Troy Payne

Owner, Founder and Managing DirectorFlatwater ForensicsConnectContact

Owner, Founder and Managing Director of Flatwater Forensics, LLC, a consultancy designed to navigate its clients through the increasing digital complexity of internal investigations and litigations of scale. At Flatwater, Troy has led and supported projects for major banks, large unions, prominent social media platforms, startup software companies, and established industrial clients. Such projects include extensive ESI campaign design; coordination lead for acquisition and discovery-review teams; use of AI and analytics to interrogate voluminous data sets; forensic analysis of devices and enterprise networks; and strategic consultation with counsel and clients.

Prior to founding Flatwater, Troy’s legal career included substantial litigation experience on both sides of the bench and bar. He served a four-year term as a federal law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, as well as serving as General Counsel and Senior Court Counsel to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. Troy also practiced law at prominent litigation firms in Oregon and Colorado, managing dispositive motions practice and trial strategy in complex federal and state cases.