The OnlineSecurity Team
Mr. Balot, a founder of OnlineSecurity, began his foray into the computer industry in 1993 as a pioneer in computer network systems integration for the legal and business community. Mr. Balot’s expertise is in the application of cutting-edge technologies and reengineering of secure back office operations for the new generation of online e-commerce operations. Mr. Balot oversees the day-to-day operations of the company’s OnlineLabs programming division, responsible for the management and development of the iProtect suite of products for protecting corporate and government digital assets. Mr. Balot also co-manages the company’s marketing efforts and supervises OnlineSecurity’s outside business relationships, partnerships and strategic alliances.
Ronald K. Lavender is a Senior Forensics Engineer at OnlineSecurity. Mr. Lavender has extensive experience in computer forensics data collection and preservation. He conducts electronic evidence discovery and recovery for cases requiring technological expertise, including trademark infringement, online piracy and cybersquatting, copyright infringement, information technology disputes, trade secrets misappropriation, unfair competition, appropriation of advertising ideas, defamation, and rights of publicity. Mr. Lavender is also a system and network administrator with in-depth knowledge of multiple computer hardware, platforms and software applications.
Mr. Lavender gained his in-depth knowledge of telecommunication through his 10-year track record (1976-1985) with Pacific Bell as a Technical Consultant in their Customer Service Department. Mr. Lavender worked with new and existing clients to indoctrinate and educate them in emerging services and tools.
Michael Balot implements a direct response data-driven approach to business growth with omni-channel digital marketing strategy & execution. He is responsible for the creation and management of a wide variety of visual assets in all media including email, digital display, and web. Develops high-quality and content driven marketing campaigns that reflect strategy and are compliant with OnlineSecurity's brand.
In his spare time, Mr. Balot enjoys recording music in his home studio. He has engineered recording sessions with various artists and songwriters, including work for major record labels as well as projects for placement in film and television.
Richard Gralnik is OnlineSecurity’s senior discovery expert. He has over 25 years of technical experience in the computer industry including 6 years as a forensic examiner. He has submitted expert reports on various technical subjects and has testified as an expert witness in depositions, evidentiary hearings, jury trials and arbitration. He began his career as a computer programmer, working for 2 years in COBOL, PL/1 and Basic on IBM PC’s and mainframes. He worked the next 6 years as a technical consultant for a minicomputer manufacturer, originally in programming languages and relational databases, then in computer networking where he advanced to the level of senior specialist. He was the technical liaison for the introduction of a distributed transaction processing system and won an award for the documentation he wrote for a mainframe terminal emulation application. Mr. Gralnik next combined his programming and networking experience to develop applications written in FORTRAN that transferred consumer credit information from the key reporting agencies to the client’s system. Following this successful installation he worked for 5 years as a network consultant on projects that included designing networks for an international computer manufacturer and one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States. Next Mr. Gralnik developed a series of 5-day classes on a network performance monitoring application and taught the courses in 8 countries. He also designed user interfaces and developed prototypes of new functionality for the software and consulted with Fortune 500 clients that used the application. Mr. Gralnik then worked in information security, implementing firewall protected local area networks, secure wireless networks and virtual private networks. During that time Mr. Gralnik served for 3 years as the chair of the Information and Telecommunications sector of the Los Angeles chapter of the InfraGard National Members Alliance. During that time Mr. Gralnik developed an interest in computer forensics. Since then he has examined data on hundreds of electronic storage devices. His analyses have included forensic preservation of computer hard drives, cell phones, PDA’s and other electronic storage media, development of timelines, searches for and production of responsive material and recovery of deleted data, He has consulted with plaintiff and defense attorneys on technical issues and electronic data discovery and developed lines of questioning for interrogatories, depositions and trials. Mr. Gralnik combines his forensic knowledge with his years of experience in operating systems, databases, email systems, networks, computer platforms and information security to provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of the creation, storage and use of electronic evidence.
Expert Witness Testimony
Has testified, submitted declarations or expert reports to the following courts:
United States District Court, Central District of California United States District Court, Northern District of California United States District Court, Southern District of California United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois United States District Court, Eastern District of New York Arizona Superior Court, Pima County
Arkansas Circuit Court, Pulaski County California Superior Court, Imperial County California Superior Court, Los Angeles County California Superior Court, Orange County California Superior Court, Sacramento County California Superior Court, San Francisco County California Superior Court, San Diego County California Superior Court, Santa Clara County Colorado District Court, El Paso County
South Dakota Sixth Judicial Circuit
Washington Superior Court, King County Arbitration, Los Angeles, California
Arbitration, Houston, Texas