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Vertical Discovery

Vertical Discovery is comprised of a team of forensic and eDiscovery subject matter experts, legal professionals, product development experts and consulting professionals with an average of 15+ years of experience. Vertical Discovery's experts have delivered and managed some of the world’s largest and most complicated eDiscovery projects around the world and across the entire EDRM stages.

Having experienced the challenges and limitations of the traditional eDiscovery approach, our experts came together to eliminate the bottlenecks and give rise to a smarter and more efficient eDiscovery solution.

Advisory Board

Wayne Matus

Wayne Matus brings extensive experience across many domains including litigations & investigations, eDiscovery, GDPR, data privacy & security as well as intellectual property. He has experience of being a major law firm litigation partner and managing director with extensive experience building and leading global and national teams of professionals handling innovative, complex projects, commercial litigation and global investigations. He was also the first chair trial lawyer in jury and non-jury trials.

Prior to this, he was the Managing Director and the Global Head of eDiscovery as well as member of the Global Litigation and Investigations Management Committee for UBS AG. He was part of the Compliance Intelligence Capability Steering Committee, EU GDPR Working Group, Information Security Working Group, Information Governance Advisory Committee, Legal IT Operating Committee and Global Voice Governance Committee. He has created 180-person global center of excellence and IT infrastructure for the collection, processing, transfer, analysis, preservation, disposal and review of data to address diffuse Legal, Compliance and IT support structure and complex privacy landscape (EU / GDPR / APAC / CHE / US / EMEA), mitigating risk and saving $800 million over five years.

Prior to UBS AG, Wayne was the Litigation Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLC where he was also the Leader of the Information Law and Electronic Discovery Practice Group and Co-Leader of the Privacy Law Practice Group.

He has been a presenter, panel speaker and round table representative at several industry conferences and seminars. Also, he has been a member of faculty for various Sedona Conference Working Groups on Electronic Document Retention and Production, International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure, Data Privacy and Security etc.

His various honors, awards and recognitions include Chambers USA, Litigation: eDiscovery—National (First Tier), Chambers Global, Privacy & Data Security: eDiscovery—USA (First Tier), The Legal 500 US, Technology: Data Protection and Privacy and the Boris Kostelanetz President's Medal, New York County Lawyers Association, for dedication and service to the legal profession, amongst others.

Dr. Bruce Hartley

Dr. Bruce Hartley brings extensive experience across the entire cyber security, digital investigations, software engineering, and electronic discovery spectrums. He has experience as an expert witness in support of multiple litigations involving such issues as electronic mail fraud, software development process and contracts, data destruction, intellectual property disputes (software/source code theft), protection of company confidential and proprietary information, and trade secret misappropriation.

He is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Arete Advisors, Inc. Arete Advisors is a Cyber Security firm that focuses on data-centric investigations, incident response, and security assessments. Prior to Arete he was the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at Discovia. Prior to Discovia, Dr. Hartley was Vice President of the Celerity Consulting Group, where he led the Digital Forensics and Investigations practice. Prior to Celerity, he was the National Director for Discovery Services at Deloitte FAS, LLP. Before joining Deloitte, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Cricket Technologies and the IT Sector Director at bd Systems, Inc. (now part of SAIC).

He has been a presenter, panel speaker, instructor, and round table representative at several industry conferences and seminars. Also, Dr. Hartley has authored numerous publications on information security, computer forensics, data privacy, electronic discovery, records management and other related topics.

He is recognized by the National Computer Security Center as a Vendor Security Analyst (VSA) and certified by the ISC2 as a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certification No. 4140.

Meet Our Team

Srinivas Sivaraju

Director, Board Member

Srinivas brings onboard more than 27 years of overall experience in legal procedures, litigation and project management. He has rich experience in providing consultancy services for setting up of greenfield projects forming international joint ventures, technology transfers etc as a Project Consultant. He is an established legal practitioner with over 22 years of practice.

Raj Sivaraju

Director, Board Member

Raj brings in invaluable technical experience of over 27 years, having been the Chief Information Officer for the US operations of Deloitte in India as well as the Vice President for Broad Ridge Financial Solutions. His roles include technology operations, incident management and client interfacing.

Srikanth Devarapalli

VP, Marketing

Srikanth has extensive experience in Business Development, Financial & Marketing Planning and Corporate Strategy at Big 4 and Fortune 500 conglomerates. He has technical expertise as well as project management experience in forensics, eDiscovery and data analytics.

Raja Chaitanya

VP, Analytics

Chaitanya spent more than a decade in the Big 4 consultancy firms running huge global eDiscovery projects and sensitive investigations. He also specializes in extensive data analytics, predictive coding and machine learning.

Vijay Vellore

VP, Product Development

Vijay has strong expertise in leading enterprise-level application development and project management at Microsoft and other leading companies. His experience includes delivering litigation support at a Big 4 accounting firms

Prashanth Pogu

AVP, Product Development

Prashanth is an expert in application development, with strong work experience at Microsoft, specializing in building world-class solutions for enterprises. He has litigation support experience in the Big 4 firms and has worked with industry’s top forensic and eDiscovery solutions.