The Relationship Between Law Firms & Private Eyes
The Need for Private Detectives
Law firms routinely use private detectives in many capacities. Some examples of cases where investigators might be utilized by attorneys include divorce, corporate espionage, personal injury, worker’s compensation, and accident-related issues.
Hiring a Private Investigator
In these cases, a law firm retains a PI to help them gather information and do their “leg work.” The investigator will likely be tasked with following and observing a person(s) of interest. They would research their background, see who they interact with, where they go, and document their actions.
Generally speaking, law firms employ investigators to gather evidence for them and perform the tasks attorneys do not have the time and/or training to do themselves. The length of time a PI follows and observes a subject can vary greatly, depending on the type of case and/or amount of evidence desired.
In many cases, the information gathered by these professionals may make or break a case for the law firm, especially if the case involves corporate matters or significant personal injury issues. Depending on what evidence the private detective gathers, it could result in a case being dismissed or a multimillion dollar settlement.
A prime example of a law firm using a Private Investigator might involve a case of corporate espionage. Case in point, a pharmaceutical company suspects they have a mole, who works for one of their competitors, within their ranks. The company is close to applying for FDA approval and wants to rush their product to market. However, there are rumors the company’s chief rival is working a similar drug and they suspect a mole might be relaying vital information to the competition that could enable the rival company to debut their drug on ahead of schedule.
Spy Vs. Spy
In this instance, a private detective like J.J. Gradoni could be retained by a law firm to determine if there is, in fact, a mole within the company. Then, they would also identify the mole as well as observe and document their actions. This information would be passed along to the law firm and/or client for their purposes.