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Expert Witness

A Thorough, Experienced, Independent Expert Witness

Conatum Consulting provides expert witness and litigation research support. Services include prior art discovery, locating primary sources and academic research, report writing as well as court testimony. 

Cases have included software patents, financial fraud, crypto valuation and employment practices in the financial markets.

We have effectively educated counsel and the court in the history and nuances of industry practice via written expert reports, in depositions and in the courtroom.

Advantages of Hiring Bernard Donefer at Conatum Consulting
  • Independence

    • No ties to vendors or client firms

  • Credibility

    • Senior executive knowledgeable in financial services industry and technology in US, Europe and Asia

    • University graduate faculty member, often quoted in the press

    • Able to explain complex technical or financial business issues to counsel and at court to judges and juries

  • Unique Expertise

    • Trading systems (electronic, algorithmic and high frequency) in most instrument classes, e.g., equities, fixed income, forex, derivatives

    • Market micro-structure including exchanges and alternative trading systems (ATS)

    • Risk management for financial institutions

    • Blockchain and crypto-currency processes  

    • Cyber-security standards and techniques for management 

    • International experience in Europe and Asia 

    • Experience as both a vendor and end user of technology products and services

    • Management of large and complex projects

  • Flexible

    • Projects anywhere in the US

    • Responsive -- we share your sense of urgency

Representative Assignments
  • Defending software patents: Researching prior art 

    • Documented information on competing market products at the time of patent issuance.

  • Challenged software patent: Located academic papers, news references and software product documentation identifying prior art implementation and public description of the technology.

  • Report to the court on cryptocurrency creation and valuation

  • Software ownership dispute: Researched and presented information on business practices between software vendors and clients.

  • Employment dispute regarding use of technology by traders and markets. 

  • Identifying the red flags in a Ponzi scheme.

  • Appeared in federal court, SEC hearings and FINRA arbitrations.

  • Clients have included Alston & Bird, Baker Hostetler, Morrison Forester, Sidley Austin, Skadden Arps, Wilson Sonsini, Winston & Strawn and other AmLaw 100 firms

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