J. Todd Trivett
Todd Trivett is a recognized industry expert in Information Technology, providing consulting, speaking engagements, and expert witness testimony in IT and software-related litigation. He is also a skilled forensic investigator in mismanagement and corruption, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and data analytics. He has spent over 30 years in IT consulting, including managing large IT implementations for a “Big 4” consulting firm and a global systems-integration company.
Todd has served as a consulting or testifying expert in over a dozen cases involving IT project failure and software intellectual property infringement. A notable example is the Virginia state trial of Blue Line Media v. Redmon Group where Mr. Trivett 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.
Todd received his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from North Carolina State University. He received his M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute; Professional Software Engineering Master (PSEM) by the IEEE; and certified in the implementation of agile software development methods (Certified Scrum Master).
Todd is also an FAA-licensed private pilot with instrument rating.
The following are some of the cases Mr. Trivett has worked on:
- Waste Management v. SAP
- BearingPoint v. United States
- ConnectU v. Mark Zuckerberg & The Facebook
- Frontline Placement Technologies, Inc. v. CRS, Inc.
- Blue Line Media v. Redmon Group
- TCHC v. ISSI Systems
- California SCO v. SAP