Mr. John J. Carney, Esq.

Carney Forensics
23370 Melanie Trail North
Scandia, MN 55073
Mobile: 612-386-0453
Office: 651-695-1757

Do you need to recover digital evidence from a cell phone, computer, or online cloud account for an upcoming criminal or civil court case? Do you need to retain an expert witness who can explain findings clearly and factually so a judge, jury, or opposing party can understand its relevance and materiality to your case? Or, do you need an effective narrative report, affidavit, or declaration drafted by an experienced digital forensics expert who is also a licensed attorney in state and federal courts?

I recover digital evidence like text messages, email, documents, contacts, call logs, web browsing history, Google searches, photos, videos, and GPS track points. I produce timelines, maps, and user-friendly reports. I obtain deleted and hidden digital evidence for production and presentation in investigations and civil and criminal matters. My clients enjoy quick, convenient service and effective expert witness testimony. I assist attorneys in drafting preservation letters, requests for production of digital evidence, and provide accurate, probing language for subpoenas. Please call or email me today for your no-cost, initial consultation.

Areas of Expertise
  • Cell Phones
  • Computers
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Communications
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Information Technology
  • Infotainment & Telematics Systems
  • Internet
  • Multimedia
  • Technology

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA
- Earned Bachelor of Science with GPA of 4.6 on a 5.0 scale.
- Ranked in the 1st quartile from the top out of 1,007 students in my undergraduate class.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Saint Paul, MN
- Earned Juris Doctor with Certificate in Dispute Resolution.
- Licensed to practice law in Minnesota's state and federal courts.

Certified in cell phone and computer forensics
- Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (CCLO)
- Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA)
- AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE)
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Digital Forensics
- Fellow – American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Jurisprudence Section)
- Member – Digital Forensic & E-Discovery Professionals
- Member – Forensic Science Litigation Attorney Network
- Member – Consortium of Digital Forensic Specialists
- Member – Digital Forensics Association
- Member – Forensic Focus Forum
- Member – International Information Systems Forensics Association
- Member – Mobile Forensics and Investigation Group

- Member – Legal Practice Management Section, American Bar Association
- Delegate – Technology Law Section Council, Minnesota State Bar Association
- Treasurer – District #19, Minnesota State Bar Association
- Associate Member - National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

- Associate Member – Minnesota Association of Private Investigators
- Certified Instructor – State of Minnesota Board of Private Detective and Protective Agent Services
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
- Adjunct Professor – College of Liberal Arts, Legal Studies Department, Paralegal Certificate Program.
- Taught Law Office Technology with a curriculum in digital forensics and electronic discovery.

Century College, White Bear Lake, MN
- Advisory Board Member – Cybersecurity, Virtualization, and Forensics program.
- Participate at board meetings and advise department faculty. Guest lecture students in mobile device forensics topics.

Since 2011 I have taught scores of webinars and live presentations on the following topics:
- The Return of iPhone Forensics: New, Advanced Recovery Breakthroughs Deliver Deeply Probative Evidence
- Texting While Driving Cases: Case Study and Best Practices
- The Art of Retrieving Documents from Messaging Apps
- Mobile Device Cybersecurity: How to Protect Your Smart Phone
- How to Keep a Network Safe at Little to No Cost
- How To Keep Your Documents and Network Secure When Working Remotely
- Cell Phones Are the New DNA: The Emerging Role of Mobile Device Forensics in Wrongful Conviction Exonerations
- Accessing the Treasure Trove of Social Media Evidence
- Think Outside the Device: The Forensics of Everything
- What Digital Evidence Looks Like, and How to Obtain It Professionally: Live Evidence Demonstration
- Digital Surveillance Forensics: What Video Evidence Can Be Recovered from DVRs? Is it Authentic?
- Wearable Device Forensics: Activity Tracking, Health Apps, and More from Fitbit, Apple Watch, and Your iPhone
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No, never.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Over one hundred and counting since 2008. I have had multi-million dollar victories in civil litigation and successfully defended felonies in criminal defense matters.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Cell phone forensics, computer forensics, online cloud account forensics, text message forensics, email forensics, digital document forensics, fitness trackers and digital watch forensics.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 65%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 35%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Three occasions with two more scheduled for 2023.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: April 2022.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Thirteen.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Thirteen.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Fourteen years going on fifteen.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Digital forensic collections and examinations onsite and in the lab. Testimony in written narrative reports, affidavits, and declarations. Testimony at depositions, hearings, and trials. Drafting preservation letters, interrogatories, requests for production, and subpoenas.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $400 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $400 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $400 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $500 per hour.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel is billed at 50% of the hourly rate for services.


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