Our Team of Experts

Noel Kersh

EnCE | Managing Principal

Noel is the Managing Principal of Pathway Forensics. He has extensive experience in conducting digital forensics acquisitions and analysis on a variety of cases involving business and employment disputes, compliance with discovery requests, family law, harassment, in-house investigations for large corporations, copyright infringement and criminal cases. He also has handled large-scale e-discovery matters.

Prior to joining Pathway, Noel helped lead two initiatives to receive a distinguished laboratory accreditation given by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). This accreditation demonstrates that a computer forensics laboratory’s operating standards meet quality standards set by ASCLD/LAB. Accreditation criteria include personnel, technical procedures, equipment and physical facilities. Noel has also provided audit services to labs seeking ASCLD/LAB accreditation.

Noel has provided expert testimony by deposition, affidavit and at trial on matters involving computer forensics. Noel is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), and member of the High Technology Investigation Association (HTCIA). Noel is a licensed Private Investigator by the State of Texas.


Jeff Eckert


Jeff Eckert is Director of Cybersecurity with Pathway Forensics, where he leads cybersecurity and digital investigation matters for clients across all areas of industry and government. He has more than 20 years of advanced practical experience in many different fields of digital security, including intellectual property theft, employment litigation, and criminal investigations, as well as cybersecurity matters, incident response, data loss prevention, and insider threat detection strategies.

Before joining Pathway Forensics, Jeff worked at a global Fortune 100 financial services firm where he served as a manager in the Global Cyber Defense Center. While there, he was responsible for protecting the firm’s five global data centers and more than 56,000 employees from both internal and external threats by proactively strengthening network security controls and providing expertise in cyber investigations, risk management, and incident response solutions. Prior to that role, Jeff was a Risk and Advisory Manager at a Big 4 accounting and consulting firm, specializing in digital investigations and intellectual property theft matters for some of the world’s largest manufacturing, energy, and pharmaceutical companies.

In addition to his private sector roles, Jeff previously served for a decade in government as a law enforcement executive for the State of Texas as Commander of the Cyber Crime Unit and Digital Forensic Laboratory under the Attorney General’s office.


Halen Phan


Halen Phan is a Director at Pathway Forensics, leading the eDiscovery team. He has extensive experience in conducting digital forensics acquisitions and data analysis on a variety of matters involving civil litigation, intellectual property theft, employee misconduct, and corporate investigation and discovery requests. Halen also has experience in eDiscovery matters encompassing all phases of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM).

Prior to joining Pathway Forensics, Halen spent 12 years at a major corporate firm working in the Forensic Technology group. Earlier on, he spent eight years as a Project Engineer working in the oil and gas industry.

Halen has provided signed affidavits involving computer forensics. He is a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), GIAC Advanced Smartphone Forensic Analyst (GASF), and a member of InfraGard. He also is a licensed Private Investigator by the State of Texas.


Dennis Williams

EnCE | Director

Dennis Williams is a Director of Pathway Forensics. He has over 32 years of law enforcement experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and was the Director of the Greater Houston Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL), a multi-agency task force. Dennis was an FBI certified Computer Forensics Examiner and a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) with the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS). He has conducted hundreds of computer forensic exams involving a variety of investigations including directing the search, capture, analysis, and litigation support of electronic evidence in the largest financial corporation collapse in Houston history. He provides expert witness services including reports and testimony.

Dennis successfully completed training as an Assessor for Digital Evidence for the American Society of Crime Lab Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) and is an officer for the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA). He is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) and a licensed Private Investigation Manager in the State of Texas.