Workplace Investigation Service

  • Sexual harassment investigations, EEO investigations, and other workplace misconduct investigations
  • Investigators are former DOJ and law firm attorneys
  • We use Zoom for interviews to save time and costs
  • We’ve trained the EEOC and Google on investigative techniques
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Overview

Clear Law Institute conducts sexual harassment investigations, EEO investigations, and investigations of other alleged employee misconduct for organizations around the world.

Our team of former U.S. Department of Justice and law firm attorneys interview witnesses using Zoom videoconferencing to save time and costs.

We utilize the same research-based investigative techniques that we teach in our investigations training, which we’ve provided to organizations such as the EEOC, Google, the World Bank, and FedEx.

Clear Law's Investigative Expertise

Clear Law has experience conducting investigations for large and small organizations around the world.  Our investigative team has:

  • Trained thousands of attorneys, compliance officers, HR professionals, and other professionals how to conduct investigations
  • Provided expert witness testimony in cases challenging the adequacy of employers’ investigations
  • Investigated one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s first “pattern or practice” sexual harassment cases.

When should you outsource an internal investigation?

Courts have made clear that, when investigating sexual harassment and other allegations of employee misconduct, employers must ensure that the investigator has the proper training and experience to conduct an effective investigation.  Even organizations that have qualified investigators on staff often turn to Clear Law to investigate allegations that:

  • May result in future litigation or criminal proceedings, such as allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, fraud, and bribery
  • Involve a high-ranking official within the organization
  • 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.

Cost-Effective Investigations

Clear Law is able to conduct thorough investigations in a cost-effective manner.  First, Clear Law interviews witnesses using Zoom videoconferencing, saving time and travel expenses.  Second, because of Clear Law’s investigative methodology, Clear Law is able to complete investigations and write investigative reports quickly and efficiently.

In many cases, Clear Law is able to investigate the matter for a fixed fee, so that the client has certainty about the cost of the investigation before the investigation begins.

Relied on by Law Firms

HR professionals, in-house counsel, and compliance officers rely on Clear Law to provide thorough, legally compliant investigative reports quickly.  Clear Law’s investigations are much less expensive that hiring a law firm to conduct the investigation.

Law firms also rely on Clear Law to conduct investigations on behalf of their clients.  In this way, law firm attorneys save their clients money in the investigation process and the law firm attorneys are not conflicted out of handling any subsequent litigation.  (Clear Law does not represent employers in litigation as Clear Law Institute is not engaged in the practice of law.)

Clear Law Compliance Advisory Team

Michael Johnson, J.D. 

CEO

Michael Johnson, CEO of Clear Law Institute, is a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney who brought one of DOJ’s first “pattern or practice” sexual harassment cases. Michael has provided training and consulting on harassment prevention or investigations to organizations around the world such as the EEOC, the United Nations, and Google. He is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.

Lea Bell, J.D. 

Director of Compliance Services

Lea Bell, Director of Compliance Services, is an attorney with extensive experience in employment law, labor law, mediation, and compliance matters. She has worked in leadership roles at Amazon on the Employee Relations and Compliance teams. Lea has led more than 500 workplace and compliance investigations and built and deployed centralized investigations functions and trainings. Lea is a graduate of the University of Washington and Columbia Law School, and she holds a Certificate in Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Matthew Love, J.D.

Director of Compliance Services

Matthew Love, Director of Compliance Services, has advised Fortune 500 companies and startups on a broad range of global employment law, HR, and compliance matters, both in the U.S. and internationally. Matthew has previously served as in-house general counsel and as a foreign legal consultant while living abroad in Hong Kong and Tokyo. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, and he received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Ashley Membere, PhD.

Senior Compliance Advisor

Ashley Membere, PhD, consults on diversity and inclusion training development and presents live training sessions for Clear Law Institute. Professor Membere is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Professor Membere researches, among other things, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Professor Membere graduated from Rice University and received a PhD from George Mason University.

Teresa Harvey Rollins, J.D.

Senior Compliance Advisor

Teresa Harvey Rollins, Senior Compliance Advisor, has nearly 20 years of experience representing Fortune 500 companies and other employers on a broad range of employment matters, including discrimination and harassment prevention. Tes previously practiced law as Counsel at Dickstein Shapiro and was CEO of PolicyPartner LLC, an employment compliance service provider. She is a graduate of Angelo State University and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

Brian Rothenberg, J.D.

Senior Compliance Advisor

Brian Rothenberg, Senior Compliance Advisor, has advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on their compliance training and policy needs. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and he received his J.D. and MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Katherine Schweit, J.D.

Senior Compliance Advisor

Katherine Schweit is an attorney, law school professor, and former FBI special agent. At the FBI, Katherine authored the FBI’s seminal research, A Study of 160 Active Shooter Incidents in the United States. Katherine was also part of the FBI crisis team that responded to active shooter incidents, including the shootings at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Pentagon, and the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard. In the private sector, Katherine has served as Director of Global Security Policy and Training for Live Nation Entertainment. Katherine is the author of the 2021 book, Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and DePaul University College of Law.

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