral, fair, and her opinions are rooted in provable facts, and supported by academic research. She strives to balance her cases between defense and plaintiff-sided cases, and also provides habeas consulting services.
Certified Fraud Examiners build solid careers by considering all potential legal pitfalls, anticipating problems and taking opportunities to educate others about CFEs’ roles and responsibilities. For example, were precluded from opining about the legal guilt or innocence of any party in any of our cases…
This article will discuss the forensic accounting expert, but these same strategies apply to other types of expert witnesses in a variety of fields, including medical experts, psychologists, accident reconstruction experts, engineers and other forensic experts. The consulting expert is a member of the legal team whose job it is to support the advocacy of the attorney.
What is Bitcoin, and how might it impact your practice as a criminal defense attorney? In this article we’ll look at Bitcoin, what it is and how it works; we’ll discuss how bitcoins are used, both for illicit purposes, as well as for legal and legitimate business purposes. We will also examine how you might encounter bitcoins; discover ways
Tony Mason has 34 years of experience helping attorneys solve complex Computer Operating System issues. His experience includes software development, teaching and writing about technology, and working with dozens of companies in a consulting role to solve their problems.
Mr. Mason has worked with multiple operating systems including Microsoft Windows, UNIX, and Linux. He is the author of two books, including, Windows NT Device Driver Development, several peer-reviewed papers, and numerous non-peer-reviewed publications.
Mr. Mason is the primary inventor on 12 patents:
US/9830329 Methods and Systems for Data Storage
US/9600486 File System Directory Attribute Correction
US/9535759 Work Queue Thread Balancing
US/8990228 Arbitrary Data Transformation
US/8903874 File System Directory Attribute Correction
US/8539228 Managing Access to a Resource
US/8521752 Arbitrary Data Transformations
US/8024433 Managing Application Resources
US/7809897 Managing Lock Rankings
US/7512748 Managing Lock Rankings
US/7949693 Log-Structured Host Data Storage
US 15/791,486 Methods and Systems for Data Storage
Litigation Support - Mr. Mason has gained extensive experience clearly explaining technical subjects so they are easily understood by non-experts. His expert witness services primarily focus on assisting in the preparation of materials necessary for computer operating systems patent litigation. He provides research, prepares reports, and explains technical terms clearly and lucidly. He is available for depositions and trial testimony as needed.
For years, this has been the definitive and comprehensive technical reference for software engineers, systems programmers, and any engineer who needs to understand Windows NT systems internals. While this text has a fresh new look on the outside, the text, pictures, code samples and references on the inside are vintage 1998. Nevertheless, the book retains a tremendous amount of value in its clear (erudite even) descriptions of the Windows NT operating system architecture and internals; information on the implementation of standard Windows NT kernel mode drivers; Key details on the workings of Windows NT I/O Manager; and detailed technical discussions on interrupt management and synchronization issues.