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Our Mission

"Our mission is to serve you throughout the litigation process from the beginning of your case until the very end; and beyond." -Jim Watt  CO-CEO & COO

Who We Are

Beam Computer Forensics, LLC specializes in digital forensic collections, eDiscovery services, private investigations, and litigation support.


Operating out of the heart of Atlanta, GA, we at Beam understand the importance of efficient, forensically sound, legally defensible data collections, and a streamlined hosted review. By employing advanced methodologies, as well as first class industry-validated protocols, we are uniquely positioned to support our client’s litigation requirements when it matters the most - in a court of law.


Our mission is to serve you throughout the litigation process from the beginning of your case until the very end; and beyond.

Executive Leadership

Nick Barlow

Founder & CO-CEO

Nick Barlow serves as the Founder & Co-Chief Executive Officer for Beam Computer Forensics, LLC, which specializes in digital forensics, eDiscovery, private investigations, and litigation support. Prior to founding BCF, Nick entered into the legal services industry in 2010 working as a licensed private investigator and digital examiner for Integrated Security Services, LLC headquartered in New York City. During his time with ISS, he investigated civil and criminal matters, including medical malpractice, wrongful conviction claims, insurance and custodial surveillance, allegations of police misconduct, and cyber stalking.

In 2014 Nick joined Guidance Software, creators of the world renowned forensic software platform EnCase, and worked out of the Los Angeles company headquarters in the professional services division as a digital forensic consultant. While there, he investigated cases involving theft of intellectual property for major motion picture studios, and provided training to enterprise clients on how to leverage the EnCase Enterprise platform in forensic investigations across their expansive networks.

In 2015 Nick joined DTI as a digital forensic consultant at their headquarters in Atlanta, GA where he provided expert-level consulting in digital forensics and eDiscovery. In 2017, he founded Beam Computer Forensics, LLC, which specializes in providing eDiscovery and digital forensic expertise.

Nick is a trained EnCase Certified Forensic Examiner, a Cellebrite Certified Operater, a Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst, as well as an AccessData Certified Forensic Examiner. He is a licensed private investigator in Connecticut and Georgia.  He obtained an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Manchester Community College in 2011 before moving on to continue his studies in computer and digital forensics at Champlain College in Burlington, VT.



Jim Watt


Jim Watt serves as the Chief Operating Officer & Co-Chief Executive Officer for Beam Computer Forensics, LLC, which specializes in digital forensics, eDiscovery, private investigations, and litigation support. Prior to joining BCF, Jim has worked in the legal services industry since 2005 as a project manager, systems engineer and forensic consultant at eMag Solutions and DTI/Epiq. During his time with DTI/Epiq Jim worked on many high profile forensic matters, including analysis cases involving the theft of intellectual property, spoliation claims, and mobile device analysis.  Jim also consulted on collection issues with various enterprise IT systems requiring a high degree of technical expertise.

Prior to Epiq, Jim worked at eMag Solutions where he served as a Senior Systems Engineer.  While there he designed custom client solutions to recover data from proprietary backup tape and disk formats. He has also worked with multiple hardware platforms, operating systems, email systems, and data recovery tools. Jim has experience analyzing and consulting on various sources of electronically stored information, including but not limited to; personal computers, mobile devices and tablets, encryption issues and solutions, Microsoft enterprise solutions, including O365 and SharePoint.

Jim has worked on digital data recovery matters involving the following operating and email systems: Windows, Apple OS X, Linux, UNIX, Sun Solaris, Novell, GroupWise, AIX, Exchange 5.5-2019, Every leading Tape backup platform, Various third party e-mail archive solutions.  Jim created custom programming for collection solutions to meet unique client needs within various programming languages including: Python, C++,, EnScript, SQL, FoxPro.

Throughout the course of his career, Jim has specialized in finding solutions to complex technical issues, and has obtained multiple industry standard certifications. 



Jacqueline Manning

Director Of Operations

Jacqueline Manning serves as Director of Operations at Beam Computer Forensics, LLC. Prior to joining BCF Jacqueline worked as the Managing Director of Investigations for Integrated Security Services in Hartford, CT from 2009 until 2017.  During her time with ISS, she oversaw all federal and state
criminal defense investigations, Petitions for Writs of Habeas
Corpus, civil rights violations, corporate and insurance fraud, civil
ligation, background and due diligence investigations, and police
misconduct investigations for the City of Hartford-Civilian
Complaint Review Board.  She also spearheaded the operational
and strategic development of ISS investigative portfolio, as well
as coordinated and trained their investigative staff.

Prior to her private investigation career, Jacqueline worked as an investigative journalist and photojournalist for the Southington Observer and the Bristol Press.  She attended the Connecticut of School of Broadcasting in 1995.


Most recently Jacqueline was chosen by CBS Entertainment to demonstrate her detective skills on the reality series, Hunted, which premiered on January 22, 2017. She worked alongside elite investigators from the FBI, CIA, NSA, Law Enforcement and various branches of the Military tracking down every day U.S. citizen competing as fugitives. 


Jacqueline’s expansive background of knowledge and experience in civil, criminal, state, and federal investigations makes her an invaluable resource for our clients. 

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