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.
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Melody Haase

Head of Client Success

Melody leads the Client Success department at 4Discovery. She brings her fierce creative problem solving to projects to ensure client needs are met and projects run smoothly. Using her investigative and intelligence research background, Melody assists clients with developing strategies, drafting discovery requests, and creating customized solutions. In addition to her work on projects, she is a frequent speaker on investigative and ESI-related topics and works with the sales and marketing teams to develop CLE content and write copy. Melody uses her organizational and technical writing skills to draft contracts and develop processes and procedures.

Wolfgang Wilke

Senior Forensic Investigator

With over 15 years of experience in computer forensics, Wolfgang has extensive expert testimony experience in state and federal courts. Using his strong background in both database forensics and accounting, he has been involved in deconstructing data stores on lesser known mobile apps, conducting audit log analysis and extracting data for EHR disputes. Wolf is passionate about working with technology, specifically forensics. He maintains a strong commitment to “solving the puzzle” and finding the best possible solutions to client dilemmas.

Nate Binder

Forensic Investigator

With a degree in digital forensics and four 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.

Josh Lowery

Forensic Investigator

With over a decade of IT and forensics related experience in academia and top tier eDiscovery consulting firms, Josh brings a unique set of skills to the team. Using his experience, he is able to provide assistance to projects from all over the spectrum of the DFIR and eDiscovery fields. His “Jack-of-all-Trades” approach has proven useful in a variety of cases ranging from the analysis of a single workstation to the full eDiscovery lifecycle to malware analysis to long-term data remediation projects and everywhere in between. Josh enjoys working with new or unique technology and is always up for a complex challenge.

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.

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Will Ris

Sales and Marketing

With over a decade of experience, Will leads the sales and marketing function for 4Discovery. Having earned an MBA in Marketing, he is responsible for the company’s client acquisition, digital marketing, public relations, and communications efforts. With senior leadership success in multiple B2B industry verticals, including telecom, SaaS, and sports and entertainment, his focus is on delivering value to clients and amplifying the organization’s core values. will@4discovery.com

Emily Bear

Emily Bear

Operations Manager

Emily leads the forensic operations team with a deep background in global project management. Her vast experience in delivering accurate projects on time, including working successfully to develop and lead projects to impact Apple’s worldwide retail employees. In her most recent role, Emily delivered high-value to clients in project management at Kanter. In addition to her passion for her work, Emily enjoys traveling and international cuisine.

Sarah O’Connor, SHRM-CP

Head of Finance and Human Resources

Sarah leads and develops 4Discovery’s Finance and Human Resources departments. She oversees day-to-day 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 an HR Generalist, she oversees all HR functional areas with a special focus on strategic planning to support the long-term goals of 4Discovery. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family expressing her creativity in the kitchen.

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Penny

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.