Dr. Gavin Manes is a nationally recognized expert in e-discovery and digital forensics. He is currently the CEO of Avansic: E-Discovery & Digital Forensics, which provides e-discovery services to law firms, litigation support departments, and corporations across the country.
Dr. Manes founded this Tulsa-based company in 2004 after graduating with his Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. While at the University, he formed the Tulsa Digital Forensics Center, which houses Cyber Crimes Units from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. He is a founder of the University of Tulsa’s Institute for Information Security, where he led the creation of nationally recognized research efforts in digital forensics and telecommunications security.
In the development of Avansic, Dr. Manes has made a commitment to high-technology innovation, research, and mentorship; he currently has several patents pending. Avansic's scientific approach to e-discovery and digital forensics stems from Manes' academic experience. Dr. Manes was recognized for his ambitious work when he received the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007 and as finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Southwest Region in 2009.
Manes has published over fifty papers on e-discovery, digital forensics and computer security, and has given hundreds of presentations to attorneys, executives, professors, law enforcement, and professional groups on topics ranging from e-discovery issues to cyber law. He has also briefed the White House, Department of the Interior, the National Security Council, and the Pentagon on computer security and forensics issues.
Manes has served as an expert witness for many legal proceedings through courtroom testimony, depositions and consulting with attorneys on data preservation issues. To maintain his expert standing, Dr. Manes continues to publish in peer-reviewed journals, present at a variety of conferences and symposia, and give classroom lectures at universities. His full curriculum vitae CV can be found here www.gavinmanes.com.
Beth Downing is responsible for ensuring smooth day-to-day operations and delivery of services at Avansic. She is responsible for creating and implementing corporate strategy while adhering to budget and revenue goals in all departments. She is also responsible for the financial duties at Avansic, including billing, accounts payable & receivable, and other bookkeeping responsibilities.
Beth has been with Avansic since 2004, and has served as a Director of Operations, Technical Writer and Communications in that time. She attended Middlebury College and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors in Biology. Beth is also a fine art photographer and serves on several non-profit boards.
As Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Lance Watson is responsible for systems development and enhancement in the laboratory and project management. He oversees all research and development efforts for both the company and external clients. Lance is a founder of Avansic and has been working as a Project Manager since then.
Watson received his Master of Science in Computer Science from TU where he focused on computer and network security research. He has earned five of the federal Committee on National Security Systems and the National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Committee information assurance certifications.
Watson worked for eight years at Boston Communications Group where he helped develop and implement innovative software technologies for voicemail systems. He also assisted with the deployment of a broad range of prepaid wireless network services in North and South America and the Caribbean.
Dede Soulé graduated from University of Oklahoma with Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She serves as the Director of Sales and Marketing at Avansic, where she she manages Account Executives in selling ESI processing products and services to law firms and corporations. She also oversees the multi-city marketing efforts for the company.
Previously, Mrs. Soulé has worked for Wiltel Communications as an Account Executive in Carrier Sales, where she was responsible for selling Wiltel’s fiberoptic network to other long distance companies. Then, she commuted to Atlanta when she became the Director of Sales for Premiere Communications, where her primary responsibilities included sales of calling card services to telecommunications companies and the management of a group of sales executives.
Jason Riseling serves as the Laboratory Manager at Avansic: E-Discovery & Digital Forensics. He is responsible for the smooth operation of the laboratory, overseeing processing, production, digital forensics, collections and evidence management. He orchestrates the laboratory team and directs the creation of laboratory processes, procedures, and quality control. Additionally, he manages all vendor relationships related to ESI processing.
Mr. Riseling has spoken at several regional conferences on technical and e-discovery topics including reducing costs through RIM, e-discovery from a forensics investigator’s perspective, and RAID reconstruction.
As Manager of Research and Development, George Patterson oversees software development and the research of new technology and forensic applications for Avansic. This role includes writing software for in-house software projects, adhering to regular release cycles, testing and deploying new hardware, systems administration, writing documentation, and creating lab procedures. Mr. Patterson also manages the summer intern program.
A Tulsa native, Mr. Patterson graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In addition to his work at Avansic, Mr. Patterson is dedicated to technology education and teaches computer programming classes at Tulsa Community college as an adjunct instructor. Additionally, he has participated in advisory committees for Tulsa Community College and Tulsa Technology Center. In his free time, Mr. Patterson is an avid photographer.