What We Do . . . Why We're Different

Recent scandals (Hewlett-Packard; Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World) involving the improper use of private investigators has raised concerns in the corporate and legal communities. We want to remove the cloak of secrecy that too often obscures what investigators really do. We believe clients want the same thing from investigators that they want from all their employees and partners: open communication, ethical resolve, and elite work product.

Investigators gather facts that otherwise would remain buried. Sometimes, the facts lay in an open but obscure public records database. Other times, we use expensive, tailor-made databases to help locate a witness about whom we know only that he lived at 850 Jones Street in San Francisco in 1985.

Locating and interviewing witnesses is perhaps the most common task we undertake, and one in which Nardizzi & Associates has developed special expertise. Rather than simply take depositions of every possible witness, clients request that we interview witnesses in a less formal setting. Interviewing can save time for both lawyers and witnesses. Interviews can also assist in sorting through witnesses who are immaterial to the case.

Clients need to make sure all potential cards are in play--and also know what the other side is holding. We have experience interviewing witnesses in various settings, from Native American reservations in the Pacific Northwest to the streets of Roxbury, from the quiet offices of corporations to the rough and tumble world of a construction site. We have interviewed CEOs, gang members, police officers, mid-level managers, members of a California television set.

Investigative reports are published with a strict eye for accuracy and readability. Timeliness is always a priority. In times of trial, a summary can be written and e-mailed to a lawyer within a half-hour of an interview’s conclusion.

Nardizzi & Associates is known not just for what we do, but what we won’t do. We will not drag clients into a second lawsuit due to sloppy practices. We will not search for assets in a way that violates applicable laws. Any tactic that is legal but possibly has public relations ramifications will be discussed with the client beforehand.