Elsevier Book Wins 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards “Best Business Book”

“Preserving Electronic Evidence for Trial” Among 79 Winners in 56 Categories in
10th Anniversary of Awards

Cambridge, MA, December 8, 2016

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that Preserving Electronic Evidence for Trial: A Team Approach to the Litigation Hold, Data Collection, and Evidence Preservation, written by Ann Zeigler and the late Ernesto Rojas, won ‘Best Business Book” in the 2016 New Mexico - Arizona Book Awards. Sponsored by the New Mexico Book Co-op, the 10th Anniversary Awards saw 1,035 entries in all categories, with 236 finalists selected in September. Preserving Electronic Evidence for Trial prevailed over three other finalists in the Business category, and was honored with the winners of all 56 categories at a banquet last month.

Published by Elsevier/Syngress, Preserving Electronic Evidence for Trial shows readers how to organize a digital evidence team before a crisis, not in the middle of litigation. It focuses on what corporate and litigation counsel as well as IT managers and forensic consultants need to know to communicate effectively about electronic evidence. The book offers tips on how all team members can get up to speed on each other’s areas of specialization. The result is a plan to effectively identify and pre-train the critical electronic-evidence team members. Readers will be ready to lead the team to success when a triggering event indicates that litigation is likely, by knowing what to ask in coordinating effectively with litigation counsel and forensic consultants throughout the litigation progress. Teams can also be ready for action in various business strategies, such as merger evaluation and non-litigation conflict resolution.

Co-author Ann D. Zeigler, J.D., has been a practicing attorney since 1984, and is an experienced federal litigator. For many years, she represented Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees in complex cases involving asset concealment and evidence destruction. A New Mexico resident, Ms. Zeigler is also an award-winning writer and speaker on law-related topics, and is a former editor of “The Houston Lawyer” magazine. She has been in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law since 1993 and in Who’s Who in America since 2001. Ms. Zeigler was a citizen volunteer with the Houston Police Department, supporting investigations at the Juvenile Sex Crimes Unit from 2008 until 2013. She is a graduate of the HPD and FBI (Houston) Citizens’ Academies.

Co-author Ernesto Rojas (CISSP, DFCP, CCFP) had more than 25 years of information security and digital investigations experience. He worked with large collections of data in complex automated manufacturing environments, where provisions for litigation holds did not exist and had to be developed on the spur of the moment to accommodate a notice of litigation. Mr. Rojas was a member of the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence and of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The recipient of  numerous certifications and recognition awards, he also served as an advisor to the Dean of the School of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Houston Clear Lake on curriculum and education matters. Mr. Rojas passed away in late 2014.


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About New Mexico Book Co-op
The New Mexico Book Co-op is a partnership of more than 1,500 local authors and publishers. Its sole purpose is to showcase and sell local books. It has organized a variety of activities that allow local authors and publishers to promote their books and to make them available for sale to the public. It also has created several alliances with booksellers to showcase local books. The New Mexico Book Co-op has also arranged regular columns in several newspapers and magazines featuring local books. A dues-free organization, anyone interested in local books can join in this partnership and participate in any or all of the Co-op’s activities. The New Mexico Book Co-op has presented 2,282 awards since 2007. www.nmbookcoop.com

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