Leadership Team

Thomas C. Iutzwig
Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Iutzwig, Chief Executive Officer of the Verity Group, is a dynamic, results-driven leader in eDiscovery and forensics, private investigation and business administration. An innovator with more than 20 years in the industry, Thomas has started and sold several successful businesses in addition to the one he commands today. Prior to merging with Verity Group, Thomas was Founder and President of 24 Seven Discovere, a foremost e-Discovery service provider. With his strong technical background, he has a remarkable track record in intelligence collection, comprehensive legal and corporate forensics and can manage all aspects of e-Discovery and forensic service lines and projects. He created an exceptional software program, eDatavault, that is utilized in his company today.

Recently, Thomas Iutzwig spent time in Iraq as a Senior Tactical Combat Forensic Analyst in a high-volume counter intelligence unit working to capture and identify electronic media types. He performed as a group leader in establishing and executing chain of custody and records management procedures for captured material. He is a licensed PI and is also entrusted with a current DOD security secret clearance level.

Jeffrey J. Witt
Managing Director

Jeff is a passionate management and sales veteran with 20 years of industry experience.  Jeff joined Verity Group in 2001 where he focusses on strategic accounts to identify and implement data solutions which ensure continuous improvement throughout the legal lifecycle. Jeff consults with clients on topics related to Information Governance, legal hold, ESI collection & processing, database hosting and attorney review. He has earned the respect and privilege to work with fortune 500 companies and many of our nation’s strategic law firms. Jeff has supported and will continue to be a significant part of partner negotiations, staff leadership and motivation, needs assessment and process improvement.

John Houston
Vice President of Operations

John manages the human and technological resources at the heart of the Verity Group.  Using his advanced knowledge of each item on the EDRM spectrum, John serves as a hands-on leader with a variety of projects.  He strives to ensure that all members of the team have the proper tools and training to complete projects in an accurate and timely manner. John analytically solves complex problems and builds procedures for consistency. He has been with Verity Group for 6 years. Prior to joining Verity Group, he was Operations Manager at Merrill Corporation for 5 Years, and a Multi-Site Operations Manager for IKON for 5 years. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago-Liautaud Graduate School of Business.

Peter E. Smith, Esq.
Director of Managed Review

After fifteen years as a litigator in New York and Illinois, Peter entered the world of e-discovery where he worked for many years on large reviews for major law firms. He then began supervising large review teams in a variety of matters. At Verity Group, as Director, Peter organizes, trains and manages teams of vetted attorneys, works with Verity’s highly skilled IT experts to cull data and with clients to devise best practices and strategies to create the most efficient work flow to meet all client’s needs and deadlines.

John M. Tarantino, Esq.

John Tarantino joined the Verity Group team in January of 2017 to help grow the sales operations, to assist with the expansion of the Managed Review practice group, and to establish a new Strategic Legal Staffing group. Tarantino, a licensed attorney, has more than 13 years of eDiscovery and Managed Review experience and 20+ years of senior management and sales management experience. Prior to joining Verity Group he founded and managed JurisClerks, a nationwide legal staffing and Managed Review company. He has managed 100’s of complex, high-stakes document reviews, including numerous involving a vast range of foreign languages. He has helped dozens of corporate and law firm clients with strategic legal staffing needs in numerous different practice areas across the US. Tarantino graduated from Miami University with a BA in Political Science, and received his JD from the University of Toledo College of Law. He lives in Naperville, IL with his wife, son and daughter.