Todd Trivett has spent over 35 years in IT consulting, including managing large IT implementations for a “Big 4” consulting firm and a global systems-integration company. He is also a skilled forensic investigator in mismanagement and corruption, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and data analytics.
Todd has served as a consulting or testifying expert in over a dozen cases involving IT project failure and software intellectual property infringement. He has been engaged as a consulting expert in cases before federal and state courts and domestic and international arbitrations, and has been accepted and testified as an expert witness in federal court, state court, and arbitration hearings. Todd is currently engaged on two active cases in the U.S Court of Federal Claims (CFC). A notable example of Todd’s case experience is the Virginia state trial of Blue Line Media v. Redmon Group, where Todd proffered an expert report, deposition testimony, and expert witness testimony at trial on behalf of plaintiff to establish defendant’s failure to develop a promised web site in accordance with project management and software engineering industry standards. The landmark case is the first application of the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA). In the absence of or in addition to contractual obligations, UCITA prescribes, inter alia, standards of care including “good faith” and “merchantability” in the development of customized software and allows for damages recovery in excess of monies exchanged. Jury awarded plaintiff full extent of damages claim (more than double fees paid to defendant), resulting in the 13th largest jury award in the state of Virginia for the year.
In 2004-2005, Todd was appointed as Team Leader of Forensics to the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-For-Food Program by former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker. He led a team of attorneys, forensic accountants, and international investigators in examining the seven-year operation of the program office charged by the United Nations Security Council and Secretariat to administer over $120 billion in oil sales and humanitarian goods supply. Investigation resulted in findings of poor organization, management, and oversight of the program as well as individual and corporate violations of ethics, national criminal laws, and international sanctions.
Nature of Suit: Software project failure matter regarding a property & casualty policy administration and billing application
Role: Consulting expert
- Todd analyzed documents and testimony related to Computer Science Corporation’s (CSC) product management process to determine that the application met neither CSC’s own nor industry standards of what constitutes a “generally available” software product
- Todd demonstrated that CSC’s JOBOL code violated numerous standards and opined that CSC’s application could not be considered a true, object-oriented “Java application”
Nature of Suit: Software project failure matter regarding a tenant management system
Role: Testifying expert
- Todd reviewed documents, interviewed fact witnesses, analyzed source code, and performed functional validation testing to determine whether the system provided was ready for production
- Todd testified regarding his findings that ISSI Systems had misrepresented its product’s capabilities and that the product was materially defective
Nature of Suit: Software project failure matter regarding a customized SAP financial management system
Role: Consulting expert
- Todd performed schedule delay analysis to establish that the Department of Interior’s (DOI) termination for cause was inappropriate due to excusable delays caused by the DOI
- Todd performed a percent complete analysis to determine damages owed to BearingPoint under proper termination for convenience
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