Nick Pietig

Nick Pietig

The collections pro.

“Tackling the complexity of data collection one byte at a time.”

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Who I Am

Who I Am

Data collection connoisseur

Who I Work With

Who I Work With

IT Professionals

Litigation Support Professionals

In-House Counsel

Outside Counsel

How I Help with Collections

1Process initial request for data collection and extraction.

2Conduct custodian interviews and manage teams conducting additional custodian interviews.

3Identify encryption points and request passwords to ensure seamless collection.

4Collect data with an eye toward prevention spoliation, preserving metadata and ensuring defensibility.

An Example of My Work

A client had offices and custodians in every state in the U.S. and needed hundreds of terabytes of data collected.

We conducted 10-15 custodian interviews per client office and worked around intrusion detection systems to extract over 200 terabytes of data for processing in less than six weeks.

Trends I'm Watching

Wide-scale encryption across all types of devices – from phones to secure cloud applications – is resulting in new collection protocols. As such, it is important to research new methods, investigate tools and run sample tests to make sure the collection plan will work before going onsite.

What Motivates Me

What Motivates Me

  • Identifying the best way to collect data from platforms I’ve never encountered
  • Helping clients take the critical steps to preserve their metadata, which is pertinent to the case
  • Using our new mobile solution that allows my team to collect and process data anywhere in the world

Nicholas joined KrolLDiscovery in September of 2011 where in six months he became a Certified Mentor to train on our data management process. He now provides solutions for incoming legal ediscovery forensics projects as a Consultant.

Professional Experience

KrolLDiscovery (2011 – Present)

  • As Forensic Consultant, Nicholas mitigates, scopes and provides estimates for ESI Collections and Forensics projects for U.S. clients to identify what, where, when and how to collect/analyze while coordinating all equipment and deploying our engineers worldwide for Remote/Onsite Data Collections and Forensic Investigations
  • Nicholas also manages the data collections for deployed engineers confirming collected data, QCs data collected, and communicates progress and project transition to Case Management.
  • Manages the testing and updating of all collections software and equipment including the creation of remote collections encrypted hard drives.
  • Performs forensic and targeted collections of PCs, servers, mobile devices and the Cloud for investigation and legal matters related to eDiscovery.
  • Perfoms ESI Collections and Forensics Investigations.

Education & Certification

  • Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota, Bachelor of Applied Science, Computer Forensics, 2011
  • University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota, Business Administration and Marketing
  • Lean Agent, SixSigma US, May 2013
  • EnCase® EnCE Certification, May 2014
  • NUIX Investigation Exminer – NCE, March 2016
  • NUIX eDiscovery Specialist – NeDC, April 2016

Professional Organizations

  • Previous Vice President and Founder, Current Alumni Chair 1, Metropolitan State Computer Forensic Association (MSCFA) , 2012 – present
  • Member, InfraGard, Minnesota Chapter, 2011 – present
  • Member, High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), 2011 – present

Experience with Computer Forensics Examinations & Procedures

  • Over 350 electronic evidence cases/projects
  • Over 2000 pieces of media imaged

Technical & Professional Presentations & Articles

  • Forensics vs. eDiscovery:  Metropolitan State University, Metropolitan State Computer Forensics Association (MSCFA), St. Paul, MN, May 2013.


  • Lead Consult managing client interviews and coordination of 3,000 custodians in 40 US states in seven (7) weeks managing 18 consultants simultaneously collection data both onsite and remote totaling 100s of Terabytes of data.

Nicholas H. Pietig

Consultant, Collections & Forensics