Beth Messick

Director, Digital Forensics

Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Retired

Digital Forensics Expert Beth Messick


Beth Messick is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of digital forensics and cyber investigations. With 20 years of experience in digital forensics for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Beth has developed an extensive expertise in locating admissible digital evidence and providing credible expert testimony.

Every interaction with digital media leaves a trail. If you know where to find and how to interpret this digital trail, you can gain a clear picture of what happened. As more and more aspects of our personal and professional lives exist in digital media, the ability to locate digital evidence has become increasingly important to successful legal cases and corporate investigations. Beth possesses a unique understanding of digital data and the law. This combination and depth of experience is highly useful to attorneys and organizations who have need for digital forensics expertise. She can assist with:

Digital Investigations – Forensic collection, analysis, recovery, and reporting on information gathered from digital media from every day computer and cell phones to network security recordings and cryptocurrency.

Family Law Investigations – Help with divorce and custody battles, establish evidence of lifestyle, proof of communications and locations, and provide a summary of data relevant to the case.

Intellectual Property Investigations – Comprehensive digital IP investigations including copyright and patent infringement, customer and market data theft, and IP theft and “leak” investigations.

HR Review & Offboarding Support – Review the devices of current or departing employees to make sure there weren’t any data breaches or theft of proprietary information before the employee left.

Litigation Support & E-Discovery

Expert Witness Testimony

For Hawk PI clients, Beth provides advisory services to attorneys and businesses in the digital forensics aspects of corporate investigations and civil cases. She can help with everything from the most complex intellectual property theft concerns to extremely sensitive family law investigations.


  • Case Management
  • Computer Investigations
  • Cyber Investigations
  • Digital Forensics
  • eDiscovery

Professional Organizations

  • High Technology Crime Investigation Association
  • International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists
  • Electronic Crimes Task Force, U.S. Secret Service


  • Masters of Public Administration, Columbus State University
  • Bachelors of Business Administration, University of West Georgia