The Clear Law Institute’s team of former U.S. Department of Justice, law firm, and corporate attorneys investigate claims of harassment, discrimination, bribery, and all of forms of alleged employee misconduct around the US and the world.
Advanced Investigative Techniques
Clear Law investigators apply the same scientifically validated techniques for conducting investigations, interviewing witnesses, and assessing credibility on which they have trained thousands of investigators around the world. For example, depending on the nature of the case, the Clear Law investigator may use the “Enhanced Cognitive Interview” and “Conversation Management” interview techniques to ensure that they gather all relevant information from each witness in a lawful and ethical manner. They may also analyze the witness or suspects’ statement using Statement Validity Assessment, including evaluating the 19 elements of Criterion-Based Content Analysis. Using these techniques, Clear Law investigators are much more likely to be able to reach a determination about what happened, even in the absence of “smoking gun” evidence.
Our investigators have:
- Provided expert witness testimony in cases challenging the adequacy of employers’ investigations
- Trained thousands of attorneys, compliance officers, HR professionals, and other professionals how to conduct investigations
- Investigated one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s first “pattern or practice” sexual harassment cases
With experience providing expert witness testimony in cases challenging the adequacy of employers’ investigations, Clear Law ensures that its investigative methods and investigative reports are “bullet-proof” from attack by plaintiffs’ attorneys or prosecutors.
Types of Investigations
Organizations turn to Clear Law to investigate allegations that:
- May result in future litigation or criminal proceedings (e.g. sexual harassment, fraud, bribery, discrimination)
- Involve a high-ranking official within the organization,
- Require a sophisticated investigation and the organization does not have anyone on staff with experience conducting such an investigation (e.g. sexual assault in the workplace, embezzlement, Sarbanes-Oxley violations, workplace violence, etc.)
- Involve “he said/she said” claims or claims where there are no eyewitnesses or other “smoking gun” evidence such that advanced techniques for detecting deception and truthfulness are required
Less Expensive Alternative to Law Firm Investigation
Organizations also choose Clear Law to investigate part or all of cases that are being handled by their law firm. In this way, organizations can have an experienced Clear Law attorney—who might be a former U.S. Department of Justice or large law firm attorney—conduct an investigation for less than what a law firm would charge for a first year associate.
In certain cases, organizations may choose to “unbundle” the investigation, relying on Clear Law to conduct the factual investigation and a law firm to provide legal advice.
Clear Law attorneys work closely with the organization’s in-house counsel and/or law firm attorney to ensure an effective investigation and to ensure that the attorney-client and work product privileges are maintained.
Chosen by Leading Law Firms
Law firms turn to Clear Law attorneys to conduct investigations on behalf of their clients. In this way, law firm attorneys are not conflicted out of handling any subsequent litigation. Clear Law does not represent clients in litigation or engage in the practice of giving legal advice so there is no danger of Clear Law “stealing” the firm’s clients.
Investigations Conducted Around the World
Based in the Washington, DC area, Clear Law conducts investigations around the US and the world. We do not gouge clients for travel expenses and do not charge clients for our time traveling to the client location.
Phone or Skype Interviews
Depending on the nature of the case, Clear Law attorneys sometimes are able to complete investigations by phone or using Skype, which can greatly reduce client cost.
When clients prefer to conduct the investigation themselves using an internal resource, Clear Law provides coaching to guide the investigator to ensure that he or she conducts the investigation lawfully and effectively. In coaching engagements, we help the investigator plan the investigation, develop interviewing strategies for important witnesses, evaluate witness testimony and evidence, and review the final report.
Contact Us for A Free Consultation
For a free consultation, call (703) 312-9440 or complete our contact us form.