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Margaret A. Daley

Margaret A. Daley

Berkeley Research Group
Managing Director
Chicago, IL, USA

Ms. Daley has over 25 years of experience in investigations, data analytics, dispute resolution, and regulatory compliance. She has conducted hundreds of trade secret theft, fraud, and hacking investigations on behalf of Boards of Directors and outside counsel.  Ms. Daley has testified at regulatory and sanctions hearings and also serves as an expert witness in matters relating to fraud, data privacy, data analytics, TCPA, and data security.

Ms. Daley is a frequent lecturer on topics of data privacy, data security, fraud, and intelligence gathering.  Her investigative team has been named “Best of Chicago for Global Risk & Investigations” by the National Law Journal. She was named by Who’s Who Legal in 2014, 2015, and 2016 as one of a limited group of nationally recognized Forensic Investigations Experts.

Ms. Daley received her J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She currently serves as the Chairman of the Cook County Board of Ethics and on the state board overseeing the licensing of private detectives and security professionals.


J.D. Boston University School of Law, 1987

B.A. University of Michigan, 1984


Duff & Phelps, Managing Director, 2008-2015

Navigant Consulting, Director, 2004-2008

Pinkerton Consulting, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, 2001-2004

Investigative Group International, Vice President and General Counsel, 1997-2001

Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Associate, 1995-1997

Phelan Pope & John, Associate, 1990-1995

Kirkland & Ellis, Associate, 1987-1990


2016 Who’s Who Legal: Forensic Investigations Expert

2015 Who’s Who Legal: Forensic Investigations Expert

2014 Who’s Who Legal: Forensic Investigations Expert

2012 National Law Journal: Best of Chicago Global Risk & Investigations


Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Professional (CAMS)

Admitted to Illinois Bar, November 5, 1987, License No. 6196186

Illinois Class A Private Detective, License No: 115—001845


American Bar Association, Member
            Financial Institutions, Money Laundering and Patriot Act Subcommittee of the White Collar Committee/Criminal Justice Section Liaison
            White Collar Committee to the American Banking Association

Association of Certified Information Privacy Professionals, Member

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Member

Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Professionals, Member

Better Government Association, Member and Director, Board of Directors (former Chair)

Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, Board of Directors (former Chair)

Cook County Board of Ethics, Chair

Illinois Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Board, Member


  1. Champer v. Navient Solutions, Inc., No. 6:16-cv-00569 (M.D. Fla. April 4, 2016)
  2. Zaklit v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, et al, No: 5:15-cv-02190-CAS-KK (C.D. Cal., filed October 23, 2015)
  3. Diwaker v. SLM Corporation (commonly known as Sallie Mae), No: 01-16-0000-1045 (American Arbitration Association, filed January 12, 2016)
  4. Reifsnyder and Navient Solutions, Inc., Re: 01-15-0006-011 (American Arbitration Association, Report filed 2016)
  5. Lee v. Global Tel * Link Corporation, No: 2:15- cv-02495-ODW PLA [consolidated with 2:15-cv-03464-ODW-PLA] (C.D. Cal., Declaration filed 2016)
  6. Henderson v. United Student Aid Funds, Inc. D/B/A USA Funds, No. 3:13-cv-1845-JLS-BLM (S.D.Cal. , Declaration filed 2016)
  7. Johnson, et al. v. Navient Solutions, Inc. f/k/a Sallie Mae, Inc., No 1:15-CV-0716 (S.D. Ind. Declaration filed 2016)
  8. Charvat, et al. v. Valente, et al., No. 12-CV-5746 (N.D. Ill. Report filed 2016)
  9. Ameristar Casino East Chicago, LLC. v. Unite Here Local 1, No. 45d01-1504-Pl-00034 (Lake Co. Sup. Ct., Indiana, August 2015)
  10. ABA's Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar Data Policy & Collection Committee Meeting (2014)
  11. Proprietect L.P v. Johnson Controls Inc., No 12-12953 (E.D. Mich. Appointed 2014)
  12. ABA's Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar Sanctions Hearing, University of Illinois College of Law (January 2012)
  13. Howard Ehrenberg, Chapter 7 Trustee of Axium International Inc. v. BDO Seidman, LLP, American Arbitration Association Case No. 13 107 Y 00329 09 (Case filed 2009)


  1. “Life is Short; Affairs Are Expensive: The Ashley Madison Breach and Its Aftermath,” ThinkBRGTech.com (2015)
  2. “FCC TCPA Declaratory Rules Draw Objections,” ThinkBRGTech.com (2015)
  3. 10 Steps to Protecting Your Trade Secrets from the Malicious Insider,” Inside Counsel (2014)
  4. “Investigative Report University of Illinois Anonymous Emails of December 12, 2011,” prepared by Jones Day and Duff & Phelps under the direction of the University Ethics Office and the Office of the University Counsel (January 13, 2012)
  5. “Investigative Report University of Illinois College of Law Class Profile Reporting,” prepared by Jones Day and Duff & Phelps under the direction of the Office of University Counsel and the University Ethics Office (November 7, 2011)
  6. “Computer Forensics,” Chapter in The Commercial Fraud Manual, American Bankruptcy Institute (2010)
  7. “Forensic Technology and the CPA Practitioner,” AICPA Forensic Task Force White Paper (2010-2012)
  8. “Laptop Discovery: Investigating Cases from Your Office Computer,” The Environmental Litigator, (Spring, 2010)
  9. “Weathering the Storm: Timely, Complete and Cost Effective Discovery,” Duff & Phelps White Paper (January, 2009)
  10. “Fact Finding in the Digital Age,” Chapter in Product Liability Litigation: Current Law,Strategies and Best Practices, Practicing Law Institute (2009-2015)
  11. “Avoiding the Disclosure of Intermingled Data,” 22nd Annual American Bar Association National Institute on White Collar Crime (2008)
  12. “Integrating E-Discovery and Investigations Expertise,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, (August, 2008)
  13. “Tracking Assets in Financial Fraud and Bankruptcy Investigations: The Business Intelligence Guide for Asserting Creditors’ Rights,” Pinkerton White Paper (2001)
  14. “Protocols for Investigating Y2K Failures: A New Dynamic in Investigating and Resolving Technology Disputes,” Mealey’s Cyber Tech and Y2K Reporter (September 1999)
  15. “Limiting Discovery, Not the Facts: Using Investigators in Arbitrations and Mediations,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (August 1999)
Margaret A. Daley is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Fact Finding in the Digital Age - Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices, Thursday, January 22, 2015
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Compliance & Ethics Essentials 2018, Monday, April 30, 2018, Chicago, IL

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