Eric Shirk - BDO Houston

Eric Shirk

Principal; Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigations National Leader


BDO Houston Office



Executive Summary

Eric Shirk is the national leader of digital forensics in BDO’s Forensic Technology Services practice. He has more than 20 years of experience conducting both domestic and international investigations for corporations and their legal counsel in the financial, healthcare, and energy industries.  

Eric has extensive knowledge and experience assisting clients with investigations involving financial fraud, data breaches, anti-bribery and foreign corruption, whistleblower allegations, intellectual property theft and trademark protection, embezzlement and kickback schemes, litigation intelligence, and specialized fact finding.
Experienced in discovery protocols, neutral third party analysis agreements, 26(f) conferences, protective orders, preservation and collection protocols and 30(b)(6) preparations, Eric frequently provides expert witness testimony in both state and federal courts in the areas of intellectual property theft and digital evidence spoliation.

Eric is the sole inventor for a U.S. patent for “System and Method for Preserving Electronically Stored Information.” This solution is marketed as “Tristan” and allows a layperson to complete a forensic image of a laptop, desktop or server computer.

Professional Affiliations

Certified Computer Examiner
Encase Certified Examiner
International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners


B .S., Computer Information Systems, Missouri State University