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Ad Astra Law Group, LLP is a litigation practice in San Francisco, California focused on business, employment, and real estate. The firm’s name means “to the stars” and reflects its mission to counsel clients through difficult litigation situations to achieve great results. Ad Astra’s attorneys represent both plaintiffs and defendants in the state and federal courts in California. They are consistent contributors to the legal community, regularly participating in bar association activities, publishing on hot topics, and speaking on cutting-edge issues. Their clients are individuals and businesses that are representative of the San Francisco Bay Area’s culture and include bars, restaurants, cannabis businesses, tech companies, law firms, and various other service providers and serial entrepreneurs. Check them out at www.astralegal.com.
Eric Chuang is a Managing Director in the firm’s Forensic Technology Services practice with more than 20 years of investigative experience in law enforcement and national security, including cybersecurity, incident response, crisis management, computer network operations and secure communications. Eric has held several senior positions in law enforcement, including most recently as Chief of the computer operations group in the Operational Technology Division of the FBI.
Having extensive experience in all aspects of computer network operations, Eric helps clients to rapidly respond to major cyber incidents, identifying compromised systems and impacted individuals, determining breach scope and data loss, advising on containment and remediation, and future breach mitigation. From 2010 until 2017, he was involved in the investigation of many notable cyber incidents, and has worked extensively with a range of cyber industry partners and technology vendors. He also utilized his Doctor of Psychology in the FBI to conduct numerous investigative interviews, crisis management, conflict resolution, and training.
Eric received the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Science & Technology Achievement, having built and deployed an enterprise undercover capability to support the FBI’s operational activities on the internet, and was responsible for its global tactical and crisis communications. Experienced in the coordination of foreign counterintelligence and counterterrorism, Eric received the Director of National Counterterrorism Center Award in 2008.
Michael Dorsi is an Associate at Ad Astra Law Group in San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and UC Berkeley. Mr. Dorsi developed an expertise in computer misuse through litigation, handling matters ranging from illicit deletion of company files, manipulation of passwords to lock owners out of their own systems, and the surreptitious use of software as a service exceeding licensed usage. He has sought remedies under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as well as applications of common law to digital rights. In 2017, Mr. Dorsi co-authored the article Computer Criminal Intent in the University of San Francisco Law Review, analyzing the effectiveness of technical-barrier based defenses to computer misuse statutes. He is an avid hiker.