Members of the firm have conducted investigations since the firm's inception in 1980, including those of a sensitive nature. The Firm's Investigations Practice Group specializes in investigating allegations of discrimination, harassment, and other misconduct, including police officer misconduct. Our investigative practice primarily serves private sector employers and public sector agencies who are not already Firm clients. However, we also represent current clients on a case-by-case basis depending on the specific facts and allegations at issue. In addition, we train in-house staff on how to most effectively conduct their own investigations.
Our typical approach to investigations involves reviewing documents, interviewing witnesses and writing a report that includes factual findings without making ultimate legal conclusions. We determine whether the facts occurred as alleged by the complainant. We only make ultimate determinations and/or recommendations if the employer specifically requests that we do so.
Sometimes, our investigations practice requires that we testify at deposition and/or at hearing or trial. We, therefore, make certain that we remain neutral and unbiased in conducting investigations so that our investigators can be credible witnesses, if called to testify. We find that this practice, as well as our integrity in this regard enhances an employer's chances of prevailing if litigation arises.
Because of confidentiality issues, we do not identify those employers for whom we have conducted outside investigations. We have conducted investigations for organizations in the hospitality, legal and trade industries as well as public sector agencies.
We regularly publish articles and present workshops on the topic of investigations. Our workshops identify the key components of a successful investigation including how and when to begin an investigation, who should conduct the investigation, how to maintain confidentiality, how to organize and execute an effective investigation, and how to evaluate the facts and take corrective action once the investigation is completed.