Curriculum Vitae

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    Steve Burgess of Burgess Forensics

    Expert in most computer hardware, peripherals and operating systems and many applications. Specialist in digital, mobile, & computer forensics – data discovery.

  • Qualified as Expert Witness in Municipal, Superior, State, Federal and Military courts in Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, and Texas.
  • World-renowned as a leading expert in recovery and analysis of data from disk drives, SSDs, flash drives, phones, and other media. Has personally performed this work on more than 15,000 such devices.
  • Also generally knowledgeable in the emerging field of Molecular Nanotechnology and nonprofits.

Brief Summary of Business and Employment

Burgess Consulting and Forensics, 1992-2018 Redwood City, Novato, Santa Maria, and San Luis Obispo, CA
Principal, Computer Forensics, Data Transfer & Conversion firm. Expert Witness / Forensic Data Expert to law firms, including O’Melveny & Myers – Los Angeles, Christensen Miller – Century City; Howard, Rice – San Francisco; Brobeck Phleger and Harrison – Palo Alto; Greenberg Traurig – Oakland; Shook Hardy and Bacon – Kansas City and San Francisco; Ropers Majeski; Pillsbury Levinson; Rogers Sheffield and Campbell; Parker Poe; Girard Gibbs and many other law firms throughout the US.

Data Recovery Worldwide, 2006-2008 Santa Maria, CA
Principal, Founder, Data recovery, data transfer and data conversion firm.

Committed To Memory, LLC, 1997-2000 Novato, CA
President and Founder, Internet and storage networking and data management firm.

Trained staff of DriveSavers, Inc. in DOS, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 95, Novell and UNIX operating environments and in recovery of data from same ca. 1992. Increased sales of DriveSavers by 300%+. Responsible for negotiation and profitable sale of business line and assets of Data Recovery/Disk Repair, Inc. to DriveSavers, Inc.

Data Recovery/Disk Repair, Inc., 1992-94 San Carlos, CA
Founder, Managing Vice-President Developed corporate formation. Sought out by and successfully recovered data for many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, including:

The World Security Council, Regis McKenna, Oracle Corporation, Xerox Corporation, Xerox PARC, Stanford University, Stanford Children’s Hospital, IBM, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Princeton University, Ernst & Young, KPMG Peat Marwick, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, the United States Navy, US Air Force, the US Department of Education, and thousands of others.

Mipro III, 1984-92 Redwood City, CA
Founder, General Partner: Disk drive ,computer repair & data recovery Built from garage shop inception to 12-person operation.

Mipro, 1983-84
Lead technician, marketing assistant: Floppy disk drive repair business. Quadrupled sales in one year.


Other positions and duties have included:

President – the Foresight Institute

Scientific Advisory Board – Lifeboat Foundation

Global Task Force – Center for Responsible Nanotechnology

Mentor for California Polytechnical Institute, San Luis Obispo and for Orcutt Academy students in computer and cyber forensics in conjunction with California Cyber Training Complex  Orcutt, CA and San Luis Obispo, CA • Instructor/Coach, Cyberforensics

Mentor, coach, and judge for several Startup Weekend competitive entrepreneurial events.

Co-Lead Innovation Development Entrepreneur Accelerator Initiative of EconAlliance. Santa Maria, CA

Softec Santa Maria Tech Brew Coordinator. San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria, CA

Boardmember of Commercial Zen – Novato, CA: An Internet and Web design firm.
Assisted in the formation of Media Tool Interactive – San Carlos, CA: Cowrote business plan and raised capital for this multimedia firm.

Co-Chairman EEOEE, Redwood City School District : Researched and designed public magnet schools. Cowrote charter and new standards. Led/spoke in public forums to inform and advocate same. Aided implementation; measurable academic improvement in the first year. Board member during formation of Gravity International – San Francisco, CA: A Virtual Reality company.

Consultant to Board of Point Source Technologies – Rohnert Park, CA: An invention R&D-for-hire firm.

General Partner Jaxz Eatery, Santa Barbara, CA: “High tech” restaurant.

Graduate School of Education and Office Of Instructional Development at the University of California at Santa Barbara: Manager, developer, purchaser and designer of audio-visual & TV production equipment and projects.

Vacuum and Laser Systems Technician/Prototype Designer at Electro-Optical Industries, Inc. – Santa Barbara, CA.



Certified Forensic Engineer (CFE) Training
Infosec Institute 2008

Web Design Intermediate
Cuesta College 2007

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
University of Phoenix 2004

SMART Forensics Intermediate
Las Vegas 2004

University of California at Santa Barbara 1972-80
Biochemistry and Environmental Studies Majors Honors Program Scholar



Forensic Expert Witness Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Santa Barbara County Bar Association
San Luis Obispo County Bar Association
American College of Forensic Examiners
Institute of Computer Forensic Professionals
Association of Records Managers and Administrators
Lifeboat Foundation
Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
Buckminster Fuller Institute
Space Sciences Institute
Foresight Nanotech Institute
Planetary Society
National Congress of Inventor Associations
Inventors of California
New York Academy of Sciences.

Recent Writings & Appearances

“A Talk in Four Parts: Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, How a Business Started, Real-World Cases.” Daylong Presentation and Guest Lecture. July, 2018. International Workshop, California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, CA

“Tales From the Front Lines: Digital Forensics in the Real World“ Presentation and Guest Lecture March, 2018 Cuesta College Technology in the Law Office class. San Luis Obispo, CA

“Venn Diagram: Hub of Entrepreneurship and Startups in Santa Maria Valley” Lecture February, 2018 at SMV Tech Summit, SBBCollege, Santa Maria, CA

“What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about E-Discovery:“ MCLE credit presentation January, 2018 San Luis Obispo Bar Association Family Law Section. San Luis Obispo, CA

“Cybersecurity: Apps. Tips, Trends” June 2017. SBBCollege, Santa Maria, CA

Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases, 5th Ed. by Moenssens, et al. August, 2007. The Foundation Press, Inc. 615 Merrick Ave Westbury, NY 11590

“The Case for Electronic Discovery.” Serialized in four successive issues of the San Luis Obispo Bar Journal, June through December, 2004

“CSI#12 – The Case of the Computer that Got Lost.” Forensic Expert Witness Association, Fall 2007 Newsletter.

“The (Needed) New Economics of Abundance.” Nanotechnology Perceptions: A Review of Ultraprecision Engineering and Nanotechnology. May 2006. Collegium Basilica, Berne, Switzerland

Contributor to “Nanotechnology Glossary,” , Nanotechnology Now, 2003-2006

“Contributor to Nanotechnology Press Kit: A NanoWriter’s Reference” – the definitive source for nanotechnology information. Nanotechnology Now, 2003-2006

The following articles are copyrighted 2001-2018 and are available on this site

“FitBit, Fun, Forensics, and Foes”

“Challenges in Recovering Deleted Email”
“CSI#14 – The Little Dame that Wouldn’t”
“Why Does Digital Forensics Matter To Me?”
“How is Data Written, Stored and Erased from Hard Drives?”
“Why E-mail Matters: the Science Behind the US Attorney Scandal”
“The Five Stages of Data Loss”
“Data Recovery Myths and Misconceptions”
“Computer Hoaxes for the Beginner”
“I think I’ve lost my data and I don’t know what to do…”
“On or Off?”
“What to do when your hard drive makes loud noises…”

Summary of Testimony Given

Available upon request

Complete CV also available upon request

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