John M. Nicholson, Federal Public Defender
I am a trial attorney at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Dallas. Before Dan James
resigned from the office to protest the budget cuts imposed upon us, he was the office’s Chief Investigator. I worked with Dan on cases for nearly eight years. From that experience, I am able to say that Dan is a tireless, thorough, and knowledgeable investigator. Whether it was a drug trafficking case or a cyber-crime case, Dan did a top-notch investigation every single time.
Dan can find witnesses and persuade them to talk about the facts of the case. He can double and triple check the government’s computer evidence. If there is evidence to attack the government’s case or present an alternate theory, then Dan will find it.
Because of Dan’s help, I have former clients walking around today as free men instead of serving the decades—long prison sentences that the federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents wanted them to do.
Kimberlee M. Gray, Investigator, CFE Office of the Federal Public Defender
My name is Kimberlee Gray, I am an Investigator for the office of the Federal Public Defender, southern District Ohio. About one year ago, I was tasked with getting our office setup to conduct computer forensic exams. Dan James was instrumental with helping our office. Dan provided invaluable assistance on what equipment to buy and most importantly he provided me with hands on training. I spent a week with Dan and he instructed me on how to operate my computer forensic equipment and how to utilize my AccessData’s Forensic Toolkit software. After training with Dan, I was able to come back to my district and immediately start conducting forensic exams. To date, I have conducted over 15 computer forensic exams. Honestly, our office would not be conducting computer forensic exams without the assistance of Dan. He is truly an amazing resource.
Zoltan Szabo, Digital Forensics and Information Assurance Program Coordinator/Faculty at Richland College
Dan is a true professional in a challenging field that requires his detail-oriented dedication to find the correct answer. He is one of the rare investigators who is educated ( not just trained ) on and understands the science behind digital investigations. He is a pleasure to work with and learn from.
Peter Fleury, AFPD at Federal Public Defender
Dan is a dogged, determined, detail oriented excellent investigator.
Richard A. Anderson, Of Counsel Burleson, Pate & Gibson
I first met Dan James shortly before I became the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas. Prior to that appointment I had practiced Federal White Collar defense for 33 years. I have in the past used many excellent investigators…former FBI, IRS, and CIA agents that had outstanding credentials. However, it wasn’t until I worked with Dan that I realized what a dogged and complete investigator could mean in getting results for a client. Dan’s background and demeanor allows him to locate and interview witnesses and get them to open up and tell their story. He verifies the facts of the story so the attorney is not surprised at trial. His computer forensic expertise coupled with his knowledge of the law involved in the case makes him an integral part of the Defense team. If you hire him, I believe you will come to trust his judgement in developing case strategy as I did.