DTI Expands Forensics Capabilities With the Acquisition of Data Forte


DTI, the nation’s largest private independent provider of discovery services, facilities management, and knowledge solutions, today announced the acquisition of California-based Data Forte, a leading provider of pre-litigation consulting and data forensics. With this acquisition, DTI gains a team of certified forensic consultants who bring deep forensic analysis expertise serving both law firms and corporations.

Data Forte’s president, Peter Garza, will become DTI’s new Forensic Managing Director of the West. Garza served as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) until 1999, and thereafter founded EvidentData, which specialized in computer forensics consulting and data acquisition and processing. Garza then started Data Forte in 2009 and built a strong reputation for forensic analysis and expert witness testimony.

Garza commented, “Data Forte’s team of forensic experts, coupled with DTI’s eDiscovery and Managed Document Review services, will enable DTI to provide litigation case teams with discovery experts from the onset of potential litigation through trial.”

“Data Forte provides us deeper forensic services capabilities for our clients to access — we are thrilled to have Data Forte as part of the DTI family,” said John Davenport Jr., CEO of DTI. “Data Forte and other recent strategic acquisitions enable us to provide the type of fully integrated service offerings that our clients are asking of us.”

Some high-profile cases handled by Garza and the Data Forte team include:

— Performed computer forensics analysis services for a sports agent. The case resulted in a multi-million dollar jury award from the former business partner and competing sports agency. Computer forensics analysis found remnant documents outlining a plan for taking files, soliciting Clients, and blackmailing the sports agent.

— Worked with in-house counsel and a major toy manufacturer’s outside law firm to collect, preserve, analyze, and produce a high volume of electronic evidence, and performed advanced analysis of large computer evidence datasets.

— Provided metadata analysis and expert testimony for the plaintiff firm in a landmark case. The team worked with a California law firm in the deposition of an opposing expert, analysis of data pertaining to the questioned electronic document, and in providing expert testimony. The client obtained a jury award of nearly $1 billion, the largest in Orange County history.

Data Forte’s forensic consultant experts will reside in both California and Texas, with a world-class forensic lab providing support to clients nationally.

Since its founding in 1998, DTI has expanded into major markets throughout the United States and has grown to become one of the premier providers of document services, including discovery, management, and knowledge solutions for law firms and corporations nationwide. For more information, please visit

About DTI

DTI is the nation’s largest independent provider of facilities management and discovery solutions, servicing clients in 27 markets across the United States. DTI delivers end-to-end electronic discovery solutions, including pre-litigation readiness consulting, forensics, data acquisition and processing, and an array of hosting platforms to meet a variety of litigation support needs. DTI clients include both top law firms and Fortune 500 corporations nationwide. For more information, visit