Our Team

Pedigree Matters

Having an experienced team in place is essential for the success of any matter. 4Discovery’s team has years of experience with forensic, eDiscovery, incident response, and information governance projects. Our team uses our collective experience to walk clients through a case from start to finish. We help our clients develop strategy, write protocols and discovery requests, and understand the electronic data related to their matter.

For electronic evidence to be admissible, it must be harvested in a forensically sound fashion by a digital forensics professional. An inexperienced or incompetent forensic examiner can cause errors at any critical stage of the forensic process and place your case in jeopardy. 4Discovery’s forensic experts have produced outstanding results in thousands of cases and have extensive testimony experience, advanced training, and certifications. Ask about our references and CVs.

Key Team Members

Chad Gough

Owner & Founder

Chad is the owner and founder of 4Discovery. He brings over 18 years of experience in all aspects of digital forensics, electronic discovery, and information security matters. Chad heads up most forensic projects and provides expert testimony and consulting for attorneys. He routinely presents on a multitude of electronic evidence topics at various professional organizations for attorneys, litigation support professionals, corporate general counsels, forensic examiners, and information security professionals. Chad currently teaches courses on computer forensics and incident response at DePaul University, focusing on internet vulnerabilities, criminal activity, and investigative procedures.


Sarah O’Connor

Head of Finance and Human Resources

Sarah leads and develops 4Discovery’s Finance and Human Resources departments. She oversees all financial operations, business planning, and budgeting, and maintains internal reporting systems and accountability for all financial activities. Sarah also supports 4Discovery as the head of Human Resources. As a HR Generalist, she oversees all HR functional areas with a special focus on strategic planning to support the long-term goals and growth of 4Discovery. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys expressing her creativity in the kitchen and spending time with her family.


Senior Forensic Investigator

Ryan Ferreira

Senior Forensic Investigator

An industry-recognized expert in mobile forensics, Ryan has over 12 years of digital forensics experience and provides expert testimony at all levels of the courts. He has been published over a dozen times and has presented at over 30 conferences and conventions nationwide. With technology rapidly developing, Ryan maintains multiple certifications and professional memberships to provide clients with the most up-to-date information to support their matters. In addition, Ryan earned an M.S. in Digital Forensics from Central Florida University.


Nate Binder

Forensic Investigator

With a degree in digital forensics and over six years of forensic experience, Nate consults on several different projects at any given time. He has developed specialties in digital video recorders (DVRs), personal security audit cases, and cell phones. Nate strives to provide creative solutions for clients, enjoys solving complex problems, and loves to keep up to date with the latest in mobile technologies.


Connor Novak

Forensic Investigator

Connor started with 4Discovery in 2013 as an intern while pursuing a degree in Digital Forensics and Computer Investigations. His responsibilities have since evolved as he’s grown in the field of forensics. He is often working and assisting on a multitude of projects throughout their lifecycle at 4Discovery. Connor loves communicating with clients and performing on-site work. He has a passion for solving dynamic puzzles and uncovering the truth in all matters.


Joseph Mione-Shadwick

Forensic Investigator

A seasoned digital forensic examiner, Joseph brings a unique wealth of knowledge to 4Discovery and its clients. He has a degree in accounting and a Cybersecurity Bootcamp certificate from the University of Miami. In addition, Joseph has a solid commitment to delivering accurate results and on time to support matters.


Andrew Kent

Chief Operating Officer

Andrew possesses over seventeen years of experience in the legal and eDiscovery fields. His main focuses are process improvement, client experience enhancement, and cultural development. He has spoken on numerous CLEs, webinars, podcasts, and events including Relativity Fest and ILTACON. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and a JD from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. He is a member of the Washington, D.C. bar.



Richard Brosemer, Esq.

VP of Sales

Richard leads 4Discovery’s sales function with nearly a decade of experience working in the legal industry. He has deep expertise in large-scale litigation, intellectual property matters, mass tort and has successfully supported clients in every stage of the litigation lifecycle. In addition, Richard has a deep understanding of e-Discovery platforms and cultivates the organization’s strategic partnerships. He has earned a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and has worked with law firms nationwide. In his free time, Richard enjoys playing golf and basketball, spending time with his wife and son, and is a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Easter Seals.



Chad Heilig

Senior Account Manager

As a Certified eDiscovery Specialist, Chad brings 18 years of industry experience in the legal vertical. He is a hands-on and passionate Legal Services Professional who understands the importance of delivering consistent results for clients. In his role, he provides organizations, attorneys, and corporate legal teams a consultative approach to digital forensics, as well as expert testimony services that successfully integrate technology, defensible processes, and professional services to meet the unique needs of our clients.

“My mission is to help my clients meet the business challenges they face today and embrace the digital strategies and solutions that will help them achieve long-term success.”



Michael Kelly

Incident Response and Systems Analyst

Michael uses his extensive background in technology to be successful in his role as the System Administrator at 4Discovery. He holds a degree in Engineering, and another where he concentrated in Cybersecurity & Mathematics. Michael has furthered his education and technical training through the Applied Cybsersecurity certificate program from The SANS Technology Institute. Outside of work he carries on his love of computers through his home lab, electronics projects, and capture the flag competitions. Michael also has a love for music, audio gear, and above all spending time outdoors with his dogs Bailey and Jolene.


Jillian Steiger

Executive Administrator

Coming from a strong law, business management, and hospitality background, Jillian serves as 4Discovery’s Executive Administrator. With a high degree of care for interpersonal relations, her experience working in complex environments is beneficial to supporting client requests and progressing projects efficiently. She holds a bachelor’s in hospitality and tourism management from Purdue University, and her role allows her to assist all departments in the organization. Outside the office, Jillian enjoys Nashville’s music scene, hitting the hiking trails and hanging out with her cat Jack.

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Chief Morale Officer

As the Chief Morale Officer, Penny is responsible for snuggling with employees and chewing on dog toys. She greets everyone that comes into the 4Discovery office with a friendly smile and her constant enthusiasm is contagious. She’s an ideal member of the team as she’s always confident, eager to please, and incredibly responsive. If you’re lucky, you may hear Penny’s welcoming bark in the background of a phone call.