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Keith Chval

Protek International Inc

Keith G. Chval, Esq.

Keith Chval has been engaged in investigations and litigation at the intersection of technology and the law since serving as the first-ever Chief of the High Tech Crimes Bureau in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office where his multi-disciplinary unit boasted a 100 percent conviction rate. He’s continued to hone those skills in the private sector over the past two decades.

Keith is President and CEO of Protek International, Inc. ( which offers world-class electronic discovery, digital forensic, cyber security and advisory services and he co-founded in 2005 and was recognized in 2022 as a “Top Ten” digital forensics firm by Enterprise Security magazine.

He co-designed and taught “eDiscovery, Digital Evidence and Computer Forensics,” one of the first eDiscovery and forensics law school courses in the nation, and for which he was honored by the John Marshall Law School with its “Innovation in Teaching” award.  He also previously designed and co-instructed a course on cybercrime.  Keith has also served as president of the Chicago Chapter of The American Society of Digital Forensics and Electronic Discovery, as well as a past president of the Midwest Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. 

Keith has been asked to share his expertise in collaborative efforts with associations at the forefront of digital evidence and law including the Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Task Force, the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, and working groups under the auspices of the National Institute of Justice, the National White Collar Crimes Institute, and the American Prosecutors Research Institute charged with developing and promoting standards for the examination and courtroom presentation of digital evidence. 

Keith has also had numerous topical articles published in bar journals and professional association publications, and he is a highly regarded speaker, presenting presented dozens of times to bar and professional associations and conferences across the nation.  He is the author of the chapter on cybercrime for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Intellectual Property handbook.