Craig Ball

Trial Lawyer, Technologist, Computer Forensic Examiner Craig D. Ball P.C.ConnectContact

Craig Ball is a prolific contributor to continuing legal and professional education programs throughout the United States, having delivered over 600 presentations and papers.  Craig’s articles on forensic technology and electronic discovery frequently appear in the national media, including in American Bar Association, ATLA and American Lawyer Media print and online publications.  He also writes a monthly column on computer forensics and e-discovery for Law Technology News called "Ball in your Court," honored as both the 2007 and 2008 Gold Medal honoree as “Best Regular Column” as awarded by Trade Association Business Publications International.  It’s also the 2009 Gold and 2007 Silver Medalist honoree of the American Society of Business Publication Editors as “Best Contributed Column” and their 2006 Silver Medalist honoree as “Best Feature Series” and “Best Contributed Column.””  The presentation, "PowerPersuasion: Craig Ball on PowerPoint," is consistently among the top rated continuing legal educational programs from coast-to-coast.

Craig Ball is a Board Certified trial lawyer, certified computer forensic examiner, law professor and electronic evidence expert He's dedicated his career to teaching the bench and bar about forensic technology and trial tactics. After decades trying lawsuits, Craig limits his practice to service as a court-appointed special master and consultant in computer forensics and e-discovery. A prolific contributor to educational programs worldwide--having delivered over 1,600 presentations and papers--Craig’s articles on forensic technology and electronic discovery frequently appear in the national media. For nine years, he wrote the award winning column on computer forensics and e-discovery for American Lawyer Media called "Ball in your Court." Craig Ball has served as the Special Master or testifying expert on computer forensics and electronic discovery in some of the most challenging, front page cases in the U.S.


Rice University (B.A., 1979, triple major); University of Texas (J.D., with honors, 1982); Oregon State University (Computer Forensics certification, 2003); EnCase Intermediate Reporting and Analysis Course (Guidance Software 2004); WinHex Forensics Certification Course (X-Ways Software Technology 2005); Certified Data Recovery Specialist (Forensic Strategy Services 2009); numerous other classes on computer forensics and electronic discovery.


Law Offices of Craig D. Ball, P.C.; Licensed in Texas since 1982.
Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Certified Computer Forensic Examiner, Oregon State University and NTI
Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners
Faculty, University of Texas School of Law, Adjunct Professor teaching Electronic Discovery & Digital Evidence
Faculty, Georgetown University Law Center, E-Discovery Training Academy
Admitted to practice U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S.D.C., Southern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas. Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Law Technology News and (American Lawyer Media)
Board Member, Georgetown University Law Center Advanced E-Discovery Institute and E-Discovery Academy
Board Member, International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners (agency certifying computer forensic examiners) Member, Sedona Conference WG1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production
Member, Educational Advisory Board for LegalTech (largest annual legal technology event)
Member, Maryland Committee on Federal E-Discovery Guidelines, 2014
Special Master, Electronic Discovery, numerous federal and state tribunals
Instructor in Computer Forensics and Electronic Discovery, United States Department of Justice
Lecturer/Author on Electronic Discovery for Federal Judicial Center and Texas Office of the Attorney General
Instructor, HTCIA Annual 2010, 2011 Cybercrime Summit, 2006, 2007; SANS Instructor 2009, PFIC 2010, CEIC 2011, 2012 Special Prosecutor, Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline, 1995-96
Council Member, Computer and Technology Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2003-date
Chairman: Technology Advisory Committee, State Bar of Texas, 2000-02
President, Houston Trial Lawyers Association (2000-01); President, Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation (2001-02) Director, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (1995-2003); Chairman, Technology Task Force (1995-97)
Member, High Technology Crime Investigation Association and International Information Systems Forensics Assn. Member, Texas State Bar College
Member, Continuing Legal Education Comm., 2000-04, Civil Pattern Jury Charge Comm., 1983-94, State Bar of Texas Life Fellow, Texas and Houston Bar Foundations
Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law, 1983-88

Selected Publications available at

Matters in Which Craig Ball has Served as a Court Appointed Special Master or Neutral or Testified as an Expert or in Connection with Computer Forensics/Electronic Evidence

  1. Meyer v. Brown; Harris County, TX, Judge Baker; (Court’s Neutral)

  2. In Re: Enron and Arthur Andersen Secs. Litigation; USDC SDTX (Lead Plaintiff’s Counsel’s ESI expert)

  3. In Re: Tyco Securities Litigation; USDC NH (Lead Plaintiff’s Counsel’s ESI Expert)

  4. American Express v. Americap; USDC SDTX (Court’s Special Master)

  5. TXU v. Whittaker et al.; 151st Harris County, TX (Court’s Special Master)

  6. Miller et al. v. Highland Medical Center; 295th JDC, Harris County, TX (Plaintiff’s Counsel’s Expert)

  7. Barnes v. Kissner; 190thJDC; Harris County, TX (Court’s Neutral)

  8. BP Texas City Explosion Litigation, Galveston, TX (Joint Prosecution Group ‘s Expert)

  9. Chart Industries v. Runyan and Applied Hydrocarbon Systems; USDC SDTX (Plaintiff’s Expert)

  10. Key Energy v. Crisp; USDC Midland, TX (Plaintiff’s Counsel’s Expert)

  11. Broussard v. Dunlap; 190th Harris County, TX (Court’s Neutral)

  12. State Bar of Texas v. [Attorneys Under Investigation]; TX Office of the Disciplinary Counsel

  13. In Re: Flowserve Securities Litigation; USDC NDTX (Lead Plaintiff’s Counsel’s Expert)

  14. Grooms v. Montelaro; 295th, Harris County, TX (Court’s Special Master)

  15. Luk v. Eisner; 11th, Harris County, TX (Defense Counsel’s Expert)

  16. MJCM, LLC. v. Floyd and Associates. Harris County, TX (Court’s Neutral)

  17. PowerTrain v. American Honda; USDC NDMS (Hybrid Appointment)

  18. Shue v USAA et al; Kendall County, TX (Court’s Special Master)

  19. In Re: Sirna Therapeutics Litigation; USDC NDCA (Defense Counsel’s Expert)

  20. Yeh v. McDougal; 333rd Harris County, TX (Court’s Neutral)

  21. Plus Technologia, SA de CV v ACI Worldwide; Pinellas Cty., FL (Plaintiff’s Counsel’s Expert)

  22. Anadarko Petroleum v. Geosouthern Energy; USDC SDTX (Hybrid/Court’s Neutral)

  23. ASC v. SCI; Ft. Bend County, TX (Court’s Neutral by Stipulation)

  24. Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation; USDC EDLA (Court’s Neutral)

  25. Sellar v. Boecker; Harris County, TX (Court’s Neutral)

  26. In Re: Seroquel Products Liability Litigation; USDC MDFL (Court’s Special Master-ESI)

  27. Daimler Trucks N.A. LLC v. Younessi; USDC OR (Court's Special Master)

  28. MDI v. NaphCare; USDC SDMS (Court's Neutral)

  29. Baker Hughes v. Pathfinder; USDC SDTX (Defense Counsel's Expert)

  30. Bd. of Comms. of the Port of N.O. v. Lexington Ins. Co. et al.; USDC EDLA (Special Master-ESI)

  31. Stewart & Stevenson v. McGuirt; Harris County, TX (Neutral Expert by Stipulation)

  32. Fisher et al. V. Halliburton et al.; USDC SDTX (Plaintiff Counsel's Expert)

  33. Aquamar S.A. v. E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co.; Broward County, FL (Plaintiff’s Counsel’s Expert)

  34. AmWINS Brokerage of Texas, Inc . v Hildebrand; Collin County, TX (Neutral by Agreement)

  35. Arthur v. Stern; Harris County, TX (Court's Special Master in computer forensics)

  36. Duke Energy Int'l, LLC et al. v. Napoli; Harris County., TX (Court's Special Master)

  37. Austin Capital Mgmt. v. Balthrop; USDC WDTX (Court's Special Master in computer forensics)

  38. Grace et al. v. DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems, Inc.; USDC MDFL (Defense Counsel's Expert)

  39. Peironnet et al. v. Matador Resources Co. et al.; Caddo Parish, LA (Court's Neutral)

  40. Camp Mystic, Inc. et al. v. Eastland et al.; Kerr County, TX (Defense Counsel's Expert)

  41. Maggette, Jacobs et al. v. BL Development et al.; USDC NDMS (Court's Special Master)

  42. Ridha et al. v. Texas A&M University et al.; USDC SDTX (Defense Counsels' Expert)

  43. In re: CityCenter Construction Litigation, Clark County, NV (Court’s Special Master for ESI)

  44. In re: Bernard L. Madoff Investment Services Litigation; Bankruptcy Court SDNY (Trustee’s Expert for ESI)

  45. Lexington v. Estate of John O’Quinn, Deceased; Probate Ct 2, Harris County, TX (Court’s Neutral Examiner)

  46. Allison et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corp.; Circuit Court Baltimore County, MD (Court’s Special Master-ESI)

  47. PIC Group v LandCoast, Inc.; USDC SDMS (Court’s Special Master)

  48. SSC, et al v. Halberdier, et al; Harris County., TX (Neutral by Agreement)

  49. Houlahan v. WWASPS; USDC DDC (Court’s Neutral)

  50. M-I L.L.C. v. Stelly et al; USDC SDTX (Court’s Neutral)

  51. Coyote Springs Inv. v Pardee Homes; Clark County, NV (Court’s Special Master)

  52. Segner v. Sinclair Oil & Gas; USDC NDTX (Court’s Special Master)

  53. Adams Golf v. Reed and Callaway Golf; 296th, Collin County, TX (Court’s Special Master)

  54. Elliott v. Tetlow and MCO-I; USDC SDTX (Court’s Special Master)

  55. 12001 Beamer, Ltd. V. Valtasaros; 295th, Harris County, TX (Court’s Special Master)

  56. William A. Sawyer v. Frank Gabrysch et al.; 269th. Harris County, TX (Court’s Special Master)

  57. Bridges et al. v. GES et al.; 164th, Harris County, TX (Court’s Special Master)