Our team is specially equipped with a diverse portfolio of expertise:
Pablo Ormachea, JD
Chief Financial Officer / Data Scientist
Pablo is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where his data-driven research won the largest student writing prize and where he served as co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Latino Law Review and co-Chair of the Harvard Latin American Law Society. He holds a Masters of Science in data analytics from Texas A&M University's department of statistics, where he served as a research assistant, won an award for the highest GPA, and received an endowed prize for best capstone project from a non-profit. He has won several fellowships for international work, both for public service and for research abroad. Pablo currently serves as Co-Executive Director for the Center for Science and Law, where he harnesses big data for NSF-funded projects studying patterns of crime and the efficacy of criminal policy. To date, he has designed and implemented large projects that have received over $750,000 in federal funding to create a scientific, data-driven criminal justice system.
David Eagleman, PhD
Neuroscientist / Data Scientist
David is a neuroscientist at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Center for Science and Law. He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, an international 6-hour television series that asks what it means to be human from a neuroscientist's point of view. He has authored several books on neuroscience, including The New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, which introduced the issues of neurolaw into the public dialogue. David regularly speaks on neurolaw on NPR, BBC, and CNN, and has been profiled in venues from The New Yorker to The Colbert Report. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a council member on the World Economic Forum, a research fellow in the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and a board member of The Long Now Foundation.
Chief Operations Officer
Sasha has a dynamic background that combines law, psychology, neuroscience, and business. She has over 15 years’ experience in the legal field, from one of Manhattan's largest law firms and her own forensic psychology consulting firm, where she worked with attorneys and law enforcement on complex commercial litigation projects. She has received multiple awards for her work at the intersection of psychology and crime — including a Ronald E. McNair Scholarship for researching coercion, false confessions, and juvenile interrogations in the Central Park Jogger case as well as the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s 'leadership and visionary' award. Her training and position mentoring juvenile offenders (Rikers Island Academy) led her to study philosophy at Oxford University and behavioral neuroscience at Queens College. Her research on neuropsychology, psychometrics, and warfare presented at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. From there, she led commercialization, operations, and business development for several early-stage, neuroscience-focused startups in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Today, she brings her diverse skillset to bear on complicated problems at the intersection of neuroscience, legal policy, business, and technology in her position as the Director of Forensic Research Operations at the Center for Science and Law, and is an MBA candidate at Johns Hopkins University.
Steve Baldassano, JD
Steve has served as a prosecutor from 1985-2013. He spent time as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice-Bureau of Terrorism and Violent Crime/Capital Case Unit and has spent the vast majority of his career as Assistant District Attorney in Harris County. He has been the Division Chief of Public Integrity, Major Offender and DA for Training Divisions. He has tried approximately 250 jury trials, including 3 death penalty capital murders and several high profile cases, such as the as the Eartman-Pena rape case, the McDonald’s arson fire and the ‘Daycare Fire’ case. He has also handled cases from the Trial bureau, JP Court, Juvenile, Civil Rights, Intake, Police Integrity, White Collar Fraud and the Drug Task Force Divisions.
Steve has specialized in training attorneys and law enforcement personnel. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law School. He has taught continuing legal education classes for State and Federal prosecutors (including the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office), where he has spoken on various topics including, Arson, Fraud, Accomplice Witnesses, Expert Witnesses, Trial Preparation, and Legal Ethics. He has also taught for the Houston Police Department Academy, the University of Houston Police Academy, the Houston Fire Academy, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, the cities of Bellaire, Missouri City, West University Place and Humble Police Departments, the National College of District Attorneys, the NICB and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
John Brewer, JD
John is currently an Assistant DA in Harris County with over 20 years of courtroom experience. John has worked directly with police officers while a Chief prosecutor assigned to the Major Offenders and Financial Crimes Division. John enjoys teaching and is currently one of the instructors at the HPD Academy.
John has taught at the HCSO Academy and is a regular speaker/instructor around Texas for the Texas District and County Attorney's Association on a variety of topics including, direct and cross-examination, engaging in organized criminal activity, mortgage fraud, auto theft and other topics. John also teaches trial techniques at the University of Houston Law School.
Gary, Director of Information Systems Technology for the Harris County District Attorney's Office, manages millions of dollars of information technology assets, including software development projects supporting thousands of users 24x7 throughout the Harris County justice community. Since 1989, Gary has built a team of information system professionals and software developers that has designed and implemented one of the most efficient criminal justice systems in the country. The Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute for state and local governments, awarded his team back to back Digital Government Achievement Awards for software development.
Their innovative web application consolidates disparate criminal history data into a single platform, saving users countless hours researching criminal histories. Recent enhancements allow the system to deliver digital audio and video evidence to prosecutors, judges, and defends attorneys, complying with new state laws and mandates.
Gary received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from The Colorado College and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from The University of Colorado. He currently lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Ann.