General Litigation Support
Litigation Support Services
The following are only a few of the many litigation support services we provide to law firms and their clients in the context of actual or anticipated litigation.
Interviews with Actual and Prospective Litigants and Witnesses
We obtain signed and recorded statements, declarations and narrative interview summaries to secure prospective testimony. These are best obtained in-person and face-to-face, although they may be conducted by telephone due to logistics or budgetary constraints.
Identification and Location of Litigants and Witnesses
Based upon the criteria provided, we attempt to fully identify and/or ascertain the most recently reported address of the subject for purposes of interview, service of legal process, or to facilitate communication between attorney and client. Depending upon the individual being sought and his or her standing in society, this may be done exclusively through electronic and/or telephonic means, or it may require field investigation.
Forensic Assessments of Litigants and Witnesses
Developed primarily for lawyers based upon our own internal protocol, forensic assessments are useful for providing a "snapshot" of an interviewee's personal history, physical presentation, intelligence and communication skills, recall of relevant facts, bias, deception, and overall presentation. Forensic assessments are conducted in conjunction with a face to face interview when the interviewee's sworn testimony is anticipated, and when the employing attorney is interested in how the interviewee will present to judge and jury.
Preliminary Asset Profiles
We conduct public and proprietary electronic record research to identify assets and liabilities of individuals and businesses. This is useful for settlement purposes and for determining whether an individual or business is an economically viable target of litigation. All research is conducted in accordance with the Amended Fair Credit Reporting Act and Gramm-Leach-Bliley. We do not perform bank account research or access consumer credit reports.
Public Record Research
Public record research encompasses virtually any record maintained by federal, state and local government. Such research can be useful for a multitude of reasons in the context of actual or anticipated litigation. Some of the more common reasons include:
Establishing real property or motor vehicle ownership and/or chain of title
Determining whether a criminal or civil court record exists
Ascertaining the nature of an individual's driving record
Determining the existence of a professional or occupational license
Public record research may also be useful for more esoteric reasons such as:
Identifying individuals barred from doing business with the U.S. government
Determining whether an import violates a trademark or copyright
Reviewing the results of OSHA workplace safety inspections
Determining if an address was identified by law enforcement as a clandestine drug lab
Useful for litigation and/or anticipated litigation related to individuals and organizations, background research is frequently utilized by lawyers in the assessment of party or witness credibility and bias assessment. Organizational background research may be conducted for a variety of reasons related to litigation, including economic viability, as part of due diligence related to a significant transaction, and to uncover past history of employment litigation or unlawful employment practices.
Evidence Photography & Videography
Photography and videography are typically utilized to document the physical appearance of accident scenes, crime scenes or other geographic locations, including their appearance at a specific point in time. Photos and/or video may also be used to document the existence, presence of, and appearance of physical evidence as well as the lack of physical evidence, or the lack of a particular feature or characteristic.